Good photos add curb appeal


In today’s online world, curb appeal has taken on a whole new meaning. When buyers take a fresh look at your home through the eyes of the internet, you can invoke an emotional response.  It will be positive if you have good photos.  In fact, within the first 3 seconds the impression of your photos

Open Houses


While open houses are promoted as a great way of finding a buyer, a National Association of Realtors study found that their success rate is a mere 2%.Considering that over 50% of house hunters look on the Web, online marketing will have a much higher success rate. Instead of ringing a doorbell and taking off

Smart marketing and pricing


We all know… the single most important factor to consider when selling a house is the “price tag”.  This is why the “assumable” price will be more attractive to buyers.   We also know demand and interest wayne after being on the market for 21 days.   So marketing is important too.  To ensure a seller doesn’t

Selling Power


There is nothing worse than putting a house up for sale and watching it sit on the market. So here is a tip. Use the power of the internet. 20,000 guaranteed showings within 30 days should get the job done! Takelist.com offers services like this.  Homeowners who post their property with our directory can add-on marketing

Negative equity solutions


One of the many issues homeowners in the United States face is negative equity.  Reports calculated 23% at the end of 2010.  You’ll be glad to know, homeowners who want to move are not stuck in their situation.  Nor do they need to wait till the market recovers.  Visit takelist.com if you have a FHA/VA

Help for homeowners who are underwater on their mortgage


Yes, mortgages everywhere are underwater. Instead of talking about the issue, lets talk about the solution. Lets first deal with the mental anxiety we all have on the subject. Find comfort in the thought that YOU have a place to live. Also accept the fact “the market is going to recover”. It may take years,

FHA Rate Hike/Remedy


FHA is increasing the annual mortgage insurance premium by .25% starting April 18th 2011, This increase in cost will add another $40 per month to a $200,000 loan or drop buying power by close to another $8000. In addition other industry forecast a hike in interest rates. When you add it all up, home affordability

Assumable mortgages: The old way – The new way.


Most people use Craigslist to make persons aware of their assumable property, but they may find Takelist.com to be a more useful resource for this.  They too offer a free service. Takelist is a directory dedicated to assumable mortgages only and currently the only company offering this service nationally. It is otherwise a challenge to

Changing Real estate


Wow! In some states the number of new home listings coming on the market has declined 27.3 percent from a year ago today.  In addition the average days on the market  continue to rise, while the oringal price point shrinks. This is very painful for some of us.  This activity is understandable given the challenges in the market but a change

Real estate -What are some other selling options available this year?


What can home owners do when they are up side down in their property value?  There are a few options to consider.  In addition to lowering the interest rate of your loan you can also lower the balance.  There are several loan modification programs available, some of which will also reduce the amount of negative

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