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By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Skogman Realty)
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How Do We Determine When it is Time to Reduce the Price on Your Home?   It is a delicate balance of knowledge and gut instinct.  The market is constantly changing.  Prior to listing, we use the latest sold homes that are comparable to pinpoint the asking price.  However, the market is always chan...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Skogman Realty)
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The Buyer Found the House From the Seller Sharing on Facebook   The buyer's agent had a confession to make after the offer was accepted for her buyer.  She was slightly ashamed to share with me that her buyer found the house.  The search she had created for their home search had missed this h...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Skogman Realty)
Comments 38
You Need to Call Your Buyer's Agent, That Isn't Me!     I represent the sellers on their current home.  It is under contract and we have already negotiated inspections, appraisal has been completed and we are waiting for the closing at the end of the month.   Prior to meeting me, they had...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Skogman Realty)
Comments 27
What if a Better House comes on the Market AFTER I Make an Offer?   It is bound to happen.  You looked for months for a home that checked all the boxes.  You got one that is REALLY close and you make an offer.  After a little back and forth, you are under contract.     Then you check your email a...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Skogman Realty)
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Flash Flooding is No Laughing Matter--You Never Know What Kind of "Debris" You Could Find!   Someone has to be the one to lighten the mood.  We suffered round two of severe storms dumping over 6 inches of water in less than 48 hours.  With power out, flash flooding, and straight line wi...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Skogman Realty)
Comments 10
Is There Such a Thing as Selling a Listing TOO Fast?   As a listing agent, you prepare for the best and the worst.  Selling with only two days on the market can be the best AND the worst at the same time.  Here are some of the questions or concerns that a seller may face with a quick offer:   1. ...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Skogman Realty)
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Seller Tip #6:  Have You Seen the Photos of Your Home....Recently?   When your home enters the market, whether it was six months ago or three months ago, the time that your home was originally photographed showed a "different picture".  Let me explain....there may have been snow on the ...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Skogman Realty)
Comments 7
We Might Want to Try Selling It Ourselves For a Month This happens a lot this time of the year.  Especially with the current market in the Cedar Rapids area where the number of active listings is down 25% from this same time in 2013.  It is a seller's market in most price ranges with very lit...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Skogman Realty)
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Seller Tip #5: Are Closing and Possession Always on the Same Day? It is the age old question that home buyers and sellers deal with every day.  Do you sell your home first or do you buy a new one first? Most homeowners are not fortunate enough to be in the position to choose.  Most buyers need to...
By Paul David Hiebing, Quad-City REALTOR®, @ Grampp, Realty of The Q.C.
(Grampp Realty: Real Estate in the Quad-Cities)
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  Current Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) Interest Rates (As of Thursday May 15, 2014): "Call Paul" @ (563) 508-1649 for Details IOWA FINANCE AUTHORITY RATE WATCH: The Iowa Finance Authority's interest rates as of Thursday May 15, 2014 at 12:00 P.M. are below.   IOWA FINANCE AUTHORITY ...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Skogman Realty)
Comments 10
"I Only Work Evenings and Weekends By Appointment."  Are You Sure? Let me explain...I recently went on a listing consultation for a potential listing in a very desirable area.  They greeted me at the door and wasted no time asking me their most important question. "Do you work even...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Skogman Realty)
Comments 7
Turns Out That Steep Driveway Wasn't THAT Important to the Buyer! When I had represented the seller on this home less than 4 years ago, the would be buyer lamented what it would take to "fix" the driveway. Going to the time and trouble to have estimates submitted to the then seller ...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Skogman Realty)
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Why an Accepted Contract is Just the Beginning After 10 years in this business, I think that it is about time that I educate my buyers and sellers a little bit on why I get paid a fee.   No, sellers.  It is not to put a sign in the yard ( I've got a guy for that!) and put it on the MLS. No, b...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Skogman Realty)
Comments 6
What a Difference a Few Words Can Make in a Contract When you are representing your buyer, your intent is seemingly clear.  The buyer is specific in asking the seller to have something specific done prior to closing.  In this case, the seller had some unfinished trim work and painting to do.  No ...
By Paul David Hiebing, Quad-City REALTOR®, @ Grampp, Realty of The Q.C.
(Grampp Realty: Real Estate in the Quad-Cities)
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Current Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) Interest Rates (As of Thursday May 1, 2014): "Call Paul" @ (563) 508-1649 for Details IOWA FINANCE AUTHORITY RATE WATCH: The Iowa Finance Authority's interest rates as of Thursday May 1, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. are below.   IOWA FINANCE AUTHORITY RATE...
By Mindy Huls, Broker/Owner EXIT Huls Realty
( EXIT Huls Realty)
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By Homes For Heroes
(Affiliate nationwide for Hero Savings)
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When I first discovered Homes for Heroes I thought what a wonderful way to give back to the heroes who have done so much for all of us by choosing a profession that save lives by being a firefighter, a surgeon, a doctor and of course our military personnel. Every day nurses comfort patients’; te...
By Homes For Heroes
(Affiliate nationwide for Hero Savings)
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I was so impressed when I heard about the Homes for Hero's program, and knew immediately that I wanted to be a part of it. I come from a strong military family, and have relatives and friends who are fire fighters, police officers, healthcare workers, and teachers. I understand the sacrifice...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Skogman Realty)
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Buyers!  Don't Jump the Gun! Don't get me wrong!  I love when a buyer opens every new listing link that I send them immediately.  That is a sign of a motivated buyer.  It is even better if the buyer has the opportunity to drive through the area or knows the neighborhoods that most interes...
By Homes For Heroes
(Affiliate nationwide for Hero Savings)
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It is an honor to be a part of the Homes For Heroes program! I am a military veteran, and I grew up in a military family. Respect and admiration is what I feel for the military, firefighters, police, doctors, nurses, EMTs and teachers. These individuals are a major part of our country, teaching ...

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