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Finding a qualified real estate agent to assist you with the sale of your home should be your first order of business choosing a listing agent.

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Home buyers choosing a real estate agent should look for specific traits when selecting an agent. Making the right decision is critical; consider these characteristics before agreeing to work with one.

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Before you select a mortgage take a realistic look at your finances, so that you can determine a price range and what size home you can comfortably afford. Buying a home that fits your budget means your mortgage payments won’t cause you financial stress.

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For most homeowners their house is their largest asset, so you want to maximize your home’s potential to sell and insure you get top dollar when you do. Here are a few reasons why you might not get that top dollar when you sell and how to avoid some obvious pitfalls.

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“Green” homes are FHA eligible and can be great for the environment, as well as save you money over time.

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Marketing and staging your home is essential to attract home buyers and get an offer to purchase. Increasing your chances of selling your home can be done in many ways. One simple way is to practice the art of Feng Shui, an ancient Chinese principle to maximize the energy in your home.

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Home buyers face several challenges when deciding how much money to put down on their home purchase and much can depend on the type of mortgage you plan on getting. Whether to put down a larger down payment or to take a portion of your money from your down payment and use it to pay “discount points” to lower your interest rate could be a good or not so good option. There are pros and cons to doing both and each home buyer’s situation will be different, so it’s important to understand which option is best for your individual needs.

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Distressed homes are selling at substantial discounted home prices and using the FHA 203K Renovation Loan can add additional value to these homes.

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Once you have found that perfect house with the right price and every little feature you were hoping for, it’s important to keep in mind that the home has been presented in a way that accentuates its highlights and shadows any flaws. For this reason, it is crucial that you get a home inspection before completing a purchase. Getting an inspection is likely to be the most important investigation you need to perform to ensure you are getting the best value. It also helps to know what reasons each party has for requiring a home inspection.

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Nationwide, mortgage rates are low and home prices remain relatively low, too. This combination, plus rising rents, creates the perfect storm for renters toward first-time home ownership.
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