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What Are The Most Common Home Inspection Findings?

What Are The Most Common Home Inspection Findings? | Real Estate | Scoop.it
Top 8 Issues Found In Home Inspections When selling your home there is a good chance that the buyer will request a home inspection. Having too many issues in the home inspection report could send up red flags to the buyer that causes them to back out of the deal. Many of the issues found …
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Every home, even new construction, will have issues that are found at a home inspection.

Some of the top issues that are found at home inspections include plumbing, electrical, and HVAC.  Within these categories are more specific issues such as leaky faucets.

In this article with insight from Todd Engle on @Paul Sian's blog you will find an attractive infographic and information on the top 8 issues that are found during home inspections.

Check out this excellent information at http://cincinkyrealestate.com/top-8-issues-found-home-inspections-infographic/

Be sure to check out the additional resources from other top bloggers including @Bill Gassett, @Karen Highland, @David O'Doherty, and from my blog,Rochester's Real Estate Blog!

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What Impact Do Student Loans Have On Buying A Home?

What Impact Do Student Loans Have On Buying A Home? | Real Estate | Scoop.it
Student loans are a popular topic in the mortgage and real estate industry right now. Find out how student loans impact getting a mortgage to buy a home!
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A popular topic in the real estate industry lately has been how student loans affect getting a mortgage. 

 Student loans can definitely have an impact on getting a mortgage for some buyers. Depending on the type of financing a buyer is attempting to secure, their monthly payment amount can significantly impact their debt to income ratios, also known as DTI ratios. 

 It's important buyers who have student loans understand how their student loan debts can impact their buying experience. 

 In the most recent article from Rochester's Real Estate Blog you will find out how student loans affect getting a mortgage and how they affect certain types of mortgages. 

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Do Student Loans Affect Mortgage Qualification?

If you're looking to buy a home and obtain a mortgage but you're not sure how your student loans will affect that, be sure to check out this comprehensive post via Kyle Hiscock! You will find answers to many of your questions regarding student loans and qualifying for a mortgage!
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Why Do Some Real Estate Agents Lie About Pricing?

Why Do Some Real Estate Agents Lie About Pricing? | Real Estate | Scoop.it
Home sellers ask me all the time why real estate agents take overpriced listings! What could possibly be in it for those agents to knowingly get involved in marketing of a property that
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Arguably the most common "Dirty Little Secret" that agents tell home sellers relates to what their home is worth. 

 It makes absolutely zero sense for an agent to tell a seller that their home is worth more than it is, but yet, some still do so. But why? 

Xavier De Buck covers this topic in detail in his latest article and does it very well. Xavier points out that some agents lie about price in order to secure a listing, in some cases, to keep their broker happy. 

 Check out some other reasons why agents are doing this in his article at http://northcliffrealestate.com/real-estate-blog/real-estate-dirty-little-secret-and-overpriced-listing/
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What Is An Escalation Clause In Real Estate?

What Is An Escalation Clause In Real Estate? | Real Estate | Scoop.it
An escalation clause is a term that many home buyers & sellers are unaware of. Find out what an escalation clause in real estate is & the PROs & CONs.
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There are many buyers who are in the process of buying a home who may have no clue as to what an escalation clause is. 

 It's possible that an escalation clause is exactly what a buyer needs to include with their purchase offer to help them get the home of their dreams. 

 The best way to understand an escalation clause is that allows a buyer to put in writing that they are willing to beat out competing purchase offers by a specified dollar amount, up to a specified dollar amount. 

 There are advantages and disadvantages to escalation clauses and it's important buyers and their agents understand them. 

 Over on Rochester's Real Estate Blog you will find out what an escalation clause is, when it should be used, and also the PROs and CONs to them. The article can be found at http://www.rochesterrealestateblog.com/escalation-clause-real-estate/
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10 Lies That Real Estate Agents Tell Home Sellers

10 Lies That Real Estate Agents Tell Home Sellers | Real Estate | Scoop.it
No you did not read the title incorrectly! Some real estate agents tell lies to home sellers. Some are more common & you can find out the top 10 lies here!
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Yes, you read that headline correctly, some real estate agents will say anything to get a listing or make a sale, even if it means them lying! 

 First of all, the majority of real estate agents are honest, ethical, and truthful with people. 

 There are a some agents though who will lie to people and many of the lies that these agents use are pretty common. 

 1.) Lying about their production
 2.) Lying about their experience 
 3.) Lying about their usage of the internet 

 These are just 3 common lies that real estate agents tell home sellers. 

 Over on Rochester's Real Estate Blog you will find out what the top 10 lies that real estate agents tell home sellers. 

