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  • Roadmap to Success: Closing a VA Loan on a Condo

    So your buyer wants to use their VA loan on a condo? Make sure you follow this plan to avoid extra stress. It's easy for agents and buyers to get frustrated with the condominium approval process, so setting clear expectations early with all parties can prevent additional problems. While purchasing a previously unapproved condo can add some additional work, it's completely possible to close this type of loan. As…

  • 4 Tips for a Stress-Free VA Loan Transaction

    Purchasing a home can be a stressful time for buyers, but the stress doesn't stop with the buyer. Real estate agents also experience stress when a transaction doesn't go as planned. Stress is expected, especially when your income is not based on showings, but closings. Some agents are hesitant to work with VA buyers because they believe VA loans require more work and as a result, more stress. But this doesn't have …

  • Be the Go-To Military Friendly Agent In Your Community

    Whether you work with mostly buyers, sellers or both, becoming the go-to military friendly real estate agent in your community is good business. The National Association of REALTORS® recently reported that 67 percent of buyers and 70 percent of sellers choose the first real estate agent they interview. It’s more important than ever to create a marketing strategy that puts you at the top of the list. Here…

  • Here’s a Recap of the National Association of Realtors Conference

    If you had to describe the National Association of Realtors conference in one word, what word would that be? I keep pondering this question and have come up with several: "wow," "exciting," and "educational". It's too difficult to choose just one word to describe my first NAR conference. I met so many amazing agents that I hope to stay in touch with, exhibitors with wonderful ideas and attended several classes I f…

  • Harmonize Home and Buyer With Feng Shui Staging

    You've likely heard of feng shui: the ancient Chinese system used to create harmony between individuals and their environment allowing chi (energy) to flow. You may have even had requests for homes that meet certain feng shui standards. If you represent the seller in a transaction, you can use feng shui to assist you in the sale of the home. If you represent the buyer in a transaction, you can observe a potential ho…

  • The Housing Market is Back From the Brink — And it’s Healthy

    Analysts are announcing that the housing market hasn’t merely recovered. It’s actually healthy. Ah, how times have changed. Only three years ago, we were mired in the low point of the housing crash. And now we’re talking about health. It’s tough to believe the market has come so far in a short 36 months. Let’s revisit that time, shall we? July 2010: Bring Out the Paddles “Americans’ long infatuati…

  • Housing Market Predictions Provide New Outlook for Homeowners

    2013 is more than halfway over, and the housing market is starting to show signs of strengthening. During the first half of the year, we saw rising home prices, tight home inventories and increased sales activity. New figures from the U.S. Department of Commerce state new home sales are up 38 percent since last year and hit a five-year high this June. According to several home pricing indexes, price appreciation h…

  • 3 Reasons Not to Panic About Mortgage Rates

    If you’re reading this post, betcha know what these numbers mean: May 23, 2013: 3.59% June 6, 2013: 3.91% July 3, 2013: 4.29% Yep. Those are the average interest rates for 30-year fixed mortgages, according to Freddie Mac. And those gradual increases are causing some toe-tapping among buyers, sellers and real estate professionals. After months of decline, mortgage rates appear to be on the rise…

  • 4 Experts Discuss: Are We On the Verge of Another Housing Bubble?

    It’s a big question in real estate: Are we in the midst of a healthy recovery? Or on the verge of another devastating housing bubble? Analysts disagree, but it’s tough to ignore the eerily familiar signs: January 2013 prices posted the biggest year-over-year gains since June 2006 Phoenix prices climbed 23 percent from January 2012 to 2013 California prices have posted double-digit spikes in a year-over…

  • Half of Americans Think Housing Market Will Improve in 2013

    What was once a trickle is now a gush: Positive housing market headlines are splashed across every major newspaper in the country. As the news spreads, housing market optimism is replacing the homeowner heartache of years past. Thanks to rising home prices and improving economic conditions, more and more Americans are speaking about homeownership in a positive way. “The Market is Good...and Getting Better!…