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When Should I Reduce My Homes Asking Price

When Should I Reduce My Homes Asking Price | Birmingham Real Estate News | Scoop.it
When should I reduce the price of my home is a question lots of people ask their real estate agent. Find out when to reduce your home price with these tips.
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Knowing when to drop the listing price of your home is as important as getting the listing price the right in the first place. If for some reason your home is not selling you will need to know when to drop the price and Bill Gassett covers several things to be aware of when you need to do this. 
 
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Problems to Look For When Purchasing an Antique

Problems to Look For When Purchasing an Antique | Birmingham Real Estate News | Scoop.it
What are the most common problems to look for when buying an old house? Find out the biggest issues to look for when purchasing an antique home.
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I've done a couple of appraisals lately on old homes so I know what Bill Gassett is talking about in his latest post about buying an older home. The issues he covers should be addressed before it goes on the market so that these issues do not slow down the sale or the appraisal. Check out this very informative article.
 
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Bill Gassett's comment, June 28, 12:17 PM
Thanks for sharing what you need to know about buying an antique @Tom Horn-Real Estate Appraiser
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Buying a Home With a Well: What You Need to Know

Buying a Home With a Well: What You Need to Know | Birmingham Real Estate News | Scoop.it
Are you going to be buying a home with a well? See all you need to know about purchasing with a well including quality and quantity testing.
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If you're buying a home with a well this is a must read. Bill Gassett covers the important things to be aware of.
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Reasons Why an Appraiser Comes in Low on Value

Reasons Why an Appraiser Comes in Low on Value | Birmingham Real Estate News | Scoop.it
See the reasons why an appraisal comes in low. When buying or selling a home a low real estate appraisal can cause problems with the sale.
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Should Buyers and Sellers Avoid Dual Agency

Should Buyers and Sellers Avoid Dual Agency | Birmingham Real Estate News | Scoop.it
What is dual agency and why buyers & sellers should avoid it. See how dual agency works. It offers no benefits to home buyers and sellers.
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Tax Deductions For Homeowners

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What are the home buying tax deductions you can claim? Find out by using the home buying tax deductions check list I have put together for you!
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Questions to Ask Before Buying a New Home

Questions to Ask Before Buying a New Home | Birmingham Real Estate News | Scoop.it
What are the most important questions to ask when buying new construction? Find out all the answers to these smart questions when buying a new home!
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Nine Things a Realtor Should Do For Home Buyers

There are nine things a real estate agent should do for home buyers when purchasing a home. See the benefits of having a great buyer's agent in your corner.
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Real estate agent Bill Gassett outlines 9 things Realtors should do for their clients that are buying. What do you think?
 
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5 Common Mistakes made in CALCULATING LIVING AREA

5 Common Mistakes made in CALCULATING LIVING AREA

by Ann Dail, BrokerRealtor
Baton Rouge Area Homes, LLC

5-foot graphic by Bill Cobb Appraiser 


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How to Fight a Low Real Estate Appraisal

How to Fight a Low Real Estate Appraisal | Birmingham Real Estate News | Scoop.it
How to challenge a low real estate appraisal on my home is a question many sellers ask. See how to fight a low appraisal when selling a home.
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Problems to Disclose When Selling a House

Problems to Disclose When Selling a House | Birmingham Real Estate News | Scoop.it
What do you have to disclose when selling a house? See a comprehensive list of what may or may not need to be disclosed when selling a home.
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The Downsides of Selling a Home As Is

The Downsides of Selling a Home As Is | Birmingham Real Estate News | Scoop.it
What are the pros and cons of selling a home as is? See the advantages and disadvantages of selling a home "as is" and how it can effect your sale.
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Do I Need to Disclose Haunted Homes and Murder

Do I Need to Disclose Haunted Homes and Murder | Birmingham Real Estate News | Scoop.it
Whether or not disclosing haunted homes, murder, and sex offenders is necessary varies from state to state. All Real Estate agents should know the law.
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Selling a haunted house? Find out what you have to disclose.
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Selling as a FSBO in The Summer is Difficult

Selling as a FSBO in The Summer is Difficult | Birmingham Real Estate News | Scoop.it
Do you know the drawbacks of for sale by owner in the summer? Selling as a FSBO are never easy but in the summer months it can be even more of a challenge!
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It is possible to sell your home yourself but there are numerous things you need to be aware of. Bill Gassett does a wonderful job of being honest about the work involved and time commitment necessary. You should be fully aware of the drawbacks involved in a FSBO sale. One thing I have run across as an appraiser is the issue of pricing, which Bill addresses in this article. Check this out and get the lowdown on selling as a FSBO.
 
