Forgo final property inspection at your own risk

Sellers don’t always play by rules when moving out Purchase contracts often include a provision for the buyers to walk through the property with their real estate agent about five days or so before closing. This is not a contingency of the contract. It provides the buyers an opportunity to confirm that the property is …

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August Pending Sales Decline After Spurt in Existing Sales

The National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) Pending Home Sales Index for August was 88.6, which is on par with last year’s pending home sales average for the year, according to NAR’s chief economist, Lawrence Yun. Yun says the index has been moving within a narrow range for the past several months. “There are improving factors, …

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Washington D.C.’s Housing Market Defies the Nation’s Norm

The nation’s Capitol stands out as the “shining star” in nearly every market report that crosses the wire. Washington, D.C. has consistently defied the recent declines in home prices. The latest S&P Case-Shiller index upheld D.C. as the only city where home prices are increasing on both a monthly and annual basis. That coincided with …

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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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