Real Estate

Estate Planning for Family Members: A Comprehensive Guide

RisMedia Consumer News - July 11, 2024 - 2:34pm

Estate planning is arranging for the management and disposal of a person’s estate during their life and after death. It ensures your assets are distributed according to your wishes and provides financial security for your family. I will provide the following information to educate you on the process: The essentials of estate planning and its…

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The Importance of Condo Inspections Before Purchase

RisMedia Consumer News - July 8, 2024 - 1:42pm

Purchasing a condo is a significant investment. Like any other real estate purchase, it pays to understand what you’re buying. A thorough condo inspection is essential to make a well-informed decision and avoid pitfalls. I will provide you with the following information so you can make an informed decision. I have put tremendous effort into…

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Home Inspection Tips for As-Is Properties

RisMedia Consumer News - July 2, 2024 - 3:28pm

Buying an as-is property can be a risky but rewarding investment. You must inspect thoroughly and prepare to make informed decisions. I will provide an education on the following: Key areas to inspect in an as-is home. Specific advice on conducting and preparing for inspections. Typical problems, potential costs, and buyer rights regarding as-is purchases.…

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Pros and Cons of an As-Is Condominium Sale

RisMedia Consumer News - July 1, 2024 - 3:10pm

Selling a condo “as is” can be a strategic choice but comes with benefits and challenges. When you sell a property as is, you agree to sell it in its current condition without making any repairs or improvements. I have put significant effort into educating you on the following information: The key benefits of selling…

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Consumer Sentiment Continues to Waver in June

RisMedia Consumer News - June 28, 2024 - 1:19pm

Consumer sentiment continued to waver in June, as economic signs gave little hope for inflation relief in the near future. Consumer sentiment fell 1.3% in June, from 69.1 in May to 68.2, according to the University of Michigan’s latest report. This is the fourth straight month of decreases, with a 0.5% decrease in March, a…

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Home Inspection Tips for Townhouse Sellers

RisMedia Consumer News - June 27, 2024 - 3:30pm

Selling a townhouse? A thorough home inspection can ensure a smooth transaction. Knowing what inspectors look for helps you address issues beforehand. I will provide the following information to help navigate the townhouse inspection process: The importance of a pre-sale inspection Detailed checklists for inspecting key areas Steps to prepare for an inspection and how…

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Consumer Confidence Reverses Course and Decreases in June

RisMedia Consumer News - June 25, 2024 - 12:23pm

As consumers continue to see little relief from inflation—with the Consumer Price Index registering no change in May and the Fed again holding the line with no rate changes—confidence reversed course and fell slightly in June. Consumer confidence decreased from 101.3 in May to 100.4 in June, according to the latest data from The Conference…

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How to Price a Condo Correctly

RisMedia Consumer News - June 24, 2024 - 3:52pm

Pricing a condo correctly is essential for a successful sale. I will guide you through detailed, actionable steps to ensure your condo is priced right. You will learn the following information which will help you price your condominium appropriately based on the current real estate market: How to conduct a comprehensive market analysis. The importance…

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Condo Maintenance and Upkeep: A Comprehensive Guide

RisMedia Consumer News - June 20, 2024 - 2:08pm

Maintaining a condo involves regular care and timely repairs. This ensures a comfortable, safe living environment and preserves property value. I will provide the following guidance: Practical tips for regular condo maintenance Solutions for common condo maintenance issues A seasonal checklist to keep your condo in top shape From being a condo owner in multiple…

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Effective Repairs to Make Before Selling Your Home

RisMedia Consumer News - June 17, 2024 - 3:32pm

Selling a home involves more than just listing it on the market. Strategic repairs and improvements can significantly increase your home’s value and appeal to potential buyers. It’s all part of preparing to sell. I will provide detailed guidance on minor cosmetic fixes, major structural repairs and insights into DIY versus professional maintenance. You’ll also…

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Common HOA Disputes and Resolution Processes

