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What do buyers think when they step inside your listing? (8/16/2017)
Curb appeal may set the tone for a home showing, but first impressions can die after a buyer walks inside. Traffic flow? Lighting? Smells? They all count.

3 ways to make counteroffers easier (8/14/2017)
Counteroffers attempt to secure better deals for clients, but “I demand this” is harsh. Propose a package that makes it easier for the other side to say yes.

Millennials: Live with Mom and save for downpayment (8/8/2017)
Many first-time buyers choose to live with Mom and Dad in order to bank money toward a downpayment. It’s a good money-saving strategy, assuming there’s ample space in the parents’ home and a specified savings goal.

Expect these four questions at your open house (8/8/2017)
Your answer will vary depending on circumstances, but it’s important to have an answer if potential buyers start to show an interest.

5 things homebuyers do that drive you crazy (8/3/2017)
You want to help people buy homes, but some just want to window shop. Others are serious – but only if they can submit 50% off offers that a seller will never accept.

How to avoid buying the wrong house (7/28/2017)
Buyers should focus on what they want and what they can afford, but sometimes family expectations and “I’m going to own a home” excitement get in the way.

Study: Best U.S. cities for first-time homebuyers (7/17/2017)
WalletHub looked at affordability, quality of life and real estate market health in 300 cities. While Miami ranked toward the bottom, five Fla. cities landed in the top third, including two S. Fla. markets. Tampa led Fla. cities at No. 31.

Buyers often overlook important home details (7/11/2017)
Some buyers who are dazzled by granite countertops and smart features forget to look closer at pragmatic details, such as HOA rules or their commute time to work.

Homebuyers: Don’t believe the reality TV show myths (7/10/2017)
Like most reality programs, real estate ones are often misleading and far from reality, writes a Boca Raton Realtor. Buyers usually visit more homes; major upgrades take more time; and buyers rarely have so much time to make a decision.

4 things home inspectors don’t usually check (7/6/2017)
Is the chimney clear? Inspectors can’t really see up there. Other concerns, such as a question about the foundation, require specialized skill sets.

What to consider before buying a vacation home (6/16/2017)
“I’ll buy a vacation home, and it will pay for itself” sounds good – but it doesn’t always work. Unprepared buyers sometimes lose money and gain headaches.

25 tips for first-time home buyers (6/9/2017)
While buying a home can be stressful and complicated, prospective homeowners can take several steps to make it easier, such as working with a Realtor.

Tips to nail ‘We need to reduce the price’ conversations (6/5/2017)
Some homes just aren’t selling; others were listed too high by agents scrambling for listings. In either case, sellers must reduce their asking price.

Survey: Rising mortgage rates worry young buyers (5/24/2017)
Almost 70% of millennials feel pressure to buy a home before mortgage rates rise, but 55% of this group are also discouraged that they’ll be able to do so.

5 tips for buyers in a tight housing market (5/15/2017)
With tight for-sale inventory, buyers need a strategy to secure a dream home that starts with a realistic budget and understanding of their “needs” vs. “wants.”

Making an offer? 5 common mistakes (5/11/2017)
In a competitive market, many offers get turned down – but a few buyer tactics make it even less likely that they’ll secure a contract from a seller.

House hunting, millennial style (5/1/2017)
In Florida, 13% of buyers are age 25 to 34, according to a Florida Realtors study. Millennials want a streamlined process, usually see fewer homes than older generations, are more tech-savvy and find new construction attractive.

Millennial owners’ advice to peers: Get off the sidelines (4/12/2017)
Survey: Young adults who recently bought a home think their friends should do so too. 80% said it helps financially; 86% said it’s cheaper than renting.

When to buy a home: Keep saving or go for it? (4/11/2017)
2 out of 5 potential buyers think they need a 20% downpayment. They don’t. But what’s a good savings goal? A new calculator helps potential buyers figure it out.

NAR report: More clients interested in sustainability (4/7/2017)
Realtor and consumer interest in green features and sustainability is on an upward trend, according to data compiled in a recent NAR survey.

Horses: Big market niche, Fla. money maker (4/6/2017)
For many Floridians, outdoor recreation doesn’t mean boating – it means horses. “It’s a big market niche,” says Realtor Sherri Meadows, if you can talk about “soil, barn construction, water access, fence construction, zoning” and other horse farm basics.

Watch out for deed restrictions (4/3/2017)
A buyer may think a listing has great potential, but it’s best to see if there are any deed restrictions before committing to a purchase.

Study: Homebuyers create a budget and then spend more (3/22/2017)
In the current competitive market, 55% of homebuyers will consider going over budget, and they would spend, on average, an additional $37,809 to get into a home.

Help buyers navigate 5 ‘gotchas’ (3/20/2017)
A purchase is stressful in the best of times, but buyers who are prepared for some common problems find it easier to roll with the punches and stay focused.

Spring real estate buyers: Early bird gets worm (3/15/2017)
Listings should hit the market soon, but buyers still outnumber sellers – and an expected mortgage rate increase means buyers should act sooner rather than later.

How to calculate a home’s square footage? No one really knows (3/15/2017)
House size seems like a fact rather than an opinion, but appraisers, developers, builders, Realtors, tax assessors and architects all measure space differently.

When it comes to flips, watch out for this (3/14/2017)
Investors buy homes that need repairs, fix them up and sell them for a profit. But buyers should make sure all those like-new home upgrades aren’t just cosmetic.