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5 Top Reasons Why Real Estate Agents Aren't Liked

5 Top Reasons Why Real Estate Agents Aren't Liked | Real Estate | Scoop.it
People don
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Yes you read that correctly, many real estate agents aren't liked. 

Some people believe agents make too much money. Others believe they are just looking to make a sale. Well, this isn't always the case but these are just a few of the reasons why people don't like real estate agents. 

 Check out this great article from Xavier De Buck that provides 5 major reasons people don't like agents and also how you can prove them wrong! 

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Spring Buying Tips For First Time Home Buyers

Spring Buying Tips For First Time Home Buyers | Real Estate | Scoop.it
Spring Home Buying Tips that EVERY Buyer Should Know. Plus home buying tips from top real estate professionals from around the country!
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Buying a home in a competitive spring real estate market needs to be taken on with extra special preparation. 

 Buying a home for the first time can come with a higher level of uncertainty. It's important that when buying a home for the first time in a competitive spring market that a buyer knows what to expect and what to do! 

 It's very important that a buyer talks with a lender before shopping for homes and hires a top Realtor®. These are just two of the most important tips for buying a home in the spring! 

Luke Skar of Inlanta Mortgage - Madison has put together an awesome guide for first time buyers who are buying a home in the spring. 

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How To Buy A Home In A Competitive Real Estate Market?

How To Buy A Home In A Competitive Real Estate Market? | Real Estate | Scoop.it
Equip yourself with the tools and information that will give you the most value from your purchase and allow you to make the right decisions in a seller’s market.
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Buying a home in a competitive sellers market can be tricky. It's important when a buyer is looking to buy a home in a sellers market they follow the proper tips and advice. 

 For example, it's important that a buyer is ready to pull the trigger if they find a home they love. Sleeping on a home can potentially lead to a buyer losing a home! 

 The great folks from Ferris Property Group have put together an awesome article that covers this topic in detail. Check it out at http://www.ferrispropertygroup.com/blog/buying-home-sellers-market/
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Selling A Home While Getting A Divorce

Selling A Home While Getting A Divorce | Real Estate | Scoop.it
Dealing with a divorce and selling your home at the same time can be a stressful event. Here are some suggestions to make the prices smoother.
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One of the most difficult scenarios for a homeowner who is selling their home is attempting to sell during a divorce. 

 There are often many emotions that divorcing homeowners are dealing with and adding in the stress of selling a home can be overwhelming. 

 There are certain tips that should be followed when selling a home during a divorce. 

Paul Sian has written an excellent article that covers this topic in detail. Check out Paul's article at http://cincinkyrealestate.com/divorce-selling-home/
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Step-By-Step Guide To Get Approved For A Mortgage When Buying A Home

Step-By-Step Guide To Get Approved For A Mortgage When Buying A Home | Real Estate | Scoop.it
One of the first steps in the home buying process is getting approved for a mortgage. There are certain steps that need to be taken. Find out what they are.
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The mortgage process is something that many buyers don't truly understand. 

 It's first important that buyers understand what getting approved for a mortgage means and why it's important. Once a buyer has a strong understanding of this, it's critical they understand what the steps are to getting a mortgage. 

 In this article from Rochester's Real Estate Blog you will find out what getting approved for a mortgage means, why it's important, and also the steps involved in the approval process. 

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Extensive Guide To Buying A Condo

Buying a condo is a different process than buying a single family residence. There are different considerations that condo buyers need to make. In this resource you will find a detailed guide that provides all you need to know about buying a condo!
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Buying a condo is different than buying a single family residence. 

There are several differences that condo buyers need to look at. One of the first steps for those who are thinking whether they should buy a condo or not is to compare it to buying a home. Is condo living the right fit for their situation? 

 To be sure that buying a condo is the right fit, it's highly recommended to weigh the PROs and CONs. For example, can you abide by the HOA rules and regulations? 

 Check out this resource from Storify that provides a complete guide to buying a condo.
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10 CAN'T MISS Tips For Buying A Waterfront Home

10 CAN'T MISS Tips For Buying A Waterfront Home | Real Estate | Scoop.it
Buying a waterfront home is different than buying a home on a neighborhood street. Buyers should follow when buying a waterfront home. Check out these 10!
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Buying a waterfront home is considerably different than buying a home that isn't located on water. It's different in many ways, more than just the fact one is located on water and one is not!

 Waterfront home buyers need to take into account many different things before they decide to purchase a waterfront home as well as during the process. 

 One important tip for waterfront home buyers is to make sure they understand what flood insurance is and how it impacts a waterfront property. 

