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How Much Home Can You Really Afford? 06-01-2015

The current real estate market has led to frustration and anxiety for many potential buyers. Having good credit scores, enough funds for down payment, and adequate loan pre-approval is often not enough for them to succeed in buying the ideal home when it comes on the market.

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Why Your Purchase Offer Was Not Accepted 05-01-2015

There are a variety of reasons that buyers’ home purchase offers are not successful.  The price, of course, is most commonly why a seller does not accept a buyer’s offer.  However, it may be worthwhile considering other factors that may be involved. Perhaps another rejection could be avoided, or at least the odds of success increased.

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Homeowners Feel Held Hostage by Taxes 04-01-2015

Each month, my team and I provide complimentary local home value estimates for nearly a dozen homeowners. Many of these owners just want a rough idea of value as part of their overall financial picture for future plans.

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Benefits Of A Seller Pre-Inspection 03-01-2015

One benefit of having a professional inspection done before any prospective buyers see the property is that the seller has the opportunity to do some repairs in advance if they choose.

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Q&A with Michael Edlen 03-01-2015

Q&A with Michael Edlen -  Palisadian Post

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When it Makes Sense to Downsize 02-01-2015

An increasing number of Palisadians have been experiencing the need to consider selling their home due to becoming “empty nesters.” They own a 5 or 6 bedroom house and have higher maintenance costs and/or feel that it does not make sense to keep such a large place for just the one or two of them.

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10 Tips for Sellers to Keep Your Escrow Together 01-02-2015

Many of the reasons for escrows being cancelled can be addressed in advance by careful consideration of details. These tips may help avoid the emotional challenges of having one’s escrow cancelled.

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Are The Holidays A Good Time To Buy Or Sell A Home? 12-01-2014

Is it a correct observation or a misconception that it is a disadvantage to list your home for sale during the holiday period?  Conventional belief has generally been that November-December is the worst time of the year to have a home on the market.  The reasons for this thinking are that people go on vacation, holidays distract attention, bad weather may inhibit some buyers, and many real estate agents discourage home sellers from winter listings.

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The Power of "Staging" 11-01-2014

In any real estate market, the showing condition of the house and property is crucial to success. More than 80% of the buyers are previewing homes online before deciding whether to see them inside. They eliminate a substantial number of homes previewed online because they appear cluttered, too small and unattractive in their photos.

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Today's Home Purchase Process 10-01-2014

Although the same contract forms are used in the selling and buying of a home, the process and timing are not at all the same. Sellers often decide to sell within a few months of actually putting their home on the market, whereas most buyers begin their search for a new home 6-18 months before they contact a real estate agent.

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