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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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Clinton, Iowa Homes For Sale:   Auction Starts Saturday 9/6/2014:     537 3rd Ave S, Clinton, IA, 52732   Auction Property:   List Price: $49,000   Minimum Starting Bid: $17,500   Auction Starts Saturday September 6, 2014   Auction Ends: Wednesday September 10 2014   Call Listing Agent @ (563) 5...
By Mindy Huls, Broker/Owner EXIT Huls Realty
( EXIT Huls Realty)
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Commercial Real Estate for Sale in Victor IA at 2241 Old 6 Rd 2241 Old 6 Rd Victor IA 52341 Established business opportunity. Turnkey Restaurant, owners are ready to retire. Historic Carnforth Inn Supper Club and Lounge has been and continues to be one of the finest dining establishments in Centr...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Skogman Realty)
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Buyer Tip:  Can My Parents Come Along to the Showings?   My answer is yes...but there are rules and expectations about how they will choose to be involved from the beginning.     I can understand a first time home buyer wanting to have support.  Purchasing a home is a BIG decision, one of the lar...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Skogman Realty)
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Buyer Tip:  Should You Waive Your Real Estate Inspections?   It depends.  There are situations where it could make sense to a buyer to waive their real estate inspections.  Below are some of the reasons that you may choose to spend your money on something other than home inspections.   1.  The ho...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Skogman Realty)
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Nothing Wrong with Being the New Kid on the Block...    especially when it comes to being the fresh new listing on the MLS!   After all, your shelf life as the "new listing" is a week long.  That is not much time to make your fabulous entrance into the market.  Be ready when you hit the market to...
By Bob Randklev, CCIM
(Skogman Realty)
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We just listed a beautiful 1 acre lot, wooded on a paved cul-de-sac ready for a dream home! This is the last lot on the cul-de-sac to be developed. The owner has owned this lot for over 10 years but decided to build elsewhere. Review the details and aerial images below then contact us with any qu...
By Bob Randklev, CCIM
(Skogman Realty)
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Move in ready 3 bedroom homes for sale in Cedar Rapids Iowa We just listed a great home on Franklin Ave NE with new paint and carpet throughout! Read more details below and contact us to setup a showing! $127,500, 3Bd/2Ba Single Family House, 972 sqft.     Bob Randklev, CCIM | Skogman Commercial ...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Skogman Realty)
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Who Pays for the Septic or Well Inspection in Iowa?   There are many properties that are maintained by a private well and septic systems in the outlying areas around Cedar Rapids, Marion and Iowa City.  Depending on the age of the home, or the age of the system if it has been updated, most inspec...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Skogman Realty)
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Buyer Tip:  How to Write a Great Offer   Whether this is your first home or your third home, or if you are competing with other buyers or not, the keys to getting your offer "accepted" are the same.     1.  Clear and clean pre-approval letter.  I cannot state this enough.  Having your pre-qualifi...
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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  IOWA FINANCE AUTHORITY RATE WATCH:  The Iowa Finance Authority's interest rates as of Friday August 8, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. are below.    FirstHome Government Loan (FHA/VA/RD) HFA Preferred® Rate 3.75% 4.125% Origination Fee Up to 1% Up to 1% Discount Point 0 0 SMF** None 0.25%       FirstHome P...
By Bob Randklev, CCIM
(Skogman Realty)
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Never before have I had three homes for sale in Cedar Rapids Iowa for under $70,000 Each of them have been rental properties and one is rented currently. Two of the homes are listed at $49,000 each... you can't afford to rent at that price! The other is $70,000 and the assessed value is $81,000 a...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Skogman Realty)
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Seller FAQ:  How are the Taxes Handled for the Sale of my Home?   In Iowa, taxes are billed in arrears.  What does that mean to you as a seller? It means that even though you may be paying money into your escrow account every month for your upcoming tax payments, it does not mean that you are "up...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Skogman Realty)
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You Can Do All the Right Things & The Buyer Writes with Another Agent!   In this case, I still hope to benefit from the buyer being represented by another agent....because it is my listing.   Here is the story:   I listed an acreage that was about 45 minutes from my primary market and 15 miles fr...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Skogman Realty)
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Are you SURE That This Is the Same House?   This happens too often.  For better or worse, photos are used to determine which homes a buyer would like to see.  If a photographer uses too much "creative" license, misrepresentation happens and buyers feel misled.   The same happens when a home that ...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Skogman Realty)
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Stranger Danger-Protect Your Children!     I am going to stray from real estate today to talk about stranger danger.  Now more than ever, we are getting too comfortable with strangers being around our children.   It is important to have these conversations with your children.  Predators are very ...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Skogman Realty)
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The Neighbors Made the Buyers Run Away from Your Listing!     My buyers were diligent.  They had seen every home in their price range and school district.  There was a new listing in an area that they loved with one exception.  It was on a cul-de-sac at the bottom of a very steep hill.     I had ...
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 house...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Skogman Realty)
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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 listed ...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Skogman Realty)
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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...

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