5 Tips from New Home Builders When Purchasing a House

Shopping for a new home is exciting and overwhelming at the same time. Whether you’re in the market for new modern homes or one that was previously owned, it’s important to look past a curb appeal to avoid extra expenses and disappointments after you’ve unpacked.

The Best Real Estate Dictionary

Real Estate Definitions

Introducing our new Free Real Estate Dictionary full of definitions and examples of common real estate terms.

Robin Williams Sells Villa Sorriso Vineyard and Matt Damon Buys in Pacific Palisades

Village Sorriso For Sale by Robin Williams

It’s apparently a great time to be in the real estate market if you’re a celebrity in California. Last week we reported that Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi sold their Malibu home for $13 million. This week we discover that Robin Williams has listed his 654-acre Villa Sorriso vineyard for sale, and that Matt Damon has just closed on a $15 million dollar resort-like home in the Pacific Palisades.

Bank REOs, What is Actually Going On?

What is going to happen to all the delinquent Bank Owned REOs?

Banks pulled one of the greatest magic tricks of all time. They made millions of Bank Owned REOs disappear. We all know that all great magicians make things re-appear afterwards. It seems that the banks are about to make the REOs re-appear now.

Dealing with Price Objections in Real Estate to Make Everyone Happy

Dealing with price objections

As a Realtor, it’s not uncommon to hear a price objection from a Buyer when visiting homes. “It’s too expensive,” “out of my price range” and “more than I’m looking to spend” are some of the most common objections a Realtor can hear about a particular house when working with Buyers.

So what exactly does that mean? How is a Realtor supposed to respond? What would you say?

Top 10 Real Estate Mistakes Home Buyers Make

Top Ten Real Estate Mistakes Buyers Make

We’re all humans, and humans make mistakes. That’s just a fact of life. Unfortunately, when mistakes happen, they are often costly. Therefore, we owe it to ourselves to mitigate mistakes as best we can. We’ve written about all kinds of mistakes people make in real estate. Here is our list of the top 10 mistakes people make when dealing with real estate and real estate transactions.

Consumer Advice On Choosing A Real Estate Agent To Sell Your Home

Debi Drecksler

In the past thirty two years, I have bought and sold four homes. Life experience is a wonderful teacher.

When selling a home, the # 1 priority is marketing your property. One option is to list your home with a professional Realtor. Ask your friends and neighbors who they recommend and/or pick up the phone and call Realtors who advertise in your area. Set up interviews at your home so that the Realtor can view the property and have the opportunity to meet with you.

Guest blog by Debi Drecksler, a Writer in Candler, NC

The Importance of Checking Permit Statuses Before Buying A Home

Obtain the Proper Permits for House Upgrades & Modifications

When you buy a home, one of the most important things you should do is to check on statuses of permits for anything that looks to be an addition or a major modification to the home. For example, room additions, garage additions, bathroom additions, major remodels, adding a guest house or building a second story above the garage all must be permitted by the city.

Case Study - Two Unit REO in Long Beach California

I recently sold a two unit property in Long Beach for one of my bank clients. This was an REO. Unfortunately, when it was assigned to me, I had no clue what I was getting myself into…..

California Homeowner Bill of Rights

California Homeowner Bill of Rights

The State of California is currently working on passing a Homeowner Bill of Rights. Monday 7/2/2012 the State Senate and Assembly took a big step towards getting this passed as a bill. “The Assembly, by a vote of 53 to 25, and Senate, 24 to 13, approved the Foreclosure Reduction Act”. This Act aims to help homeowners who are still struggling with homeownership. One of the most impactful things the act does is to limit the bank/lender options of foreclosure while they are exploring options such as principal reductions or loan modifications.