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Tuesday, October 2, 2018   /   by Alexander Haigh

5 Steps to Buying a Home in Our Seller’s Market

If you want to buy a house in our seller’s market, there are five steps you need to take.
Before you embark on any of these steps, though, you should first hire an experienced agent to guide you through the whole process. As the saying goes, people like to do business with other people they know, like, and trust, and working with an agent or team with a respectable name can improve your offer in the eyes of listing agents.
Now, onto our five steps.
First, don’t make your best offer first, but be ready to make your best offer after that. You don’t want to make a super-low offer, but you need to have a clear understanding of the home’s value so you can make an offer that’s a little below it and leave some money on the table to work with going forward.
Next, don’t overanalyze the home’s asking price—just look at it critically and determine whether the home is priced properly or is overpriced. If it’s priced properl ...

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018   /   by Alexander Haigh

Why a Listing Company Isn’t What Matters Most to the Consumer

I recently moved companies and it got me thinking about what matters to consumers. Does a real estate company’s name really matter? I don’t think so, and today I am going to explain why.
What matters most to a consumer is actually the agent—the person who is helping you price your property, take photos, and shoot videos with drones.
When I meet someone at a listing appointment, I like to ask if they remember what company listed the house when they bought it. Most of the time they are unable. Instead, they say they chose the house based on the school district it was in, the price range, or its square footage.
Beyond these factors, buyers also say tend to cite the listing photos they saw during their search as a catalyst for their purchase. This means that it was the marketing that affected them most. Pricing is 80% of marketing. If you have an overpriced listing, no matter how many showings you do, mailers you send, and nice photos you have, the place won’ ...

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018   /   by Alexander Haigh

5 Lessons We Learned From 2007’s Financial Crisis

We all remember what happened in 2007. The financial crisis during this time taught a lot of lessons that I wanted to talk about today. There is an old saying that wise people learn from other’s mistakes but smart people learn from their own. If you did not buy a home then, you can learn from the people who did. And, if you were one of the people who did buy a home then, you must learn from that mistake.

Do not buy a home that you cannot afford. If you’ve been pre-approved for a monthly payment that would stretch your budget too thin, the home you’re looking at may be out of your price range. Even if you can technically afford the monthly payment estimated on your pre-approval, it’s important to consider other expenses you might encounter over time. If your finances are too tight, you may struggle to afford leisure activities or to take on other unexpected expenses.
Your home will not always go up in value. I have started to see people in the l ...

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Monday, October 1, 2018   /   by Alexander Haigh

Top 3 Real Estate Scams You Need to Avoid

Whether you are looking to buy or sell a home, there are three common real estate scams that you need to watch out for.
The first scam involves false wiring instructions, which can happen to you whether you are looking to buy or rent a property. The internet is a broad place, and scammers can find out if you are looking for a home. If and when they do, they will reach out to you by impersonating a real estate professional and give you instructions to wire them money to an unknown bank account.
The second scam involves Craigslist. In this case, scammers find vacant homes and list them as “For Rent” or “For Sale” on Craigslist. Once somebody responds to their ad, they will once again give instructions for wiring them money. If you see a property on Craigslist and its rent price or sale price is very low for the area it is in, that might be a scam.

The third scam involves moving trucks. In this scenario, the scammers find out that you are movi ...

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  home buying

Saturday, September 29, 2018   /   by Alexander Haigh

New Construction Units Available!

I’m now representing a builder who has been working in Treasure Coast for over 25 years, and he’s been working on a new build that I’d like to share with you.


This new model is called the Aria. It’s a beautiful, Key West-style, 4-bedroom, 2-bath unit with a metal roof. When finished, it will have quartz countertops, crown molding, and tile floors that look like scraped wood.


Now that I have the exclusive right to represent him on the selling side, this property will be going live on the MLS, available on the first week of June.


The builder and I were talking about representation when he asked me, “If a buyer came in and said that they wanted to buy this home and they asked you for representation, would you be representing my best interests?”


To that, I responded, “Absolutely.”In this particular instance, I would be a transaction broker, which means that I have to use skilled care and diligence in the tran ...

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