Monthly Archives: April, 2013

Staging Your Home in the Springtime

Any home stager will tell you that “staging is staging” and the principals remain the same throughout the year – keep things clean, clutter free and colorful. But each season comes with its own brand of staging magic. For spring, there are a number of things you can do both inside and outside to take …

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Jolyn Brown Certified by Brian Buffini

Jolyn T. Brown (author of this blog), has been certified as a Facilitor of Brian Buffini’s new “Peak Producers” sales training program. The Peak Producer program teaches real estate agents the good habits, positive attitude and outstanding skills of a peak producer – so that by the end of the 12-week course, the agents will …

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Homeowners, if you’re looking to refinance then look at this first:

Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) – Extended to December 31, 2015 The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced Thursday that the Home Affordable Refinance Program, which was set to expire Dec. 31, will be extended until the end of 2015. What is HARP? If you’re current on your mortgage payments but have been unable to get …

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Warren Buffett: Careers & Real Estate

Prudential Professional Realty is a brokerage member of Prudential Real Estate, a network brand of HSF Affiliates LLC, of which HomeServices of America, Inc. is a majority owner. HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, is the second-largest, full-service residential brokerage firm and one of the largest providers of integrated real estate services in the …

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“Vacation Home” Sales Rise

According to an April 2nd press release from the National Association of Realtors: “vacation-home sales rose 10.1 percent to 553,000 in 2012 from 502,000 in 2011.” (Read the entire press release here:  http://www.realtor.org/news-releases/2013/04/2012-vacation-home-sales-up-investment-dips-but-stays-elevated-prices-rise ) Second home (aka vacation home) ownership has become a trend in today’s real estate market as demographics and technology converge to create …

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Home Shoppers: How to (and should you) lock in a mortgage interest rate.

Rule #1: Time is money. Rule #2: see Rule #1. You find a house.  You make an offer.  The offer is accepted.  You shop around for a mortgage and finally find a lender who quotes you a great interest rate and low upfront costs. Hooray!  Then, right before the closing, you get a surprise: the …

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The Importance of Assets

Mortgage lenders dissect the entire credit history of a potential client with strict attention to income, credit, collateral and assets. Of the four, assets are perhaps the least discussed yet may be the most important in securing credit and buying a home. “Assets may be the truest reflection of a borrower’s fiscal strength,” Dean Hartman, …

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