What's In a Mortgage Calculator?

You may have noticed in the Resources area that there’s a simple mortgage calculator to help you get a preliminary idea of what your monthly payment might be on a new home. This is great for a quick snapshot, but it’s important to remember that there are many variables that can affect your final monthly mortgage payment—so many, in fact, that simple mortgage calculators can sometimes paint a rosier picture than is accurate.

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How Many Listings Should Your Agent Have?

In the automotive world, more usually means better. A dealership with acres of cars for sale is a better bet than one with just a small lot—the quantity offers greater selection, and what's more, a dealer with that kind of stock is likely to be more reputable.

Sometimes people tend to think of real estate agents in the same way, making the assumption that the number of listings they have is proportionate to the quality of service they can give to their clients.

In my experience, I've found the exact opposite to be true.

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Three Rules for a Successful Negotiation

When it comes time to buy or sell your house, I always tell my clients to first recognize that it will be an emotional process. It’s virtually impossible to avoid getting caught up in how it all feels—you’re putting a price on your home, which for a lot of people is their emotional center. A home purchase or sale involves one of the most valuable assets in your portfolio!

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Staging Your Home

When it comes to selling your house, there are many factors that will affect the final price that are out of your control—concrete things like square footage, and abstract things, like the housing market—so it’s important to get the most out of the aspects that you do have control over.

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