If you’ve never been through the home-buying process, some of the terminology can be overewhelming. One of the many phrases you might come across is "earnest money". This can sometimes be called "escrow money", or "good faith deposit". Either way, it's something you are near guaranteed to hear. But what is it, anyway? When making… Continue reading What Is Earnest Money, Anyway?
This has been a fast paced summer for house hunting - and with rates holding below 3% for most qualified buyers, it looks like fall holds more of the same! So how do buyers make their offer stand apart from the rest, when there are fewer listings available to go around? There are a few… Continue reading Outsmart (not outspend!) Your Competition!
When more than 90% of consumers search for and often find the homes they're interested in independent of a Realtor - only contacting one once they know what they want to see in person, how important is it to hire someone to work for you - and how do you know they're the right one… Continue reading Before You Choose Your Realtor – Read THIS!
If you live in a place as vacation-friendly as SW Florida, chances are you know a good number of realtors. There are currently more than 9,000 actively licensed real estate professionals in my market! WOW, right? But how can you know that you're working with the right professional for you? Not all realtors are created… Continue reading Reviews are EVERYTHING!
With mortgage applications at historic highs - largely due to interest rates being at historic lows - so many of my newest customers are first time buyers, wondering if they might have a chance at taking advantage of the current market. The answer is an overwhelming YES! TRY! WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO LOSE?! Coming… Continue reading Mortgage Pre-Approval: Are you ready?
Lately I've been working closely with first time home buyers - something that brings SO much joy to this seasoned (but not jaded!) broker's heart! In working with those newbies, I've spent a lot of time working toward pre approvals. Nine times out of ten, credit score and the accumulation of adequate trade lines is… Continue reading Need a Boost?
Buying a home is one of those major life milestones, like graduating from college and landing your dream job. These days, though, it isn't a goal that most young people assume is going to be easy to achieve. My oldest son, who is in his early twenties, fears he may never own his… Continue reading Are These Myths Holding You Back?