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Be Smart about Real Estate October 18, 2019 Ready to buy a home? Top 10 tips to get started!

So it finally time to buy your own home! Before you go hunting for a new house and fall in love, make sure you’ve checked out these top 10 tips to get yourself in order: 1 – If you’re self-employed…. file your income taxes Lenders will not give you a mortgage until they’ve confirmed that …

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Be Smart about Real Estate October 17, 2019 FOUR Open Houses October 19th & 20th, 2019

4700 NW Levering DR, Topeka, KS Get Directions Click Here OPEN HOUSE Sun, 2:00PM to 3:00PM Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Reviews $ Click for current price 4 BEDROOMS | 4 Baths (3 full, 1 half ) BATHROOMS | 3216 SqFt You’ll fall in love with this beautiful home and the park like …

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Be Smart about Real Estate September 23, 2019 4 Reasons to sell your home this fall

Buyer demand is strong Buyers are looking for their dream homes and still competing for the best homes!  In August 2019, the average day on the market in the Topeka area was still 29 days with 38.2% of the homes sold in 10 days or less! Less competition The inventory of good homes is still …

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Be Smart about Real Estate September 10, 2019 Topeka Housing Market Stats | August 2019

Shawnee Co. Home Sales Rose in August Total home sales in Shawnee Co. rose by 15.7% last month to 295 units, compared to 255 units in August 2018. Total sales volume was $46.0 million, up 19.8% from a year earlier. The median sale price in August was $139,977, up from $135,500 a year earlier. Homes …

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Be Smart about Real Estate August 27, 2019 10 Steps to prepare your home before selling

With today’s inventory of homes on the market, homebuyers are being very picky. They are looking for the best of the best and are willing to wait for the perfect home, so a home for sale can easily slip through the cracks if it doesn’t sparkle and shine when they come to see it. Use …

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Be Smart about Real Estate August 26, 2019 4 factors that impact a home’s value

Your home’s value is truly only based on what a willing buyer in the market will pay for your home, but every buyer is different.  For example, one buyer might prefer a specific location because of a school and another may be have a specific size, layout or style as their top priority. Here are …

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Be Smart about Real Estate March 8, 2019 Buying a home | Do you need a septic inspection? (video)

I had the opportunity to catch up with Tim from the Shawnee County Health Department recently. We had a property on the SE side of town that happened to have a septic tank and the buyer requested an inspection.  First step for a septic tank inspection is to have it pumped.  A “honey” truck will …

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Be Smart about Real Estate February 10, 2019 Do you really need a Buyer’s Agent?

Occasionally, we meet a Buyer who feels there may be an advantage to writing an offer with the listing agent of a home they would like to purchase.  What you may not know is in this situation you would be representing yourself with no one looking out for your best interests. So when buying a …

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Be Smart about Real Estate February 7, 2019 4 claims REALTORS® make to “trick” you!

REALTORS® are marketers.  They know how to market your home and they know how to market themselves.  But are their claims, offers and online brags legit? Let’s look at the truths behind some common REALTOR® claims and to-go-to-be-true offers. While REALTORS® must adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and some local advertising laws can deter …

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Be Smart about Real Estate January 21, 2019 How the government shutdown affects your mortgage

NerdWallet.com posted a great article recently titled, “What the Government Shutdown Means for Home Loans” and rather than making you read the entire article, I thought I could give you the short version. Thinking about buying a home with a FHA or VA loan? Good news, FHA and VA loans are still being funded. There …

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Be Smart about Real Estate Foreclosure January 21, 2019 Foreclosures… big savings or big headache?

Opportunities for Investors Have you seen a foreclosed property pop up in your neighborhood? The owners move out and all of a sudden the yard is not being maintained and strange paperwork gets posted in the windows. This is terrible because someone is losing their home. Something happened in their life that has prevented them …

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Be Smart about Real Estate January 17, 2019 3 Ways to Avoid Foreclosure

John RinggoldJohn became a top real estate agent by using systems and setting goals.  He has developed his business into a successful real estate machine. With his knowledge of technology in real estate and his patience and understanding of daily real estate issues, John is using that knowledge to provide excellent service and a high …

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