Owning an old house is fun, but full of surprises

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Older homes have character that rarely are found in new homes – huge fireplaces and mantles, pocket doors, molding, high ceilings, wood beams and wrap-around porches, and every home has a unique story. It’s a romantic appeal and has a beauty and nostalgia that is hard to mimic. You can see the character in the window glass, wood carvings and …

A look at the economy’s impact on real estate market

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Prior to COVID-19, the Counselors of Real Estate reported annual job growth in the U.S. had dropped from roughly 3 million in early 2015 to about 2 million in 2019. Industrial production expansion peaked in mid-2018 and had decelerated into negative territory by late 2019. Growth of the labor force had declined from the double-digit pace of the final three …

What you should know about zoning regulations

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Zoning laws are found in virtually every municipality in the United States, affecting land use, lot size, building heights, density, setbacks and other aspects of property use. Your property is controlled by our local zoning laws. The zoning ordinance does not regulate matters such as private deed restrictions, noise and other complaints similar in nature. Your Realtor can give you …

Tips to help you create more space in your home

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With so many people working from home, entertaining at home and just staying home in general, the space can feel a little smaller than it used to be. Here are some tricks to make your home feel larger. They’re great for everyone, but especially if you’re preparing to sell your home, and they could be some of your Realtor’s staging …

How Realtors can help you build your own home

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“Building your own home,” has been an American dream for many prospective home buyers over the years. With the coronavirus pandemic causing stress on the housing market by reducing the number of homes for sale (because many people are staying where they are, and others are improving and adding to their homes rather than moving), is new construction an option …

If sellers know about problems, they must disclose them

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Disclosure: The action of making new or secret information known. This is an important word in real estate. The idea is, “if you know, you must disclose.” Real estate disclosure statements, which can come in a variety of forms, are the buyer’s opportunity to learn as much as possible about the property and the seller’s experience in it. Potential seller …

The duties of Realtors to clients and customers

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There is a difference between a client and a customer. Realtors owe certain duties to each. Which on are you? The Code of Ethics’ demand for high standards of professional conduct protects the interests of clients and customers, and safeguards the rights of consumers of real estate services. Article 1 states, “When representing a buyer, seller, landlord, tenant or other …

Explaining the designations after Realtors’ names

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Many Realtors have letters after their name. They are called designations and each one is earned through education and experience. Realtors get designations to demonstrate they’ve acquired considerable knowledge about certain niche areas, such as representing buyers and sellers, commercial real estate, running a brokerage and running real estate teams. GRI: GRI stands for Graduate of Realtor Institute. It is …