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Useful Tips when Buying an Old House

Thursday Aug 03rd, 2017

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For some buyers, it’s hard not to fall in love with the special charm and character that old houses offer such as gabled roofs, hardwood floors, crown mouldings, and more.  Old homes can also be attractive as affordable fixer-uppers and charming B&B establishments with their unique architecture and Old World craftsmanship rarely found in newer homes.  These homes often feature plastered walls, leaded glass windows, and original (antique) chandeliers and light fixtures. ... [read more]

What is the difference between an Agent, Broker or Sales Representative?

Thursday Aug 03rd, 2017

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Question:  What is the difference between an Agent, Broker or Sales Representative? Answer: In the real estate world we quite often refer to ourselves as a real estate agent. Technically and legally the term 'Agent" refers to the actual brokerage. In my case that would be Sutton Group Heritage Realty Inc. When I represent a buyer or seller what is really happening is that Sutton Group Heritage is representing the buyer or seller and I (Lori Roberts) represent Sutton Group... [read more]

10 Ways to Plan for Buying a House

Thursday Aug 03rd, 2017

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There are many advantages to purchasing a new home: buyers are able to build equity, to enjoy the pride of ownership, and to obtain accommodation that is often larger and/or more luxurious than what is available to rent. Property has also proven to be a relatively safe and profitable. If you are planning to buy a home within the next few weeks or months, preparing now can help you save time and money. When competing in a seller's market, being prepared may also give you an advantage over... [read more]

Price Price Price! Assessing the Right Value

Thursday Aug 03rd, 2017

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Of course what most of us tout is location, location, location. It is important to understand howprice and location fit together. When it comes to selling, the importance of pricing a home is superior to everything else. A simple illustration is to picture a home for sale in the best location you can imagine. Then put a price on it that is too high by market comparison. The result will be that the home may be admired by many but no offers will come since the price is attracting the... [read more]

How to Make Your House a Show Stopper

Thursday Aug 03rd, 2017

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Showing a house is a lot like going on a first date: you try to look well groomed even if that's not how you normally look! The old adage about first impressions being the most important is just as true for your home as it is for you. A clean house gives prospective buyers the impression that the whole house is well maintained including the out of sight items such as plumbing or heating. Most sellers know that a tidy home can help their home sell faster but 'clean'is a... [read more]

What Home Inspectors See that You Can’t

Thursday Aug 03rd, 2017

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When you make an offer on a home, it’s a smart idea to have a professional home inspector check it out from top to bottom. This inspection will ensure that the property doesn’t have any unexpected “issues”. After all, you don’t want to buy a home only to discover that the roof needs to be replaced, immediately, for thousands of dollars. That being said, you might question whether you really need to invest the few hundred dollars it costs for a professional home... [read more]

Foreclosure v.s. Power of Sale

Tuesday Dec 27th, 2016

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In the unfortunate circumstance that a homeowner is past-due on their monthly mortgage payments, they pave the way for a “foreclosure” on their property. In today’s market, banks and other lenders do not turn to foreclosure to take away the homes of homeowners who are in arrears. Instead, they perform a "Power of Sale" which is wholly different from a Foreclosure. What is a Foreclosure? Foreclosures are laborious, grueling, and costly to both the... [read more]

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