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The Places Where Builders Can Cut Corners

Home & Leisure / Ron Wynne /

When looking for a home, you will need to decide where your priorities are, budget-wise. If you are purchasing a prebuilt home, be sure to have a knowledgeable consultant explain the quality of construction and where weakness might cause potential problems in the future. With new construction, you'll need to know what your priorities are: ...Read more

The 6 Stressful Stages of a Real Estate Transaction

Home & Leisure / Ron Wynne /

Everyone hopes for the perfect real estate transaction, one without a single problem from start to finish. Although a good Realtor should be able to mitigate most problems, things do come up. Selling a home can be a stressful experience. When you select a real estate agent, one of the most important things to anticipate is who will be the best...Read more

The Flipper's Secret Is Sometimes Overlooked

Home & Leisure / Ron Wynne /

There are a lot of amateurs these days trying to get in the game. Flipping homes is the "dream" occupation because watching the reality TV programs on Bravo and HGTV make it look like the easiest way to make the big bucks with no downside. As a Realtor of many up-and-down markets, let me caution you: It's not as simple as it looks. There are ...Read more

Red Flags in Your Home Inspections

Home & Leisure / Ron Wynne /

Whether it's a $300,000 condo or a $4,000,000 home, stuff happens. If you're buying a piece of real estate, reserve a 10- to 20-day contingency period to do your due diligence, which includes a thorough physical inspection, termite inspection, sewer line inspection, chimney inspection and mold inspection. Even though the fees you will pay to ...Read more

Pocket Listings: The Pros and Cons of Selling Your Home Off Market

Home & Leisure / Ron Wynne /

Typically when people decide to sell their home, they either hire a professional to do the job for them or decide to sell it themselves, which can be a dangerous decision. Of course, the choice is up to you. There is another choice people face these days: whether to expose their home to the market and sell it on the market, or to sell it ...Read more

It's the net dollars in your pocket that matter

Home & Leisure / Ron Wynne /

Imagine you are interviewing an outstanding criminal defense attorney and the first question you have on your list of priorities is "What is your hourly rate?" Personally, that would perhaps be a consideration. But it would probably be pretty low on my list of priorities because long ago, I learned that you get what you pay for, and for ...Read more

Don't Try to Accelerate the Value by Adding Too Many Improvements

Home & Leisure / Ron Wynne /

I often have clients call me asking if it makes sense to put in a swimming pool or add on to their home in some other way. I ask, "Are you doing this for yourself or for resale?"; "How long are you planning on staying in the house?"; or "Why are you considering this remodel?" If they are doing this for themselves and plan to stay a long time, ...Read more

The Contractor Nightmare

Home & Leisure / Ron Wynne /

You might be one of the fortunate people who had a flawless experience adding a room, building a second story or remodeling your kitchen. Thank goodness for your flawless experience, but there are lots of people, including myself, who have made some blundering errors with contractors and builds or just didn't do their homework in advance.

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Protect Yourself By Making Disclosures

Home & Leisure / Ron Wynne /

When it comes to disclosures, it's hard to know how far to go. I recommend you disclose when in doubt. When explaining conditions, less is more. Do you remember someone telling you that if you are ever required to do a court deposition, answer the question asked, and then stop? Don't add extra words of explanation or you may be opening ...Read more

The Places Where Builders Can Cut Corners

Home & Leisure / Ron Wynne /

Don't think of it as someone trying to pull the wool over your eyes. Think of it more as you get what you pay for. Just like when you shop for a car, furniture, or a quality suit and pair of shoes, at first glance those items don't always look that different from the top-of-the-line versions. But after careful examination, there are big ...Read more

Ways to Manage Stress When Selling your House

Home & Leisure / Ron Wynne /

Before we discuss the remedies, let's discuss what emotional stress is all about. Stress is a reaction to uncertainty, fear and the unknown. Nobody enjoys feeling hurried or rushed, particularly when there is a sizable asset and there are financial consequences for making a poor decision. The best advice I can give for selling your home is to ...Read more

Knowing the Deal Breakers

Home & Leisure / Ron Wynne /

All real estate agents love boasting that they've rarely had a property fall out of escrow. As everyone knows, it happens once in a while, sooner or later. Sometimes it is the fault of the owner or the Realtor. Other times it is just something that cannot be helped. Let's first examine the precautions that could be taken to keep a property ...Read more

 

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