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10 Tips for Cold-weather Home Showings

October 12, 2018
For sale sign, half buried in snow

The fall/winter selling season has its challenges: lower housing inventory, shorter days, inclement weather, fewer buyers and curb appeal that’s not at its most appealing—just to name a few. However, it does have some advantages, such as motivated buyers and sellers, potentially faster loan processing and less competition for moving companies, appraisers and other move-related services. Below are a few tips to help you make the most of your valuable cold-weather client appointments and achieve your sales goals before the year ends.   If you’re…

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How to Help a First-time Buyer

September 14, 2018

As a real estate professional, you’re probably well aware of the potential equity and tax benefits renters could be missing out on, but they might not understand them. That’s why some renters who could benefit today from homeownership still remain on the fence. Even when they decide to jump in the market, everything about the homebuying process is entirely new. That’s why first-time homebuyers need professional advocates like you, and we’re here to help put a plan of action together. Here are six points to…

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Moving Tips for Seniors

June 28, 2018
Senior couple packing

Do you have elderly clients relocating from out of state? If you’re in a sunbelt market, the answer is likely yes! Whether they’re moving on their own or joining local relatives (and perhaps looking for a larger, more accommodating space for their multigenerational household), here are some moving tips you can pass along to help make the transition a smooth one. Gather your medical records. Each doctor’s office should have a form for you to fill out that releases your medical records to your new…

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What Homebuyers Can Get, Starting in the Mid $300s

June 22, 2018
Yorktown in Florida

Housing inventory may be low and interest rates may be rising, but that doesn’t mean that your clients won’t be able to afford a new home. Here’s a look at a few of the floor plans that house hunters can find with starting prices from the mid to upper $300,000s across our markets. Loveland, Colorado: The Lapis at The Lakes at Centerra 3 to 4 bed, 2.5 bath, approx. 2,180 sq. ft. This Seasons™ Collection floor plan offers two stories of popular home features, including…

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How to Help Military Homebuyers

May 10, 2018
Military Homebuyer

Buying a home presents a few extra challenges for active-duty servicemen and women, but it also offers some unique advantages—the opportunity to build equity while using a tax-free Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH), for example. Armed with a little information, your military client’s experience doesn’t have to be much different from the average homebuyer’s.   Here’s what you can do to help: Find out how far from base your clients would like to live. For some military families, the distance from base isn’t just a…

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Infographic: What Clients Need at the Closing Table

October 20, 2017
Closing table infographic

Whether you’re dealing with first-time homebuyers or repeat buyers who are a little fuzzy on closing-day details, this infographic could help you prepare them for a smooth experience at the closing table. Feel free to share it on your social media accounts or link to it from your blog or email program! These tips (and more) are included in our Ultimate Moving Pack, a free resource that your clients can download here.      

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How to Explain Closing Costs

September 29, 2017
Closing Costs

Ever had a first-time homebuyer confused over closing costs? Prepping clients for these important figures can help ensure smooth sailing on closing day—not to mention a rock-solid client-agent relationship with the potential for extra referral business! Below you’ll find some quick basics you can go over with your clients. Even experienced homebuyers may not know everything that’s lumped into the category of closing costs, and might appreciate the extra clarification from their trusted real estate agent.   What are closing costs? Closing costs, also called…

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How to Help a “Boomerang Buyer”

August 24, 2017
Boomerang buyers moving into their new home

It’s 2017, and that means many Americans who were hardest hit by the Great Recession have had time to reestablish their credit and may be thinking about owning a home again. These boomerang buyers—former homeowners looking to reenter the market after having been sidelined by foreclosure or bankruptcy—can be a great demographic for expanding your client base. Oftentimes credit-impacted buyers feel adrift navigating their way back to homeownership, and an agent with the right expertise can prove invaluable. To position yourself for success, check out…

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Tips for Helping Relocation Homebuyers

March 23, 2017
Map with location pins

Uprooting is a big step for homeowners. Luckily, there are specific ways to help relocation homebuyers. Some of our favorite ideas include: Focus on schools. School ratings are important to not only families with children, but to all buyers thanks to their impact on resale value. Make sure you can easily direct clients to online sources of information about the schools serving your area. Emphasize convenience. While not always at the forefront of a buyer’s mind, proximity to frequented places is important for a high…

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Why Clients Should Buy a New Home—Now!

January 3, 2017
Loan Officer

During our January homebuyer event, we’re highlighting many of the reasons buying a new home is a great way to start the new year! Here’s the scoop for our friends in real estate:   Loan limits have increased. Your clients may have more buying power than they realize if they received mortgage preapproval before the 2017 loan limit changes kicked in. The difference could be several thousand dollars, depending on your location, so it’s in their best interest to check. FHA and conventional mortgage loan…

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