Do Real Estate Agents Receive Kickbacks from Mortgage Brokers?

Do Real Estate Agents Receive Kickbacks from Mortgage Brokers?

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You started off your home search by hiring yourself a real estate agent or broker. You haven’t been preapproved for a home loan yet, so they’ve given you a couple names of mortgage brokers. Chances are, you’re wondering if they get something in return from those mortgage brokers, like a referral fee, and that may not be leaving the best …

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5 Negotiation Tactics Sure to Doom a Home Offer

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Are you house hunting? When it’s time to negotiate the home offer, some buyers think they’re playing hardball, but in reality, they’re just setting up their offer to be rejected. Below are 5 negotiation tactics that are doomed to fail. Keep them in mind when it comes time to make your offer. 1. Lowballing A buyer’s first instinct may be …

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Should You Buy a Home During the Christmas Season?

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As the end of the year approaches, buyers begin to wonder if they should put their home search on the back burner or continue viewing homes through the Christmas season. While the peak selling months for real estate are in the spring and summer, this is historically the off season for the real estate industry. Still, there’s something to the …

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What are the Home Features Buyers Most Want?

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One of the keys to maximizing your return when selling a home is having some of the home features that buyers most want. But how do you know which to choose and which investments will pay off? There are a lot of finishes and appliances to choose from, and the ones you see a lot of aren’t necessarily the most …

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What to Know When the Home You Want to Purchase is in a Flood Zone

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So, you’ve found “the one”. Congrats! Oh, but you’ve also found out that it’s in a flood zone? First off, let’s put this into perspective. Everyone is in a flood zone. Some are just at a higher risk than others. Southeastern North Carolina is a coastal region. There are a lot of homes in areas that will at some point …

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What is a Real Estate Agent?

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Real estate agents are present in real estate markets throughout the United States but not everyone fully understands what we do. Many assume that we work like car salesman…but with homes. Not quite. Real estate agents are individuals licensed to arrange real estate transactions and represent sellers and buyers in negotiations. They can show homes, fill in real estate contracts …

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How to Mindfully Make Moving Easier for Kids

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No move comes without some sadness, especially when you have kids. As adults, even if we hate our current home, there’s always some part of it that we are fond of – the daily routine we’ve grown used to, a favorite nearby restaurant, a kind neighbor, or even the little bird that perches outside the window every morning. For kids, …

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Builder Offers to Pay Student Loans for Home Buyers

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According to a study from the National Association of Realtors, one of the biggest obstacles for Millennial home buyers (born 1980-1998) is student loan debt. Of those surveyed, the median debt was $41,200. 20% were homeowners and 28% of them said their student loan debt was preventing them from selling their current home to move into something new. Now, Eagle …