first time home buyers: "No Moms Allowed!" - 04/26/10 04:38 PM

Do you every wish you could include the caveat "No Moms Allowed" to an agency agreement? Oh yeah, and add "Over Protective Dads", "Grandpas Who Bought Their First Home for $5,000", "Spoiled Sisters In Law" and "Know It All Best Friends"... Family and friends who accompany first time home buyers on their house hunt have good intentions, no doubt. But their lack of market knowledge, strong opinions and subjectivity can really kill a sale.
Well-meaning friends and relatives can offer so many conflicting opinions that it can cause confustion and frustration. First time home buyers start to second guess their … (7 comments)

first time home buyers: From COLD... to SOLD! - 03/08/10 12:01 PM
 
From Cold... to SOLD! By Angie Ungs
Every year, the housing market in the Corridor area experiences a major cool down during the winter months. From Thanksgiving through Spring Break there is a lull in activity, largely due to holiday festivities and the weather. After all, who really wants to trek through three feet of snow and brave sub zero temperatures to go house hunting? Well, as it turns out... serious and smart buyers do!
As soon as the first sign of spring appears, so do the SOLD signs. Homes that have been on the market for several months … (0 comments)

first time home buyers: Trendy Buyers Beware! - 02/25/10 05:06 PM

Being Trendy as a Buyer Is Not Always Best by Angie Ungs
Just like fashion, residential architecture is a constantly evolving trend. Think back to your home in the 60's and 70's; I am willing to put money on the fact that there was a split foyer home somewhere on memory lane. In the 80's, two-story homes lined the suburban subdivision streets, and with the 90's came the ranch style home still wildly popular today. But just like fashion, architectural trends repeat themselves and what was old is eventually new again.
When deciding on what style of home suits you … (0 comments)

first time home buyers: Did You Know REALTORS Work for Free??!! - 02/01/10 10:39 PM

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Unless you work in the real estate industry or have extensive experience buying and selling properties, it is likely that you don't understand exactly how real estate agents are paid. Where do all of the commissions go? Often times, people avoid contacting a real estate agent in an attempt to avoid paying a commission. This is due to an unfortunate misconception. While every situation is unique, the likelihood is that having an agent on your side will only benefit you and help save you money in the end.
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first time home buyers: Advice for Buyers or Real Estate Junkies! - 06/16/09 12:03 PM
Are you an Open House junkie?  Do you call agents from their signs to see a house?  Are you working with an agent, but ask other agents at open houses for information?  Let me give a little bit of free advice.  It may even save you a little money down the road!
 
To the Open House Junkies...keep on coming!  You are usually nice to visit with, love to talk about houses and help break up what can be a very boring two hours.  Just be up front with the agent at the open house.  Tell them you are just curious … (0 comments)

first time home buyers: Cedar Rapids New Construction Program - 05/20/09 02:05 PM
http://www.cedar-rapids.org/housing/new_construction_program.asp
Here is the Link for information about this new program.  It is a new program and should have a realtor help you navigate the process.
Please contact me if you have any questions!
Have a great day!
Wanda
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Wanda Greif (Coldwell Banker Mid-America Group)

Wanda Greif

Johnston, IA

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