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The Impact of Interest Rates

The Impact of Interest Rates

How do the interest rates affect my ability to buy a home? Should I wait for rates to come down before moving?  Interest rates directly impact the affordability of a mortgage, as they affect your monthly payments and the total cost of the loan. Higher interest rates...

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The Art of Negotiation

The Art of Negotiation

How can I effectively negotiate the price of a home? What strategies work best? Begin with a strong position by showing that you are a serious buyer. This involves being well-prepared with a mortgage pre-approval and a readiness to move quickly. Sellers are often more...

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Legalities You Need to Know

Legalities You Need to Know

What legal considerations should I be aware of when buying or selling a home?  Buying a home involves many legal components.  Most buyers focus on how the house looks and give very little thought to the most important pieces of the transaction. One key legal...

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Avoiding Mistakes Homebuyers Make

Avoiding Mistakes Homebuyers Make

What are some common mistakes homebuyers make and how can I avoid them?One of the initial mistakes homebuyers often make the mistake of not getting pre-approved for a mortgage before starting their home search. This oversight can lead to disappointment if they find a...

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Increasing Your Property Value

Increasing Your Property Value

What are some cost-effective ways to increase the value of my property before putting it on the market?  Boosting the value of your property doesn't always require significant financial investment. There are several cost-effective strategies that can enhance your...

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Breaking News

Breaking News

Many of you may have already heard about the proposed settlement from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) in regard to commissions. Don’t believe the sensational headlines. Commissions have not been slashed nationwide! Our media has become so sensational in...

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Elections and Real Estate

Elections and Real Estate

As a homeowner considering selling, I'm curious to know how election years typically affect the housing market. Research indicates that election years indeed introduce notable dynamics into the real estate market. Studies suggest that during these periods, and...

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The Importance of listing your home on the MLS

The Importance of listing your home on the MLS

We have heard rumors lately of some homes selling outside of the MLS.  This seems like it might be easier if we want to sell our home.  How would you advise us?  When inventory is very tight as it is currently, there are desperate buyers out there and many of them are...

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Getting Ready For Market

Getting Ready For Market

How do you approach homes that may not be ready for market when you first see them?  Is it better if the home is completely ready before you see it?Generally, its best if I see your home before you make any changes to get it ready for market. After 25 years selling...

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Making a Strong First Impression

Making a Strong First Impression

As we consider listing our home, what are the best, quick, and affordable changes we can make to enhance its sales appeal?First impressions are pivotal when selling your home, and a fresh coat of paint is one of the most cost-efficient ways to make a dramatic impact....

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The Impact of the New Court Decision on Pricing

The Impact of the New Court Decision on Pricing

Given the current focus on real estate commissions and buyer's agents, how should I consider these changes when pricing my home for sale?Understanding the true value of your property has always been a cornerstone of successful selling. However, in the light of the new...

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Why You Need a Buyers Agent

Why You Need a Buyers Agent

With all of the conversation about buyers agents, commissions, and possibly having to pay for our own buyers agent, why should we even engage one?It is important to note that Pennsylvania does not recognize oral buyer agency, so if you want representation when you are...

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