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Is a $399K list price really better than $400K? (6/19/2017)
Your brain takes a relatively small amount of info and makes up the rest based on previous experience – a process that also makes 99¢ seem a lot cheaper than $1.

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.

Homebuyers: How to win the downpayment challenge (6/2/2017)
Saving for a downpayment is the biggest hurdle for many would-be homebuyers, particularly renters, and one-third say it’s the biggest home-buying obstacle. But there are ways to make the saving process a bit easier.

Are you a sales agent or marriage counselor? (5/26/2017)
Home buying is stressful, and Realtors sometimes have to calm stormy waters for the 60% of recent buyer couples who said they had spats during the process.

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.

Real and imaginary barriers holding back buyers (2/2/2017)
NAR aspiring buyer analysis: Affordability issues, student debt and downpayment confusion stopped many aspiring homeowners from reaching the market in 2016, even though demand for ownership remained high.

Low-ball offers don’t work in today’s market (1/25/2017)
Homebuyers wants the lowest price they can get, but smart offers close deals. Realistic buyers who put in fair offers tend to be successful; other buyers do not.

Buyers are stressed: 6 reasons why (1/20/2017)
A TD Bank survey finds that confusion over necessary paperwork confuses 1 in 3 buyers; unexpected costs confuse almost 1 in 4; and financing worries affect 1 in 5.

Buyers new to HOAs need to understand the covenants (1/11/2017)
A good homeowners association can help maintain property values, but some of the rules can irritate new owners who didn’t fully read the covenants before buying.

Housing sentiment decreases for fifth month (1/10/2017)
More consumers worry about rising mortgage rates and home prices, and that has dampened their overall optimism about home buying, at least in the short term.

On-demand showings help buyers but frustrate sellers (1/10/2017)
How do agents achieve a balance between buyers’ desire to see homes on demand and sellers’ need to know who’s showing the house and when they’ll arrive?