Keep Your Home Sale from Falling Apart

Finding a buyer for your home is just the first step on the homeselling path. Tread carefully in the weeks ahead because if you make one of these common seller mistakes, your deal may not close. Mistake #1: Ignore Contingencies If your contract requires you to do something before the sale, do it. If the …

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Top issues that derail real estate closings

It can take weeks for an offer to be ratified. Buyers and sellers often counter back and forth for weeks before reaching mutual agreement on both price and terms. In this case, it’s a good idea to re-evaluate the closing date in the contract before inking the final agreement. Some buyers make offers that propose …

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Choosing the right neighborhood

Realtor.com featured an article by Move, Inc. on choosing the right neighborhood for those thinking of moving (view the original article: “How to Choose a Neighborhood“). The list was comprehensive, but fairly basic.  Here’s a recap: Focus on searching for homes in only the neighborhoods that are right for your family.  Do such by evaluating …

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Length of Time to Close

For four years in a row, the time it took to go from contract to close was 30 days for a normal transaction between 2005 and 2008 according to C.A.R.’s Annual Housing Market Survey. In the last two years, with the current tough underwriting standards for mortgage loans, escrow is taking a bit longer—about 40 …

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