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Xavier De Buck

Fascinated by real estate, technology and the synergy of both. Love good food, wine, triathlon, my gorgeous little son & wife. Not necessarily in that order :)

5 Helpful Tips for Renting with Pets. Looking to move to a new rental - but what about our furry friends? Our pets have become part of the family, so obviously, we can't just leave them behind when you move! Trying to find pet-friendly properties to rent turns out to be quite the challenging task! It'll definitely take more time, research, organizing, and probably a lot of persuading as well. In the end, it can rather be limiting to many renters. Never say never, so here are a few helpful tips for renting with pets next time you're out and about property hunting to ensure you're prepared to find a safe haven for yourself and your pets: Tip #1 -- Stick with pet-friendly places You don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure this one out: focus on properties to rent which allow pets!

Following your research, narrow down the list of properties that will allow pets - and if you're lucky to find like-minded pet lovers, you should have no trouble finding a perfect spot without too much hassle! Tip #2 -- Ask first.


MONEY-related QUESTIONS. 8 Important Reasons Why You Still Need A Real Estate Agent  2 Shares Are real estate agents a necessary evil?

8 Important Reasons Why You Still Need A Real Estate Agent 

About 6 months ago, my neighbour decided to sell his house. By himself! He reckoned that he could beat the local real estate market and ‘move the property quickly’. It can’t be that difficult, right? After all, he thought he could get the job done in a much shorter time frame, at a substantially cheaper cost, and without any of paperwork hassles involved with all those real estate agents! Here we are today, and my neighbour still hasn’t managed to sell it! He reluctantly admitted the other day that looking back, he should have gone with a real estate agent instead. “It might have been more expensive, but these agents would have sold my property long time ago!” “If only I knew how complicated this legal stuff actually is in getting one’s property sold!”

“I’ve written 7 offers to purchase contracts thus far, and they’ve all fallen through, for a bunch of different reasons! Bad Realtors. Reasons home sellers should, but don't, complain about them. A new listing alert pops into my inbox.

Bad Realtors. Reasons home sellers should, but don't, complain about them.

I click on it hoping it might be a good match for my home buyer and proceed to review the photos…. “What is THAT!” I mutter to myself. “No really, what is that? I can’t tell from the photo”. I continue muttering to myself…“Sorry, listing agent, I should have realized you were using one of those disposable cameras they leave out at weddings and you grabbed a bunch of them thinking they would come in handy for an upcoming listing”. Yes, I do get a little self-righteous about these things and yes, let him without sin cast the first stone. How to Interview A Realtor When Selling Your Home. How to Interview a Realtor When Selling Your Home When selling your home, choosing the Realtor who will represent your best interests is one of the most important and one of the first steps in the process.

How to Interview A Realtor When Selling Your Home

Unfortunately, many sellers do not understand how important this is or believe that to be the case. Why Sellers Need a Realtor. While not all inclusive, this list identifies MANY of the things your Realtor®, will do for you or on your behalf.

Why Sellers Need a Realtor

If your real estate agent is not doing many of these things on your behalf, it may be time to discuss why he/she is not providing these services. Enjoy these 223 tips on why sellers need a Realtor®. Pre-Listing: A lot goes in to getting ready for the initial listing appointment. After an initial phone call, we will verify City Records and previous sales, do a thorough Market Analysis, and prepare documentation. Make appointment with Seller for listing presentationPull property City and tax recordsPull old MLS listing, if applicableOrder Owner & Encumbrance ReportResearch property’s current use and zoning Listing Appointment: Meet with Seller to discuss market, pricing strategy, and options. Give Seller an overview of current market conditions and projectionsDiscuss Comparative Market AnalysisDiscuss pricing strategy based on professional judgment and market.

Signs You Hired The Wrong Real Estate Agent. 200 If you have never bought or sold a house before, chances are you have never hired a real estate agent.

Signs You Hired The Wrong Real Estate Agent

There is a learning curve to most things and hiring a real estate agent is definitely one of them. You can be so eager an excited to buy your first house or sell your current home that you fail to put in the necessary effort to hire a really good Realtor. This can cause serious problems as you move into the buying or selling process – so much so that it may be worthwhile to ditch a bad agent to hire a better one. So how do you know for sure that you hired the wrong real estate agent? The following are things you should consider before taking a leap of faith and hiring your next real estate agent!

