How To Win A Bidding War On A Polk County Property

It’s the ideal situation for a seller, but a bidding war isn’t always so great for buyers. As a buyer caught up in a bidding war on a Polk County property, you need some way to come out ahead of the competing bidders – that is, without offering a ridiculous amount for the purchase price. … Continued

How To Avoid Home Buyer Fraud in Polk County

Because there’s so much money at stake in the sale/purchase of a home and so much potential profit for a seller, the real estate industry has its share of fraud and scams. And in the case of fraud, it’s usually the buyer – the one who lays out the cash – who suffers the most. … Continued

6 Hidden Costs To Plan For When Buying A Home in Polk County

Buying a home is expensive. For most of us, it’s the largest financial transaction of our lives. While most people understand the major financial components of buying a home – for example, purchase price and some closing costs – there are still more expenses that remain “hidden.” So to help you go into the process … Continued

Using Social Media To Buy A Home In Polk County

Many home sellers, especially FSBO sellers, have discovered the marketing power of social media. And social media works just as well for home buyers. All you have to do is reverse engineer what the sellers are doing with social media. Sellers who use Facebook ads, for example, aim those ads at a highly targeted audience, … Continued

5 Questions To Ask Your Agent When Viewing A Home in Polk County

Buying a home, especially making an offer and negotiating, is a lot like playing a game of poker – a very high-stakes game of poker. For, as with a poker game, there’s a lot of psychological maneuvering involved, and the more you can discover and know about the other players, the better off you’ll be. … Continued

What To Expect At The Closing Table In Polk County

The home sale and purchase process is an emotional period that extends from anywhere from 15 to 60 days. The culmination of the process is the closing table. Sometimes all parties meet to close the sale while other times the buyer meets with his team and the seller meets with his. Ultimately the same information … Continued

5 Home Buying Mistakes Hiring A Polk County Agent Will Help You Avoid

There are many aspects to buying a home that a normal person who isn’t in the industry daily might not understand. A professional real estate agent’s job is to juggle all the components involved in the purchase. Without the right professional help, homebuyers risk making costly mistakes that either kill the deal or leave them with huge … Continued

What To Keep And What To Toss When Moving in Polk County

Every expert out there will tell you that in order to prepare your home for sale, declutter. But whether you are moving out or moving in, you are going to need to move your stuff. In either case, it is wise to get rid of stuff you don’t need. This saves you money in moving … Continued

5 Ways A Buyers Agent Will Save You Time in Polk County

Time is something that is very limited for most of us today, and if we have a chance to save a little of it, we probably should. If you’re in the market to buy a house, a buyer’s agent can likely save some of your valuable time. A buyer’s agent works only for the buyer … Continued

5 Ways A Buyers Agent Will Save You Money in Polk County

A buyer’s agent is a real estate agent who works solely for the buyer, not the seller, and does only what is best for the buyer. Buyer’s agents also work on a commission that is contracted in the listing agreement, often splitting it with the listing agent. Your buyer’s agent will search for, evaluate, and … Continued

Choosing The Right Home Inspector in Polk County

One of the most important parts of the home buying process is getting inspections done. It’s important because as a buyer of an investment worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, you need to have as much information about what is broken or about to be broken in the home. Your real estate agent will be critical to … Continued

5 Signs of A Knowledgeable Buyers Agent in Polk County

You want to buy a house so you go to your favorite social media site and ask friends and family for recommendations. Within minutes, you have been tagged with 50 potential buyer’s agents that are just “absolutely wonderful.” But what does that mean? Not every agent is great and the last thing you want is … Continued

Signs of A Bad Agent in Polk County

Most of us, when buying or selling a house, have a pretty good idea of the major steps in the process. And as in all relationships, if things aren’t going well with the agent, we tend to look at ourselves first to see if that’s where the problem lies. It could be, though, that the … Continued

Signs Your Polk County Agent is Passionate About Real Estate

Real estate agents work on commission, and for some of them chasing that commission is their primary goal. That’s understandable, though, because real estate can be a tough business, and those commissions can be far and few between. It involves long hours, working at inconvenient hours, and careful attention to detail. It’s best, then, to try … Continued

How To Guarantee That You Will Get A Home Mortgage in Polk County

Buying a home is an exciting undertaking, especially for first-time home buyers. The purchase of a home often marks the beginning of a whole new chapter in their lives. But the process of buying that home also brings with it not a little nervousness and anxiety. Most people worry about whether they can qualify for and then … Continued