Top 5 Real Estate Headlines in the 1st Half of 2011

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We have reached the midway point of the year.   Today, we want to look back over the first six months and give you what we believe were the five items that have had the biggest impact on the real estate industry so far this year. The Government Wants Out of the Mortgage Business   From the original outline of the Dodd-Frank …

Thinking of Buying a Short Sale Property in Highlands or Cashiers NC?

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1. Get help from a short sale expert Not all real estate agents today have worked with properties that are offered as a short sale. An agent experienced in short sales can identify which homes are being offered as short sales, help you determine a fair purchase price, and advise you on what to include in your offer to make …

Five Financial Strategies for Homebuyers in Highlands and Cashiers NC

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The last of the paperwork has been filed away and the keys are in your hand. Congratulations on joining the ranks of homeowners who’ve taken advantage of the great home-buying opportunities in today’s market! But closing on your home is just one step toward reaching your long-term financial goals. There are several steps new homeowners should take in order to …

There will be a Yappy Hour in Cashiers NC on Thursday April 7, 2011

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If you are a pet owner and want to put a smile on your face, visit the Woof Gang  Bakery  in downtown Cashiers. Perhaps you’ve seen the ads on TV featuring smiling dogs…well, the products offered by the Martin Family will put smiles on your dogs’ faces too! This coming Thursday, April 7 from 4 pm to 6pm,  Dan and Janet …

Highlands NC and Cashiers NC Real Estate, Mortgage Rates Rise

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If you have been watching Highlands NC and Cashiers NC real estate you might have noticed that mortgage rates are on the rise.  While rates are still affordable they recently hit above 5% for the fist time in ages, a sign of stability on the horizon for the economy.  What does this mean for anyone thinking about buying property in Highlands …

Short Selling Highlands NC Real Estate

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Have you been considering short selling your Highlands NC real estate?  In order to short sell you need to fulfill certain criteria.  To qualify for a short sale first and foremost your home needs to be worth less than the balance of its loan.  Following that criteria you, as the home owner, need to fill at least one of the …

Things to know if you are facing a short sale or foreclosure

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In this real estate market with declining prices, short sales have become a common vehicle for sellers who are “underwater” on their mortgage.   In the event your lender agrees to allow a short sale of your home, there are things you need to know to protect yourself. If your mortgage debt is partly or entirely forgiven during tax years 2007 through 2012, …

Buying A Vacation Home in Highlands NC, Wise Investment

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Buying a vacation home in Highlands NC can be a wise investment.  Taking advantage of today’s low mortgage rates, high inventories of properties on the market and lower home values combine to create an ideal buyers market in Highlands and around the country but the added bonus of a vacation property also creates an opportunity to create some income from …

Remodeling in Highlands and Cashiers North Carolina

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No one likes to think about having to “survive” anything, and certainly not a remodeling project.   But in our experience, we’ve come to learn and advise our homeowner clients of the fact that there will be ups and downs with every project.   The chances that your stress level will increase is even more common with room additions, simply because they …

Looking For a Highlands Short Sale Property?

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If you are looking for a Highlands short sale property look no further.  A short sale is a great opportunity for a person to buy a Highlands property at a considerable discount.  A short sale is when a property is sold for less than its loan amount.  The catch of a short sale is that the sales price of the …