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Are you thinking about building a new home from scratch? If so, take note of these three things you need to avoid! We have a lot of experience in new construction properties and would love to make the process as smooth as possible for you.

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The Best Place To Start Your Home Search

posted by Stephen Katz
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Today, we’ll discuss how to effectively and efficiently start shopping for your next home. After you’re pre-approved and have your criteria figured out, what do you do?

There’s nothing wrong with taking a Sunday afternoon drive in an area where you want to live and start calling the Realtors on the For Sale signs. However, that’s not the most effective way to go about your home search, and with the price of gas these days, it can be very costly.

Most people begin searching online, using sites like Zillow or Trulia. While these sites provide a lot of information, I recommend using your Realtor’s home search site. The Realtor’s site will have a live feed to the listing service.

Other sites just give you a snapshot of homes on the market at one point in time, and don’t update often enough. Some properties listed on Zillow or Trulia actually sold two and a half years ago! If you want to use the most updated and accurate resource, use your Realtor’s website.

When looking for a home, you also need to know if it’s a buyer’s or seller’s market. It’s extremely important to understand the dynamics of the market you’re in so that you know what to expect in your own transaction. A seller’s market has low inventory, and the seller has more power. A buyer’s market has high inventory, and the buyer has more control of the transaction.

The last thing I want you to keep in mind is to never write an offer until you see a market analysis from your agent. Don’t assume that the seller has priced their home based on current market dynamics. Some listing agents go along with whatever the seller wants to price the home for just so the agent can get a listing. You want to make sure the home is priced correctly so you don’t overpay.

If you have any questions, give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you!

Today, we’ll discuss the home inspection process. The home inspection is a crucial part of the process for both the buyer and the seller, although it is designed primarily to protect the buyer.

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Home Purchase Process For First Time Buyers

posted by Stephen Katz
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Are you looking to buy your first home? Well look no further, because I’m here to walk you through the entire process!

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Are you thinking of hiring a buyer’s agent? If so, there are questions you should ask to ensure you hire somebody you can trust. Here are a few to keep in mind:

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Four Home Buying Tips

posted by Stephen Katz
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Today I’ll tell you the four biggest tips to get started with your home search.

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What You Need To Know About Property Taxes

posted by Stephen Katz
Thursday, March 30, 2017

Today, we’re going to talk about property taxes. The good news is property values are up. The challenge is that when property values go up, so do your property taxes.

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Many people don’t know that buying new construction property is not the most transparent process. That’s why we recommend working with an agent when you’re buying property of any kind.

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We are certainly excited, and know you are as well, to see Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, The Mortgage Bankers’ Association and The National Association of Realtors continue all showing an increase in home sales come 2017. Here is a chart that illustrates this increase.

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Stability & Wealth- Great Benefits of Homeownership

posted by Stephen Katz
Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Homeownership Builds Wealth and Offers Stability

Americans’ preference is to own their home instead of renting for the two primary reasons conveyed in the most current House Pulse Survey by the National Association of Realtors:

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