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    Tuesday, September 27, 2016   /   by RE/MAX Town Center

    3 Questions to Ask Before Listing Your Home

    3 Questions to Ask Before Listing Your Home
       
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    Are you considering putting your home up for sale? Before you do, be sure to ask yourself these three questions.
     
    1. Is now a good time?
    Talk with a Realtor who knows your specific market (find one here) and can analyze the current sales inventory and trends. A good agent can determine whether it is a prime time to sell your home to get the best price. There may be all kinds of reasons to wait a season to sell, such as a glut of homes on the market similar to yours.
     
    2. Is the price right?
    Setting the right price and understanding how that price was calculated is critical to getting top dollar for your home. An experienced Realtor can provide comparable sales in your area, and evaluate the specific features of your home to set a price that will bring you the most value for your house in the shortest time.
     
    3. What's my exit strategy?
    You never know how quickly your home will sell, so es ...

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    Tuesday, September 27, 2016   /   by RE/MAX Town Center

    5 Smart Steps Smart Sellers Take to Generate Multiple Offers

    Home sales (and values) have been on a strong uptick nationwide thanks to low interest rates, freer lending standards and a drop in the foreclosure rate. Sellers everywhere are breathing a giant, collective sigh of relief! But for all of the buyer activity, it seems like most houses sit on one end of two extremes: they either get snatched up the moment they hit the market (with multiple offers and an above-asking sale price) or seem to languish on the market without an offer in sight.
    All sellers aspire to be on the multiple-offer end of the spectrum. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to make that happen. Here are five tips to move your listing in to the multiple offers zone.
    1. Price it aggressively. Homes that get multiple offers are often sold in an "auction" atmosphere. If you think back to the last auction you saw on TV or participated in online, you'll remember this basic element of Auctions 101: the starting price is lower – sometimes quite a bit lower &ndas ...

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    Tuesday, September 27, 2016   /   by RE/MAX Town Center

    Meet American Pacific Mortgage

    We are not your typical mortgage banker.
    We are American Pacific Mortgage 
     
    American Pacific Mortgage


    We think home ownership is a really big deal.
    American Pacific Mortgage was founded in 1996 for one simple reason: to help our clients purchase homes by securing the best possible loans at the most favorable rates and terms. Today we are one of the nations’ largest private mortgage bankers. We are 100% committed to do what it takes to get your loan funded.
    American Pacific Mortgage understands that each client is unique and that is why we offer a diverse portfolio of programs to ensure you get the ideal mortgage for your individual needs. Some key plans we offer are:
    Keys on Time: The Keys on Time program provides you with the strongest purchase offer in today’s competitive market and no loan contingency. With full underwriting, pre-approval, your loan will be able to close in 18 days or we will pay you $895.
    Secure Lock: Lock in your mortgage rate wh ...

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    Tuesday, September 27, 2016   /   by RE/MAX Town Center

    8 Tips for First Time Sellers

    If you're selling a home for the first time, it's quite a different ballgame from what you experienced as a first-time buyer.
    Ultimately, you're in control of the process. You call the shots on prepping your home for sale, deciding on a listing price, accepting (or rejecting) offers, and a host of other factors.
    But you might want to heed the following tips:

    1. Hire an experienced real estate agent
    A real estate transaction is filled with complexities and nuances that a professional, skilled agent can help you navigate. Ask friends and family to recommend an agent they've used and were pleased with.   

    2. Detach yourself from the process
    You've made memories to last a lifetime in your first home, and saying goodbye is hard. But be careful not to let your emotional attachment get in the way of making sound decisions, particularly when it comes to staging and pricing your home. Try to see your home as a potential buyer would. Pretend you're a potential buyer and w ...

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    Tuesday, September 27, 2016   /   by RE/MAX Town Center

    Five Things to Know: Millennials and Home Buying

    Five Things to Know: Millennials and Home Buying
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    Millennials are now major players in the home buying arena, according to the recent Home Buyer and Generational Trends report released by the National Association of Realtors:
     
    1. Millennials accounted for 35% of buyers in 2015. This is up from 32% in 2014, and is the third year in a row Millennials have composed the largest group of recent buyers.
     
    2. In 2015, the number of Millennials purchasing in an urban or central city area decreased to 17% from 21% in 2014. Suburbia-phobe? Perhaps not.
     
    3. They have help getting their foot in the door. Twenty-three percent of Millennials used a financial gift for (or toward) their down payment.
     
    4. An online search was the first step for 56% of Millennials, whether they were looking for properties or searching for information about the home buying process.
     
    5. Almost 90% worked with a Realtor to buy their home.
     
    Are you a Millennial lo ...

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