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Tuesday, January 30, 2018   /   by Andy Richardson, Certified Home Selling Advisor

List Now, Beat the Competition, and Get a Better Deal



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If you’ve been thinking of selling in 2018, now may be the best time to get a jump on the competition.
 
People often refer to the spring market as “the selling season,” and while it is true that there are more buyers in the spring market, there is also more competition. 
 
According to the laws of supply and demand, getting on the market before other sellers do could help you earn a higher price for your property. In other words, it’s a great time to put your home on the market. 
 
If you are thinking of selling and would ...

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Tuesday, January 02, 2018   /   by Andy Richardson, Certified Home Selling Advisor

What Makes a Good Offer?



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What makes an offer a good offer? 
 
The first thing you have to look at is price. A buyer wants to get the property for the lowest price possible, while the seller wants to sell for the highest price possible. Don’t worry, there is a middle ground. We just have to come together on the price to make it work for all parties. 
 
The second component of a good offer is the initial earnest money. In North Carolina, the earnest money is refundable to the due diligence state. Your earnest money shows the seller that you are serious about buying the home ...

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Monday, December 11, 2017   /   by Andy Richardson, Certified Home Selling Advisor

How to Successfully Sell Your Home This Winter



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What can you do to make sure that your home sells this winter? I have my five top tips for you today.

1. Pay special attention to curb appeal. Make sure there aren’t any leaves on the ground, trim the bushes and shrubs in the front yard, and pressure wash the house.

2. Go easy on the holiday decorations. Your house shouldn’t look like Clark Griswold lives there. Don’t overdo it. Tasteful decorations are fine, but you don’t want too many outdoor lights or holiday decorations.

3. Make the space inviting. When it’s cold and chilly outside ...

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Tuesday, December 05, 2017   /   by Andy Richardson, Certified Home Selling Advisor

Enjoy This Holiday Season







Today, I just want to take a minute to wish you a happy holiday season. Thank you for your support in 2017. If there is anything I can do to help you this time of year, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. Happy holidays and we’ll see you in the new year! To hear my full holiday message, watch this short video.

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Wednesday, November 08, 2017   /   by Andy Richardson, Certified Home Selling Advisor

Mortgage 101: What Is PITI?




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Today, let’s discuss what actually goes into your mortgage payment.


When you pay your mortgage on the first of the month, you’re actually paying for the previous month. This is unlike a rent payment, where you pay on the first to cover the month ahead. 


For example, a rent payment for November 1 goes toward the month of November. However, when you buy a house and make your mortgage payment, a payment on November 1 covers the previous month of October.


Everything included in your mortgage payment is called PITI (Principal, Interest, Taxes, Insu ...

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