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  • Selling an Inherited Property
    Dealing with an inherited property or a property in probate can be a difficult and time-consuming process. Because of the many laws associated, an inherited property can take months before the title changes hands. When it finally does, you can be left with a property that hasn’t been updated in years and is in dire […]
  • Clear Title – What Does it Mean?
    A clear property title is a crucial part of any transaction between buyers and sellers.  What does it mean to have a clear title, and why is it important? Definition of clear title A clear title in real estate means that the owner has unrestricted ownership of a property. The property is not subject to […]
  • RESALE – Keep it in Mind While Homebuying
    Everyone shopping for home looks for a house that best fits their current needs. But savvy shoppers also think ahead to what a property offers future buyers and buy with resale in mind. Here are some considerations to consider so that your dream home doesn’t turn out to be a nightmare to resell down the […]
  • Checklist for Starting In Your New Home
    Closing on a new home may feel like reaching the finish line. But before you kick back and relax, take these important steps to settle into your new place. Matters to take care of before closing After you sign a contract to buy a new home, ask the seller for a report on a year’s […]
  • Hard-To-Sell Property Types That You Should Think About
    Some properties are better than others. Some can be extremely difficult to resell for homeowners, agents, and real estate investors. Many of these hard-to-sell homes might sometimes sell for less than they were purchased, depending on holding costs and resell value variations. While selling these properties may provide some unique obstacles, investors must ensure that […]
  • Guide to Rental Property Bookkeeping
    While real estate and rental property bookkeeping may not be the most fun aspect of real estate investing, it is an essential component of the real estate machine. Understanding these data is crucial for successfully running a business. Because of that, some real estate investors may hire an accountant or professional bookkeeper to keep track […]
  • Housing Statistics: What Do Those Mean For You
    Every month, financial media publish an array of housing statistics. What do all of those numbers represent, and what do they mean for you if you are buying or selling a home? Let’s make sense of them all. A look at the terms These are definitions of the most important housing statistics you’ll often hear […]
  • Composting – What is it & Why You Should Do it
    Composting is a hot topic these days with lots of coverage in home and garden media regarding its far-reaching benefits for the earth as well as your own backyard. But what exactly is composting, and why should you do it? Here’s a quick primer spelling out the benefits, how to make it, and more. What […]
  • Home Office – Make it Work For You
    Getting down to business. Whether you’re staying put or putting your house on the market, a great home office is a good investment. Offices have become a staple in many homes and top many prospective buyers’ wish lists, too. But with all the paper, the equipment, and the office supplies, it can feel like a […]
  • Bedroom – Turn it Into Your Best Room
    Your bedroom should be your personal retreat — a soothing, restful space to unwind at the end of the day. Check out these six bedroom-staging tips, whether you’re prepping for a home sale or just a good night’s sleep. Consider the color palette of your bedroom.  It doesn’t matter if you’re decorating or staging — […]
  • The Tax Benefit of Selling Your Home
    The tax advantages of buying and owning a home are well known, but what happens when you sell? Read on to learn about the tax benefit you may accrue when you sell your house. Rules affecting capital gains taxes Most tax benefits available for home sellers relate to how any profit, or capital gain, you […]
  • Why Resizing May Be Right For You
    As couples watch their children leave the nest, they are increasingly “downsizing” to homes with less space, maintenance, and expense. But a new term, “resizing,”  has emerged for this season of life. Resizing can be less demanding for couples and better suit their needs. Let’s retrofit our thinking about where to live once the kids […]
  • Ceiling Updates to Style Your Home
    The ceiling has potential for impact but often gets overlooked as we put so much emphasis on walls, floors, and furnishings. But here’s what you are missing. Color contrasts. The color of a ceiling can enhance or minimize its height. For instance, painting the ceiling a brighter color than the walls can “lift” a lower […]
  • Mortgage Pre-Approval – What to Provide
    Mortgage pre-approval is pertinent if you are looking for your first or your dream home. If you’re looking for a home, particularly your first one, you should meet with a mortgage lender from the start. Having a mortgage pre-approval letter from a lender will save time for you, your agent, and the seller. What do […]
  • Guaranteed Buyout When Relocating
    Selling your home for a career move is typically handled one of three ways: listing and selling your home the traditional way, taking a so-called “ guaranteed buyout” from a relocation company hired by your firm, or a hybrid of the two, known in real estate circles as a “buyer value option.” Here are the […]
  • Vegetable and Herb Garden… Outdoor!