 Find out what the top 10 tips are for buying a waterfront home on Rochester's Real Estate Blog in this article. There are some very important tips to follow in this article. 

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5 Tips For Selling A House With Tenants

5 Tips For Selling A House With Tenants | Real Estate | Scoop.it
Selling a house with tenants can either be a problem or blessing in disguise! Where does one even start? Do the tenants need to move out first, or what?
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Selling a home can be difficult at times and when you bring tenants into the equation, it can become even more difficult.

 One of the most important things to do when selling a home with tenants is to make sure you have open communication with the tenants. Tenants who aren't communicated with typically will not be easy to deal with and uncooperative tenants can be a huge headache when selling a home. 

Xavier De Buck has put together an awesome article that provides 5 tips for selling a home with tenants. 

 Check out the article and hilarious graphics at http://northcliffrealestate.com/real-estate-blog/selling-a-house-with-tenants/
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How Much Do You Offer For Your Dream Home?

How Much Do You Offer For Your Dream Home? | Real Estate | Scoop.it
How much money do I offer when buying a home? Crack the code, knowing what matters. Call Lynn Pineda at 954-464-1100 to find out more about buying a home.
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You've found the home of your dreams and you need to now determine how much you should offer. 

 There are certain things you need to determine when making an offer for a home. For example, do you know how motivated the sellers are? 

 If a seller is motivated it's possible you potentially can negotiate a lower sale price. This is only one thing to consider when figuring out how much to offer for a home. 

Lynn Pineda has covered this topic in detail in her latest blog article. Check out this great information at http://imagineyourhouse.com/buyer/I-Found-a-Home-to-Buy-How-Much-Money-Do-I-Offer/
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How To Make A Home Stand Out From Others When Selling

How To Make A Home Stand Out From Others When Selling | Real Estate | Scoop.it
Easy ways to make your home more appealing to buyers so it sells quicker and for money money. Great home selling tips to get it done.
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When selling a home it's important your home stands out from the crowd, the crowd being potential buyers. 

 Many sellers ask me, "how can I make my home stand out from others?" There are several tips that can really make a home POP! Tips such as decluttering, making a home smell nice, and depersonalizing are all easy, yet effective ways to make a home stand out from others that are for sale. 

 There are many other tips as well and Bill Gassett covers these tips in his most recent article. Check it out at http://www.maxrealestateexposure.com/make-your-home-more-appealing-to-buyers/
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Top Real Estate Articles From Google+ - April Edition

Top Real Estate Articles From Google+ - April Edition | Real Estate | Scoop.it
See the best Google+ real estate articles for April 2016. See multiple experts share their best content found at Google Plus.
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Each and every month there are tons of great articles relating to real estate here on Google Plus. 

 Some of the top articles go unnoticed but lucky for you, Bill Gassett has a guest writer on his Mass RE News hand pick their favorites from the previous month. 

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Reverse Mortgage PROs & CONs

Reverse Mortgage PROs & CONs | Real Estate | Scoop.it
What are the pros and cons of a reverse mortgage? See both the advantages and disadvantages of this loan product for seniors.
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Many people don't understand what a reverse mortgage is and also what the advantages and disadvantages are. 

 Reverse mortgages can be a good idea for seniors, depending on circumstances. It can be used as a tool to get equity out of their home but also comes with some potential drawbacks too. 

Bill Gassett has written a top notch article that covers what reverse mortgages are and what the PROs and CONs are to them. 

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Thanks for sharing everything you need to know about reverse mortgages!
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Anytime @Bill Gassett!
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15 Top Notch Tips For Selling a Home

15 Top Notch Tips For Selling a Home | Real Estate | Scoop.it
See 15 killer tips for selling a home for the most amount of money in the least amount of time with the fewest headaches!
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There are tons of things that sellers can do to increase the chances they sell their home quickly and for top dollar! 

 Tips such as freshly painting the interior and hiring a top Realtor® are two of many. 

Bill Gassett has written an awesome article here that provides 15 killer tips for selling a home! These tried and true tips can help any home seller expedite their home sale, no doubt about it! 

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You bet @Bill Gassett!
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Tips For Buying A Luxurious Home

Tips For Buying A Luxurious Home | Real Estate | Scoop.it
This article takes you through the steps needed to make your luxury home purchase successful. Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.
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Buying a luxury home is a completely different beast when comparing to the purchase of a $150,000 home. 

 There are specific steps that need to be taken when buying a luxury home. For example, if you plan on financing the purchase of a luxury home you need to talk with a lender before shopping because financing is different. 

