John McCarthy

Say What?

Being a REALTOR® I sometimes forget that my buyers or sellers are not familiar with all the real estate lingo. Therefore, when I say things like EMD or HOA and you look at me like I have two heads. I need to remind myself that everyone isn’t in the real estate...

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Selling in the Fall

The current real estate market is still crazy! Buyer activity is still through the roof and sellers are seeing home prices continue to go up. We have been getting lots of calls from soon-to-be sellers getting their homes ready for sale and looking for advice to get...

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How to Look For A Home

There are lots of people entering the real estate market every day and although most know how hard it will be to find and secure a home, if you are a first time buyer or haven’t bought in years you may not know what you are in for. Here are some common slip ups to...

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Kids and Pets at a Home Showing

Let’s get this out of the way immediately…we all love our kids and the same can be probably said for our pets. However, if you are planning on buying or selling a home, it is a good idea to have some ground rules for both. If you are selling, please plan on leaving...

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We Can Help

Rowley Realty - Over the last few weeks I have had meetings with a number of first time buyers trying to break into this crazy seller’s market. If we have heard this once, we have heard it a million times that buying a home is probably the biggest investment you will...

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Appraisal vs. Market Value

With the market in full swing and showing no signs of slowing down, we have received a number of calls over the last few months from prospective sellers asking us to give them an idea as to the worth of their home.  The “market analysis” we perform is an estimate of...

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Real Estate Agency

Earlier in the week when sitting with a new seller I tried and did a poor job of explaining the different types of agency in a real estate transaction.  Agency can be a confusing subject for both consumers and even REALTORS®. In a nutshell there are three types of...

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Keep it or Trash it

It’s very easy for a REALTOR®, friend or loved one to tell a homeowner getting ready to sell that they need to get rid of their “stuff” to make the home more appealing to buyers.  However, that “stuff”, as it is called, may have been acquired over a lifetime and have...

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Ready for a Mortgage?

You have saved and saved and saved to buy your first home. Maybe you moved back in with your parents to save for a down payment. Maybe you are living in a rental that takes a huge chunk of your paycheck. Maybe you’ve decided it’s time to pay your mortgage v. your...

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Don’t Change

In the past I have written extensively about what a homeowner can do to increase the value of their home.  Just as there are projects you can take on to improve your home’s value there are “fixes” you may be doing that inadvertently lower your home’s value. A lot of...

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