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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
Image by Alpha Stock Images It happens.... Something happens in your life and you get just a little bit behind and one day you receive the legal paperwork and realize, “my home may be foreclosed.” This can be downright terrifying. What will you do? Will you lose your home? Are there other options to save ...
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Be Smart about Real Estate December 15, 2018 13 Things to do after buying a home

Weeks of hard work have brought you here – the close. After a flurry of signatures, it’s official: Your clients have the home of their dreams! So, what’s next? Our friends at Home Warranty of America have outlined 13 simple-yet-essential tasks for new homeowners to complete before their big move: Make copies of important real estate documents …

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Be Smart about Real Estate December 13, 2018 11 Reasons to List your Home during the Holidays

People who look for a home during the Holidays are more serious buyers! Serious buyers have fewer houses to choose from during the Holidays and less competition means more money for you! Since the supply of listings will dramatically increase in January, there will be less demand for your particular home.  Less demand mean less …

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Be Smart about Real Estate May 15, 2018 How accurate are Zestimates in Kansas?

Many home owners look at Zillow thinking they will get a quick idea of the value of their home with the Zillow Zestimate.  What most home owners don’t know is that the formula Zillow uses doesn’t work for Kansas home owners. Kansas is a “non-disclosure” state, which means the sale prices of homes ARE NOT …

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Be Smart about Real Estate January 11, 2018 Protect your home from the FREEZE

With the freezing temperatures, it is very important that if you own a vacant home that you take measures to protect your homes pipes from freezing. When water gets cold enough and freezes, it expands.  Water that wants to expand sitting inside your pipes will expand, and when it has no where to go, it …

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Be Smart about Real Estate January 2, 2018 Buying a home this year?

It’s the beginning of a new year and we question, what’s your new year’s resolution? If 2018 is your year to buy your dream home the key to becoming a homeowner is to start planning now and understanding the process. With a little direction, you may find you are closer to achieving that dream than …

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