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Whether you are looking for a home or have a home to sell, fast dependable service is most important. Having a wide variety of homes to choose from, working with a company with experience that you trust, and realtors who listen to your needs, is the right combination to help you make the right choice.

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Do You Know Who Your Neighbors Are?

Web Admin - Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Many of Us Don't Know Their Names and Only Recognize The Vehicles They Drive

Coming up on September 28 is National Good Neighbor Day. The busy lives we lead keep us from getting to know our neighbors like we should. In this day and time, it is more important than ever to learn who your neighbors are and let them know you.

Not all neighbors are good neighbors and that is a fact of life. This day is set aside to get to know your neighbors and do something nice for them. You never know when you may need to call on a neighbor for help or they may need to call on you.

For security reasons it is a good idea to know their names and even have their phone numbers even if you never plan to socialize with them. If they don't want to be known, then that is good to know too. Keeping a look out is just smart this day and time.

This designated day was originally celebrated on the 4th Sunday in September. Presidents Nixon, Ford and Carter made proclamations celebrating it. In 2003, the Senate passed a resolution naming September 28th as National Good Neighbor Day.

National Good Neighbor Day is a day to do a little something extra for your neighbor. Here are some suggestions of things you could do that would be neighborly:

  • Offer a smile or a friendly hello or wave.
  • Invite your neighbor over for a meal or snack.
  • Sare a dessert with your neighbor.
  • Lend a helping hand especially if your neighbor lives alone or is elderly.
  • Go meet the neighbors you don’t know and swap phone numbers.
  • Neighbors you do know, tell them you are there for them.

We can all learn to be better neighbors. National Good Neighbor Day is a good day to start.

By: Debbie Reynolds

What Is Escrow? How It Keeps Home Buyers and Sellers Safe

Web Admin - Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Buying a house can involve big and scary terms, and “escrow” ranks near the top. So what is escrow, anyway?

The good news is that escrow is not as ominous as it sounds. In the home-buying process, escrow is a financial tool that allows you to set aside important items such as the buyer’s earnest money check and purchase agreement document in an impartial holding area, where it will stay until all of the details are worked out between a buyer and a seller, says Andy Prasky, a real estate professional with Re/Max Advantage Plus in Twin Cities.

The escrow officer is a third party—perhaps someone from the closing company, an attorney, or a title company agent (customs vary by state). How much does escrow cost? That varies too—as well as whether the buyer or seller (or both) pays—with the fee for this service typically totaling about 1% to 2% of the cost of the home.

How escrow works

The third party is there to make sure everything during the closing proceeds smoothly, including the transfers of money and documents. Escrow protects all the relevant parties by ensuring that no funds and property change hands until all conditions in the agreement have been met.

Along the way, proper documentation is filed with the escrow officer as each step toward closing is completed. Contingencies that might be part of the process could include home inspection, repairs, and other tasks that need to be accomplished by the buyer or seller. And every time one of those steps is completed, the buyer or seller signs off with a contingency release form; then the transaction moves on to the next step (and one step closer to closing).

Once all conditions are met and the deal is finalized, the money due to the sellers is transferred to them. Meanwhile an escrow officer clears (or records) the title, which means the buyer officially owns the home.

How escrow protects buyers and sellers

Escrow may seem like a pain, but here’s how it can work in your favor. Let’s say, for example, the buyer had a home inspection contingency and discovered that the roof needed repairs. The seller agrees to fix the roof. However, during the buyer’s final walk-through, she finds that the roof hasn’t been repaired as expected. In this case, the sellers won’t see a dime of the buyer’s money until they fix that roof. Talk about a nice safeguard for the buyer!

Sellers benefit from escrow, too: Let’s say the buyers get cold feet at the last minute and bail on the deal. This may be disappointing to the seller, but at the very least, buyers have typically ponied up a sizable chunk of change for their earnest money deposit. This money, often totaling 1% to 2% of the purchase price of a home, has been held in escrow. When buyers back out with no legitimate reason, they forfeit that money to the seller—a decent consolation for the sale’s failure.

Escrow, in other words, is the equivalent of bumpers on cars, keeping everyone safe as they move forward in a real estate transaction. Odds are, no one’s trying to swindle anyone. But isn’t it nice to know that if something does go wrong, escrow is there to cushion the blow?

By: Cathie Ericson

Finding a New Home after Downsizing

Web Admin - Friday, August 19, 2016

Once you’ve made the decision to downsize, the next step you need to make is to decide where you want to go and what kind of home you want.

The location you choose will depend on several factors.

  • Do you want to be near family?
  • Do you want to reduce your work commute?
  • Do you prefer a city, a suburb, or a rural environment?
  • Do you want to move to a location that has a lower cost of living?

Depending on where you choose to live, you might not actually be saving money. A large house in an area with a lower cost of living might actually be a better financial position for you than a small house in an area with a higher cost of living. Working out a budget at this point is pretty critical.

Very often, downsizers want a smaller home but with no less luxury. For example, if your larger home has granite countertops, most downsizers choose to have granite in their next home, and sometimes even use some of the extra cash they have to upgrade the kitchen appliances as well. Larger master suites are also a common feature downsizers want, and often are willing to sacrifice larger guest suites.

The type of home you choose will also depend on several factors. Some of your options are:

  • Smaller house - The benefits of choosing to move to a house are many. Choosing a house means you’ll still have to do the maintenance and upkeep, however, even though it will likely be less time consuming and costly than in a larger home. A house will probably have more space than any other option, so if a guest bedroom or two is important to you, or if you want a formal dining room, this may be your best bet.
  • Condominium - Many downsizers choose condos not only because they are significantly less costly than a house but also because maintenance will be done for you. In many cases, condos are only one story so you can eliminate stairs if that’s an issue. Condo living sometimes comes with sweet amenities like clubhouses, pools, tennis courts, and so on. If you choose a condo, however, don’t forget that you’ll have to pay HOA fees which vary dramatically from place to place.
  • Rent - If you want to free up some cash, or move to temporary digs while your dream home is being built or while you’re waiting for retirement, renting might be a great option for you. The best part about it is that you are responsible for no upkeep or maintenance - even a clogged drain is fixed for you. Another benefit of renting is that you can stay in the same town without all of the expense associated with owning. The downside, of course, is that you aren’t building equity so it might not make sense financially.
  • Active Adult community - Sometimes known as “55+ Communities,” active adult communities are a great option if at least one person is 55 years of age or older. Active adult communities can be condominiums, cooperatives, single family homes, or even mobile home parks. The benefit of an active adult community is the opportunity to choose a community of people in the same stage of life. Many also offer amenities such as community swimming pools, clubhouses, tennis courts, and so on.
  • Continuing Care Retirement Community - A CCRC offers lifetime housing with advanced levels of care available as needs change. CCRCs also offer planned activities such as luncheons and parties for residents to get to know each other and socialize. Many offer bus trips to grocery stores and destinations such as the Jersey shore. CCRCs require an entrance fee and a monthly charge for care which is dependent on the level of support required.

When you decide where you want to live and the type of housing that appeals to you, it’s time to consider getting your current home on the market. At this point, you should contact a real estate professional who can help you determine what you need to do to prepare your home for sale as well as help guide you to finding your new dream home!

By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl

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