Can You Trust Your Realtor? I recently had an out-of-town client fly into Colorado Springs to purchase a property.

Can You Trust Your Realtor?

We had 3 days to find them something, so on day one we looked at 10 homes. We found the perfect property and put in a full-price offer (and 50% down) with a lease-back that allowed the home owner to lease the property for 2 months while their house was being built. This is a VERY good offer for this particular area and property. My client was more concerned with the offer being accepted, than all of the other monetary details because of their time constraints. I prepared and submitted the offer within an hour of the showing. Is Your Real Estate Agent a Post and Pray Realtor? A good real estate agent can do a lot to help you sell your home.

Is Your Real Estate Agent a Post and Pray Realtor?

However, it is important to understand that not every Realtor does the same things to move a house. Like any job, some are better at selling houses than others and some prefer to do the bare minimum as long as they can get away with it. 10 Things to Expect From Your Real Estate Agent When Selling Your Home. 10 Things To Expect From Your Real Estate Agent When Selling A Home Selling a home can be a very stressful experience.

10 Things to Expect From Your Real Estate Agent When Selling Your Home

Tasks such as consistently getting and keeping a home ready for showings and having to wonder when and if a home is going to sell are just a couple examples of the stressful things that a seller experiences when selling their home. What about selecting the real estate agent who will be selling your home? It’s extremely important that you select the “right” real estate agent to sell your home. In most communities across the United States there are several hundred or even thousands of real estate agents to choose from! Real Estate Agents Misleading Sellers On Market Value. Realtors Over Inflating Market Value 137 While a Real Estate agent telling a seller an unrealistic value for their home is as old as the whole business of selling Real Estate, it becomes more prevalent when you see markets showing some signs of improvement.

Real Estate Agents Misleading Sellers On Market Value

When home inventory levels start to drop and there is any kind of positive news in the Real Estate world, Realtors will prey on unsuspecting home seller’s who are ripe to believe just about anything they hear. When there are fewer homes for sale it is always a good thing for those that are considering selling their home. It is simple economics of supply vs demand. When inventory rises prices come down. Right now in the Metrowest Massachusetts area inventory levels have dropped to their lowest levels in years. In destination towns like Southborough, Westborough, and Hopkinton a nice home, priced properly, that comes on the market in a popular neighborhood could easily have multiple bids. Top 10 Mistakes Made By Sellers When Choosing A Realtor. Top 10 Mistakes Made By Sellers When Choosing a Realtor Choosing a Realtor is one of the most important keys to success when selling a home.

Top 10 Mistakes Made By Sellers When Choosing A Realtor

In most communities there are hundreds or even thousands of Realtors to choose from. After all, obtaining a real estate license isn’t the most strenuous of tasks. Every state has different requirements but the majority require a certain number of class hours, the passing of an exam or two, and a small registration cost. Choosing the wrong Realtor can be the “kiss-of-death” when it comes to home selling success. Some of these top mistakes made by sellers may seem obvious, but unfortunately, sellers make them again and again.

Sellers Must Take Great Care In The Appointment Of Their Estate Agent. What Website Listings Tell You About A Real Estate Agent. More buyers than ever before are using internet resources as their starting point in the search for their ideal home. This is according to Debbie Justus-Ferns, divisional manager of Renprop Residential Resales, who says that both buyers and sellers can determine exactly what kind of agent they are dealing with by looking at their website listings. “Online property listings are possibly the most important marketing tool an agent has to showcase the seller’s home and attract the right kind of buyers,” says Justus-Ferns. “This is where buyers will check out a home’s characteristics to see if they fit with their requirements, view photos, see the property’s history and obtain information about the area.”

Justus-Ferns points to information from the National Association of Realtors in the US, which shows that first-time homebuyers’ use of the internet grew 13% in the last five years. Things to Consider While Choosing a Real Estate Developer. Although real estate is growing by leaps and bounds, you must know there are many unprofessional builders/developers in the game. It makes sense to choose the right developer or builder and here are some great pointers to do that.

