THE CAREN TEAM'S BLOG

What makes real estate such a great investment?  In one word, leverage.  The opportunity for anyone to purchase an asset worth six figures for as little as $0 cannot be found in any other form of investment that we're aware of.  You don't need past experience buying or selling real estate or a business plan to get pre-approved for financing to purchase your first, second or 10th home.  All you need is decent credit, a reliable income and minimal debts relative to your income.  For anyone who is lacking in any of those areas, there's always the possibility of having a co-signer on your loan.

What are the financial benefits of purchasing and owning your own home?  Let's say you were to purchase a $200,000 home and own it for 10 years and the real estate

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Whether you’re just beginning your search or you’ve been looking online for a while, there is always one major step you will want to take prior to going out and actually viewing properties in person.  For most buyers, using a mortgage to finance a portion or the entire cost of your new home will be necessary.  If you are among this group of buyers, your first step in the home buying process should be getting pre-qualified for your mortgage as soon as possible. 

We find that many buyers believe that waiting until they can get their credit score up a few more points, or they can save up a few more dollars toward their down payment, or some other goal they have will be best to accomplish first.  While this would seem like it makes sense to do before

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We find that as agents, focusing on the plan and strategy to market and promote a home to buyers and their agents from all over the state and country will give your home the greatest chance of selling for the most money in the least amount of time.  We understand the appeal of hiring a so-called “neighborhood expert”, but unless your expectation as a seller is to find the next buyer for your home from within your currently community, the geographical specialization a neighborhood expert offers may not in itself get your home sold as you would expect.  These days, with the internet available to every buyer, seller and agent, everyone is able to be an expert in any area they would like in just about 20 minutes or less.

Many sellers think that a

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If you’re looking to purchase a home within the next 6 months or even a year there are certain steps that we’ve come to identify as agents that will help to ensure a smoother and more stress-free transaction. 

To start out, buyers should begin by finding both a real estate agent and a mortgage lender who they feel confident in and comfortable with.  In both cases you will want to find the specific person who will be assisting you and get on a first name basis with him or her from the beginning.  This means that if someone was to ask you, “who is your agent?” or “who is your lender?”, the answer should be “Joe”, “Sally” or some other individual’s name, not the name of a real estate company or bank that the individual works for.  The service and

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Listing information last updated on June 25th, 2019 at 12:33pm MST.