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Buyer Agent FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions on Buyer Agency: Do you work as a buyer’s agent? How much do you charge? What do you do for buyers? Do you work as a buyer’s agent? Yes.  we work for buyers, not for sellers when our client is buying a house. How much do you charge? We charge 3% of the sales price of the house, but this is often …

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Reading Real Estate Listings with a Contrary Mind

Admit it, when you are looking at house listings you like to see: Pictures Video School Info Transportation Info Square Footage So good listing agents put this info in their listings.  More buyers look and the houses sell for more.  But do you want to pay more? To save money on your next home, look for listings that: Have no (or few, or poor) pictures …

House Searches for Walkers, Bikers, Boaters and Cheapskates

Finding the right house at the right price starts with finding the right homes to tour.  This is a list of searches that I’ve found useful for clients looking for houses in Northern Virginia.  Each of these is not meant to be good for everyone, but I hope you’ll find one that draws the RIGHT houses to your attention from the many houses on the …

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How could School Redistriciting affect Home Values in Southwest Fairfax County?

UPDATED 1/19/11 Just when everyone was thinking that Option D was going to be what the Fairfax County School Board would be considering when voting on boundary changes, LOOK AGAIN! The staff has come forward with yet another recommendation. This is the staff recommendation that will be presented to the Board tomorrow, January 20th. I did not hear about this through Keeping in Touch or …

Ben’s Great Plan for buying a House

Sorry for the poor video at the beginning of this.  The content is excellent, however. Watch Video on YouTube If you found this post interesting or informational, you can subscribe to future posts by RSS or Email. Written by Jeff Royce of Frankly Real Estate, Inc. Fairfax, VA,  703-585-5663 Related Posts:Reading Real Estate Listings with a Contrary MindHouse Searches for Walkers, Bikers, Boaters and CheapskatesHow …

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When moving up should you sell first or buy first?

In a buyers market like we have in Northern Virginia, people who are looking to sell their current home and purchase another have a tough choice to make. Should they sell their current home, or purchase their next home first? There is no one-size-fits-all answer, but here are a couple of scenarios to consider: Sell Home 1, Then Buy Home 2: In this market, you …

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Mr. Smith buys a house

I had a short talk yesterday with Lucas Smith, who recently bought a short sale in Centreville, Virginia about why he decided to buy a house at this time: Related Posts:Buyer Agent FAQReading Real Estate Listings with a Contrary MindHouse Searches for Walkers, Bikers, Boaters and Cheapskates

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Can you Win in this Real Estate Market?

As I write this the whole world is going through an economic crisis.  Congress just passed a bill to “bail-out” Wall Street.  Stock markets all over the world have tumbled, and some have closed their markets to avoid further losses.  The main issue in the presidential debate has become the economy.  Voters want to know which candidate can get us out of “this mess we’re …

(Yet Another) Trap for Home Buyers to Avoid

In his superb Washington Post Column, Ken Harney analyzed a little publicized settlement between the FTC and fallen Investment Bank firm Bear Stearns that has implications for the way buyers should get and handle their loans.  From the column, the complaint against Bear Stearns’ subsidiary EMC was: But the FTC’s complaint and settlement on Sept. 9 allege that EMC hit mortgage customers with unauthorized fees, …