How to find the value of a homeSearching “how much is my house worth?” online reveals dozens of home value estimators. In fact, 22% of U.S. homeowners who determined their home’s value used an online estimator, according to a current survey. The technical term for these tools is the automated valuation model or AVM. If it sounds complicated and not necessarily accurate, you are correct. These Continue Reading about Free Home Valuation
Over time, the worth of a piece of real estate will fluctuate up and down. Usually, house values appreciate in the long term. But, of course, there are no guarantees in real estate.When your property appreciates you have a larger asset to borrow against, and you'll create a better profit when you sell. Property values in Durham vary for many different reasons, so how do you know what you're Continue Reading about Understanding Property Appreciation
Escrow: An escrow company is used to assure your house closes on time and the money exchanging part of closing goes smoothly. Escrow holders hold money for "safe-keeping" in transactions between a buyer and seller. For example, in an online transaction, PayPal is the secure third party that holds the buyer's funds and then hands over the payment to the seller.Tying up any loose ends like obtaining Continue Reading about Escrow: Closing the Sale
When moving to a new city, you can have a lot on your mind: New job, new school, new church, new routines, and last but not least, finding a new place for your family to call "home". At Seagroves Realty, we understand and are relocation experts. We have a long history of finding buyers the right home by following a refined process to help make the most of their search efforts.Get to Know the Continue Reading about Relocating? Seagroves will be Your Guide
Considering a Foreclosed Property? Turn to a ProFor more information about how to navigate the market for foreclosed and REO property, call on Seagroves Realty Agents for the insights you need.What's an REO?"REO" means Real Estate Owned. These are properties that have been foreclosed upon and are now owned by the bank or mortgage company. This is not the same as real estate up for foreclosure Continue Reading about Interested in REO property or a foreclosure in the Durham area?
When homebuyers drive your neighborhood, or when Realtors are previewing for their clients, what do they see? You never get a second chance to make a first impression, so make sure your home makes people go “wow.” Take a walk around your property right now—front to back. Pretend you’re a prospective buyer. Do you like what you see? Here are eight quick tips for creating a visual impression that Continue Reading about Ready, Set, Sell: Checklist for Home Sellers
You want to sell your home in the shortest possible time for the highest possible price, right? Of course that is every seller’s goal and it’s your Realtor’s goal as well. So here’s a handy list of a few options you need to do to make that happen. Follow the 50% rule. Look at every flat surface in your house and take at least 50% of the items away. This goes for kitchen and bathroom counters, Continue Reading about Make It Sparkle: Eight Tips for Adding Instant Curb Appeal
All home buyers - whether new to the process or experienced - want to buy their dream house. And, it's easy to lose sight of your goals with all the houses that seem like good candidates (list price, location, etc.).To help you prioritize your "good enough" list from the computer to the list of places you visit, take this checklist along when you go shopping for your house. Put an emphasis on the Continue Reading about Home Comparison Checklist