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Timing the Final Walk Through

Timing the Final Walk Through Dear Phyllis, After a long search, we finally found the home of our dreams and are under contract to buy it. One thing that really doesn’t make sense is the final walk through. Our Realtor® explained t...

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How do you buy your first home

With housing affordability at all time lows, purchasing a home is beyond reach for many. So, how do you buy your first home? Ask for help. If your parents and or grandparents are in a position to help, ask for it. Many of my millennial h...

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What are buyer’s agent’s duties?

There is a new trend among real estate agents. And it’s not good. There are a growing number of Realtors “representing” home buyers writing offers when the agent hasn't viewed the home. In a multiple offer situation, how can your Realtor ...

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How to prepare to purchase a home?

How to prepare to purchase a home? Dear Phyllis, Our daughter recently graduated college and started working. My husband and I plan to help her purchase a home and were thinking next year would be a good time to begin to look. Can you...

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What is sweat equity?

Have you heard the term "sweat equity"? According to Wikipedia Sweat equity is a party's contribution to a project in the form of labor, as opposed to financial equity such as paying others to perform the task. Sweat equity has an application i...

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Obstacles to Seller finding a home of choice

Obstacles to Seller finding a home of choice Dear Phyllis, The seller countered my offer that purchasing their home is contingent upon them finding and buying another. I love their home and am serious about buying. But I am fearful th...

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Why didn’t I receive a counter offer?

Why didn’t I receive a counter offer? Dear Phyllis, My fiancé and I made an offer on a house but due to the condition of the economy, our offer was low. Although we would have increased our offered price, we were never given the op...

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When is the right time to sell your home?

It’s often difficult to determine when it is the right time to sell your home. According to the National Association of Realtors, the average home seller remains in their home for ten years. In 1985, it was just five years. My husband ...

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Counter Offers not Required

Counter Offers not Required Dear Phyllis, I have been looking at homes for nine months. During that time we have written several offers which for various reasons weren’t accepted. The most recent offer my agent submitted was on a ho...

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