    An outdoor vegetable and herb garden is a good idea. Growing your own fruits, vegetables, and herbs, isn’t as hard as you might think — even without a large yard. Where do you start? Here are the basics of making a successful backyard kitchen garden. Start your gardening at the computer. Many online gardening sites […]
  • It’s Move-In Time!
    When shopping for a home, you have three options: choose an existing house, buy a tract home or build a custom property to your exact specifications. One of the ways these options differ is in how long the purchase process takes and the time until move in. Depending on the option you choose, the time […]
  • LOCATION: Still the First Rule of Real Estate?
    Location is obviously important when considering where to purchase a home, but is it still the most important thing to consider? The answer is yes. Here’s why. Property features While a home can be remodeled, the major features of a home’s location cannot be changed. If the home is next to train tracks or on […]
  • Guide to Selling a House with Tenants
    There are several reasons why you might be ready to sell an investment property. Whether you’re attempting to sell a house or a rental property, sometimes investors need to move on to the next venture. Maybe to take advantage of the appreciation value, or maybe for more time to focus on other investment opportunities. Whatever […]
  • Tips for Working With Cash Buyers
    At face value, working with cash purchasers should be simple. However, this is not always the case, and working with cash buyers can be tricky. When working with cash buyers, there are a few mistakes to avoid in order to save time and hassle. Many cash buyers have drafted clauses in their offers over the […]
  • Freshen Up Your Brick With Paint
    Painted brick is an exciting new design trend. Is painting your tired brick exterior or that overly orange wall in the den a good way to rev up your decor? Let’s explore this option. Pros and Cons of Painted Brick Painted brick is one of the easiest, least expensive ways to update your home’s exterior […]
  • How a Listing Agent Gets Paid
    How exactly does your listing agent get paid? Who pays your listing agent? What you need to know about all that fine print. When a home is listed for sale with a real estate company, the seller is ultimately agreeing to pay both the listing agent and the buyer’s agent and their respective companies. In […]
  • Should You Sell A Home “As-Is”?
    Sometimes a seller chooses to sell a home “as-is.” What does that mean? When is this a good option for the seller? Should you consider buying an “as-is” home? Read on for some answers. What Does Selling “As-Is” Mean? Simply put, selling a home as-is means that the seller is not agreeing to any repairs […]
  • ‘Zombie’ House in Your Neighborhood
    Abandoned houses we call ‘zombie’ houses can be like living through a horror movie for a home seller. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help yourself and the neighborhood. An abandoned, decaying house in your neighborhood — also known as a ‘zombie’ house — could mean big trouble for you and your neighbors, especially if you’re […]
  • Certificate of Occupancy – What is it?
    What exactly is a certificate of occupancy? Here’s what every property owner needs to know. A certificate of occupancy, usually called CO, is an essential document that no property owner should be without. The certificate describes the type of property and its intended use. It classifies the property as residential, commercial, business, or multi-dwelling. The […]
  • Minimalist Lifestyle with Life!
