Top 10 Cheapest States to Live

Every other real estate website seems to have a list of The Top 10 Cheapest State Live, so we figured we ought to have one, too. Our list is better, though.  Here’s why. Instead of just looking at one set

What is a Kick-Out Clause?

A year ago, my family decided to take the home buying plunge again. It would be our third purchase, and our biggest yet. We didn’t think twice about including a contingency to sell our current home in the offer.  No

Should You Sign an Exclusive Buyer’s Agent Agreement?

After what seems like a lifetime of drooling over listing photos on Zillow,  you’re finally ready to take the plunge.   Instead of staring at your computer screen wishing you could buy a house,  you’ve got a pocket for a cash

Can a Seller Back Out of a Real Estate Contract?

Your offer was just accepted on your dream house! You can already see yourself living there, and where you’re going to put your 24 x 36 oil painting of your Chihuahua, Chester.  Right above the fireplace mantle.   But then… a

What Does a Buyer’s Agent Do?

Whether you started your home search by browsing Zillow on your lunch break or looking up that house for sale that you see on your way to work, the one with the perfectly fenced yard,  it’s likely you’re going to

Redfin Competitors

Redfin Competitors:  Here are a few other options. Before we get into to showing you some of Redfin’s competitors and alternative services, here’s a quick recap on the pros and cons of its service. Redfin Redfin isn’t much different from

The Ultimate First Time Home Buyer Checklist

Home buying season is here. You’re thinking about buying a home for the first time, but you have no idea where to start.  All you know is that you’ve been reviewing local rent reports, like this one from ABODO, and

How Long Does It Take to Close on a House?

Buying or selling a new home? The offer has been accepted, the open house is over, and in this moment you’re likely wondering, “Now what?”, “What exactly happens next?” or “How long does it take to close on a house?”.

Contingent or Pending – What’s the difference?

You’re whittling down a list of homes you want to see this week. Driving past the one on Maple Street, to check out the color of those shutters in person, you notice that even though last week a yard sign

Real Estate Counter Offer Strategies That Work!

Remember the game show “Let’s Make A Deal”? Well, welcome to the Homeowner edition where you’re the star! Don’t worry, you don’t have to wear Monty Halls tweed blazer to play. Let’s talk real estate counter offer strategies that will

Is Earnest Money Refundable?

You thought the hard work was done already-   you hired the best buyer’s agent, found a gorgeous two story with an outdoor fireplace, and decided to offer up a big chunk of cash for the earnest money deposit to show

How to Negotiate a Buyer Rebate with a Realtor

What do realtor rebates and the 70s rock band Twisted Sister have in common? The answer may surprise you. “You never learn anything by talking.”  This is a realization that Jay Jay French, the lead guitarist of the 70s rock band