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Why You Should Hire A Real Estate Agent

The real estate market of today is more accessible to individuals than ever. Even though you can search for properties on many websites, including our own, you’re likely to get more out of your buying or selling experience by hiring a real estate agent. Here’s why: Getting Great Deals Real estate is one of the few markets where you’re expected to haggle a price. Working through a transaction that is fair to both the buyer and the seller can be difficult without a liaison. Real estate agents are the professionals to consult when deciding and negotiating a bid for a home. Instead of blindly hoping that you can haggle a million-dollar house down to your budget of $850,000, or paying (or listing) much more than market value for a property, speak to an agent about where to set your price points. Talking Through Terminology From escape clauses to contingencies, there are a lot of real estate terms you’re going to have to navigate in order to buy the right home for you. While you could search for the definitions of all these terms yourself, you could also ask for an expert to help you make sense of contracts and listings. Google […]
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For Sale By Owner Vs. Hiring a Real Estate Agent

When the time comes to sell your home, it can be difficult to decide whether it’s best to sell your home by owner or to hire a real estate agent. There are definitely pros and cons to each situation. Let’s take a quick look at each of these scenarios so you may best decide what works for your particular selling needs. Convenience – Sell Your Home Easily For Sale By Owner: When you sell your home by yourself, there is little convenience to the process. You will need to market the home yourself by placing “For Sale” signs in front of the home, as well as advertising it on an online platform like Craigslist for more exposure. You will also need to stage your home without advice, removing certain items and keeping the home as clean as possible if you are still living in it. You can also choose to leave the home empty if you do not live there, but you’ll still need to keep it tidy, constantly cleaning it to avoid dust or clean up after anyone that comes to view the home. Hiring a Real Estate Agent: Convenience is one of the biggest draws of hiring a […]
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4 Tips to Find Your Dream Home

Everyone aims to live in his or her dream home one day. Now, for some, that dream home might be an RV cruising across the country, living one day to the next in different places, but that still means it’s a dream home. After all, what is it they all say? “Home is where the heart is?” With that in mind, here are four tips to find your dream home, so you’ll always know where your heart resides.   Hire the Right Real Estate Agent to help you find your Dream Home We cannot stress enough how important this is. Find a real estate agent that knows your area, is dedicated to their craft and has plenty of positive references. If you are not sure what to look for (and avoid) in a real estate agent, check out our article on that topic here. Create a list of “Must Haves” and “Would Likes” for your Dream Home Don’t be afraid to make these lists extensive, but know which items to put in which column. This basically means that unless you build your home from scratch, it’s unlikely that every little tiny thing (yes, unicorns pre-painted in the children’s rooms may […]
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5 Red Flags to Look Out For When Choosing a Real Estate Agent

So, you’re either preparing to sell your home, looking to buy a new one or maybe even both! One of the most important steps in this process is choosing the right real estate agent to guide you through this adventure. Since choosing the right person can be a difficult and confusing process, we’ve gathered together some of the top things you need to look out for when making this decision. Having the best real estate agent by your side can truly make or break your future buying and selling plans. With that in mind, keep an eye out for the following five red flags when choosing who to represent you from a group of real estate agents:   Avoid Real Estate Agents that are Unfamiliar with the Neighborhood Whether you are buying or selling your property, the real estate agent you align yourself with should be familiar with the area. If you are selling your home, and the agent arrives late saying, “Wow, I’m so sorry, I got lost!” that’s an immediate red flag. If you are looking to buy a home in a particular area and the agent showing you homes there ends up leaving with more questions they need […]
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7 Tips to Sell Your Home Fast

Selling your home is a daunting task. It requires a great deal of time, effort and organization to do it right. You don’t want to leave anything to chance. To get the best price, it’s vital to sell your home fast. The longer it stays on the market, the more difficult it will be to get the asking price. Follow these seven tips to help guarantee that you sell your home quickly for the best price.   Hire a Top-notch Agent To sell your home fast for the best price, it’s important to hire a professional agent. Before choosing an agent, interview at least three who have experience selling homes in your area. Review each agent’s résumé carefully to determine his or her qualifications. Ask for referrals. With over 25 years of experience, One Miami Group (OMG Brokers) is the ideal partner to help you sell your home in Miami. We provide you with more 50 agents who specialize in different areas of Miami-Dade County. Another useful tip to help you find a great agent is to make sure that he is a member of a professional organization. OMG Brokers’ agents are members of the National Association of Realtors following […]
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How to Get Top Dollar for Your Home

