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What is a Short Sale Anyway?

An increase in foreclosure rates will inevitably bring with it an increase in short sales. But what is a short sale? A short sale happens when you sell your house for less than your remaining mortgage balance, the proceeds of which go to the lender and i... Read more

Setting the Price

The price is the first thing buyers notice about your property. If you set your price too high, then the chance of alienating buyers is higher. You want your house to be taken seriously, and the asking price reflects how serious you are about selling your... Read more

Plan of Action

Analyze why you are selling - If you understand your motives, you will be able to better negotiate and to get what it is that you want, whether it be a quick sale, high price, or somewhere in the middle. Prepare your home for the buyer - Maximize the s... Read more

Making a Good First Impression

If you want buyers to be interested in your home, you need to show it in its best light. A good first impression can influence a buyer both emotionally and visually, thus prompting them to make an offer. In addition, what the buyer first sees is what they... Read more

Know Why You are Selling

If you know exactly why you are selling then it is easier for you to follow the right plan of action for getting what you want. If you are a seller who needs to close a sale as quickly as possible, then you should know that getting the highest price poss... Read more

Insist on a Home Inspection

A professional home inspection protects both you and the buyer. It allows both you and the buyer the opportunity to learn about the property’s defects. A home inspection usually covers the following: Plumbing conditions - if there is leakage or ... Read more

For Sale By Owner - A Good Idea?

FSBO (pronounced fizz-bo), or For Sale By Owner, is a way of selling your home without the use of a professional real estate agent or broker. The idea behind FSBO is that by selling your home yourself, you save the approximate 6% that would be the agents&... Read more

Finding the Right Agent

Not all agents work the same way. The most important attribute of an agent is that he/she is well connected to the real estate industry. He/she should know the market and provide information on past sales, current listings, his or her marketing plan, and ... Read more

Considering Offers

When reading an offer, keep in mind that you are out to get the best price AND the best terms for you. If you focus solely on the price, you may overlook terms that could be favorable to you as a buyer. Some terms that may work in your favor: higher-t... Read more

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As a disabled-single woman, I was not knowledgeable in the business of real estate. A friend suggested I meet with Gary and talk about my real estate needs. I had a home to sell and wanted to buy a condominium. This was during the peak of selling time. Gary was quick to estimate the value of my home and get it on the market. He was very honest with me. Selling my home was the easy part, but replacing it with my special needs didn't look promising. I never lost confidence or faith in Gary as he was kind and diligent in every step of the process. After a month of patience and Gary's persistence, my home had a buyer and that same day Gary found the perfect condominium. He spent the rest of the night solidifying both transactions. He soothed my tears on selling my family home and made all the buyers and sellers happy at the same time. After all the dust settled, and everyone had moved, my realtor continued to check with me to see if I was happy with my purchase. With confidence, I will always recommend Gary as an upstanding man and realtor. To those who choose Gary as their realtor, be prepared for excellence. Cindy Farwell
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