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3 Simple Rules to Follow When Selling Your House

3 Simple Rules to Follow When Selling Your House

Anytime you’re selling your house you need to consider how visitors (read: BUYERS!) are going to feel when they’re IN your house. Here are 3 basic rules to follow: 1.  A CLEAN house will sell faster and for more money. Seriously, it might seem like common sense to clean your house when it’s for sale, […]

What to Expect When Buying a Foreclosure

What to Expect When Buying a Foreclosure

What should you expect when buying a foreclosure?  Expect things to go wrong.   I’m a pretty positive person and as such, do what I can to avoid being sad, disappointed or insanely angry.  If you’re considering buying a foreclosure, these are all emotions you might be faced with in the near future!  You’ve heard […]

Ankeny Short Sale Urban Legends

Ankeny Short Sale Urban Legends

Sometimes, especially in real estate, nothing goes as planned. When it comes to SHORT SALES, however, you certainly never plan on things working FAST. Or, even working out at all. Meet Kris and Arron. Newlyweds, lovebirds, luckiest people on earth. Certainly, they’re an urban legend. These two decided on a Monday to buy a house. On […]

What is a Short Sale

What is a Short Sale

Basically, a short sale is a house where the owners are upside down on their mortgage. They owe more than what the house is worth. They are in some sort of hardship where they’re at least 90 days past due on their house and can’t make the mortgage payments. (Perhaps divorce, lost job, death in […]

Understanding Closing Costs

Understanding Closing Costs

True to its name, closing costs are what buyers pay for when the time comes to close on a purchase of a home.  These fees are related to legal documents, loan application, and title preparation. They refer to all of the taxes, fees, and costs required to close a real estate transaction. Who pays what […]