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Betsy Sarcone, REALTOR Keller Williams Realty Greater Des Moines
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4 Tips Sellers Can Use to Ensure a Smooth Transaction

My team member Anya Hageman has been in real estate for 18 years. In that time, she’s closed around 10,000 transactions. In other words, she knows what to do to make things go smoothly. Today, she’ll be sharing four top tips that sellers can use to have a smooth transaction. The first is to locate your abstract early on. To learn more, watch this short video.

Learn More → http://homeindesmoines.com/4-tips-sellers-can-use-to-ensure-a-smooth-transaction.html
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More Goes Into Your Credit Score Than You Might Think

Do you know what really determines your credit score? Two factors, timeliness of payments and frequency of credit pulls, are what usually come to mind for most people. However, there are actually five things that go into determining your score. I’m joined today by a special guest who is going to help us understand these factors. To find out more, watch this short video.

Learn More → http://homeindesmoines.com/more-goes-into-your-credit-score-than-you-might-think.html
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Are You Prepared for the Spring Real Estate Market?

Time has flown by this year! Before we know it, we’ll be in the full swing of spring, including the fierce activity we can expect from the spring market. Today, I have a few tips for buyers and sellers on how they can prepare themselves to enter the market with confidence. First, it’s essential to know the market in order to make informed decisions about what offers to make as well as where to find homes quickly. For more tips like this, watch my latest video.

Learn More → http://homeindesmoines.com/are-you-prepared-for-the-spring-real-estate-market.html
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Website Warnings: Why You Shouldn’t Trust Sites Like Zillow
Is it safe to rely on so many listing websites out there for your real estate information? Today I’m joined by Amy Schafer, our lead buyer specialist, to tell you why you should rein in your online home search. The problem with most of these sites is that they don’t move as fast as the market does. If you rely on them, you could end up unknowingly chasing a house that’s already been sold. To learn more about why you should be wary of online home searches, watch our latest video.
http://betsysarcone.blogspot.com/2017/01/website-warnings-why-you-shouldnt-trust.html
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Our 2016 Preliminary Market Wrap-Up
2016 is coming to an end, so what should you expect from the last half of the fourth quarter in our real estate market? The year certainly started off hot, but since then, things have cooled off considerably. In general, we’re seeing price reductions across the board. With the election over and interest rates beginning to rise, we expect a downshift happening soon. However, there is still good news for both buyers and sellers. To learn more, watch our latest video.
http://betsysarcone.blogspot.com/2016/12/our-2016-preliminary-market-wrap-up.html
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How to Jumpstart Your Real Estate Career
Our team has seen some incredible growth this year, which has been just great. Due to our growth, a lot more people have been asking us how to get into the industry. We offer a great program to prospective new agents through Keller Williams that includes all the licensing courses you need to become an official real estate agent. This program is taught by our lead buyer’s agent, Amy Schafer, and she is here today to talk about this program in a little more detail. To learn more about how we can help you get started in a real estate career, watch this short video.
http://betsysarcone.blogspot.com/2016/10/how-to-jumpstart-your-real-estate-career.html
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Announcing the Fall Events Lineup

We've got a lot of exciting things happening at our office right now. Not only do we have a new team member to introduce you to, we have a full list of our fall events that we want to invite you to. We've got three great events planned for October, including a Trunk or Treat night at the office, and back by popular demand, "Gather the Girls." We've also go some details on the upcoming Reindeer Day for this year. For the all the details, watch this short video.

http://betsysarcone.blogspot.com/2016/10/our-fall-events-lineup-is-here.html
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Changes in the Des Moines Housing Market
What’s happening in the Des Moines real estate market? Though inventory is up and sales are down, we predicted this shift a while ago. How do you navigate this market if you’re thinking of buying or selling a home? Today, David Bell with Gershman Mortgage is here to speak with me about some of the financial changes we’ve seen in the market and how best to go about buying or selling today. For example, the USDA is now reducing their upfront fee as well as their monthly guarantee fee, which will bring costs down for buyers. To find out what else is happening in our market, watch this short video.

http://betsysarcone.blogspot.com/2016/09/how-to-navigate-des-moines-market.html
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Why Should You Hire a Des Moines Buyer’s Agent?

Today, Amy Schafer, one of our buyer’s agents, joins us to discuss the advantages of hiring a buyer’s agent. For example, inventory is incredibly low right now, so there aren’t many options out there for buyers. A good buyer’s agent will find you the right property. Amy can even find you a home before it hits the market. To learn more about working with a buyer’s agent, watch this short video.
http://betsysarcone.blogspot.com/2016/05/des-moines-real-estate-agent-benefits.html
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Why Are Home Inspections So Crucial In Des Moines? 

Today I’m joined by J.D. Nelson, one of the newest members of our team. He has a background in home inspections, so we’re going to discuss why they’re so important to both buyers and sellers. For example, sellers can get a pre-sale inspection and avoid surprises at the closing table. To learn more how home inspections can save you time and money, watch this short video. 
http://betsysarcone.blogspot.com/2016/04/des-moines-real-estate-agent-home.html
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