Pros and Cons of Open Houses, Part 2

In part 1, we shared some of the pros and cons of having real estate Open Houses. If you read that post, you saw that I don’t think there’s a one-size-fits-all answer to the question: “Should we have an Open House?” (If you missed that post, you can find it here.) The question is such an interesting...

Pros and Cons of Open Houses

There was an Open House for a home in my neighborhood last weekend, and it generated some buzz. It’s a great-looking all-brick ranch, and the owner has often been observed meticulously caring for the exterior. Two families I know from within the neighborhood had genuine interest in seeing the interior of the home –...

Tax Cutting

NC Property Tax Relief for Seniors

Are you 65 or older?  Did you know that you can greatly reduce your property tax obligation by filling out a little paperwork?  In North Carolina, there is a property tax exemption process for people 65 years or older. The elderly exclusion makes $25,000 or 50% of the home’s appraised value exempt from property...

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Step One in the Home Buying Process

Most people start at the wrong place in the process of buying a home.  They start by looking at houses.  They look online, they go to open houses, they even meet agents and tour homes.  They do all of this without really knowing what they are financially capable of buying.  It’s a little like...

Building Wealth with Real Estate

Do Not Hesitate! Buy A Home Today!

Year after year, home-ownership remains the single smartest financial investment you can make.   I know:  that’s pretty bold.  But let me back it up with some cold hard facts.  Let’s take a look at how buying a home with minimum down in 1986 compares with the same investment in a Dow Jones Index...

The Millennial Home Buyer

The real estate press is very vocal about the importance of connecting with the Millennial Home Buyer – for good reason.  The generation born between roughly 1982 and Y2K are the next great home buying wave.   In fact, according to the 2012 Census, this group is about 20% of the American population! There...

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Tax Deductions and Your Home

Disclaimer:  Right up front, let me state that I am not a tax attorney, CPA or professional tax adviser.  I am a real estate broker and I have an understanding of the benefits of home ownership, including tax benefits.  However, anything I say about taxes and home ownership should only be used as motivation...

5 Steps to Buying a Triad Home in 2016

1.  Calm your credit report.  Don’t take out a new loan, or buy a car, or do anything that is going to impact your credit report in a negative way.  Lenders want to see a stable credit history, especially over recent months.  Also, don’t do a lot of balance transfers or moving of money...