By: Riaz Ahmed & Ayesha Syed

6 Reasons Your Agent Wants You Pre-Approved Before Showing You Homes

Tags: get pre-approved before you look for a home

Ever had an agent deny to show you a home because you weren’t pre-approved for a mortgage? It’s not because they’re mean, or they don’t value your business… it’s actually because they’re looking out for your best interests. Let’s face it, shopping for a home before getting pre-approved for a mortgage is like walking into a grocery store without a w...Read More

By: Riaz Ahmed & Ayesha Syed

Why You Shouldn’t Let A Website Tell You Your Home’s Value

Tags: what's my home worth?

Picture this… There’s an inexperienced real estate agent in your town. He hasn’t sold any homes yet. He wants to drum up some business. So, he climbs up onto your roof and paints what he estimates to be the value of your home. He feels like this could be a win-win: YOU get to know the value of your house, so he was helpful to you, without even having to meet with him&helli...Read More

By: Riaz Ahmed & Ayesha Syed

7 Signs That You’ve Picked the Right Real Estate Agent

Tags: the right real estate agent

Buying or selling a home can be a complicated and stressful experience. There can be a lot of moving parts involved that may come as a surprise to people who have never been through the process before. This is why having a great real estate agent is critical. Picking the right agent isn’t always easy, but you’ll definitely know if you’ve picked the right one for you. Here are se...Read More

By: Riaz Ahmed & Ayesha Syed

10 Things You Should Never Say To A Real Estate Agent

Tags: what not to say to your realtor

Let’s be clear on one thing: by nature, real estate agents are not fragile beings. We’ve heard it all. And for the most part, we have a great sense of humor about things. In other words, you can tell us virtually anything — in fact, you should if it’s pertinent to buying or selling your home. It’s just that there’s a handful of things clients say that...Read More

By: Riaz Ahmed & Ayesha Syed

184 Things REALTORs® Do To Earn Their Commission

Tags: realtors work hard for their commission

Listed here are 184 typical actions, research steps, procedures, processes and review stages in a successful residential real estate transaction that are normally provided by full service real estate brokerages in return for their sales commission. Depending on the transaction, some may take minutes, hours, or even days to complete, while some may not be needed. More importantly, they reflect the...Read More

By: Riaz Ahmed & Ayesha Syed

Does Renting Make More Sense Than Buying A Home?

Tags: Buy vs. rent

Some people don’t think buying a home makes sense. They feel like renting is a smarter move. On the other hand, some people think renting doesn’t make any sense. For the most part, arguing it one way or another is about as useful as arguing politics or religion — whatever “side” you’re on, you have your point of view, feelings, and reasons. But there are also...Read More

By: Riaz Ahmed & Ayesha Syed

Why Fall Might Be The Best Time To Buy A Home

Tags: Best time to Buy a Home

A lot of people think the best time to buy a house is during the Spring market. And, it is… …in the sense that more houses are listed for sale in the Spring. But, there’s also a heck of a lot more buyers trying to buy those listings. The thing is, some of the houses listed back in the Spring don’t end up selling. (Usually just because they were overpriced.) ...Read More

By: Riaz Ahmed & Ayesha Syed

Why Do Real Estate Agents Ask If You’re Pre-approved?

Tags: Pre-approvED, pre-approval, mortgage approval

Have you ever walked into an open house, or called a real estate agent about a listing, and within minutes, they’re asking you if you are “pre-approved” for a mortgage? If you haven’t, then you have never walked into an open house or called an agent. Or at least enough of them… Just wait. It’ll happen. And you’re going to feel like it&rsquo...Read More

By: Riaz Ahmed

How Much Should You Budget for Home Maintenance?

Tags: Budget, Home Maintenance

If you own a car, you know there’s more to the cost-of-ownership than just finance payments and gas. You also need to budget for maintenance and repairs. If your car is older, those costs are going to be higher. That’s just common sense.   The same is true of your home. It’s wise to budget for anticipated repairs and maintenance. Otherwise, you might be caught by surprise wh...Read More

By: Riaz Ahmed

The “3 Up” Strategy for Selling Your Home Quickly

Tags: Selling Homes Quickly

There are many reasons why you may need to sell your home quickly: a sudden job relocation; a change in family situation; or perhaps an opportunity to purchase a new home that you just can’t pass up.   Whatever the reason, this strategy will help when you need to sell fast. It’s called the “3 Up” strategy.   Fix it up. Clean it up. Spruce it up.   Firs...Read More

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