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Tuesday, April 11, 2017   /   by Ryan Fellows

Are Buyer Agents Really Free?

There seems to be a big misconception that when you are in the market to purchase a new home, that you need to pay for an agent to show you homes. That is actually incorrect!


When you decide that it is time for you to purchase a home, there are many options on the market. Sometimes, you don't know what you like until you see some in person. Yes, there are many different websites that have homes for sale to look at. So you can sit at home and scan the Internet and waste time looking through homes that do not meet your needs, or you can have someone do the leg-work for you?

The best place to start is with a consultation. This can be a quick meeting to get to know your agent. You need to interview them as much as they are interviewing you. This will ensure that they meet your needs and you feel confident that they will be working hard for you to find your next home. The buyer agent will also be able to obtain all of the necessary inf ...

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Monday, March 27, 2017   /   by Ryan Fellows

8 Steps to Buying a House

When buying a home, it is not as simple as saying, "I want that one"" and then someone hands you a set of keys. However, if you have all of your ducks in a row, it can be a painless process with the right guidance. 
There are several steps you can take to ensure that you know what you are doing heading in and you know what to expect during the process. 
First time home buyers sometimes have difficulty throughout their buying process mainly due to the unknowns. It is always helpful to educate yourself before jumping into the exciting process of buying a home.
Here are 8 steps you can follow to purchase the next place you will call home.
1. Research Your Local Market
This means to know what is going on in the real estate world around you. Are you in a seller's market or a buyer's market? Are homes selling for full price or is the market in a decline and now is the time to buy? Also, get to know the different individual markets around you. Decide where you want to live. Dec; ...

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