When Should Buyers Engage in a Direct, Cash Sale?

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There’s a lot of hype about conducting your real estate transaction without using a local, licensed agent to help you.  Yes, you can buy a house or vacant land all on your own, but experience shows that you usually end up paying more and having unintended challenges along the way. A licensed REALTOR® is responsible for making sure that you get the outcome you are expecting.  That’s not to say that it will always be the outcome you expected from the beginning, but it is…

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How Much Shopping for a Mortgage Should You Do?

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How much shopping around for a mortgage should you do?  The short answer is enough to feel comfortable, but that doesn’t really address the question. The reason for shopping for anything is to satisfy yourself that you got a good deal.  When it comes to buying your home, especially true for first time buyers, there is a lot of integrated complexity and the mortgage process is often overlooked.  Because I’m not a lender, I’m not going to tell you about all the intricacies from  that…

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Is it a Seller’s Market or a Buyer’s Market?

A question most often asked by someone thinking about buying or selling a home is, “Is it a buyer’s market or a seller’s market?”  It’s a bit surprising how often real estate professionals don’t know the definitive answer to that question! Experience shows that 6 months of available housing inventory is considered to be a balanced market.  Less than that favors sellers and more than that favors buyers.  In the greater Tehachapi area, you can’t just consider the entire region because the absorption rate varies significantly from…

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Should You Pay A Record Retention Fee When Buying or Selling a Home?

Most real estate agents work on a commission basis.  That means that whether you are buying a home or selling your house, the agent representing you is most often paid as a percentage of the purchase price. An excellent agent is worth every penny they get paid.  And sometimes, worth much more than the commission earned on a particular transaction.  For example, right now I’m involved in what should have been a simple, slam-dunk transaction that has dragged on for 10 weeks and involved much…

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