Paul Sian has written an excellent article that provides some great tips for buying a luxury home. 

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What Happens When A Home Inspection Uncovers Issues?

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One of the biggest steps in a real estate transaction is the home inspection. 

 Some inspections will uncover some serious issues. This does NOT mean that a transaction has to fall apart. 

 It's possible a buyer and seller can come to an agreement on how to rectify the issues that are uncovered. 

Teresa Cowart has put together a great article discussing what happens if issues are found at an inspection such as foundation problems or mold. 

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Is It Better To Sell A Home Empty Or Staged?

Is It Better To Sell A Home Empty Or Staged? | Real Estate | Scoop.it
Sell a home empty or staged? This is a common question from homeowners who are preparing to sell their home. Find out PROs and CONs to both here!
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Depending on the circumstances of a seller, they may have to decide whether they should sell their home empty or staged. 

Like with most things, there are PROs and CONs to both selling a home vacant and selling a home staged. It's important to realize that staging alone does not sell a home. It's still very important a home is priced properly and also marketed correctly! 

 In the latest article over on Rochester's Real Estate Blog you will find out the PROs and CONs of both selling a home empty as well as staged. Before making the decision, it's important a seller weighs both options and decides from there. 

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Buying A Condo For Dummies

Buying A Condo For Dummies | Real Estate | Scoop.it
Buying a condo is much different than buying a single family or multi family home. Check out this dummy proof guide for buying a condo to learn more!
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Once a buyer determines that they want to buy a condo, there are certain tips that should be followed and things they should be on the lookout for! 

 One of the most important tips for condo buyers is that they hire a Realtor® who has experience with selling condos. Since there are some major differences between condo buying and buying a single family residence, having an expert Realtor® is important for buyers. 

 This is only one tried and true tip for buying a condo. Over on ActiveRain you will find a dummy proof guide for buying a condo. 

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What Questions Should You Ask At An Open House?

What Questions Should You Ask At An Open House? | Real Estate | Scoop.it
See the top questions to ask a listing agent at an open house to find out more about the property and the sellers circumstances.
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For those buyers who like visiting open houses, there are certain questions they should consider asking the listing agent if they are holding their listing open. 

 Visiting an open house is a good opportunity for a buyer to see a home but also potentially find out some helpful information. 

 If the listing agent is hosting the open house, there are certain things a buyer may want to consider asking the agent. An example of a great question for buyers to consider asking relates to why the sellers are moving. 

 There are many other questions that a buyer should think about asking the listing agent at an open house. 

Bill Gassett has written another top notch article that covers this topic in detail. 

 Find out what questions buyers should think about asking agents at an open at http://www.maxrealestateexposure.com/questions-ask-listing-agent-at-open-house/
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How To Sell A Home With Kids

How To Sell A Home With Kids | Real Estate | Scoop.it
Selling a home with kids can be tricky. There are certain steps that need to be taken to prepare & also ensure the home sale is successful! Fin
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Home sellers who have kids need to understand there are some additional steps and preparation that needs to be taken when selling their home when comparing to non-parents.

 It's first important that parents who are selling their home understand they need to make sure their children know what is going on. Not telling a child about a home sale can make it difficult to get their kids cooperation. 

 Over on ActiveRain you will find some excellent tips on how to sell a home with kids. 

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4 Mortgage Documents To Be Aware Of When Buying A Home

4 Mortgage Documents To Be Aware Of When Buying A Home | Real Estate | Scoop.it
Make sure you understand the 4 important mortgage documents buyers must sign as part of TRID regulations.
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There is a good amount of paperwork that home buyers will be reviewing and signing when buying a home. 

 The mortgage process is where a buyer will be signing many different disclosures and documents. It's important that when buying a home you understand what important documents you will be signing as it can help improve your comfort level. 

Bill Gassett has put together another top notch article that discusses 4 important mortgage documents and also touches on the new mortgage regulation known as TRID. 

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My pleasure @Bill Gassett! I hate that you can't tag people in descriptions anymore on Scoopit!
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How To Sell A Home When There Are Foundation Issues?

How To Sell A Home When There Are Foundation Issues? | Real Estate | Scoop.it
Dealing with foundation issues when selling a home can be done successfully if you follow the tips/guidance in this article.
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Selling a home that has foundation issues can be very difficult.

Foundation issues can be a very costly problem with a home. There are many buyers who will run the other way if they believe a home has foundation issues. 

 It's important that if your home has foundation problems, you know how to deal with them. 

Paul Sian has written an awesome article that talks about dealing with foundation issues when selling a home. 

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