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Do you Qualify as a First-Time Home Buyer?

You qualify as a first-time home buyer if you haven't owned or co-owned a home within the past three years. First-time buyers still have to meet mortgage lender qualification requirements. The lender may be more flexible, but it will still look at your credit score, debt-to-income ratio, and available down payment.  You can qualify [...]

Do you Qualify as a First-Time Home Buyer?2022-02-15T13:00:21-06:00

Short Sales & Foreclosures

I recently earned a designation through the National Association of Realtors to be a Short Sales & Foreclosures Resource (SFR) agent.  So what is a short sale and how does it differ from a foreclosure? [Note: the following is not to be construed as legal advice] Short Sale A short sale is when a [...]

Short Sales & Foreclosures2021-06-28T20:19:57-05:00

What to Expect in a Seller’s Market

Because housing inventory is so low, there are a lot of buyers who have lost out on their next home even with strong offers.  Even cash offers, over-asking, short closing dates, and an inspection for educational purposes are being rejected.  So what can a real estate agent do? According to Cara Ameer of Inman, [...]

What to Expect in a Seller’s Market2021-03-09T13:18:04-06:00

Do You Need a Variance?

Land Use I listed two adjoining properties in Dane County (Wisconsin) in an unincorporated town named Mt. Vernon, in the Township of Springdale.  The zoning is classified as HAM-R, residential hamlet.  The land use is under the auspices of Dane County Planning and Land Development.  The required lot size is 20,000 sq ft and [...]

Do You Need a Variance?2021-01-13T14:57:56-06:00

Your Credit Score

Are you pre-approved for a mortgage? Due to COVID-19, most sellers want a minimum number of people in their homes after being listed.  One of the ways to adhere to that request is for a prospective buyer to have a buyer's agent and be pre-approved for a mortgage.  This usually ensures  a prospective buyer [...]

Your Credit Score2020-10-14T14:16:02-05:00

Buying in a Sellers Market

[Note, I am not an attorney, nor am giving any legal advice here.] We have been in a Sellers' Market for a few years now.  What makes it a Sellers' Market?  There are more buyers than inventory.  One reason is because sellers are reluctant to put their property on the market during a pandemic.  [...]

Buying in a Sellers Market2020-07-03T16:30:40-05:00

Fair Housing History

A History of Fair Housing These last few weeks of unrest in our country brings to light, "How did we get here?"  and "What can we do?" Take a look at the video below to answer the first question, and then perhaps you'll want to personally reflect on what you can do. Thank you. [...]

Fair Housing History2020-06-10T12:27:53-05:00

New Drone on the Block

Mavic Air 2 The Mavic Air 2 drone is a small aircraft weighing only 1.25 lbs (570 g). The drone plus the controller and accessories fit into a small carrying case, which is included. There are three batteries, each lasts for about 34 minutes. The resolution is 4K Ultra HD and the motion flow [...]

New Drone on the Block2020-05-26T15:06:53-05:00

Staging & Selling for the 2020 Housing Market

Virtual Staging Staging and selling houses in 2020 involves more technology than ever before.  For example, some realtors use virtual staging to showcase what a vacant property might look like with furniture.  Agents like this option because more than 90% of people use the internet to view properties.  Also, virtual staging is less expensive.  The [...]

Staging & Selling for the 2020 Housing Market2020-02-17T15:03:39-06:00
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