Category: Home Selling

The Difference Real Estate Photography Makes

This is a tale of two homes; or, more specifically, the commercial brokers. I’ve written about how great real estate photography can make the difference in the way a home is presented when it’s for sale – I firmly believe it’s a crucial component to the process of selling your home. In fact, starting in 2009 I was the first real estate agent in the New River Valley to use a professional photographer on all of my listings, and Nest Realty believes so much in professional real estate photography that we use it on every home we list – including foreclosures. Sean Shannon …

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How To Sell A Home This Fall Or Winter

Like it or not, the season here in the New River Valley is getting ready to change from summer to fall, and then winter. Like death and taxes, the seasons here in Blacksburg are guaranteed. While it’s hard to think about winter when it’s bright and sunny outside, humor me. It’s likely your house looks so much better with green grass, full leaves on the trees, and colorful flowers in the flower beds, than it does with gray cloudy skies, scraggly trees, and patches of snow on the ground. If you’re expecting to sell this fall or winter, go ahead …

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Is Your Realtor Talking? Or Listening

I love this photo. I was showing homes to clients in June, and they really liked the house. It fit a lot of their criteria, and it was in budget. All was going well. As we walked into the basement, we got to talking about the upgrades that had just been added, and then I looked over and what I saw is in the photo above. So what did I do? I shut up, backed away, and pulled out my camera. Naturally. Haha make sure you get a Vancouver Realtor that know how to act in a similar situation. If we’ve …

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Buying A Home Where a Violent Crime Occurred

Imagine you’re a buyer. You’ve seen a house a couple of times, and then one day you learn from a local that several years ago, someone had committed suicide in the home that you’re looking at. Now, you don’t know for certain that someone committed suicide there, but you trust your source. Would you still buy the home? Which got me thinking … do buyers really care about that stuff? Do buyers really care that a violent crime, like a murder, happened on the property? My guess was yes, so I posted the question to Twitter and Facebook. The result? YES, buyers …

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Robert Shiller Isn’t Saying NOT To Buy A Home

This link has been floating around the internet for a couple of days, and I want to respond. http://www.theatlanticcities.com/housing/2013/10/economist-who-just-won-nobel-prize-thinks-housing-terrible-investment/7240/ As I wrote on someone’s Facebook wall, I have no problem with the article at all – I don’t own a home (that I live in, anyway) either, and my income centers around people buying and selling homes so it’s important to me that people continue doing that. Shiller is VERY highly regarded in real estate circles, and his economic reports are the gold standard. But the title of the article is misleading – Shiller doesn’t say it’s a bad idea …

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A Government Shutdown and Your FHA, VA, or USDA Mortgage Loan

updated: seems there’s been a reversal on FHA mortgages, as first mentioned by Marianne Washington of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. Certainly you’ve heard about this whole idea of a government shutdown. Regardless of your feelings on the issue, PLENTY of home borrowers and home sellers need to know what to expect moving forward. Several types of mortgage loans are backed by the United States Government, including FHA, VA, and USDA loans. If you are a borrower currently under contract on a property and have applied for financing under one of these mortgage programs, you are most certainly going to be …

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Part Four – What Is A HUD-1?

Welcome to “What Is A HUD-1?”, a four-part series breaking down the settlement statement that’s used in a real estate transaction. The settlement statement, also known as the HUD-1, is your receipt – it’s an itemization of every penny associated with the sale or purchase, so if it’s money-related then it’ll be shown on the HUD-1. Each party (buyer and seller) or signatory will sign multiple copies of the HUD-1. A quick note – HUD, which is short for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, is a department in the federal government that oversees, among other things, housing, …

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Using Aerial Videography To Showcase A Home

Anyone who sells anything is always looking at finding new ways of reaching their target audience, or showcasing their product(s) in new, eye-catching ways. The real estate industry is no different. In fact, we might lead the charge for most ridiculous ways of showcasing a home – or even ourselves. And video has been at the heart of much of the talk in my industry over the last couple of years … more and more we’re seeing agents using video to showcase their listings, they simply get a led video curtain and run the video. There are plenty of examples …

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Part One – What Is A HUD-1?

Welcome to “What Is A HUD-1?”, a four-part series breaking down the settlement statement that’s used in a real estate transaction. The settlement statement, also known as the HUD-1, is your receipt – it’s an itemization of every penny associated with the sale or purchase, so if it’s money-related then it’ll be shown on the HUD-1. Each party (buyer and seller) or signatory will sign multiple copies of the HUD-1. A quick note – HUD, which is short for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, is a department in the federal government that oversees, among other things, housing, …

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