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    • Dust-Free Home

      Having a dust-free home isn’t difficult, but it takes a serious commitment and a housekeeping strategy that addresses the dust and its causes. Whether your motive is cleanliness or to eliminate the cause of some allergies and asthma symptoms, it will be worth it. Try to dust your home at least twice a week. Dust … Continue reading Dust-Free Home
      Written by Carla Higgins
    • Getting to Value

      Fair market value is the price that real estate would sell for on the open market without any unusual forces being involved. The definition is relatively simple but there certainly different methods of determining what it is. A homeowner could order an appraisal before they put their home on the market but would incur the … Continue reading Getting to Value
      Written by Carla Higgins
    • Pay Off Your Mortgage?

      Becoming debt free is as much a part of the American Dream as owning a home but there certainly can be conflicting circumstances that make the decision to pay off your mortgage early unclear. The advantages of paying off debt early is increased cash flow, less interest paid and a higher credit score. The disadvantages … Continue reading Pay Off Your Mortgage?
      Written by Carla Higgins
    • Two Negotiations

      There are two negotiation periods in some home sales. The primary negotiation takes place when the contract is agreed upon that includes the price, closing and possession. Buyers and sellers alike feel relieved once this first round has resulted in an agreement but there may be more negotiations to come if there are contingencies for … Continue reading Two Negotiations
      Written by Carla Higgins
    • Ready for Retirement?

      It’s surprising to realize that most people spend more time planning their next vacation or cell phone purchase than they do on their own retirement. Let’s look at a hypothetical situation where you have $35,000 to invest for your retirement in 15 years. Have you compared where you might have the best opportunity? The safest … Continue reading Ready for Retirement?
      Written by Carla Higgins
    • Avoid Wasting Time

      “If you waste my time, don’t expect me to hang out with you very long.” This could have been said by a buyer or seller or a real estate agent. Time is valuable and no one wants to waste their time. Most people can’t put their lives on-hold while they’re trying to buy or sell … Continue reading Avoid Wasting Time
      Written by Carla Higgins
    • Picture This!

      Listing photos may be one of the most important marketing efforts that lead to a potential buyer. Nearly, all buyers use the Internet during the home search process. They usually start looking at homes online before they contact an agent. It’s far more efficient to screen properties by looking at the pictures that have been … Continue reading Picture This!
      Written by Carla Higgins
    • How Will It Feel?

      It has been said that change is the only constant. Most of the financial experts have been expecting interest rates to increase along with home prices. While homes, in most markets, have definitely seen increases over the past five years, the mortgage rates today are actually lower than they were a year ago. If the … Continue reading How Will It Feel?
      Written by Carla Higgins
    • Increase the Chance of Being Accepted

      While all contracts must have certain required elements, mutual assent, consideration, capacity and legality, there are some things that increase its chance of being accepted. The seller generally wants the highest possible price with the fewest inconveniences in the shortest period of time. In the same way, the buyer generally wants the lowest possible price … Continue reading Increase the Chance of Being Accepted
      Written by Carla Higgins