    Think of minimalist home styling as Mid-Century Modern and Contemporary’s cooler, older sister. It blends several elements of modernity, yet gives a fresh, mature perspective on materialistic value. You’ve heard of the phrase, “less is more,” right? Well, that’s exactly what minimalism is — living a simplistic lifestyle while placing value on your ‘everyday’ necessities. […]
  • Spring Home Maintenance To-Dos
    Spring Home Maintenance To-Dos How to Maintain Your Home this Spring As a homeowner, you always have plenty to do to take care of your property. But there are better tasks during certain times of the year, and spring is no exception. Some maintenance tasks should be done in spring because they help prep your […]
  • Mistakes to Avoid for First-Time Homebuyers
    There are mistakes to avoid that are normally committed by first-time homebuyers. The buying process is lengthy, and there’s a lot that can go bad if you’re not diligent. A multitude of roadblocks, ranging from poor appraisals to unexpected credit checks, could hinder or even ruin your acquisition. Are you looking for a home you […]
  • Signs You’re Ready to Downsize
    Is it better to downsize or not? If you’re a homeowner, you’ll undoubtedly ask yourself this question. Owning a home is thrilling, but it also comes with a lot of responsibilities. If your current home no longer suits your needs, you might want to consider downsizing – or perhaps renting. Downsizing brings additional advantages in […]
  • Cash For Keys in Rental Properties?
    What does Cash For Keys mean for Rental Properties? Eviction is never a fun prospect to have to face as a rental property owner. Maybe it’s a problem with a renter who doesn’t follow the terms of their contract. Maybe they have a record of late rent payments. Regardless, evicting troublesome tenants is an unavoidable […]
  • Manage Credit Score to Get Your Dream Home
    Your credit score is crucial in doing lots of things in life. Buying a home is a major life choice, and getting your credit approved is an important part of the process. But do you know how long it takes to prepare your credit for a home purchase? If not, then this is for you. […]
  • NATIONAL FIRST RESPONDERS DAY
    October 28th sets aside National First Responders Day to honor the men and women who act quickly when an emergency is at hand. First responders dedicate their lives to saving lives. They are the people who run toward a crisis while the rest of the world flees. According to the Department of Homeland Security, 4.6 […]
  • Roof Repair Tips Every Homeowner Should Know
    Roof Repair Smart Maintenance and Repair Tips you should know to keep your roof in tip-top shape A leaking roof can cause serious and costly damage to your house. Infiltrating water can destroy drywall or plaster, cause mold, and even rot framing. Roof repair is needed as soon as possible after the damage occurs. Dealing […]
  • Avoid Doing These Things to Your Homes
    Avoid doing these things to your home. Keep the vintage wallpaper, but upgrade that time- and money-draining retro thermostat to a programmable one. #1 Avoid Getting Rid of Your Only Tub If resale value is important to you, don’t get rid of your only bathtub no matter how dreamy that walk-in shower looks. #2 Avoid […]
  • Septic System Care and Maintenance Tips
    Septic system care is essential in your home. Here are some things to check so you can keep your septic tank in good shape for decades. You can avoid costly repairs too! You wouldn’t skip routine maintenance on an expensive car. Nor should you ignore the upkeep of your septic system. Replacing a failed septic […]
  • Fall Maintenance To-Dos to Ready Your Home
    Fall Maintenance is important and it’s time to prepare your home to withstand winter weather. Follow our fall checklist for must-do repairs and other seasonal maintenance tips. 1. Fall Maintenance To-Do: Clean your gutters. Your roof’s drainage system annually diverts thousands of gallons of water from your house’s exterior and foundation walls, so it’s vital […]
  • Things a Strong Cash Buyer Should Have
    A seller’s goal should be finding the highest offer with the strongest probability of closing. An offer may be full of unwanted contingencies and red flags that may compromise your position as the seller, even though it’s near the asking price. What if you knew what to look for at the start of your home-selling […]
  • Effects of Spring Weather on Exterior Paint
    Effects of Spring Weather on Exterior Paint   Fresh paint can greatly improve the appearance of any building, but many seasonal effects can affect how it looks. The change in temperature and the high amount of precipitation that usually occurs in the spring can significantly affect both fresh and older paint. Here are the effects […]
  • Throw Your Junk Away
