Live Video Home Tours [Social Distancing in Real Estate]

Apr 2, 2020 6:35:41 PM / by Brett O'Daniell

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Social distancing has become vitally important to stopping the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), and if you are in the market to buy a home you’re probably wondering whether you should tour homes.   You should definitely abide by all local resolutions, such as shelter in place orders. And for that matter, as always, if you simply don't feel comfortable or safe, you shouldn't tour properties.

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Live Video Tours [House-Hunting 2020]

Mar 31, 2020 3:23:12 PM / by Brett O'Daniell posted in home shopping, real estate, touring homes, home showings, home tours, innovation

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With recent events HomeTraq very quickly put into place Live Video Tours so that people can now have the option do have a video call with an agent to tour the home. But which one suits you? 

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The Titling Process Explained [Real Estate 2020]

Mar 28, 2020 7:33:03 PM / by Mark Gorman posted in insurance, title, homebuying

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“Title insurance.” Like “escrow,” “earnest money” and “amortization,” title insurance is one of those home buying terms you feel you should understand but probably don’t. But have no fear: we’re here to break down and explain this vital part of the homebuying process, and how it can help you fend off serious financial troubles down the road.

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Real Estate Insider Tips 2020 [Home-Closing]

Mar 26, 2020 5:50:21 PM / by Brett O'Daniell posted in closing, home ownership

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Obtain Hazard Insurance (well before closing)

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Understanding Credit [2020 Insider]

Mar 23, 2020 8:26:31 PM / by Brett O'Daniell posted in Credit, Credit Score, credit profile

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Credit Scores

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First-Time Home-Buyer [Military Buyers]

Mar 20, 2020 10:05:41 PM / by Brett O'Daniell posted in buying a home

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A place to call your own. A fresh start. A place to put down roots.

Buying a home for the first time can be—at any one time—challenging, complicated, confusing, and immensely rewarding. And when you’re in the military, those emotions can be intensified. Luckily, you don’t have to do it on your own. We’re here to help, with answers to all your first-time homebuying questions for 2019.

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Buying Second Home? Real Estate Pro [ 7 Insider Tips ]

Mar 19, 2020 3:35:35 PM / by Brett O'Daniell posted in Mortgage, homebuyers, homebuying, vacation home

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In the market for a vacation home? Whether you’re dreaming of a beachfront paradise or a backcountry lodge, a second home can spice up your life. While it’s fun to think about warm winters and family reunions in the sand, purchasing a vacation residence is a huge financial decision. Here are 7 tips to keep in mind before you buy.

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Financing and Obtaining Mortgage [Must-Know Real Estate]

Mar 17, 2020 4:02:24 PM / by Brett O'Daniell posted in Mortgage, Home Loan, financing

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Mortgage Brokers/Bankers

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Real Estate Insider Tips [Procuring Clause]

Mar 16, 2020 9:20:36 AM / by Mark Gorman posted in real estate, buyer's agent, commission, homebuyers, dual agency, representation, listing agent, selling agent, home showings, disclosure, negotiation, procuring cause, home tours

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"Procuring cause" is a real estate term which agents, brokers and sometimes buyers use to determine who will receive the commission on a house sale. It is widely identified by the specific tasks performed by a real estate agent which lead to an accepted purchase contract and successful sale of real estate.  

In many cases, the "procuring cause" task could be identified as the first showing of a house by a real estate agent which a buyer purchases. "Procuring cause" could also be construed to mean the task of writing and negotiating the purchase offer. Since there is no hard and fast rule as to what specifically triggers "procuring cause", its easy to see how this situation can get tricky.

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How to avoid COVID-19 in Real Estate

Mar 13, 2020 8:58:11 PM / by Brett O'Daniell posted in house hunting, home search, buying a home

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Like you, we have spent the last several days and weeks learning about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it is impacting our world.  We are closely following the  Centers for Disease Control's (CDC)  guidelines and recommendations on the steps we can take to help prevent the spread of the virus. Here are some highlights per CDC guidance:
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