18 Apr 2019

Understanding the home inspection process

Making an offer on a home isn’t the final stage before you sign your name on the dotted line— next comes scheduling the home inspection. And while walking through the home can give you a good idea about how the house can function for your needs and preferences, you’ll need to do a bit more digging to make sure the home’s structural, foundational and electrical framework is solid. What is a home inspection? According to the American Society of Home inspectors, a home inspection is “An objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a house, from the roof to the foundation” Who is responsible for finding a home inspector? As the party responsible for purchasing a home, it's in your best...
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4 Apr 2019

What’s a home appraisal?

Buying a home is an exciting, scrapbook-worthy event, so of course it's going to come with a lot of emotions. But there's one step in the process where objectivity and rationality take center stage, and that's the home appraisal. It may seem harsh to let a stranger take a few laps around your home and boil your beloved abode down to a single number, but it's actually good to have this unbiased, emotion-free step in the process. Because the house itself is collateral in a mortgage, the bank or lender needs to make sure there's enough value in the house to recoup the investment if the buyer can't pay back the mortgage. Basically, the home appraisal is a way of protecting the bank from overinvesting in...
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28 Mar 2019

6 foolproof home staging tips

A common question Realtors® often get asked is, “Do I need to stage my house before it goes on the market?” The short answer is yes. The long answer is absolutely yes. Home staging is the process of decluttering and decorating your home so that it’s most impressive assets are highlighted. Custom pendant lighting above the kitchen island? Fabulous! Reclaimed wood mantel? Show it off! Staging helps buyers visualize themselves at home - in your home, which is important now more than ever. According to the NAR Profile of Home Staging, eighty-three percent of buyers’ agents said staging a home made it easier for buyers to visualize the property as a future home, and one-quarter of buyers’ agents said that staging a...
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