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Do Hardwood Floors increase a home's value? | The Flooring Girl

Do Hardwood Floors increase a home's value? | The Flooring Girl | Birmingham Real Estate News | Scoop.it
Can hardwood flooring improve the resale value of your home? What is the return on investment for hardwood floors? Will the house sell faster with hardwood?
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Debbie Gartner provides some good solid advice about hardwood floors and your home's value. Well worth the read.
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Reasons to have a Buyer's Agent When Purchasing a New Home

Reasons to have a Buyer's Agent When Purchasing a New Home | Birmingham Real Estate News | Scoop.it
Why have a buyer's agent when purchasing new construction? See why having a buyer's agent is vital when buying a new home.
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If you don't know the difference between a buyers agent and a sellers agent then you should read this informative article by Bill Gassett.
 
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Why have a buyer's agent when purchasing new construction? See why having a buyer's agent is vital when buying a new home.

 - May 8
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What Can Be Considered a Bedroom?

What Can Be Considered a Bedroom? | Birmingham Real Estate News | Scoop.it
What is the legal requirement for a bedroom? Find out what can be considered a bedroom and what can't. Don't get caught misrepresenting your bedroom count.
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Open Houses Are Unnecessary to Sell a Home

Open Houses Are Unnecessary to Sell a Home | Birmingham Real Estate News | Scoop.it
Can you sell your home without an open house? You sure can! An open house is unnecessary and does very little to get a home sold in the digital age.
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How to Sell a Waterfront Property

How to Sell a Waterfront Property | Birmingham Real Estate News | Scoop.it
See the best tips for selling a waterfront property. Selling a waterfront home is different than a traditional sale and requires exceptional marketing.
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14 Ways to Get Your Mortgage Approval Revoked

14 Ways to Get Your Mortgage Approval Revoked | Birmingham Real Estate News | Scoop.it
See the ways to get your mortgage preapproval revoked. Avoid making one of these mistakes. Mortgage mistakes like these are more common than you think.
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Home Selling Mistakes to Avoid For Winter

Home Selling Mistakes to Avoid For Winter | Birmingham Real Estate News | Scoop.it
Avoid these winter home selling mistakes to increase the odds that your house sells in a timely fashion for the most money possible.
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Best Tips on How to Sell a Luxury Home

Best Tips on How to Sell a Luxury Home | Birmingham Real Estate News | Scoop.it
See the best tips for selling a luxury home. Knowing how to sell luxury real estate can go a long way to achieving success with a high-end property.
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Selling a Home For Sale By Owner

Selling a Home For Sale By Owner | Birmingham Real Estate News | Scoop.it
Take a look at all the pros and cons of selling a home for sale by owner. See if selling for sale by owner makes sense or not.
Tom Horn-Real Estate Appraiser's insight:
If you want to sell your home FSBO then you need to check out Bill Gassett's comprehensive article on the pros and cons. As with everything else, there are tradeoffs for doing it yourself compared to using an agent. Bill points out that one of the main reasons FSBO sellers fail is that they do not price the home correctly, so if you are going to do it yourself don't skip this very important step.  
 
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Bill Gassett's comment, December 20, 2016 10:37 AM
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Your welcome! Well put together.
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Reasons You Should Buy a Home In The Winter

Reasons You Should Buy a Home In The Winter | Birmingham Real Estate News | Scoop.it
See why you should buy a home in the winter. There are typically fewer buyers in the winter and this can mean a better deal when buying real estate.
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Janet Howcroft's curator insight, December 7, 2016 6:23 PM

See why you should buy a home in the winter. There are typically fewer buyers in the winter and this can mean a better deal when buying real estate.

 - December 5
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Price per square foot is not the holy grail of property value • Birmingham Appraisal Blog

Price per square foot is not the holy grail of property value • Birmingham Appraisal Blog | Birmingham Real Estate News | Scoop.it
Birmingham, AL real estate appraiser Tom Horn explains why price per square foot should not be the main criteria when estimating the value of a home.
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There are other indicators that you can also look at besides price per square foot to estimate the value of a property. Find out what they are.
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Lynn Pineda's comment, October 27, 2016 8:52 AM
@Tom Horn-Real Estate Appraiser such a valuable article. I wish more people would read your article who are selling homes as Real Estate Agents and homeowners alike. Very informative and I couldn't agree more!
Tom Horn-Real Estate Appraiser's comment, October 27, 2016 9:09 AM
Thank you @Lynn Pineda!
Lynn Pineda's comment, October 27, 2016 9:34 AM
You're welcome @Tom Horn-Real Estate Appraiser