buyers agent: What to Leave for the New Owners - 01/21/11 02:27 PM
What to Leave for the New Owners
Owner's manuals and warranties for appliances left in the house. Garage door opener. Extra sets of house keys. A list of local service providers - the best dry cleaner, yard service, plumber, etc. Code to the security alarm and phone number of the monitoring service if not discontinued. As a courtesy, you could provide numbers to the local utility companies. If it's a condo, leave information on how to contact the condo board.  This has been Reprinted from REALTOR® magazine (REALTOR.org/realtormag http://www.realtor.org/realtormag) with permission of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. Copyright 2008. All rights … (1 comments)

buyers agent: What Not to Overlook on a Final Walk-through - 01/21/11 02:24 PM
What Not to Overlook on a Final Walk-through
It's guaranteed to be hectic right before closing, but you should always make time for a final walk-through. Your goal is to make sure that your home is in the same condition you expected it would be. Ideally, the sellers already have moved out. This is your last chance to check that appliances are in working condition and that agreed-upon repairs have been made. Here's a detailed list of what not to overlook for on your final walk-through.Make sure that:
Repairs you've requested have been made. Obtain copies of paid bills and warranties. … (3 comments)

buyers agent: Turtle Creek Subdivision Slidell, LA - 12/18/10 12:03 PM
Turtle Creek Subdivision

Turtle Creek
Turtle Creek subdivision is located off of Military Rd right outside of Slidell city limits and lies inside one of the most desirable school districts.  This community was developed by Miramon construction company.  It is comprised of a wide variety of homes ranging from 20 years to new construction. 
All of the homes have there own distinct style.  The grounds are like a park like setting and the subdivision has a very active home owners association. 
The homes range from 2800 to 5500 square feet and in 2010 the old prices ranged from $315,000 to $400,000.
For … (0 comments)

buyers agent: Making an Offer on a Short Sale? What You Need to Know - 12/08/10 12:30 PM
Making an Offer on a Short Sale? What You Need to Know
Are you looking to buy a new home? Are you thinking that now's a great time to find bargains? Before you make an offer, it pays to know a little about the seller's situation.
If a home is being sold for below what the current seller owes on the property-and the seller does not have other funds to make up the difference at closing-the sale is considered a short sale. Many more home owners are finding themselves in this situation due to a number of factors, including job losses, … (1 comments)

buyers agent: Slidell Home Search - 11/24/10 10:27 AM
Slidell Home Seach
Search Slidell Real Estate at http://www.propertypromenade.com
Please feel free to sign up for your Personalized Home Search on the site. This exclusive search will allow you to fully customize your search with all search criteria to suit your individual needs.  For more information or any questions please email or give me a call! 
David Stewart - REALTOR Licensed in Louisiana Stewart & Smith, Your Home Team ABEK Real Estate 820 Oak Harbor Blvd. Slidell, La 70458 Cell: 985-710-1728 Email: dstewart.realestate@gmail.com
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buyers agent: Slidell, LA Short Sales - 11/17/10 11:34 AM
Slidell Short Sale 
Whether you are searching for active short sales in Slidell, LA or considering if you qualify to sell your home as a short sale we can help.  Purchasing properties below market value is possible in our market with Short Sales.  Short Sales are properties in which the listing price is less than the current loan balance on the property.  The lender has agreed to allow the borrower to sell the property at a loss instead of going to foreclosure.  You, the buyer, can take advantage of this opportunity and get more for your money with a short sale … (0 comments)

buyers agent: Tips for Finding the Perfect Neighborhood - 11/17/10 11:02 AM
Tips for Finding the Perfect Neighborhood
Your neighborhood has a big impact on your lifestyle. Follow these steps to find the perfect community to call home.
Is it close to your favorite spots? Make a list of the activities - movies, health club, church, etc. - you engage in regularly and stores you visit frequently. See how far you would have to travel from each neighborhood you're considering to engage in your most common activities. Check out the school district. This is especially important if you have children, but it also can affect resale value. The Department of Education in your … (2 comments)

buyers agent: Pros and Cons of Going Condo - 11/17/10 10:53 AM
Pros and Cons of Going Condo
Condominiums and townhouses offer an affordable option to single-family homes in many markets, and they're ideal for those who appreciate a maintenance-free lifestyle. But before you buy, make sure you do your legwork. These are some of the important elements to consider:
Storage. Some condos have storage lockers, but usually there are no attics or basements to hold extra belongings. Outdoor space. Yards and outdoor areas are usually smaller in condos, so if you like to garden or entertain outdoors, this may not be a good fit. However, if you dread yard work, this may … (0 comments)

buyers agent: Buyers Want Cozy, Connected Kitchens - 11/09/10 01:56 PM
Buyers Want Cozy, Connected Kitchens
Kitchens and living rooms are combining to create a new look for kitchens. By Melissa Dittmann Tracey | October 2010
 
The kitchen isn't just for cooking. Today it's used as a gathering place for families, a central work space, and an open area to pursue craft projects or entertain.
 
