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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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 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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Questions to ask yourself before buying a home [First time home-buyers]

Apr 29, 2020 8:56:04 PM / by Brett O'Daniell posted in home shopping, home ownership, before you buy, buying a home, homebuying, online home buying

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Home listing status changes for the Covid-19 outbreak [Real Estate Insider]

Apr 11, 2020 8:11:38 PM / by Brett O'Daniell posted in real estate, listing, realtor, homes for sale, MLS, homebuying, selling home, innovation

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Considering the changes to business caused by the Coronavirus, the multiple listing service (MLS) has decided to implement new status definitions ahead of schedule, effective 4/1/2020. 

Ironically known as the "Clear Cooperative Policy," this is now implemented to comply with National Association of REALTORS standards.  Home sellers now have the choices of marketing their home under Active, Coming Soon, Withheld, Hold, Withdrawn, or Cancelled statuses.  These listings must be available in the local multiple listing service (MLS) within five (5) business days of the seller signing a listing contract with a real estate broker.

Within one (1) business day of marketing a property to the public, the listing broker must submit the listing to the MLS for cooperation with other MLS participants.  Public marketing includes, but is not limited to, flyers displayed in windows, yard signs, digital marketing on public facing websites, brokerage website displays (including IDX and VOW), digital communications marketing (email blasts), multi-brokerage listing sharing networks, and applications available to the general public.

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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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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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Handling The Home-Inspection [8 Pro Insights]

Mar 4, 2020 2:00:51 PM / by Brett O'Daniell posted in real estate, home inspection, homebuyers, housing market, homes for sale, selling agent, home tours, homebuying, selling home

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6 Signs You MUST Find a New Realtor [UH-OH!]

Mar 2, 2020 2:33:48 PM / by Brett O'Daniell posted in home shopping, home search, real estate agents, real estate agent, realtor, selling agent, homebuying, selling home

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Buying or selling a home can be a stressful and worrying time. Here at HomeTraq we want to make sure you are given the options of the best people to get the job done but what are the signs that it may be time for a new agent?

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