    Haul away your household clutter, or hire the job out. Here’s a guide to help you decide.   Whether it’s years of accumulated clutter, old appliances, or household chemicals, it has to go. Is it a DIY job? Or do you need to call in the professionals? Here’s what you need to know. Identify the […]
  • Knowing the Difference Between Public and Private Streets
    Not all roads are created equal. Living on a private street can be costly. Find out why here.   Most roads are public thoroughfares, maintained by local, state, or federal authorities, and paid for tax dollars. But that’s not always the case, which is why it’s wise for potential home buyers to ask about street […]
  • How to Deal with a Low-ball Offer
    Money talks, but what should you say to a low-ball offer? After a few days on the market, your agent calls to tell you there is an offer on the home. Unfortunately, it’s too soon to celebrate. The offer is lower than what you’re asking. Much lower.   Keep your feelings in check. It’s normal to […]
  • When to Replace Your Windows
    Are window replacements in your home’s future?  It’s time to study up the pros and cons of each type. If your home has older windows, should you replace them with new, more energy-efficient ones? Here’s a quick guide to the pros and cons. First, do you need new windows? If your home has single-pane glass […]
  • Investors: A Real Estate Agent’s Most Powerful Partnership
    As any real estate agent knows, leads are the lifeblood to success. This is why it is no secret that a high percentage of most agents’ time is dedicated to uncovering possible leads via as many conduits as possible.  That being said, all leads are not created equal. Some leads roll in thanks to expensive […]
  • How Pre-Qualification Can Help You Get Your Dream Home
    Buying a home is an important – and exciting – decision. After all, having a place to call your own, to raise your family in, to do as you wish with no landlord to answer to are all motivating factors in starting the process. But, in addition to these emotional reasons, buying a home can […]
  • Seeking High-Quality Contractors to Join Our Team
    An important piece of the real estate puzzle hinges on building a strong team. This is why in addition to our network of agents, lenders, attorneys, and brokers, we are always on the lookout for great contractors to partner with. Below is some more insight on what we are looking for along with a number […]
  • Are you Looking to Grow Your Real Estate Investment Opportunities?
    If you are a real estate investor looking to purchase wholesale properties or partner on joint venture projects, look no further. Our team has the experience, know-how, and infrastructure to offer you opportunities in your real estate investment endeavors. No matter if you are looking for a rehab project to work on or you are […]
  • Situations We Can Help Home Sellers With
    Homeowners find themselves in the position of having to sell their home fast for any number of reasons. For example, there are times when family obligations require you to move out of state with little warning. Maybe a job relocation takes you to a new area. Or a personal situation has arisen, putting homeowners on […]
  • Top Ways to Increase Your Home’s Curb Appeal
    Selling a home in the fall means dealing with challenging weather and temperatures that may negatively impact your curb appeal. If you want to make your real estate investment profitable, you need to make sure the outside of your home looks more appealing than ever. Here are the top ways to increase your home’s curb […]
  • 6 Things You Can Do To Winterize Your Home
    As the weather gets colder and winter approaches, this is a time when that electric bill seems to reach to new heights which is why we have 6 things you can do to winterize your home. When you are budgeting each expense, and trying to avoid any surprises, there are key things that you can […]
  • Top Things to Do To Winterize Your Home
    With winter just around the corner, we want to make sure you know the top things to do to winterize your home. Winterizing your home today can help you save a lot of money tomorrow, as you’ll be able to avoid many costly repairs. Below are the top 5 things you can do to winterize […]
  • Top Things You Need to Know When Buying A Rental
    Some of the world’s wealthiest people have gained their wealth through real estate, so if you are considering buying investment property then we have the top things you need to know when buying a rental. Your financial position in crucial: You should analyze your finances and question whether you can follow through with such a […]
  • How TRID Will Impact Buyers and Sellers
    What Is TRID? Before we tell you how TRID will impact buyers and sellers, let us define it. The acronym TRID stands for TILA RESPA Integrated Disclosure. TILA is the Truth in Lending Act, while RESPA is the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act. TRID is also known as the “Know Before You Owe” rule. It is expected to […]
  • Should I Rent My House?
