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There are so many questions and concerns amid the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak. The real estate market is especially hard hit and sellers are concerned. Real estate at its core is a people business. It relies on person-to-person interaction and the coronavirus necessarily limits this contact. As the spring selling season gets started, home sellers will have questions and it’s important to acknowledge concerns and offer practical advice and concrete information to help sellers make the best decision for themselves and their families.

1. Should I still try and sell my home? – Of course, there are many aspects to this question. First and foremost, the health concerns of the sellers’ family have to be taken into consideration. Unless absolutely

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Sometimes, buyers and sellers can behave like adversaries. Both sides want to “win,” often sabotaging the transaction irreparably. No one wins if the home doesn’t sell.  

So how can you win and keep things civil?

Sellers: Be thoughtful and reasonable. Price your home to appeal to buyers and get stronger offers. Make your home easy to show to working buyers. Be flexible about showing times, especially on short notice. Put your pets in the kennel. Keep your home show-ready (clean and neat) so buyers can really see what they’re buying.

Respond quickly to requests for repairs and get the work done as soon as possible. Return calls or texts from your real estate professional quickly.

Don’t take offense at low offers. Simply counter the

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Changes in the Mortgage Market Since COVID-19

It's been difficult to adjust to a new normal during the past few weeks. With most residents being asked to stay at home, there are many who have recently lost their jobs or been asked to work remotely. The mortgage industry has also taken a big hit that has directly affected homeowners, renters, and investors alike.

There are many who are in the final stages of closing on their homes, and the current pandemic has made it difficult to efficiently move forward with the process. To help, desktop and exterioronly appraisals are being accepted as long as there is sufficient property information available online. Potential borrowers can also now submit their verification of employment via email, paystub,

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A good agent knows every chapter by heart.

Our agents know that homes are more than just bricks and mortar, they are dreams realized and memories made and that is what makes them CONSUMER STRONG.

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There is a hidden gem in America that often gets overlooked by other coastal cities in this country.  It is a great place to raise a family, start a business, or work for a Fortune 500 Technology company.  This place that I am talking about is Austin, Texas. 

Austin is America’s second Silicon Valley, often referred to as Silicon Hill.  Here, you can find technology companies like IBM, Apple, AMD, Samsung, Cisco, Dell, HP and many more.  It is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States for the past 5 years with over 100 people moving into the metro area every single day.       

As one of America’s top 10 safest cities to live in, Austin thrives on its unique culture of live music, Texas barbeque, and ever growing diversity.   

The

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You don’t want to throw money away on rent anymore, do you? Instead, you can build an asset that can grow large if you handle your money wisely.

Your best strategy? Prepare financially now.

Down-payments. Down-payments under 20% of the home’s price spell risk for lenders. You’ll pay a higher interest rate as well as private mortgage insurance, about 0.5 to 1.0 percent of your mortgage. That’s about $2000 a year on a $200,000 mortgage, or about $167 monthly.  

However, paying PMI allows you to get into a home faster with less money down, and advantage in a desirable housing market.

The costs of homeownership. According to The Motley Fool, you should prepare to pay about two to five percent of the transaction in closing costs.

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Keeping the Homeownership Dream Alive

Buying and owning your own home is no easy task, and there are moments on everyone's journey when they feel like it's impossible. However, there are plenty of resources available to help make your dream of becoming a homeowner a reality.

The first step you should take when you're ready to consider buying a home is to check your credit score and/or start building your credit. Lenders want to see that you’ve been able to pay back borrowed money on time, and without missing payments or defaulting on the loan. If you have a poor credit score, you'll need to spend the next several months, or even years in some cases, improving it by paying off any debt you currently have and making sure to make all payments on

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By: Daisy Gregg

 

We are in an precedented time right now. Things are constantly changing and we are in a constant state of stress because we do not know what is going to change next. But let’s breathe in and out. Remember “everything is okay in the end, if it’s not okay then its not the end.” We will get through this together.

Real estate has changed to almost completely virtual. We train through teleconference, have staff meetings digitally, and show homes on FaceTime. We are adaptable but it is hard to know what to do with clients since we cannot physically show them houses. Do not be discouraged! There are so many tools at your disposal right now. 3D imaging on Zillow, Zoom, FaceTime, and even regular video (which only film in 4 min

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Organize and Declutter While You’re Home

During a time when so many people are hunkering down at home, it can be challenging to keep a tidy house, especially when you have kids, pets, and other adults living in the same space. It can be stressful and overwhelming at times, trying to find a balance of keeping everything organized and clean while maintaining one’s sanity. There are a few tips to help keep your house in order while everyone is home, and while you have some downtime to knock out some much-needed organization projects.

Schedule Clean-Up Time Before Bed

Take ten minutes every evening for the entire family to help clean up the house. Run the dishwasher, wipe down the countertops, and put away any clothes lying on the floor. This is

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