Google’s Mobilegeddon is Penalizing Title Agents

Did you see what Google did to your website that will bring you less new business? On April 21st Google started requiring that all websites be mobile-friendly. This update has been dubbed “mobilegeddon.”  For websites that are not mobile-friendly, they are...

What Is Equity?

Equity is the value YOU own in property such as a house. It’s the difference between what’s OWED and what the property is WORTH in the current market. The example this video shows – you have a house worth $300,000 today and you owe the bank $200,000.  Your...

What Are Real Estate Commissions?

Like the video says – real estate agents aren’t paid by the hour!They’re paid a percentage of the purchase price in a successful real estate transaction. When one agent represents the sellers and another represents the buyers the commission is typically split...

What Is “Prime”?

The Prime Lending Rate – sometimes just called “Prime”  – is the interest rate that banks charge each other for overnight loans. Some consumer rates – like ARMs – are set in relation to Prime. In the US, Prime is affected by the Federal Reserve...

Closing Costs Explained Visually

Purchasing a home is exciting. Once escrow begins, the excitement can change to frustration, particularly if you are not ready for the closing costs that quickly accumulate. Closing costs simply refer to the fees associated with various things associated with the...

Title Insurance Explained Visually

What is title insurance and why should any buyer get it when purchasing a home (single family, townhouse, condo, apartment, or whatever format your home purchase takes)? Doesn’t the attorney or settlement company handling the closing see to it that you have a...

How Should I Prepare For Internet Showing?

Today, your first “showing” will be on the Internet – you’re watching this on the Internet, right? Your price, listing description and PHOTOS determine whether someone will visit in person.  Consider professional staging advice or help. Prep for photos and...

How Should I Prepare The Inside For An Open House?

For many homes and markets, professional help from someone in “staging” makes good financial sense.  Like this video say, check your staging options first. If you are doing it yourself, here are 5 key tips. One – Depersonalize. You want the buyer to envision...

Which Square Footage Figure Should I Use?

Home size is one of the key figures used in comparisons. But you may have different measurements to choose from,  as you’ll learn in this video, including builder, appraiser, tax records and possibly owner records. Which one is right, and which one is best? The...