RisMedia Consumer News - June 13, 2024 - 2:50pm

Homeowners’ Association (HOA) disputes are common in community living. Resolving them efficiently is crucial for maintaining harmony. I will provide advice and tips on the following: Definitions of common HOA disputes and resolution processes Step-by-step guides on internal dispute resolution procedures Information on alternative dispute resolution (ADR), including mediation and arbitration Legal requirements and state-specific…

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How to Market Your Condo with a Special Assessment

RisMedia Consumer News - June 10, 2024 - 3:35pm

Marketing a condo with a special assessment requires strategic planning and clear communication. Special assessments can often deter potential buyers who might be concerned about the added costs. However, with the right approach, you can attract interested buyers by focusing on your property’s unique advantages. I will provide detailed strategies to market your condo, including…

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Pricing Strategies for Houses in Poor Condition

RisMedia Consumer News - June 6, 2024 - 3:58pm

Are you wondering how to set an accurate price for a home in rough shape? Selling a house in poor condition presents unique challenges, primarily in setting a price that reflects its current state and potential market value. I will provide tips for effective pricing strategies for such properties, unpack the factors influencing their valuation…

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4 Easy Ways Sellers Can Stage Their Houses Themselves at Little Cost

RisMedia Consumer News - June 6, 2024 - 11:16am

Of course you would like seller clients to have their homes professionally staged if you think it needs it. But sometimes homeowners will not want to spend the money or agree to make drastic changes to rooms, especially if they are living there. Creative agents can at least make suggestions that cost little, but either…

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How to Avoid Losing Earnest Money Deposit When Buying a Home

RisMedia Consumer News - June 3, 2024 - 4:06pm

Buying a home involves multiple steps, including providing an earnest money deposit. This deposit is a sign of good faith between the buyer and seller. It indicates the buyer’s commitment to purchasing the property. However, losing this deposit can be a significant financial setback. I will guide you with the following information so you don’t…

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Why Frustrated Buyers are Dropping Out of the Market

RisMedia Consumer News - May 29, 2024 - 2:21pm

It’s not a buyer’s market in residential real estate right now—and many buyers are dropping out in the face of unfavorable market conditions.  Bright MLS (covering the mid-Atlantic) has published its latest member survey results for May 2024. The survey surmises consumer behavior from agent/broker responses, and the results are eye-catching. Of the buyer agents…

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Consumer Confidence Sees First Increase in 3 Months as Sentiment Hits Low

RisMedia Consumer News - May 28, 2024 - 12:08pm

Consumers are experiencing conflicting feelings about the economy as differing reports come in from The Conference Board and University of Michigan, with a more positive assessment of the current business climate clashing with renewed worries about inflation. Consumers’ confidence reversed course and saw an increase in May after three months of decreases, according to the…

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Special Assessment Taxes vs. Property Taxes: How Do They Differ

RisMedia Consumer News - May 23, 2024 - 3:14pm

Special assessment and property taxes are crucial to a city or town’s revenue system. They fund local services and infrastructure improvements. My comparative analysis will clarify their differences and guide property owners on their impact. In this article, you will learn the following: What special assessment taxes and property taxes are How these taxes differ…

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Benefits and Risks of Use and Occupancy Agreements

RisMedia Consumer News - May 20, 2024 - 3:05pm

In a real estate transaction, a Use and Occupancy Agreement (U&O) presents a unique solution for buyers and sellers under certain circumstances. This agreement allows a buyer to use and occupy the property before closing the sale. Conversely, it can enable a seller to continue occupying the property post-sale. I will examine the benefits and…

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Escrow Holdbacks vs. Repair Escrows: What’s the Difference?

RisMedia Consumer News - May 16, 2024 - 2:28pm

Escrow holdbacks and repair escrows are common tools in real estate transactions, used to facilitate smooth property transfers under certain conditions. These financial arrangements help manage and mitigate risks associated with property conditions at closing. I will clarify the distinctions and similarities between escrow holdbacks for repairs and other types of escrow accounts. You will…

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