• How Much Will Repairs and Upgrades Cost? Get the Answers Feb. 27th 2020
    During the process of buying or selling a home, your clients often learn about recommended or required repairs and upgrades. This can happen as a result of the home inspection, or you may make suggestions based on your knowledge of the local market and comparable homes. Of course, the first thing your clients want to […] The post How Much Will Repairs and Upgrades Cost? Get the Answers appeared first on RISMedia.

  • Helping First-Time Sellers Expect the Unexpected Feb. 20th 2020
    There is quite a bit of emphasis on educating first-time buyers. If you tend to work with a lot of first-time buyers, then you may find yourself working with first-time sellers, too. As first-time sellers, your clients may be unaware of some of the different situations and considerations they may encounter when trying to sell […] The post Helping First-Time Sellers Expect the Unexpected appeared first on RISMedia.

  • Ask the Expert: How Can I Get My Home in Shape to Sell This Spring? Feb. 20th 2020
    Today’s Ask the Expert column features Dan Steward, president and CEO of Pillar To Post Home Inspectors®. Q: After all the chaos of the holidays, it’s likely that your home is a cluttered mess. Guests and all the gifts and goodies they leave behind can have you feeling overwhelmed by February. What do you recommend […] The post Ask the Expert: How Can I Get My Home in Shape to Sell This Spring? appeared first on RISMedia.

  • Home Inspection Checklist: What Buyers and Sellers Should Know About Inspections Feb. 11th 2020
    A home inspection is an essential step in the buying process. It makes sure that buyers aren’t getting themselves into a contract to purchase a house that will be an expensive mistake. For sellers, it can be a cause for worry, because it could lead to costly home repairs before they can sell the home. […] The post Home Inspection Checklist: What Buyers and Sellers Should Know About Inspections appeared first on RISMedia.

  • Staging a Home for Quick Offers and Sales Feb. 02nd 2020
    As a real estate agent, you are not expected to be a professional interior designer, landscaper, or architect. However, if you understand the basics of staging a home, you can make your listings more appealing to potential home buyers and sell it more quickly—often for more money. Conduct Some Research You should look at the […] The post Staging a Home for Quick Offers and Sales appeared first on RISMedia.

  • FHA Down Payment Requirements: Homeownership Without a Big Savings Account Jan. 29th 2020
    (TNS)—FHA loans were created to encourage and help first-time homebuyers since the down payment for these mortgages backed by the Federal Housing Administration can be as low as 3.5 percent. A traditional mortgage typically requires a down payment of 20 percent, which can be a hurdle for potential homeowners to save, especially when they are […] The post FHA Down Payment Requirements: Homeownership Without a Big Savings Account appeared first on RISMedia.

  • Scheduling the Home Inspection: Why Time Is of the Essence Jan. 22nd 2020
    Your clients found their dream home, and they’re ready to make an offer—excellent job! When an offer is officially accepted, your client is under contract. This is the perfect time to schedule a home inspection. What is a home inspection? The home inspection plays a significant role in the home-buying process. A home inspection is […] The post Scheduling the Home Inspection: Why Time Is of the Essence appeared first on RISMedia.

  • When Should You Lock a Mortgage Rate? Jan. 22nd 2020
    (TNS)—When it comes to interest rates, mortgage seekers should pay close attention because every little bit of interest counts. A quarter of a percentage point doesn’t sound like much, but it can mean thousands of extra dollars in interest paid, or not paid, over the life of a typical 30-year loan. For buyers worried that […] The post When Should You Lock a Mortgage Rate? appeared first on RISMedia.

  • 3 Tips for Staging a Home During Winter Jan. 02nd 2020
    With more bitter weather in the future for much of the U.S., there is much real estate professionals can do to get properties ready for showings. No matter the season, staging a home before a sale can increase the amount of an offer by 1-5 percent, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. From ensuring […] The post 3 Tips for Staging a Home During Winter appeared first on RISMedia.

  • Setting the Stage on a Budget Dec. 12th 2019
    Having a home professionally staged has many benefits. Staging can help present a property in its best light, potentially making it more appealing to prospective buyers. Many times, staging may help a home sell more quickly and sometimes even for a higher contract price. Bringing in professional home stagers does come with a cost, and […] The post Setting the Stage on a Budget appeared first on RISMedia.