Real estate designations — What you need to know

The real estate industry is laden with opportunities for professionals within the field to continue their education for a lifetime. In fact, any agent identifying as a professional REALTOR®, has committed to abide by a very strict Code of Ethics, … Read more

All about appraisals — What you need to know

There’s no disputing that appraisals carry a lot of weight when it comes to real estate. In general terms, an appraisal is the estimate of a property’s market value, in comparison to similar properties in the area. This estimate is … Read more

Identifying wants vs. needs — A step-by-step guide

When you’re ready to look for your next home, it is smart to provide your REALTOR® with a comprehensive overview of what you want, along with what you need. The things you want in a home will be the easier … Read more

New in town? Tap into your REALTOR’S® rolodex

There are few professionals who will know more about their community than real estate agents. Even if your agent doesn’t happen to live in the exact location where you’ve purchased a home, there is a good chance that you have … Read more

Buyer beware — Common pitfalls to avoid when purchasing a home

Buying a home is not only a large financial investment, it’s also a significant emotional investment. With so much at stake, the process deserves your undivided attention. To ensure that buying a home goes as smoothly as possible, it’s wise … Read more

FHA, Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac — The basics of government mortgage loans

When it comes time to buy a home, the process of determining which loan is best for you can feel overwhelming. There are many loan options available, some of which are known as government loans, or government-backed loans. Many buyers … Read more

Initial Investment — 7 Things You Need to Know Before You Invest in Real Estate

If you’re considering investing in real estate, rest assured you’re in good company. Millions of Americans have successfully done so in the past, and countless others continue to do so each year. However, that’s not to say that being successful … Read more

What to Expect if You Decide to Become a Landlord

You’ve found your new home. It’s perfect, and you can’t wait to move in. Yet, even though your new home has all the bells and whistles you’ve been dreaming of, the thought of letting go of your current home feels … Read more

The Pros and Cons of Trying to Time the Market

In many circles, when conversations about buying and selling homes arise, the concept of “timing the market” invariably emerges. Some people will swear by the practice, citing example after example of instances where buying low and selling high has worked … Read more

Top 10 Questions to Ask Your Real Estate Agent

Buying or selling a home is one of the most significant financial transactions most people will ever be involved in. So it follows that choosing a real estate agent to help reach those goals is one of the most important … Read more