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Zestimates® vs. CMAs

If you have bought or sold real estate in the past decade, then you are probably familiar with Zillow and its famous Zestimates®. In today’s video, I want to share about Zestimates® and how Zillow comes to its valuation. Then compare them to another valuation tool – CMAs or a Comparable Market Analysis. How does Zillow calculate its Zestimate®? Zillow uses…

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What is a Home Inspection and How Does It Work?

After going under contract for a house, the parties will enter an inspection period.  During this inspection period, a buyer will evaluate the property’s condition to decide if he or she wants to move forward with the purchase.  A buyer will typically hire a home inspector to come by the property and give an evaluation of the current issues with the property.…

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Buyer’s Edition: 10 Questions to Ask When Interviewing Your Realtor

Buying a home is one of the biggest financial decisions of your life.  If you are not familiar with the process, it is intimidating and overwhelming to navigate.  That is where a Realtor®, or specifically a buyer’s agent, comes in.  A buyer’s agent represents your interests, not the seller’s. He or she can help you find your dream home, negotiate a strong…

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What is an Appraisal and Why is it Important?

Today I am going to answer some commonly asked questions about an important part of the real estate process: the appraisal. An appraisal can make or break a real estate transaction.  Oftentimes, it is the one thing you are waiting on to close. What is an Appraisal? An appraisal is a valuation or estimate of worth for the property you…

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Real Estate FAQ: How do Realtors Assist Clients?

A frequently asked real estate question is: What do Realtors even do? The short answer is Realtors assist people buy and sell real estate. The average American completes a real estate transaction every 5-7 years. Realtors can have as many as 2-3 a month. A Realtor’s knowledge of the market, ability to stay objective, and understanding of the process are…

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Tips for First-Time Homebuyers: How to Start Your Home Search

A frequently asked question from first-time homebuyers is:  How can I start my home search even if I won’t be financially ready until next year? There are two ways to get started: start online research and visit open houses. To begin online research, pick a home search site (Zillow, Realtor.com, etc.) and open an account.  Start going through the map…

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Are You Pre-Approved For A Mortgage?

Starting the loan application is the first step to finding your first home. Credit unions, mortgage brokers, and banks are the main institutions you can contact for a mortgage. To decide if you qualify, mortgage companies need documents proving your ability to repay the loan. Preparing a folder beforehand will speed up the process, making it easier to price shop…

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