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How to Write a Great Real Estate Listing Description that sells homes!

How to Write a Great Real Estate Listing Description

Writing a great real estate listing description can be the difference between a home sitting and a home selling. When researching homes for sale online, buyers are almost always drawn to the property photos and title first. A property with professional pictures and a descriptive title will be far more likely to entice a buyer to click on the listing over a listing with dark, poorly taken cellphone pictures and a vague, nondescriptive title. 

In addition to professional photos and a descriptive headline, the listing description is a critical component of the listing process. When written well, a listing description should provide prospective buyers with the information necessary to prompt them

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7 Things Realtors Do for Buyers and Sellers

7 Things Realtors Do for Buyers and Sellers

What do Realtors do For Buyers and Sellers?

Many folks wonder exactly what do Realtors do all day long when working for their buyers and sellers. While there are countless roles a Realtor must take on when representing buyers and sellers, many of those tasks happen behind closed doors. Whether you're a first-year Realtor or a veteran, your job is to make the transaction as smooth as possible for your clients.

The time, effort, and energy that goes into closing a deal often remain unknown to clients. In many ways, this is intentional on the Realtor's behalf, as they do not want to stress their client unnecessarily by informing them of every little detail that happens throughout the transaction. In

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Living in Wake Forest, NC

Moving to Wake Forest, NC - Living in Wake Forest, North Carolina

 

Wake Forest, NC - General Information

Living in Wake Forest, NC is wonderful. The town of Wake Forest, North Carolina is a northern Raleigh suburb with a location that allows easy access around the Triangle (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area). Many folks are moving to Wake Forest, NC because of the town's location, affordability and quality of life. Those who live in Wake Forest, NC know how great of a place it is. Downtown Wake Forest is your quintessential downtown in a great North Carolina community. Here is a quick inside look on the Wake Forest community:

The Affordability of Wake Forest, NC

One of the biggest reasons folks make the move to Wake Forest is thanks in large part to the affordability of

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Hiking Trails Raleigh, NC

  • William B. Umstead State Park
  • Blue Jay Point County Park
  • Durant Nature Preserve
  • Lake Crabtree County Park
  • Shelley Lake
  • Falls Lake State Recreation Area
  • Lake Johnson State Park
  • Art to Heart Trail (NC Museum of Art)
  • Dorothea Dix Park
  • Neuse River Greenway Trail

William B. Umstead State Park

William B Umstead State Park Entrance

William B. Umstead State Park is one of the best hiking trails in Raleigh, NC thanks to its serene 5,599 acres quietly nestled between the areas focal points of Raleigh, Cary, and Durham. Umstead park offers hiking, bridle (for you horse riders), bike trails, boat rentals, camping, picnic areas, and educational programs. Part of the East Coast Greenway which is a 3,000-mile-long system of trails

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7 Costs to Consider Before Becoming A RealtorWhat Are The Costs To Become a Realtor?

Choosing to become a real estate agent and get your real estate license is the first step in pursuing a rewarding, exciting, and profitable real estate career. As a Realtor, you must think about your real estate career as a business, meaning you will be responsible for budgeting, expenses, startup costs, and marketing and administrative expenses that come with starting a business. A lot of first-year Realtors don't realize just how expensive it is to be a Realtor and that's why it's a good idea to prepare before you decide to move forward.

In addition to knowing how much it costs to become a Realtor, it is equally as important to have an approximate idea of how much money many Realtors make, the day-to-day

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How to Get a Real Estate License

How to Get a Real Estate License - 7 Steps to Get a Real Estate License

The first step towards becoming a Real Estate agent is determining how to get a real estate license. Becoming a real estate agent is one of the most rewarding and exciting career paths one can choose. For many people, buying a home is one of the most important transactions that will occur in their lifetime, making it even more rewarding knowing you are helping a family or individual find the home of their dreams.

There are several steps prospective agents should take to ensure they are prepared for a career in real estate. One of the first questions these prospective agents have is how long does it take to get a real estate license? For starters, there are various state licensing and education requirements that

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Everything You Need to Know About Mortgage Protection Insurance (MPI)

Mortgage Protection Insurance

What is Mortgage Protection Insurance (MPI)? 

Mortgage protection insurance (MPI) is a policy that pays off your mortgage in the event that you pass away during the term of the mortgage. If you share the mortgage with someone, both individuals need to be covered under mortgage protection insurance. The policy lasts the same length of time as your mortgage. For example, if the length of your mortgage is 30 years, mortgage protection insurance must also be in place for 30 years.

Shortly after securing a mortgage and closing on a home, you may begin receiving letters in the mail urging you to purchase mortgage protection insurance. As a homeowner, it is always wise to plan for

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What is Mortgage Insurance? What are the Pros and Cons of Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)

The Pros and Cons of Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)

Many of our clients want to know what is mortgage insurance or private mortgage insurance (PMI) and do I need it? What are the differences between mortgage insurance and private mortgage insurance? What are the pros and cons to mortgage insurance? This article will help answer your questions as they relate to mortgage insurance and private mortgage insurance as well as shed light on the pros and cons of both.

Traditionally, the target for a down payment on a home has been 20% of the purchase price. But that's a hefty chunk of change for most Americans, especially first-time home buyers. Thankfully, there are options in place that allow buyers to offer a smaller down payment but still qualify

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How Schools Impact Home Values and What type of Affects good and bad school districts have

When buying a home one of the most common questions we are asked is 'how do good or bad schools affect home values and what type of impact do they have?'

In fact, schools are so important to some of our buyers that we have given each school district it's own page on our website allowing buyers to search for homes by school district. Fortunately, the Raleigh area has some of the best schools in the state and that is why so many folks moving to North Carolina end up in Raleigh

There are countless factors that influence the decision to buy a home. The neighborhood, size of the home, outdoor space, upgrades, and location play a significant role in impacting ones’ decision making. Among those important factors, school districts have played an

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12 Hidden Costs When Buying a Home - What costs are associated with purchasing a house?

There are hidden costs when buying a home, whether it's closing costs, insurance costs, or utility costs. When many buyers consider the cost of buying a home, the mortgage payment is typically the expense that immediately comes to mind. Whether you are a first time home buyer or an experienced buyer you will want to familiarize yourself with all the costs of buying a home!

Your Real Estate Agent is not a cost to you as a buyer. This is one thing many buyers don't realize. You do not pay your Realtor as a buyer. The seller pays the listing firm. The listing firm then pays the cooperating firm a percentage. The cooperating firm then pays the Real Estate Agent. This is how Realtors get paid.

 

While the mortgage payment is indeed an important

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