Jay Voorhees, CRS's Blog Posts

Why do I need a Realtor When Buying a Home?

Why do I need a Realtor When Buying a Home?Professional real estate agents do much more than drive clients around to look at homes. In fact, that's only about 15% of the value buyers receive when

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THT Seller Series 6 - Sold and Closed!

Congratulations! Your house is sold and closed. Important After Closing Reminders for Sellers 1. Cancel your homeowners insurance with your insurance agent once the transaction has closed,

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THT Seller Series 5 - The Closing Process

The Home Closing Process The Paper TrailWhat if paperwork isn’t finished by closing day? Regardless of when the closing is scheduled, it can’t happen until the closing agent

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THT Seller Series 4 - Contract to Closing Time-line

Contract to Closing Time-line Typically, closing happens four to six weeks after the sales and purchase contract is signed, although it could be sooner or later. Normally, as the seller you are

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THT Seller Series 3 - Offer & Negotiation Process

Contract and Negotiation  When an offer is presented on your home, you will have three basic choices in deciding how to respond. 1. Accept the offer. 2. Reject the offer. 3.

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THT Seller Series 2 - Preparing for Success

Ideas to Make Your House Shine Staging Your HomeTo maximize the value of your home, we recommend the three C’s of staging:• Clean = spotless kitchens, baths, patios, and decks•

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THT Seller Series 1 - Welcome & Thank You!

Welcome! Thank you for meeting with us and for the opportunity to earn your business!  We realize that you have a choice when hiring an agent to help you sell your home and truly

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THT Buyer Series 9 - After Closing & Beyond

Your home is more than where you live. We Get That.Once your closing is complete...the move is done, and you’re settling into your new house, we truly hope that it’s starting to feel

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THT Buyer Series 8 - Preparing For Closing

What to Expect During the Closing ProcessSettlement – closing statement review – Near the end of the transaction, you will receive the settlement statement (Closing).

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THT Buyer Series 7 - Plan Your Move

How to Plan Your Move Moving Made Easy So, you've decided to make the big move. Did you know that moving is ranked among life's moststressful events? However, with the proper planning,

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20 Moving Hacks

20 MOVING HOUSE HACKS TO ENSURE YOU STAY SANE I don’t know anybody that enjoys moving but it is one of those things that we all do probably more than once in our lifetime. Packing and

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A Brokers Duty Regarding Earnest Money

​Earnest Money DefinedEarnest money is the buyer’s commitment of funds to indicate a serious desire to buy a property.  It is customary, but it is not a legal requirement for a binding

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THT Buyer Series 6 - Earnest Money & Next Steps

Your Earnest Money Deposit InstructionsIn our Atlanta market, the Buyer's Broker generally holds the Earnest Money in a protected Escrow Account. There is also a trend to the closing attorney

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THT Buyer Series 5 - The Appraisal Process

The AppraisalWhat is a Home Appraisal?A home appraisal is an expert's opinion of how much a home is worth. Most lenders will require an objective, third-party, certified appraiser to determine the

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THT Buyer Series 4 - We Won the Deal!

Congratulations…You’ve Won the Deal! Now What?Typically, closing happens four to six weeks after the Purchase and Sale Agreement is signed, although it could be sooner or later.,

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THT Buyer Series 3 - Making An Offer

Let’s Make an Offer! Negotiating the transaction is usually the most complex aspect of buying a home. At the same time, it’s the one that can involve the most creativity. That’s

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THT Buyer Series 2 - Buying New Construction?

Thinking About New Construction? It is important with a new-home purchase that a buyer hires a real estate agent to represent them in this process. ... As Realtors who specialize in an area of

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THT Buyer Series 1 - Let's Get Started!

Welcome!Thank you for your time and the opportunity to earn your business!We realize that you have a choice when hiring an agent to help you locate and buy your next home, and we truly appreciate

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2 Reasons Why Today’s Mortgage Rate Trend Is Good for Sellers

If you’ve been holding off on selling your house to make a move because you felt mortgage rates were too high, their recent downward trend is exciting news for you. Mortgage rates

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Foreclosures and Bankruptcies Will Not Crash the Housing Market

If you've been following the news recently, you might have seen articles about an increase in foreclosures and bankruptcies. That could be making you feel uneasy, especially if you're thinking

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Grandparents Moving To Be Closer to Their Grandkids!

During the pandemic, many people distanced themselves from their loved ones for health reasons. Grandparents were told to stay away from their grandkids, especially as schools started to

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Grandparents Moving To Be Closer to Their Grandkids

During the pandemic, many people distanced themselves from their loved ones for health reasons. Grandparents were told to stay away from their grandkids, especially as schools started to

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5 Tips When Buying a Newly Constructed Home

The lack of existing inventory for sale has forced many home buyers to begin looking at new construction. When you buy a newly constructed home instead of an existing home, there are many extra

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For Sale By Owner - A Good Idea?

FSBO (pronounced fizz-bo), or For Sale By Owner, is a way of selling your home without the use of a professional real estate agent or broker. The idea behind FSBO is that by selling your home

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Spring Market Coming and Looking Strong

Spring market means an uptick in buyers, even with the higher interest rates. If a home is priced according to current market value, as opposed to the high inflated value of the previous spring.

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Luxury Homes Are in High Demand

As people realize their needs are changing, some are turning to luxury housing to find their dream home. Investopedia helps define what pushes a home into this category. In a recent

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The Top Reasons for Selling Your House

Many of today’s homeowners bought or refinanced their homes during the pandemic when mortgage rates were at history-making lows. Since rates doubled in 2022, some of those homeowners put their

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Better To Rent Than To Own a Home Right Now?

Is It Really Better To Rent Than To Own a Home Right Now?You may have seen reports in the news recently saying it’s better to rent right now than it is to own your home. But before you

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Is It Really Better To Rent Than To Own a Home Right Now

You may have seen reports in the news recently saying it’s better to rent right now than it is to own your home. But before you let that impact your decision, you should understand what

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Equity for Today’s Homeowners

Today’s homeowners are sitting on significant equity, even as home price appreciation has eased recently. If you’re a homeowner, your net worth got a boost over the past few

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Where Will You Go After You Sell Your House

Some HighlightsIf you’re thinking of selling your house, be sure to explore all the options you have for your next home.Both newly built homes and existing homes offer

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Getting the Highest Price in the Shortest Time

In order to get the highest price in the shortest time, you need to know how to market your home. The better you market your home, the more offers you will get. And the more offers you get, the more

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Your Savings and Down Payment

Your First Step Toward Buying a HomeWhen preparing to buy a home, the first thing many homebuyers do is look at the real estate ads in newspapers, magazines and listings on the Internet. Some

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Plan of Action

                  Analyze why you are selling - If you understand your motives, you will be able to better negotiate and to get what it is that you

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