What is title insurance? Do I need to have it? [Real Estate Insider]

May 23, 2020 7:17:06 PM / by Brett O'Daniell posted in home shopping, house hunting, title company, housing market, title, title insurance

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Selling Your House - Where Do You Start? [Real Estate Insider]

May 19, 2020 8:12:32 AM / by Brett O'Daniell posted in home purchase, housing market, selling agent, before you buy, homebuying, selling home, online home buying

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Things to Remember While Home-Shopping [Real Estate 2020]

May 18, 2020 9:14:49 AM / by Brett O'Daniell posted in home shopping, real estate, house hunting, touring homes, homebuyers, housing market, Zillow, housing demand, hometraq

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How do I tour homes while social distancing? [Real Estate 2020]

May 15, 2020 9:32:01 PM / by Brett O'Daniell posted in Home tour, home shopping, real estate, house hunting, touring homes, home tours, open house, homebuying, online home buying

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The Basic Outline of Buying Your First Home [Real Estate Insider]

May 13, 2020 7:27:53 PM / by Brett O'Daniell posted in home shopping, real estate, house hunting, touring homes, home search, online home buying, loan

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Buying a home can be a complicated process and it can really be difficult to decide where you start.  Have no fear! HomeTraq is here to help whenever possible!

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Easy & Secure Home-Showings When Selling a House [Real Estate Insider]

May 12, 2020 8:42:46 AM / by Brett O'Daniell posted in agents, listing agent, selling agent, before you buy

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To make a home more readily available to prospective buyers, many sellers put the house on a secure SUPRA lock box. This allows the home to be included in MLS scheduling platform(s) to easily offer available times for showings, avoiding the potential hassle involved with multiple showing requests. Additionally, many home-sellers have all but eliminated “by appointment only” requests as it creates an additional scheduling barrier. 

 

Insist that your agent uses the SUPRA Electronic Key for access - This is the most common form of access for all agents. You and your agent will then have documentation of every agent that shows the house with a buyer, as each entry is logged.

 

Manual combination boxes: While these are relatively easy to use and cheap, they require communication to provide the combination lock number. This becomes a barrier to an immediate response. Furthermore, accessibility cannot be controlled. You don't know who, what, or when someone has entered the home. Buyers and agents can access the home repeatedly, with or without your knowledge, and can be easily provided to others for access. This can easily pose several risks that can easily be avoided by employing the SUPRA lock box system.

HomeTraq provides the superior home-shopping experience, at no cost to you. Simply find a property, take a live video tour, and make an offer. No obligations, no commitments. 

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CARES Act Forbearance (COVID mortgage relief) details

May 10, 2020 10:20:58 AM / by Mark Gorman posted in housing market, buying a home, misconceptions, rent, income, asset, myths, loan, rates

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There’s little doubt that COVID-19 has changed our lives significantly over the last days and weeks. There has been so much information released as a result of these unprecedented times that it’s been hard to keep up. To keep things clear, and to help you sift through all the information you’re getting, we wanted to provide a resource so you can better understand recent legislation enacted to help homeowners impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The most unique spring housing market in ... Ever? [2020 Real Estate]

May 7, 2020 8:53:32 PM / by Mark Gorman posted in housing market, housing demand, summer, buying a home, moving, homebuying, rates

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Kicking off at the end of March, spring signals the start of homebuying season…at least it used to. As you know, the coronavirus pandemic has changed everything about this spring—including the real estate market.
 
The months of April through July traditionally account for more than 40% of all housing transactions. 2020 has been much different. This year's homebuying season started in January due to record low mortgage rates, low inventory and high demand. In fact, just prior to the pandemic, the housing market was hot—with sales at their best levels in over a decade and multiple offer situations part of the norm. 

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Common Home Buying Questions Answered [Real Estate Insider]

May 6, 2020 7:05:01 PM / by Brett O'Daniell posted in real estate, home search, home purchase, before you buy, buying a home, homebuying, online home buying, innovation

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How to lower the costs of buying a home [4 Insider Tips]

May 3, 2020 4:23:16 PM / by Brett O'Daniell posted in Home tour, home shopping, real estate, home search, home purchase, before you buy, buying a home, online home buying

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Buying a new home can be a really exciting time, but it can also be a bit stressful and overwhelming. Closing costs are often a point of concern for first-time homebuyers. How much will they be? Will you have enough money to cover the costs? What do closing costs even cover?

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