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Best Real Estate Apps of 2021
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Types of Real Estate Agents Compared to Real Estate Brokers
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What Is a Title Search?
Tips for creating a welcoming open-house atmosphere: Don’t expect prospective buyer to remove shoes Set out a food spread with a thank-you note Leave the house Make sure the property is neat and clutter-free Don’t hurry the prospective buyer
Helpful Tips for Showing Your Home
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What Is a Squatter?
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The Differences Between Modular Homes and Manufactured Homes
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Median vs. Average: What's the Difference?
How accurate is zillow for suburban home listings
How Accurate Are Zillow Home Values?
How to Time Your Home Listing: Generally, it’s best to list as early as possible on a Friday Prime time for real estate agents to post on Multiple Listing Service is 12:01 am on a Friday On Mondays, people tend to think more about the upcoming work week than buying a home (Mondays are also when federal holidays occur) Weekend-working agents usually take Thursdays off The best time of month to post is the second week (after you’ve made your mortgage payment) Spring is usually considered the best time to list a home
The Best Time To Sell a House
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What Is a Promissory Note?
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A List of Rules for Home Buyers Working With Real Estate Agents
Image shows a large brick wall in front of a small yellow house blocking a white hetero couple. Title reads: "Common problems that can delay or prevent home closing." Text on the wall reads: "Low appraisal; additionally debt found on buyer's updated credit report; mistakes noted in buyer's credit port; new liens or judgements filed against the buyer or seller upon title update; marital status change for buyer or seller; required updated bank statements or financial documents; missing insurance information"
How Long Does the Home-Closing Process Take?
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What Is an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU)?
Tips for navigating a FSBO without an agent.
For Sale by Owner: What Is Involved In Buying a Home Without an Agent?
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Types of Contract Contingencies for Homebuyers
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What Is an Encumbrance?
These Are the Best Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Agent
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What Is Tenancy in Common?
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What Are Seller and Buyer Prorations?
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Best Online Notary Services of 2021
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Buying a Home With Deed Restrictions
how much do real estate agents earn? Real estate agents’ earnings vary from $25,000 or less to more than $1 million annually. - Salaries are usually based on commission. Annual earnings depend on the amount of homes sold and the market in which the agent is selling. - The median pay was roughly $49,000 in 2020. Top producers earn more than the average agent, starting at $112,610 a year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
What Do Top Real Estate Agents Make Per Year?
Image shows a bird-eye-view of a few homes on a property. Text reads: "Calculating the average price per square foot. Property A: $200,000/1,000 sq. ft. = $200 per sq. ft. Property B: $180,000/1,200 sq. ft. = $150 per sq. ft. Property C: $585,000/2,100 sq. ft. = $278 per sq. ft. // $628 per sq. ft. / 3 = $209 per sq. ft. "
How To Use Price Per Square Foot To Figure Home Values
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What Is Redlining?
Image shows three panels: a notary stamping a document; a woman walking with a backpack full of envelopes; and the third shows a home that's been sold. Text reads: "Typical notary fees: standard: $2-$20 per signature; mobile notaries may charge for travel; mortgage closings: $100+"
How Much Will It Cost To Get a Document Notarized?
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An Explanation of What a Grantee Is in Real Estate
10 Steps to Prepare for a Home Inspection
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What Is a Gift of Equity?
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How To Buy a House at Auction
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Why the Possession Date for Homebuyers Causes Such Controversy
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Freehold vs. Leasehold: What's the Difference?
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7 Ways HOA Dues Affect Your Finances
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Lockboxes Are Used By Agents to Access a Home
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Learn How Easements and Rights-of-Way Work
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What Is a Clear Title?
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What Is a Quitclaim Deed?
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What Is a Deed of Trust?
Image shows a small A-frame yellow house with a garden and trees beside it. There is also an open house sign. Text reads: "Preparing a property for an open house: remove all vehicles from driveway; open window coverings and turn on lamps; serve refreshments; do not use air freshener; play soft music; showcase photos of the property during other times of the year"
How to Hold a Successful Open House
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Why Homebuyers Can Walk Away from a Signed Contract
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What Is an Alienation Clause in Real Estate?
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How an Escalation Clause Can Harm a Home Seller
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Writing a Hardship Letter That Grants Relief
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Understand the Legal Description of a Property
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What Is Lis Pendens?
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Do You Need a Land Survey (And How Much Does It Cost)?
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How to Tell If the Recession is Over
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Why Is It So Important to Have a 'For Sale' Sign in the Yard?
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How to Buy a Model Home from a Builder
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Open House Etiquette for Home Buyers
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Here Is a Quick Guide to Home Buyer Broker Agreements and Contracts
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10 Questions to Ask Your Mortgage Broker or Lender
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Why a Foreclosed Home Sells for Less Than What You Offered the Bank
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What Factors Figure Into the Cost of a Home Inspection?
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Real Estate Taxes vs. Property Taxes
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Buying a Home When Prices Are Falling Requires Strategy
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Patio Homes: Just Right for Empty Nesters and First-Time Buyers Alike
Image shows when the best time to buy a house is including Best Time For Options: May, June, and July Best For A Good Deal: Winter Best Day: December 26th Mondays Best Weeks: Week beginning September 22nd Week of October 27th
In the Market for a New House? Here’s the Best Time to Buy a Home
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What Is a Zero-Lot-Line House?
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Average Days on Market: Buyers Care How Long a Home Has Been for Sale.
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Property Tax Exemptions for Veterans

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