REAL ESTATE VIEWS & NEWS

When Bad Financial Times Happen to Good People
By Mary Beth Harrison on Oct 22, 2010

I have recently tried to help several homeowners try to stay in their homes amidst trying financial times.                 Family A has been in their home for 20 years, the...

Make Southlake TX Your Next Destination
By Lisa Ackerson on Oct 15, 2010

Whether you’re coming to visit or considering buying your next home in Southlake, TX I can assure you that there are lots of reasons to be here. From its outstanding location in the heart of the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex and conveniently l...

Set the Right Price and Sell It on Your Terms
By Jeff Kessler on Oct 12, 2010

Starting with the perfectly obvious, if you want to sell your home, in the Austin Texas Area, you have to set the price. You can set any price you like, and many will tell you to shoot for the moon. You can always come down if you have to. That turns...

Greatest Experience Of My Professional Lifetime
By Lou Jewell ALC on Sep 29, 2010

The Greatest Experience Of My Professional Lifetime…Teaching about LandOne off the greatest experience of my professional lifetime has been to teach the Realtors Land Institute’s “Land 101” class. For the last seventeen year...

Why You Should Consider Working With A Realtor
By Irene D Lockel on Sep 29, 2010

8 Reasons Why You Should Work With a REALTOR® Not all real estate practitioners are REALTORS®. The term REALTOR® is a registered trademark that identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of REALTO...

Tips on Buying Land
By Lou Jewell ALC on Sep 27, 2010

Why would anyone want to buy Land? It is only the best all-time and longest lasting “Investment” in the world.  Maybe that is why Ted Turner owns over 2 million acres in the U.S. He might know about something that we should learn mor...

Tips On How to Sell Land
By Lou Jewell ALC on Sep 27, 2010

Land is finite and as our world population ever increases, there is constant demand for its many uses. All Land has one or more potential uses, even if you think it is just holding the earth together. Determining the “Highest and Best Use&rdquo...

It’s Not to Late to Invest in Land
By Lou Jewell ALC on Sep 27, 2010

Land seems to be the new buzz word floating around currently. I was emailing Gloria Bowen our Executive Director of the Realtors® Land Institute in Chicago. RLI was organization was established in1944 and is charged with educating Realtors® a...

Now is the Time to get off the Fence and Buy Land
By Lou Jewell ALC on Sep 27, 2010

 It appears that a lot of people are just setting on the fence, not knowing when and where to get off. Today with market uncertainties and changing laws in Washington has created a lot of anxiety. Real estate has always been one of the best inve...

You may be in violation of the NAR Code of Ethics
By Lou Jewell ALC on Sep 27, 2010

You may be in violation of the NAR Code of Ethics You may be in violation of the NAR Code of Ethics and not be aware that you are.   The National Association of Realtors® has made it mandatory for all Realtors® to take the Code of E...

93 Plus Potential Land Disclosure Issues
By Lou Jewell ALC on Sep 27, 2010

Anyone involved in a typical Land transaction, leasing, buying or selling may be exposed to 93 plus potential Land issues. For years now I have advocated for need of a “Land Disclosure” form throughout our country. So far only four states...

Great time to buy in Central MA
By Maureen H Brennan on Sep 20, 2010

Today is a great time to be a pre-approved (by lender with letter in hand) buyer in central MA: Lots of listings choices without having to travel to a new area Low fixed interest rates Fewer qualified buyer to compete against Ma...

Do Not Settle When Choosing Your Next Home!
By Wendy Pomeroy on Sep 20, 2010

Finding your dream home can be a time-consuming process. Locating the "right home" for you can be a long, tiresome process. There are many variables and factors that will affect your final choice.Home purchase is more than just "LOCA...

The Most Costly Mistake in Selling Your Home
By Maria Scors on Sep 16, 2010

Choose the right real estate agent to market your home. You must rely on your agent for accurate comparative sales statistics and pricing guidance. A good agent provides the facts to help you avoid the worst mistake you can make: overpricing. Alas, n...

Credit Scoring Tips and Information
By Nancy Halsema on Sep 13, 2010

This information was provided by my very favorite loan officer – the Loan Goddess herself – Toby Lynn.If you are ready to buy a home, this is information you must have NOW! Don’t reply on what was true when your folks bought a home...

The 15 Important Steps Before Purchasing a Home
By Nancy Halsema on Sep 13, 2010

1. Get Pre-Qualified: Knowing what price home you qualify for is essential for many reasons. 1) When you know what you qualify for, your real estate agent will find homes within that range so when you find one that is suitable you will have the con...

My Best Advice for the Home Seller
By Nancy Halsema on Sep 13, 2010

Provide Easy Access: Foot traffic is important. The more agents that show, the faster your home will sell. Make this as easy as possible. Make sure the front door opens easily and the key is a smooth fit. Have adequate parking so the agent can park w...

Be Sure!!!!
By Ron Giannamore on Sep 10, 2010

In today's lending environment you can never be too sure.... most mortgages written today are either using Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac financing which most local and national lenders underwrite to sell to or they are being insured by FHA where the gove...

The Difference Between A Condominium And A Co-op
By Heidi Lippacher on Sep 06, 2010

What is a Cooperative Apartment?A cooperative corporation owns the building that includes the individual apartments and the common areas. The corporation issues shares of its stock (the Stock Certificate) allocated to each apartment based upon its si...

How To Price Your Home For A Successful Sale
By Heidi Lippacher on Sep 06, 2010

Price your home incorrectly and it could mean a long stay on the market and a final selling price lower than what you had originally hoped. Should I price my property high so I can come down?No. By pricing your home too high you actually encourage a...