Nightmare Neighbors and Selling Your Home

When Nightmare Neighbors Complicate Your Home Sale 09.12.14 by Jeff Johnson Now that you’re getting ready to sell your house, what can you do about nightmare neighbors whose behavior could sabotage the sale of your home? If your neighbors don’t maintain their yard, they’re loud and stay up too late, or their dog barks any … Continued

Importance of Pre-Approval

Why Having a Loan Pre-Approval Matters 09.30.14 by Jeff Johnson The old way of buying a home simply won’t work today. You shopped around, made an offer and then went to the bank to get a loan. If you were denied or there were problems, you walked away. Today, a buyer needs to speak to … Continued

Real Estate Market Re-Entry

Re-Entering the Real Estate Market 10.28.14 by Jeff Johnson Many soon-to-be retirees own a home, have paid off their mortgage and haven’t been in the real estate market for a number of years. A lot has changed with the process of buying and selling real estate in recent years. Though technology and the flow of … Continued

Home Buying During the Holidays

Home Buying During the Holidays 12.02.14 by Jeff Johnson In the market for a new home? Here are four reasons for home buying during the holidays, and to add real estate shopping to your December to-do list. Bargain prices Did you know that, historically, home prices are lower in December than in any other month? … Continued

Home Down Payment Assistance

Down Payment Assistance for Homes 12.18.14 by Jeff Johnson A recent survey by NeighborWorks America found that the biggest obstacle to buying a home was lack of a down payment, and that for those already paying on student debt, the hurdle was even higher. The same survey found that 70 percent of U.S. adults are … Continued

Is My Home ready to Sell?

Is My Home ready to Sell? 04.03.15 by Jeff Johnson Putting your home up for sale enters you into a competition with other like properties for sale. To maximize your sale price, stand out from the competition and sell quickly, your home needs to go on the market in tip-top condition. Prepping the home rarely … Continued

Multiple Offers — What’s Next?

Multiple Offers — Strategies for what to do next. 05.13.15 by Jeff Johnson Multiple offers are a home seller’s dream. But when they come in, what do you do? Receiving multiple offers means you’ve presented your home to the market in its best possible light and that you’ve positioned it correctly concerning price. But multiple … Continued

Things to Consider When Buying a Home

Things to Consider When Buying a Home 05.21.15 by Jeff Johnson Think you’re ready to start your home ownership journey? Be sure to get all your ducks in a row first. Purchasing real estate can be a complex process, and it’s essential for people who want to make a smart decision to buy the right property that suits … Continued

Finding a Good Buyer’s Agent

Find the Right Buyer Agent 05.28.15 by Jeff Johnson Finding the right home is quite an undertaking, and a real estate purchase is a complex process that can take unexpected twists and turns, so having the right buyer agent by your side makes a huge difference to your success. Unlike a seller, who signs an … Continued

Your Credit Score and Home Financing

Your Credit Score and Home Financing 06.04.15 by Jeff Johnson A recent survey from credit bureau TransUnion reveals that a majority of people know a credit score is important, yet are unsure how it impacts home financing. They are unsure about actions that could help improve their credit score, and also unsure about what their credit … Continued