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Home Flipping 101..

There have been a LOT of shows on TV about home flipping and investors are calling me out of the woodwork to buy flip homes. My word of advice to investors: Call The Frenk Team! Flipping a home is not easy and not for the faint of heart. From dirt to dust to termites, bedbugs, fleas, plumbing issues, HVAC costs – not to mention foundations and roofing there is never a lack of surprise (which shouldn’t be a surprise anymore!) when you start digging in to these homes. What makes The Frenk Team knowledgeable about flipping? Every team member is
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Don’t Let THIS happen to YOUR home!

Listing your home is a business decision – not a personal one. These photos prove that you need a professional – not a “friend”. As a professional real estate photographer and successful Realtor, I am always struck by the number of listings with poor marketing. The single most important item on any real estate advertisement will be the photograph(s), yet many Realtors do not invest in a good quality camera or a photographer.I have seen photos with toilets open, people sitting on couches, dim lighting, over-exposure, photos of themselves in mirrors, unstaged homes and poorly executed photo layout. These photos
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Why you shouldn’t hire just “any” Realtor….. Puzzled?

When it comes to searching for a Realtor, the most popular ways have been: Referral from a friend Yard signs Circulars/mailers or other advertisement The friend is a Realtor Social Media Online sources such as those advertised specifically to put you in touch with a local professional   Referrals are great ways to go, yet it doesn’t paint the whole picture.   Good or bad, a Realtor’s hands could be tied by a seller that doesn’t maintain a home for showing or doesn’t price the home optimally.  A poor Realtor could have sold your friend’s home quickly, but perhaps because
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Staging your home to Sell in Summer!

Any home stager will tell you that “staging is staging” and the principals remain the same throughout the year—keep things clean, clutter free and colorful. But that doesn’t each season comes without its own brand of staging magic. For summer, there are a number of things you can do both inside and outside to take advantage of the beautiful weather. Barb Schwarz, creator of Homes Staging® and CEO of Stagedhomes.com, suggests adding splashes of color to your porch with potted flowers. She favors larger pots placed on each side of the front door bearing tulips or daisies with greenery in
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Home Staging Should Include the Male Perspective

Professional home stagers consult with homeowners on ways to sell their homes quickly and for the most money possible, but often lost in the design process is the fact that men are involved in buying decisions as well. When having your home staged, it’s important to remember to appeal to both sexes and do some things that will pique a man’s interest just as much as a woman’s. Professional stagers take into account buyer demographics, buying psychology, and utilize design elements in planning out the rooms and space and the use of lighting and its effect on the space. Don’t
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Why YOUR home did not sell….

75%+ agents do NOT give homeowners the guidance with regards to how the property should look in comparison to the competition and 50% of those that do have little knowledge about design and how to make a home stand out in the crowd. That would leave approximately 12.5% of the agents that not only give the homeowners advice as to how to ensure their home stands out, but also give the correct advice.
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Will my Home Sale close on Schedule?

That’s the million dollar question these days.   Everyone needs to schedule their move.  Sellers have to have the movers and buyers have to have their funds to close. What happens when the bank can’t get the papers done or there are still conditions to be met?  Closing is delayed.  And how many closings are delayed?  Actually, in the real world, about 50% to 60% of the loans close on time.  Others may be a day late, a week late or even several weeks late. Who is responsible for charges incurred if a buyer does not close on the home on
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Color Psychology for Homes

              I frequently suggest that homeowners paint before placing their homes on the market. Don’t be offended! I want my customers to understand “color psychology,” which focuses on color’s effect on human behavior and emotion. Since people’s reaction to color is immediate, color has a tremendous influence on the choices they make every day.             Color choices are very personal and when selling your home, it’s critical to appeal to the greatest number of potential buyers. With so many people beginning their search for a home on the Internet today, your home and listing photos must stand out from your
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Flood Insurance for Coastal and higher risk areas

A little known act which is only now rising to the attention of all of the U.S. coastal cities is now becoming a nightmare to homeowners. The Biggert-Waters flood insurance reform act of 2012 is now set to affect millions of homeowners from the coasts of Maine down to Florida through Texas and then over to the west coast.
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