Updated: Monday, August 29, 2016


Hiring a Handyman When Selling Your Home
Written By: Realty Times Staff

As you get ready to sell your home, you may discover the need to make numerous repairs and updates. But when do you have the time? Most jobs you can do yourself, but others require a little more skill. Maybe its time to consider hiring a handyman.According to Angies List, hiring a handyman can prevent waste and overcharging, as the handyman will...


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The Other Sphere of Influence: The Power of REALTOR Recommendations
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

When it comes to real estate, we know agents influence everything from the locations a buyer considers to the type, size, and >A survey from Campbell Communications and Inside Mortgage Finance Publications "revealed that real estate agents hold sway when it comes to choosing a lender," said The Truth About Mortgage. "In fact, the survey claims 4...


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7 Reasons To Run To IKEA Today To Grab New 2017 Catalog Items
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Yesterday was basically a national holiday in our house. After days of running to the mailbox with joyful enthusiasm, only to be disappointed by the presence only of bills, 75 Chinese and Italian takeout menus, and assorted other junk mail, it finally came.The IKEA catalog. Its here. Hallelujah.So what that basically means is that I did ZERO hou...


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New Tech All Homes Will Have By 2020
Written By: Mikkie Mills

New technologies are constantly emerging, rendering others obsolete every day. Many of these technologies eventually enter into our homes after being used in businesses or other capacities throughout the world first. Once they show themselves to be useful, people incorporate them into their everyday lives. Here are some technologies that every h...


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7 Real Estate Pitfalls That Could Cost You A Sale
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Selling a home has its typical challenges. Maybe the couple across the street just listed their house, which you know has an amazing kitchen while yours is just slightly less so. Maybe values have started to drop a tad. Or maybe youre getting transferred and you have to sell - and find something new in your future city - in what seems like an im...


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Homeowner Happiness And How It Affects You
Written By: Andrea Davis

Owning your own home can be one of the most exciting times of your life. But are you truly happy with your current situation? According to a recent survey by HomeAdvisor, there are a number of different factors that come into play that determine whether someone is happy with their current living situation or not.Some of the key factors include:A...


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Security Deposit Is Not The Last Months Rent
Written By: Benny L. Kass

Question: I have been renting an apartment, and my lease will expire at the end of November. I have taken a job out of this area, and expect to begin my new position on November 1 of this year. My landlord has a security deposit which is equivalent to one months rent. Should I pay for November since I will not be living in the apartment? The lan...


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Surviving Each Other In An HOA
Written By: Richard Thompson

Communication is a lost art in some HOAs due to lack of basic people skills. Board members often get more criticism than praise and then along comes an abusive owner who makes unreasonable demands. But it works both ways. Sometimes its an owner that suffers at the hands of a domineering board.The term "Communication" has a warm connotation. It d...


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5 Value-Adding Ideas From The Azores
Written By: PJ Wade

How special are "brand new ideas" from local big box stores, popular websites, TV shows, and other "follow-us" resources when everyone else uses these same ideas?If you prefer to lead the pack, rather than follow it, consider gathering out-of-the-box inspiration from somewhere beyond the usual and at the leading edge of practicality: the Azores....


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Principal Must Be Told Of Agents Profit
Written By: Bob Hunt

Sometimes real estate agents buy their own listings. That is, having contracted to represent a seller, the agent then decides that he or she would like to purchase that property. Doing so can be a little dicey, but, if handled with care and proper concern for the sellers interests, it can be done. Nothing about it is per se illegal.But, what abo...


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10 Things You Havent Thought Of Thatll Make Your Move Easier
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Moving is one of the most stressful activities there is. Its true - experts put it right up there with getting married - and divorced - and remodeling a house. If youre getting ready to move or are in the process of buying or selling a house, you may have been thinking about the unpacking and the packing and the change of address and turning on ...


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7 Model Home Ideas To Steal For Your Home
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

You dont have to be in the market for a new home to tour model homes. In fact, model home complexes are a great place to get a few ideas for your existing home. Whether youre looking for ideas to renovate your kitchen and want to see the most current trends, are having a hard time deciding on paint colors and want to see how others are incorpora...


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Five Ways Big Data Is Changing Real Estate
Written By: Mikkie Mills

The term big data is used to refer to very big sets of data that can be analyzed and computed to reveal trends and patterns. These patterns are of particular importance as they >Big data is useful in many ways from designing of better houses to improving the project management process. Additionally, investors in the industry have found ways to r...


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7 Things Some Agents Forget To Tell Buyers About The Pre-Approval Process
Written By: Score Approve

Most agents these days have heard a horror story or two about the mortgage approval process...or lack thereof.Its not uncommon for homebuyers to spend months searching for their dream home, and then months going through the mortgage process, only to be told the "D" word. For better or worse, the hand that denies loans is the hand that rules the ...


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Ask the HOA Expert: Collection Policies
Written By: Richard Thompson

Question: Our collection policy states that if an owner is 30 days past due, the management company sends a pre-lien notice letter. Several board members think the board members should be notified when these letters are sent.Answer: When a collection process is implemented, the board should be kept apprised of the progress. It is easily and chea...


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Tax Treatment Of Your Vacation Home
Written By: Benny L. Kass

Question: We own our principal residence which is located in the District of Columbia, and we also have a second home in Delaware by the ocean. I know that when we sell our principal residence, since we are married and have lived in house for many years, we are eligible for the up-to 500,000 exclusion of gain. I know that we can also deduct our ...


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The Only 3 Things You Need to Land More Leads
Written By: Realty Times Staff

Are you tired of the old location-location-location real estate slogan? As far as the buyer is concerned, the old saying still rings true. But for agents, theres a new tune to sing in order to generate more leads and close more sales: exposure-exposure-exposureYouve probably been working hard on your exposure, but are you doing the smart things ...


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Negotiating With Home Sellers
Written By: Realty Times Staff

If you dread the negotiating process when buying a home, never fear. Your real estate agent is an experienced negotiator who helps keep the bargaining from becoming emotional and veering off track.Your agent must know your desires by heart and have quick access to you if a negotiation point needs to be made. Its important to stick to the strateg...


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