    To consider the question, Should I Rent My House could mean you did not have any luck selling it with an agent or by yourself. The decision to rent your house to a complete stranger can be an overwhelming one. The pros and cons of renting versus selling your property can be a real head-scratcher. […]
  • Top Reasons To Invest In Real Estate
    As we give you the top reasons to invest in Real Estate, It’s important to explore all financial options before investing your money into a project. One of the burning questions you may face nowadays is “Real estate or stock exchange?” Both markets have their own ups and downs, but many people tend to regard […]
  • Where To Find The Best Discount Homes
    In today’s competitive real estate market, there’s one thing that all buyers want to know; Where to find the best discount homes. Finding the right home can be a real challenge, especially when you’re watching your pocket. Stated below are some places to start when looking for the most affordable housing options. FSBO (For Sale […]
  • Top 5 Things You Will Need To Rent a House
    When you are ready to take the important milestone for any tenant of upgrading, here are the top 5 things you will need to rent a house. A secure job Make sure your job produces sufficient income to support the rental payments. Many experts suggest that the house rent should make up no more than […]
  • 3 Things To Do Now For A Fast House Sale Richmond
    Selling a house is a big deal for most homeowners, but there are 3 things to do now for a fast house sale Richmond. Although it can be very hard to stand out and to land the perfect offer, there are ways in which you can sell off your house quickly without compromising on the […]
  • Selling a Home While Going Through a Divorce
    Divorce is a trying time for any couple and selling a home while going through a divorce can make the stress level higher. Your home is a major asset and if neither spouse wants to continue living there, it might have to be sold as part of the divorce settlement. While selling the family home […]
  • Top Improvements That Increase a Home’s Value
    The key to selling a home quickly is to work on its market appeal and knowing the top improvements that increase a home’s value is key to a quick sale. By revamping your house and giving it a fresh new appearance, you can add significantly to its value and sell it off at the price […]
  • Top Reasons Why Your Home Won’t Sell
    It can be pretty disheartening to accept the top reasons why your home won’t sell if you are unable to sell off your old home. If your home is just sitting on the property market gathering dust, you’re probably reviewing all your options trying to determine just what you did wrong and why the home […]
  • Spring Cleaning Tips To Reduce Clutter
    Whether you are looking to spruce things up and get rid of things you no longer need, or you’re looking to sell your house this spring, we have some spring cleaning tips to reduce clutter. Keeping your house beautiful and spruced up involves looking into the smallest details and cleaning out the tiniest nooks and […]
  • 7 Tax Deductions Homeowners Can Take To Save Money
    Let me guess, you’re a late filer because you’re trying to think of every deduction possible that you can take. If that is your plan, then let’s take a look at 7 tax deductions homeowners can take to save money. If you are a homeowner, There are far more benefits awaiting you than the standard […]
  • Should I Rent or Buy a Home
    Planning a change of address doesn’t come at an easy price. In fact, there are a million and one things you need to keep in mind, including a question you may ask yourself “Should I Rent or Buy A home?” Homeownership is the ultimate American dream, and many Americans believe it’s the right answer to […]
  • The Importance of Property Surveys
    An accurate survey is a crucial step in your home-buying process, making sure you don’t encroach on a neighbor’s property — or vice versa. A mistake in the survey can cause legal problems later. Here’s what you need to know now to avoid problems later. Location, shape and size.  A survey will show a sketch of […]
  • Things to Do When Planning a Move
    Moving is by no means an easy job. There are a million and one things you need to keep track of. Whether you are looking for a place with lower rent or whether you need to shift because of a job transfer, there are certain key things to do when planning a move.   Choose […]
  • Real Estate Lead Generation 101
    What are the best real estate lead generation options today? Where and how can real estate agents, investors and other related industry professionals generate more leads for buying, selling and renting properties? What are some of the little known benefits, and pitfalls of common real estate lead generation channels today? Here are 12 ways for real estate […]
  • The Benefits of a Short Sale
    In the unfortunate situation of seller hardship, or when your home value is worth less than the remaining balance on your loan, you may have someone recommend or tell you about the benefits of a short sale. A short sale occurs when the proceeds from the sale of a property fall short of the amount […]
  • Technology vs. People Skills: Which Real Estate Strategies Will Win?
