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Monday, November 13, 2017   /   by Brittini Martinez

Changing Your Closing Date In a Real Estate Sales Contract

When you go through the process of buying a house, you might have to change the real estate closing date. It's actually fairly common for the buyer or the seller to request this kind of adjustment, so don't be alarmed if it happens to you. Let's take a closer look at the closing process and why someone would want to reschedule a closing date in the first place.


What is closing on a home?



Closing represents the scheduled day, after a seller accepts a buyer's offer, when the parties meet and sign the final paperwork. The whole process from accepted offer to closing typically takes an average of 50 days. During that time, attorneys draw up contracts, and dozens of other parties—from title agents to mortgage lenders—finish completing the transfer of a property.



Why change a real estate closing date?


But sometimes the buyer or seller wants to speed up or slow down the process, and that requires changing the clo ...

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Monday, November 6, 2017   /   by Brittini Martinez

What to Expect During A Home Inspection

Congratulations, you just ratified the contract on your future home! Now you are getting a call from your agent stating that you need to let them know the best day to have the home inspection within your deadline... WHAT?? 

Do I even NEED to be there? I have no clue what to look for!! 

Not to fear.... we can help! 


What is a home inspection?A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a house, from the roof to the foundation.



What does a home inspection include?
The standard home inspector’s report will cover the condition of the home’s heating system; central air conditioning system (temperature permitting); interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement and structural components.
The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) publishes a Standards of Practice and Code of E ...

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017   /   by Brittini Martinez

5 Mistakes New Homebuilders Often Make

Designing your own home can be exciting, but it's a lot more work than buying an existing house. With so many moving pieces involved, knowing what works and what doesn't is key. Protect your home's long-term value by sidestepping these five avoidable pitfalls of building a new home.


1. Forgetting About Storage Space
From seasonal items to extra bedding, everything requires a temporary home when not in use. For that, you'll need plenty of storage space. Some simple solutions might include a few extra closets, a sizeable garage space or built-in cabinets and shelving.


2. Skimping on Materials
Anything worth doing is worth doing right, and new home construction is no exception. Even if you're watching your pennies, try not to scrimp on quality, especially when it comes to important things like flooring. The materials you choose can have a huge impact on your home's overall value.


3. Overlooking Energy Efficiency
For an energy-efficient home design, make sure to use ear ...

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