You already know you should clean like there’s no tomorrow and remove all family photos and other personal items, but if you’re looking to come away from your home sale with wads of cash, there are a few other things you need to consider. 1. Decide whether you really want top dollar That may sound strange. Of course you do! But consider whether the work, expense, and stress are really worth it. If your home needs a lot of work or if you have children or pets, you may be better off settling for a more modest price that will leave you with your sanity intact. Homes that sell for top prices are usually those referred to by Realtors as “cream puffs.” These homes tend to be immaculately clean and orderly, are blessed with updated neutral décor, and boast upgraded materials and fixtures. If your home is less than 10 years old and was built with topnotch materials or is a completely renovated historical treasure, you may already have a cream puff. If not, you may find that creating and maintaining one is more stress and expense than it’s worth. 2. Just because it isn’t a cream puff doesn’t mean […]
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3 Ways To Tell That It’s Time To Contact A Real Estate Agent

In this day and age, many homebuyers may not feel like they need to enlist the help of a real estate agent. After all, many real estate listings are posted online and are relatively easy to locate with a few simple searches. Setting up a personal showing or going to an open house isn’t impossible without the aid of a real estate agent either. However, at some point you’re going to find that you can no longer continue the process on your own. The following are three ways to tell that it’s time to contact a real estate agent in order to take advantage of their expertise. You found your dream house After months of research and months of house hunting, you’ve finally found the perfect house. Everything was relatively easy up to this point. What exactly are you supposed to do now that you’ve found a house you’re interested in? You’re going to want to contact a real estate agent immediately to help guide you through the process of making a bid. Remember, it’s much more complicated than just making an offer and then signing a few papers. There are numerous procedures involved in purchasing a home, from doing […]
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How to Become a Real Estate Guru

The most valuable thing to a successful real estate investor is not money, time or connections. It is knowledge. Learning about how investing works and determining the best strategy is vital to building wealth. Find out what you can do to become a real master of real estate. Choose Your Mentor Wisely Getting a mentor is one of the easiest ways to learn about the real estate industry. He or she already has the experience and contacts to help you advance. Unfortunately, there are many self-proclaimed experts who offer mentorship in exchange for a fee. It is up to you to weed out these so-called gurus from real mentors. Join a Real Estate Community If you’re having trouble finding a well-intentioned mentor, the next best thing is to join a real estate community. Becoming a member of an online forum or club for real estate investors is advisable. However, try to look for organizations in your area. Networking in person is more effective than leaving comments on a blog. Find the Best Learning Materials The more knowledge you have about real estate investing, the higher your chances of success. In fact, investing in property becomes less of a gamble when […]
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10 Tips to Prepare Your Home for the Real Estate Market

Selling a home can be frustrating or invigorating. Going into the process with a positive attitude helps immensely when it comes to navigating all the work and preparation required. If you put the following tips into action, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how quickly your house will sell. 1. Consider curb appeal. The fact is we all want a home that looks inviting on the outside. Go out and stand near the street and take a long hard look at your home and property. How does it look? Does the home’s exterior appear freshly painted and clean? Is the grass nice and green and mowed? If you have plants and trees, ensure they are trimmed and looking healthy. If your walks and drive-way need sprucing up, power-wash them. Think clean-looking, trimmed, and well-cared-for. 2. Have an inviting front entrance. A front door painted with a “wow” color or showing a lovely stained glass window is the icing on your “cake” of curb appeal. If it’s spring or summer, have a couple of potted plants or a small sculpture near the door. Fall and winter entrance décor might be a season-friendly wreath or other seasonal item of interest. Two or three […]
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5 Reasons a South Florida Real Estate Professional is Essential

There has never been an easier time to buy a sell a home on your own than today, but that does not mean it’s an easy process by any means. Yes, there are sites that where you can research the Florida real estate market, look at homes for sale in Florida, list your home and even download sales contracts. With all those resources available, you may find yourself asking the question, “Do I even need a Florida Realtor?” The answer is a resounding, “YES!” And here’s why… Buying and Selling Florida Real Estate is a Complex Process The buying and selling of real estate is among the most regulated transactions in the United States and the legal and financial penalties of even the smallest misstep can be dire. Each year, the rules and regulations regarding real estate change. Considering the average American might buy or sell a home two or three times in his lifetime, there’s no reason to keep up with every little – or major – change. The average, full-time Realtor will participate in hundreds of transactions over the course of his career. It’s part of your south Florida Realtor’s job to know and understand the ins and outs […]
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