Time to Buy?

  It’s time to buy? Wait a minute – isn’t that what everyone was saying in 2003, 2005, 2012 and so on? Actually, isn’t that what we’re supposed to be telling our buyers all the time? After all, that’s how Realtors® make a living. If you ask a real estate agent, it’s always the right …

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Should You Buy in a Community With a Homeowners Association?

  When you’re buying a home, whether it’s a condo for sale in Alys Beach, land for sale in Seagrove Beach, or a home for sale in the beach community of WaterColor, you may have to deal with a homeowners association. Every condominium has a condo association, too. But should you really buy in a beach community with …

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Why You Need a Buyer’s Agent

                If you’re buying a home for sale on 30A, it makes sense to work with a real estate agent who’s just as committed to your success as you are. When you hire a buyer’s agent to help you find your dream home, he or she will: Take …

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Calculating How Much House You Can Afford

Whether you’re looking for a beach house for sale in Alys Beach, a condo in Destin, or a home on a large parcel of land in Santa Rosa Beach, you need to know how much house you can afford before you begin house-shopping. Part of that is getting mortgage preapproval, but that’s not all; a …

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5 Ways to Know You’ve Found the Right Home Along 30A

                In the hunt for your new home along 30A, how will you know when you’ve found “the one?” Here’s a breakdown of what successful house-hunters feel when they’ve found the perfect home along 30A. 1. You’re Drawn Inside The home’s curb appeal is great. The house stands …

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Florida Homeowners Allowed To Act As Their Own Contractors

Did you know that Florida homeowners are allowed to be their own contractors? So, if you live in Florida and are building or improving your primary residence or duplex, you might be able to skip the contractor fees completely. Of course, you should only do this if you know what you’re doing. Another stipulation is …

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What Does It Mean For A Real Estate Agent To Carry A CCIM Designation?

  Have you ever wondered what a CCIM designation is and why select real estate agents are so proud of this distinction? Well, CCIM is the acronym for Certified Commercial Investment Member. A CCIM designation means that the professional has completed advanced coursework in financial and market analysis. It means they’ve proven they have extensive …

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5 Expenses That Startle First-Time Homebuyers

  Don’t let your dream home turn into a nightmare. Be prepared for these often underestimated expenses. Closing Costs According to Jean Chatzky, the financial editor for NBC’s Today show, the cost to close on your mortgage can be comprised of a long list of items such as lender application fees, mortgage taxes, attorney’s fees, …

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What is an Appraisal?

If you’re financing a home, your lender will require you to have an appraisal. You don’t get to choose the appraiser – the lender does – but you’ll still have to pay for it. But what’s an appraisal for, and what will it tell you? What is an Appraisal? An appraisal is a detailed document …

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Fixtures: What Stays When You Buy a House?

In real estate, the term fixture refers to things that stay with the house when you buy or sell it. But what counts as a fixture? Fixtures: What Stays When You Buy a House? Usually anything that’s attached to the house is considered a fixture. Fixtures can be outside, too, like trees and permanent parts …

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