    The real estate industry caters to independent strategies. For every investor, there is another way to go about conducting business. Some may prefer to utilize the convenience of technology while others want to maintain personal relationships. However, for one reason or another, there remains a void between these two independent strategies. Smart investors will figure […]
  • Real Estate Investing As A Business
    “Investment is most intelligent when most business like” – Warren Buffett If investing is better when conducted most business like, does it mean that more real estate investors ought to be investing in a more businesslike fashion? Should every real estate investor be investing as a business? What does that really mean? What does it look […]
  • Top 5 Things That All Home Buyers Want
    Whether you are considering selling your home, or you’re a realtor considering a listing, there are key things that all home buyers want. We have put together the top 5 things that all home buyers want that also increase the value of a home for you to consider when preparing your home to sell: Upgraded […]
  • Housing Still The Best Investment Tool Of A Lifetime
    Many people are still wondering whether or not real estate is one of the best investment strategies for long-term wealth building. Is investing in homes still a smart investment for the average individual? Is a home still the best investment of a lifetime for most Americans? If so, why are some pessimists still questioning the rebound […]
  • 6 Steps to Sell Your Home
    Selling a house can be quite a hassle and a big challenge, especially for those who aren’t aware of the steps to sell your home. Buyers are sensitive about every little detail, from market price, to rooms, to location. When selling to a traditional buyer, there are key steps to sell your home which if […]
  • Six Hidden Expenses that Surprise New Homeowners
    You’ve sacrificed, scrimped and saved for the down payment on your first home so you don’t want to get with with a hidden expense that surprise new homeowners. But have you saved for the whole new world of expenses that comes with home ownership? If not, you could get blindsided by: Closing costs. Do your homework […]
  • How To Find Out How Much Your House Is Worth.
    Whether you are looking to sell your house or not, you can be better prepared to make a decision on what you want to do, when you have a better sense of your property value. Let’s break down how to find out how much your house is worth so you can be better equip to […]
  • Top 6 Reasons Why Homeowners Must Sell Fast
    Owning a house is a big step for any individual, couple, or family, and it comes with a lot of responsibility and maintenance. When homeowners decide to sell their house, this can be for any number of reasons. We have put together the Top 6 Reasons Why Homeowners Must Sell Fast. Financial Issues and Bankruptcy […]
  • Understanding The Probate Process In VA
    Before we take a look at how A Team Marketing, LLC can help if you are going through the probate process, let’s make sure you understand the probate process in VA. At the event of an individual passing away, the process of probate helps distribute the assets of the deceased to the beneficiaries and inheritors […]
  • 7 Reasons Why You Should Sell Your House To A Cash Buyer
    As the saying goes, “CASH IS KING”, and if you are considering selling your property, we have 7 reasons why you should sell your house to a cash buyer. Selling a home in the traditional way means that you will need to take the time to find and hire a Realtor, make sure the home […]
  • 8 Ways To Save Your Home from Foreclosure
    There are some things to think about that can be the key to saving your credit, or your home, as we give you 8 ways to save your home from foreclosure. Although the number of those who own homes is increasing, the number of home foreclosures is also increasing. Once a couple of mortgage payments […]
  • Tips To Raise Credit Score
    We hope you’ll find these tips to raise credit score helpful. A credit score is one of the things lenders look towards when you ask them for a loan. You could be applying for anything, from a house loan to a credit card with a higher limit, but this three-digit number that reflects all your old credit history will be the main determinant as to whether […]
  • Estimating cost at the time of buying distressed property
    In today’s real estate market, buying or selling a distressed property is a common practice. With inventory becoming harder to find, it seems like the best opportunities are in distressed properties for buyers and investors. The goal in getting the best deal, is to buy it at a price that will give enough room for […]
  • Fantastic Tips And Tricks To Sell Your Home—Fast!
    If you have you thought about selling your home by yourself, or using a Realtor, we have some tips that may help! Remember, unless you think it out thoroughly, you may find your property sitting idly on the market for months or years on end without being sold off. Such a situation is a nightmare […]