REAL ESTATE VIEWS & NEWS

10 Steps to Help You Sell Your Home Part I
By DeLena Ciamacco on Dec 01, 2010

Make the most of that first impression. A well-manicured lawn, neatly trimmed shrubs and a clutter-free porch welcomes prospects. So does a freshly painted -- or at least freshly scrubbed -- front door. If it’s autumn, rake the leaves....

Do You Want to Sell Your House
By Mary Beth Harrison on Nov 29, 2010

I was working with a buyer this week and we worked together to pick out the houses we would see. With so much inventory there are too many to choose from. I picked out my favorites and my buyer did the same working from the MLS printout and photos. ...

Should I Stage My Home
By Mary Beth Harrison on Nov 23, 2010

If you are asking the question then the answer is probably yes. Staging your home to get it sold is always a good idea especially if you are "decorating challenged." Buyers like to feel how they would live in a home. They want to know how t...

Perception is Reality
By Mary Beth Harrison on Nov 22, 2010

A study from JD Power and Associates found that buyers were more satisfied with their real estate company this year than last and sellers were less satisfied. First of all, each Realtor is an independent contractor and while they hang their licens...

To Lease or to Sell That is the Question
By Mary Beth Harrison on Nov 19, 2010

Many sellers' find themselves in the position of having to move even though their home is not sold. That is a terrible position to be in. You cannot afford to purchase a home where you are going and the house left behind is now vacant. Unfortunately...

Before You Let Your Home Go Back to the Bank
By Mary Beth Harrison on Nov 18, 2010

Fannie Mae has launched a new website to help homeowners who are behind on their mortgage payments. The website, www.knowyouroptions.com has useful information and resources to help home owners avoid foreclosure. The goal is to help homeowners stay i...

Closing Cost
By Mary Beth Harrison on Nov 17, 2010

We finally got an offer on our home and the buyer wants us to pay their closing cost, don’t they know we have our own closing cost to pay for?   First of all, everything is negotiable, price, terms, closing cost, every part of the contra...

Looking for a Needle in a Hay Stack
By Mary Beth Harrison on Nov 16, 2010

You have decided to buy a home but where do you start your search. There are so many houses to choose from and you do not want to miss the “right one”. At some point you have to realize that more does not always equal better.   Bar...

I Will Wait to Buy a Home
By Mary Beth Harrison on Nov 15, 2010

I hear it every day…I think I will wait to buy a house until the market quits dropping. I ask you, how will you know when the housing market has reached bottom? I will answer that for you. You will not know the market has reached bottom until ...

Time to Consider Investment Rental Properties
By Mary Beth Harrison on Nov 12, 2010

Adding real estate to your investment portfolio makes sense. As with any investment you will want to do your homework. Enlist a Realtor who works with investors and can evaluate investment property. Find homes that are located in desirable areas to a...

Flint Ridge Resort - A Place For All Seasons
By Don Hodges on Nov 11, 2010

Flint Ridge is a 7,000 acre Resort Community located in Northeast Oklahoma "Where the Ozarks touch the Illinois River." Flint Ridge residents enjoy a year-round vacation without leaving home, while others come for weekend adventures and re...

The Selling Process - Today
By Mary Beth Harrison on Nov 10, 2010

You might think that selling your home would be an easy process…   1) Call a Realtor, put sign in the yard 2) Magically a buyer comes along offers you what you want 3) They get their loan approved for your asking price 4) Off you go...

Sellers Do Not Get Mad - Negotiate
By Mary Beth Harrison on Nov 09, 2010

You make the big decision to sell your home. You hire a Realtor, clean up, paint, re-carpet, all the things the Realtor suggested, even price it lower than you wanted and no activity.    I think becoming a seller brings out the 3 year ol...

CDPE - Certified Distressed Property Expert
By Deb Wheeler on Nov 08, 2010

A Certified Distressed Property Expert® is a real estate professional with specific understanding of the complex issues confronting the real estate industry, and the foreclosure avoidance options available to homeowners. Through comprehensive trainin...

Taking Advantage of Home Improvement
By Mary Beth Harrison on Nov 08, 2010

Home owners, you only have 60 days left to take advantage of the 2009-2010 tax credit for energy efficient home improvements. The credit includes but is not limited to insulation, heat and air replacement, windows and door replacement. When a home ow...

I think I will wait to buy a house
By Mary Beth Harrison on Nov 04, 2010

I'll wait until the market hits bottom... No one will know when the housing market reaches bottom until it is on its way back up. How low is low enough?I'll wait until prices drop some more. Home prices have actually risen in Dallas over the last 3 m...

How to Prepare for an Open House
By Mary Beth Harrison on Nov 02, 2010

An open house is one of the easiest ways to show your home to many potential buyers in a short period. Here are some tips for preparing a successful open house presentation.   Instructions Try to schedule an open house around good we...

Setting Clear Expectations
By Mary Beth Harrison on Nov 02, 2010

Short sales are not for the faint of heart of heart or for the buyer who needs to be in a home in a specific time period.   Short sales are for buyers wanting to buy a home below market value.   The difference between a foreclosure ...

Homebuyers Search Out Smaller Homes
By Mary Beth Harrison on Nov 01, 2010

Given the sharp turn in our economy and the massive job loss many have experienced, it is little wonder that smaller homes are in vogue. No longer are the days when every family member deserves his or her own private bedroom or bath. (Some of my fami...

Home Maintenance Tips For Fall
By Mary Beth Harrison on Nov 01, 2010

Animals may have the right idea to hibernate the winter away but as humans we do not get that luxury. Here is a list of maintenance items that need to be take care of around your house before the cold weather sets in… Have...