"Living room and family room activities are merging into the kitchen, and it's changing how kitchens look," says Susan Serra, a home designer in Huntington, N.Y., who specializes in kitchens. "Particularly as homes are getting smaller, we're using the kitchen for much more than we … (0 comments)

buyers agent: Working with a Realtor - 10/20/10 02:39 PM
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buyers agent: Slidell Waterfront Market Report 10/5/2010 - 10/20/10 02:19 PM
Slidell Waterfront Market Report 10/5/2010 (edit/delete)
Slidell Waterfront Market Report 10/5/2010
October 5, 2010 - LAST SIX MONTHS OF ACTIVITY
Sold: Navigable/Single Family Residential/Waterfront Properties sold in the last six months.Total: 52
Sold Prices Range: from $60,000 in Bayou Bonfouca Estates to $600,000 in Lakeshore Estates.
Active: Navigable/Single Family Residential/Waterfont Properties.Total: 107
Under Contract/Pending: Navigable/Single Family Residential/Waterfront Properties.Total: 9
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buyers agent: Your Property Wish List - 10/19/10 01:22 PM
Your Property Wish List
What does your future home look like? Where is it located? As you hunt down your dream home, consult this list to evaluate properties and keep your priorities top of mind.NeighborhoodsWhat neighborhoods do you prefer?SchoolsWhat school systems do you want to be near?TransportationHow close must the home be to these amenities:
Public transportation Airport Expressway Neighborhood shopping Schools OtherHome Style What architectural style(s) of homes do you prefer? Do you want to buy a home, condominium, or townhome? Would you like a one-story or two-story home? How many bedrooms must your new home have? How many bathrooms … (0 comments)

buyers agent: Things Your Buyers Might Not Know About Title Insurance - 10/19/10 01:17 PM
Things Your Buyers Might Not Know About Title Insurance
1.    Your mortgage lender is going to require it. Title insurance protects the lender and the secondary markets to which they sell the loans from defects in the title to your home and property. It ensures the validity and enforceability of the mortgage document. Title defects could include mistakes made in the local property office, forged documents and claims from unknown parties. The amount of the policy is equal to the amount of your mortgage at its inception. You pay a one-time fee as part of your closing costs. If you are … (0 comments)

buyers agent: Prepare Your Home for a Virtual Tour - 10/19/10 01:13 PM
Prepare Your Home for a Virtual Tour
With more buyers shopping for homes on the Web, photos and virtual tours are a must. There are many things you can do make your home shine on camera.1. Understand the camera's perspective. The camera's eye is very different from the human eye. It magnifies clutter and poor furniture arrangement. To make a home shine in a virtual tour or video presentation, cater to the lens.2. Make the home "Q-tip clean." Because the camera magnifies grime, each room must be spotless. Don't forget floor coverings and walls; a discolored spot on the rug might … (0 comments)

buyers agent: Specialty Mortgages: Risks and Rewards - 10/19/10 01:09 PM
Specialty Mortgages: Risks and Rewards
In high-priced housing markets, it can be difficult to afford a home. That's why a growing number of home buyers are forgoing traditional fixed-rate mortgages and standard adjustable-rate mortgages and instead opting for a specialty mortgage that lets them "stretch" their income so they can qualify for a larger loan.But before you choose one of these mortgages, make sure you understand the risks and how they work.Specialty mortgages often begin with a low introductory interest rate or payment plan - a "teaser"- but the monthly mortgage payments are likely to increase a lot in the future. … (0 comments)

buyers agent: Is Your Buyer Qualified? - 10/19/10 12:51 PM
Is Your Buyer Qualified?
Unless the buyer who makes an offer on your home has the resources to qualify for a mortgage, you may not really have a sale. If possible, try to determine a buyer's financial status before signing the contract. Ask the following:1. Has the buyer been prequalified or preapproved (even better) for a mortgage? Such buyers will be in a much better position to obtain a mortgage promptly.2. Does the buyer have enough money to make a downpayment and cover closing costs? Ideally, a buyer should have 20 percent of the home's price as a downpayment and between … (1 comments)

buyers agent: Understand Agency Relationships - 10/19/10 12:45 PM
Understand Agency Relationships
It's important to understand what legal responsibilities your real estate salesperson has to you and to other parties in the transaction. Ask what type of agency relationship your agent has with you:Seller's representative (also known as a listing agent or seller's agent) A seller's agent is hired by and represents the seller. All fiduciary duties are owed to the seller. The agency relationship usually is created by a listing contract.Buyer's representative (also known as a buyer's agent)A buyer's agent is hired by prospective buyers to represent them in a real estate transaction. The buyer's rep works in the … (1 comments)

buyers agent: Your Property Wish List - 10/12/10 02:05 PM
Your Property Wish List
What does your future home look like? Where is it located? As you hunt down your dream home, consult this list to evaluate properties and keep your priorities top of mind.NeighborhoodsWhat neighborhoods do you prefer?SchoolsWhat school systems do you want to be near?TransportationHow close must the home be to these amenities:
Public transportation Airport Expressway Neighborhood shopping Schools OtherHome Style What architectural style(s) of homes do you prefer? Do you want to buy a home, condominium, or townhome? Would you like a one-story or two-story home? How many bedrooms must your new home have? How many bathrooms … (0 comments)

buyers agent: 5 Factors That Decide Your Credit Score - 10/12/10 02:00 PM
5 Factors That Decide Your Credit Score
Credit scores range between 200 and 800, with scores above 620 considered desirable for obtaining a mortgage. The following factors affect your score:1. Your payment history. Did you pay your credit card obligations on time? If they were late, then how late? Bankruptcy filing, liens, and collection activity also impact your history.2. How much you owe. If youowe a great deal of money on numerous accounts, it can indicate that you are overextended. However, it's a good thing if you have a good proportion of balances to total credit limits.3. The length of your … (0 comments)

buyers agent: Budget Basics Worksheet - 10/12/10 01:55 PM
Budget Basics Worksheet
The first step in getting yourself in financial shape to buy a home is to know exactly how much money comes in and how much goes out. Use this worksheet to list your income and expenses below.
This has been Reprinted from REALTOR® magazine (REALTOR.org/realtormag http://www.realtor.org/realtormag) with permission of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. Copyright 2008. All rights reserved.
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