Before even thinking about choosing a builder though make sure that a new home build is right for you! gives some great advice for figuring that out. In the past few years, the rise of nuclear families, urbanization and growth in household income has contributed in the dramatic growth of the real estate sector. The boom in this sector has tempted many small and big companies to cash in on the opportunity for making money. Tips On Choosing The Right Agent - Mike Gebhardt Real Estate. Choosing the right real estate agent for you is one of the most important decisions when it comes to buying or selling your home. This article from touches on several key points in the decision-making process. Here are my thoughts on the matter: Post and pray…..ahahaha. Even at a discounted commission rate, you are overpaying. They put a sign in the lawn, they slap it up on MLS, usually with some of their flip phone photos, and go back to the office.

What Makes Real Estate Markets Different? Top Reasons Why Real Estate Markets Are Rarely The Same What Makes Real Estate Markets Different Did you know that real estate markets are rarely the same? Even if you compare one real estate market to one that is located only a few miles away, they can be much different. Real estate markets become drastically different once you start comparing a real estate market in one county to another, or even more drastic, from one state to another. Recently while selling a home in Irondequoit, NY which is a bedroom community of the Greater Rochester NY area, I was meeting with a seller who was moving closer to their children who live in Ohio. 10 Telltale Signs A Home Is Overpriced. 4 Shares Are you as a home buyer interested in viewing an overpriced home? Or better, will you be paying such an over-inflated price? Home Fire Prevention Tips - Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Real Estate.

Low Cost Tips to Prepare a Home for Sale. Not everyone has an unlimited budget to fix up and restore a home to pristine condition prior to listing it, but there are some steps that can be taken to get the most out of your time and money. 1. Get an Inspection It is way better for you to know of any issues with your home before you put it on the market, rather than after. How To Prepare And Sell A Home On A Budget. Inexpensive Ways to Add Curb Appeal When Selling a Home.

Fortunately, there are plenty of inexpensive things you can do to improve your home's curb appeal. My name is Bill Gassett, a Framingham Massachusetts Realtor and I am here sharing some useful tips for the the budget conscious home seller. It does not always take a lot of money to make a house look better from the front. These are changes that you can enjoy now and as long as you own the house.

The Dangers Of Overpricing A Home. 4 Home Selling Myths Exposed. 10 Ways To Chase Away Your Home Buyer. Things to Put Away When Selling Your Home Checklist. Things To Avoid When Selling Your Home. If you are considering selling your home, it is important to avoid putting up unnecessary roadblocks to the sales process in the weeks ahead. Selling A Home Can Require Several Days Of Preparation. The average home seller, says Nancy Todd, co-franchisee for the Rawson Property Group’s Constantia franchise, may believe that simply tidying up their home and pricing it slightly above what they actually expect to get, will result in them getting the price that they want.

In 99% of cases, this does not work effectively. 6 Reasons Your Home is Not Selling. Things Every Seller Should Know About Today's Home Buyers. How To Avoid Seller's Remorse When Selling Your Home. 6 Home Pricing Mistakes To Avoid! It goes without saying that homeowners who put their property on the market are looking to get the best possible return on their investment. According to Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, a key element that will sell a home is the asking price, so having a sound pricing strategy is an absolute must for sellers in order to find the right buyer for their home. Real Estate Pricing Mistakes that Seller's Need to Avoid. 5 Basic Things Your Painter Wishes You Knew Beforehand. 5 Home Improvement Projects a Seller Can do For a Quick Sale. Why Setting The Price Too High Does Not Work. Proper Planning is Key to Selling. 20 Cold, Hard, Facts in Real Estate Home Selling. Reasons Sellers Give For Overpricing Their Homes.

Keep Calm And Don't Overprice. Overpricing Residential Property Is A Tactic That Can Backfire On The Seller. Overpricing Will Make You A Loser - Literally. Ways Home Sellers Get Their Price Wrong. Top Home Seller Mistakes When Selecting A Realtor. Most Important Things to Repair Before Selling a House.

What Type Of People Attend Real Estate Open Houses? The Pros And Cons Of Open Houses In Real Estate. How to Avoid Getting Robbed From an Open House. The Drawbacks of an Open House. Real Estate Open Houses: Do They Sell Homes? 6 Important Reasons to Get a Home Inspection Before You Buy a House. What’s the Importance of Your Credit Score? 20 Cold Hard Facts In Real Estate Home Buying. 5 Lies Real Estate Agents Tell You.

First Time Home Buyers Should Stay Away from these Pitfalls. How to Beat a Cash Real Estate Offer.