How to list your home on the Multiple Listing Service

When it comes to selling your house, getting in front of as many buyers as possible is the best way to make a quick sale and maximize your proceeds.  Talk to any agent and they’ll tell you that only they have access to the MLS, which they consider the holy grail...
What Is a Transaction Broker? Know This Beforehand

What Is a Transaction Broker? Know This Beforehand

Pretty much everybody looking to buy or sell a house knows roughly what a buyer’s agent or seller’s agent is although they might not understand entirely what each does for their respective parties. However, recently in many states, transaction brokers have started to...

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What Does Active Contingent Mean?

What Does Active Contingent Mean?

If you're searching for a new house online, you've probably seen a lot of industry lingo which can get confusing. From active to pending to contingent, you've probably seen it all. But really, what does active contingent mean? When a property is marked as contingent,...

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What is a Chef's Kitchen?

What is a Chef's Kitchen?

A chef’s kitchen is  not only created to maintain functionality, but they are also quite aesthetically pleasing. The sleek surfaces are designed using high-quality stainless steel. The countertops are often made of attractive black marble, or perhaps granite, with...

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What is a Man Cave Anyway?

What is a Man Cave Anyway?

According to the great and powerful internet dictionary, a man cave, manspace, manland or mantuary is “a room or other part of a home regarded as a refuge for the man of a household.” It's a male retreat or sanctuary in a home that uses a particular room such as a...

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What is a Tiny House?

What is a Tiny House?

It’s no surprise that tiny homes are growing in popularity. So what’s the big, er small deal? What is a tiny house anyway? Why are they growing more and more popular? Are they a good investment? On the downsize Put simply, people all over are choosing to downsize,...

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What Is Property Tax?

What Is Property Tax?

If you're a potential home buyer, you've probably estimated a mortgage payment. One of the items that will make up your monthly mortgage payment is property tax. In this article we will cover what it is and how to find property tax.  But, what is property tax? Quite...

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What is a Crawl Space?

What is a Crawl Space?

When people are looking to buy a new home, they rarely consider what is under their feet. However, it is vital to know about what’s below the surface of homes, especially when you're standing on top of a crawl space. But what is a crawl space? Simply speaking, a crawl...

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What Is a Murphy Bed?

What Is a Murphy Bed?

If you're living in a tiny home or trying to make a room multipurpose, a Murphy Beds may be the answer you're looking for! In living quarters where every little inch matters, you often have to get creative about how to use space. One option could be a Murphy Bed. A...

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What is a Half Bath?

What is a Half Bath?

If you in the market for a new home, you've probably built some filters or search criteria. In the listings you're reviewing, you'll often see the term half bath or a .5 by the number of bathrooms. Most likely, the number of bedrooms and bathrooms is probably a pretty...

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What is a Wet Bar?

What is a Wet Bar?

If you love entertaining, there have probably been times when you wished you had a dedicated space in your home or a man cave to mix up some adult beverages. Many people wish they had a bar in their home to make entertaining easier. Quite simply, a wet bar is an...

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What is a Dry Bar?

What is a Dry Bar?

You've heard the term before, but do you really know what is a dry bar and what's a wet bar? And, more importantly, what the heck is the difference between the two? Isn't a bar a bar? Ultimately, both are for the purpose of making entertaining more convenient.  So...

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Are Mansions Just Really Big Houses?

Are Mansions Just Really Big Houses?

The idea of a mansion invokes a vision of lush gardens, intricate architecture, luxurious furnishings, and a hefty price tag. But is that really the case or are Mansions just really big houses? The dictionary defines mansion as just “a large imposing residence.” It's...

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A Seller’s Property Disclosure Statement can intimidating for some home sellers, but it shouldn't be. Take a deep breath and realize how easy it is to just state the facts and nothing but the facts on this and other sellers disclosure forms. You’ll see that...

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What is an Inspection Objection?

What is an Inspection Objection?

So you just had your inspection.  Be prepared, because there will undoubtedly be a few things that show up on your Inspection Objection (sometimes referred to as the Inspection Notice) that your buyers want you to fix.  This is normal, so take a deep breath...

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What is Included in a Home Appraisal?

What is Included in a Home Appraisal?

By now, you hopefully know that a home appraisal is an important part of the home buying and selling process and what happens on a home appraisal. But what is included in the home appraisal? The final report will generally cover the following items: Size and condition...

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How is a Home Appraisal Done?

How is a Home Appraisal Done?

Now that you know what a home appraisal is, you're probably wondering how is a home appraisal done? An appraiser is required to take several steps to determine a property’s value. He or she will visit the property in-person and review recent sales of comparable homes....

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What is Building or Dwelling Coverage and Do I Need it?

What is Building or Dwelling Coverage and Do I Need it?

As a homeowner, it is important to understand and obtain homeowners insurance. It's not hard to get a homeowners insurance policy. Most people get one when you close escrow on a new home. The first item you will probably see in your policy is a line item called...

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The Origin of the Master Bedroom

The Origin of the Master Bedroom

We all dream of an amazing master bedroom, but the masters we see today, with large walk-in closets and double-sink vanities haven't always been that way. They have only risen to popularity within the last fifty years. But when did master bedrooms start being a...

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What Makes a Room a Bedroom?

What Makes a Room a Bedroom?

The number of bedrooms in a home can greatly impact the value of a home. So what actually makes a room a bedroom? Is it a room with a bed or something more? Let's start at the beginning. . .  What is the Legal Definition of a Bedroom? The legal definition of a bedroom...

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