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When you're ready to buy a home, you'll first want to consider whether to work with a real estate agent. Technology has made it easier than ever to gather information about properties on the market, so why would you depend on an agent to help get you into the right space?   In fact, there are many reasons choosing a licensed real estate agent is a sound decision, and most of them boil down to your bottom line. Here are four ways a real estate agent can save you money when you're buying property.   #1... read more
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When you're ready to sell your property, the decision of whether to work with a real estate agent is no small consideration. In a time when everyone with internet access seemingly has the ability to post and market properties to their social networks and beyond, it's easy to question the need for hiring a professional to assist you with your real estate needs.   But don't be fooled. Real estate is a complex and highly-nuanced industry, and the assistance of a licensed real estate agent more than makes sense;... read more
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Five money mistakes first-time homebuyers make

Posted by Amy Swinger on July 05, 2016 in  Financing
A home purchase is, for many, the financial obligation of a lifetime. For a new buyer, the intricacies of the process can be overwhelming. Before you begin, consider these five money mistakes that first-time home buyers tend to make.   #1 Waiting to contact a lender. Sitting in a lender’s office and baring your financial soul isn’t half as much fun as running around looking at pretty houses. Some new buyers jump into the home-searching process with no realistic idea of their buying spectrum, havi... read more
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Q&A: What should I look for in a home inspector?

Posted by Amy Swinger on July 05, 2016 in  Buying and Selling
Question: We’ve heard about the importance of hiring a good home inspector before we close on our house, but we’re not sure where to start. What should we look for in a home inspector?   Congratulations on your home purchase! You’re right: a reliable home inspector can save you tens of thousands of dollars in the long run. For buyers, the home inspection takes place after an offer is accepted but before closing. A home inspector will examine the house, looking for any issues that might surp... read more
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Market outlook: Fall market will cool

Posted by Amy Swinger on July 05, 2016 in  Buying and Selling
As is typical with the real estate cycle, the housing market will cool this fall. Sales slow down in autumn due to a number of factors. One major reason is that families with children in school are less likely to be willing to uproot them, whether to change schools or to disrupt their schedules. Another reason for the slow-down is that because foreclosures have declined, property investors don’t have as many opportunities to buy homes for cash to convert into rentals. Finally, experts are predicting that afte... read more
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