Helpful Relocation Tips
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    Appraisal Institute: How Landscaping Can Impact Home Values:  The Appraisal Institute recently advised homeowners to properly maintain their landscaping, which can significantly affect property values.

    "If a landscaping change is positive, it can often enhance price and reduce a home's time on the market," says Appraisal Institute President Richard L. Borges II, MAI, SRA. "But if the change is negative, it can lower the price and lengthen the time a home remains for sale." read more

    Top 10 Tips: How To Write A Homebuyer's Offer Letter To A Seller  Homebuyers trying to stand out from a crowd of offers in today's competitive market are often told to write a personal letter to accompany their offer. Buyers who are financing a home, or have a smaller down payment, often have trouble competing with all-cash buyers. Appealing to the seller as a person, as opposed to a contract, can sometimes give a buyer an emotional edge. read more

    Ask the Experts: What Should Home Sellers Do to Prepare for a Home Inspection? 4.16.13  "We see it every day. Sellers who don't take the time to ensure a smooth home inspection and who pay for it in the long run. The spring market is upon us. A little preparation can ensure sellers have great home inspections. Home inspectors typically arrive 30-45 minutes early to the home inspection appointment so that they are professionally set up and ready to go when you arrive. I can't tell you how many times I've been greeted at the door a half hour before everyone is set to arrive by a person who looks as if they're freshly out of bed"  read more

    Eight Ways to Improve your Home Appraisal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When Kellie and Michael May decided to refinance their home in the New York suburbs, they wanted to take advantage of historically low interest rates.  But before landing a new 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, they had to get through a home appraisal. read more

    Home Values Performed 42 Percent Better When Located Near Public Transportation: Location, location, location near public transportation may be the new real-estate mantra according to a new study released recently by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and the National Association of Realtors® (NAR). Data in the study reveals that during the last recession, residential property values performed 42 percent better on average if they were located near public transportation with high-frequency service. read more

    Buyers will often drive by your home before deciding whether they want to see the inside.  Curb appeal, how your property looks when viewed from the street, is critical  Read Tips for Preparing your Home For Sale - Exteriors

    A buyer's first impression is THE impression.  Home sale statistics show that buyers form an impression within 15 seconds of entering your home Read Tips for Selling High  - Interiors

    Selling a home at the highest possible price in the shortest amount of time is the goal of most home sellers.  This can be achieved by properly positioning your home in the market.  Keep in mind factors outside your control such as   Read Tips for Pricing Your Home

    One of the most important rules about showing your home is to make it easy to do so! Read Tips for Showing Your Home

    No one goes solo.  Purchasing a home is really a group activity.  You don't have to be an expert in every aspect of purchasing a new home - you simply need to surround yourself with people who will give you sound advice on the intricacies of buying a home.  Read Tips on Buying Right

    How to Spot Fraudulent Rental Posts Fox Business 2/3/2013  - Identity thieves have increased their presence in the housing and rental markets making it even more important for potential homebuyers and renters to do due their diligence and know the warning signs of a scam. Read More

    Today is a tempting time to buy a home with interest rates and prices at their lowest levels in years.  Deciding whether to buy or rent can be complicated, and potential homebuyers have a lot to consider.  Read What to Do This Year: Rent or Buy a Home?

    Home Inspections, an Essential Tool for Buyers.  Buyers and sellers typically recognize the need for a home inspection.  Still, it may put both sides of a sale on edge. Read More

    Household Goods Moving Checklist - From initial planning to post-move - here are some great ideas to keep you on track. See Checklist

    International Travel Tips - Lots to consider when you are traveling abroad - whether for an assignment, business,or pleasure.  Read International Travel Tips 

     Air travel with pets can be challenging if you are not aware of the rules and poilcies.  Read General Information for Checked or Cabin Pets

Helpful Relocation Tips
  •  Click to Download PDF's for Each of the Subjects Below

    Appraisal Institute: How Landscaping Can Impact Home Values:  The Appraisal Institute recently advised homeowners to properly maintain their landscaping, which can significantly affect property values.

    "If a landscaping change is positive, it can often enhance price and reduce a home's time on the market," says Appraisal Institute President Richard L. Borges II, MAI, SRA. "But if the change is negative, it can lower the price and lengthen the time a home remains for sale." read more

    Top 10 Tips: How To Write A Homebuyer's Offer Letter To A Seller  Homebuyers trying to stand out from a crowd of offers in today's competitive market are often told to write a personal letter to accompany their offer. Buyers who are financing a home, or have a smaller down payment, often have trouble competing with all-cash buyers. Appealing to the seller as a person, as opposed to a contract, can sometimes give a buyer an emotional edge. read more

    Ask the Experts: What Should Home Sellers Do to Prepare for a Home Inspection? 4.16.13  "We see it every day. Sellers who don't take the time to ensure a smooth home inspection and who pay for it in the long run. The spring market is upon us. A little preparation can ensure sellers have great home inspections. Home inspectors typically arrive 30-45 minutes early to the home inspection appointment so that they are professionally set up and ready to go when you arrive. I can't tell you how many times I've been greeted at the door a half hour before everyone is set to arrive by a person who looks as if they're freshly out of bed"  read more

    Eight Ways to Improve your Home Appraisal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When Kellie and Michael May decided to refinance their home in the New York suburbs, they wanted to take advantage of historically low interest rates.  But before landing a new 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, they had to get through a home appraisal. read more

    Home Values Performed 42 Percent Better When Located Near Public Transportation: Location, location, location near public transportation may be the new real-estate mantra according to a new study released recently by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and the National Association of Realtors® (NAR). Data in the study reveals that during the last recession, residential property values performed 42 percent better on average if they were located near public transportation with high-frequency service. read more

    Buyers will often drive by your home before deciding whether they want to see the inside.  Curb appeal, how your property looks when viewed from the street, is critical  Read Tips for Preparing your Home For Sale - Exteriors

    A buyer's first impression is THE impression.  Home sale statistics show that buyers form an impression within 15 seconds of entering your home Read Tips for Selling High  - Interiors

    Selling a home at the highest possible price in the shortest amount of time is the goal of most home sellers.  This can be achieved by properly positioning your home in the market.  Keep in mind factors outside your control such as   Read Tips for Pricing Your Home

    One of the most important rules about showing your home is to make it easy to do so! Read Tips for Showing Your Home

    No one goes solo.  Purchasing a home is really a group activity.  You don't have to be an expert in every aspect of purchasing a new home - you simply need to surround yourself with people who will give you sound advice on the intricacies of buying a home.  Read Tips on Buying Right

    How to Spot Fraudulent Rental Posts Fox Business 2/3/2013  - Identity thieves have increased their presence in the housing and rental markets making it even more important for potential homebuyers and renters to do due their diligence and know the warning signs of a scam. Read More

    Today is a tempting time to buy a home with interest rates and prices at their lowest levels in years.  Deciding whether to buy or rent can be complicated, and potential homebuyers have a lot to consider.  Read What to Do This Year: Rent or Buy a Home?

    Home Inspections, an Essential Tool for Buyers.  Buyers and sellers typically recognize the need for a home inspection.  Still, it may put both sides of a sale on edge. Read More

    Household Goods Moving Checklist - From initial planning to post-move - here are some great ideas to keep you on track. See Checklist

    International Travel Tips - Lots to consider when you are traveling abroad - whether for an assignment, business,or pleasure.  Read International Travel Tips 

     Air travel with pets can be challenging if you are not aware of the rules and poilcies.  Read General Information for Checked or Cabin Pets