Audrey Sherrod's Blog Posts

2 Things to Consider Before Buying a Townhome

If you’re like many home shoppers, you understand that there are differences between condos and townhomes but you don’t quite understand what those differences are. This is because there

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6 Tips for Selling your Home in Winter

If you plan on putting your home on the market in winter, you have a tough row to hoe. Yes, winter snow can be beautiful, but it’s a dark, dreary season and it will take some work to show the

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Why is my Home Not Selling?

Oh boy, another week has gone by and there is still no offer on your home. If the house has been on the market for some time, it is easy to become frustrated and anxious.On the other hand, perhaps

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Using the Psychology of Color to Stage Your Home

When psychologists discovered that color impacts human emotions, the advertising and retail worlds went on a tear. From logos to packaging, color became a vital part of branding.Many professional

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The Brag Book

If you’re proud of your house, why not brag about it to potential buyers? Sure, nobody wants the seller hanging around during open houses and showings, but that doesn’t mean you can;

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The Pet Predicament

The most obvious similarity between children and pets is that we can count on them making messes. Every pet owner has experienced the pet 'accident,' either vomit or urine on the floor. Usually, it

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Selling the Home Yourself: Is it a Good Idea?

When you toy with the idea of going FSBO (For Sale by Owner) you aren’t alone. Although the number of homeowners who decide to sell without the assistance of a broker has fallen over the last

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How to Sell and Buy a House at the Same Time

When you graduate from first-time buyer to second, the process becomes infinitely more complex. “How are we going to do this?” is a common question from homeowners in the market for a

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Buy First or Sell First? 3 Things to Consider

The most common chicken-or-egg-type question in the real estate business has to be “Should I sell my current home before buying another?”And, like many real estate questions, the answer

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5 Must Do Repairs

Living in a house for a long time is a bit like the frog in the pot ― you don’t realize something is wrong until the water gets really hot. Even the most conscientious homeowners can be

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3 Ways to Keep a Low Appraisal from Derailing the Deal

One of the most devastating problems a homeowner and the buyer attempting to purchase the home may run up against is a low appraisal. Luckily, there are several ways of dealing with the situation

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3 Things that can Negatively Impact your Home

Things that impact a home’s value are a bit of a mystery to those not employed in the real estate or finance industry. Sure, some of them are obvious, such as the positive impact of living

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3 Surprising things that Positively Impact Home Value

The appeal of graveyardsA few years ago a large real estate news site published the results of a study that surprised many in the industry. People actually like living near a cemetery.In fact, the

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3 Renovations that Will NOT Increase your Value

It’s one thing to make renovations to a home with the goal of making it more enjoyable or comfortable for you and your family and quite another to make these renovations solely to boost the

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No Down Payment? Now Worries!

Are you shut out of the housing market if you don’t have a huge chunk of cash to give the lender for a down payment? Believe it or not, zero to low down payment mortgages are still available

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Shopping for a Lender

The most important step in the home buying process, if you aren’t paying cash, is securing a loan. You’ll need to shop for a lender, compare loan products and get that all-important loan

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Writing a Strong Offer

As a homebuyer, you’ll face one of three types of real estate markets as you embark on home ownership: buyers’, sellers’ and balanced. The type of offer you’ll want to submit

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WHICH DOWN PAYMENT STRATEGY IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

WHICH DOWN PAYMENT STRATEGY IS RIGHT FOR YOU?You’ve most likely heard the rule: Save for a 20-percent down payment before you buy a home. The logic behind saving 20 percent is solid, as it

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How much can you afford?

Most homebuyers begin the process by searching online for homes for sale, according to the National Association of Realtors. With no idea of how much they can spend on a home, there they are,

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Selling in Winter? Make your Home the Hottest on the Market

Believe it or not, winter is the best season in which to sell your home. National Association of Realtors statistics show that, although fewer homes sell in winter than in spring (what most folks

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2 Aspects of the Purchase Agreement every Seller Should Understand

When a buyer decides to make an offer on your home, his or her real estate agent will submit a signed purchase agreement. Once signed by all parties, this agreement constitutes a legally binding

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