Author: barthorowitz

Top 5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Try to Sell Your Staten Island Home on Your Own

Rising home prices coupled with a lack of inventory in today’s market may cause some homeowners on Staten Island, and eslewhere, to consider selling their home on their own (known in the industry as a For Sale By Owner). However, a FSBO might not be a good idea for the vast majority of sellers. The top 5 reasons are listed below: 1. Online Strategy for Prospective Purchasers Recent studies have shown that 95% of buyers search online for a home. In comparison, only 13% use print newspaper ads. Most Staten Island real estate professionals — Realtor members of the Staten Island Board of Realtors® (SIBOR...

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How to Choose a Home Inspector

So, you made an offer on a home in Staten Island, N.Y., and it was accepted. Now, your next task is to have the home inspected prior to closing. Real estate agents oftentimes make your offer contingent on a clean home inspection. This contingency allows you to renegotiate the price you are paying for the home, ask the sellers to cover repairs, or in some cases, to walk away. Your agent, a Realtor member of the Staten Island Board of Realtors® (SIBOR), can advise you on the best course of action once the report is filed. How to Choose an Inspector Your...

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Why Own a Home? It’s the American Dream!

A recent survey of renters shows that 50 percent of Americans are DETERMINED to own a home. Get together with a Staten Island real estate professional, a Realtor member of the Staten Island Board of Realtors® (SIBOR), to help you achieve your American Dream! WATCH VIDEO: Why Own a Home? It's the American Dream!A recent survey of renters shows that 50 percent of Americans are DETERMINED to own a home. Get together with a Staten Island real estate professional, a Realtor member of the Staten Island Board of Realtors® (#SIBOR), to help you achieve your American Dream!#HomeOwnership #StatenIsland #HomeOwners...

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It’s Beneficial to Have a Staten Island Real Estate Professional on Your Side

In today’s fast-paced world where answers are a Google search away, there are some who may wonder what the benefits of hiring a real estate professional to help them in their home search are. The truth is, the addition of more information causes more confusion. Shows like Property Brothers, Fixer Upper, and dozens more on HGTV have given many a false sense of what it’s like to buy and sell a home. Now more than ever, you need an expert on your side who is going to guide you toward your dreams and not let anything get in the way of achieving them. Buying and/or selling...

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Start Your Home Search with Mortgage Pre-Approval

In many markets across the country, the number of buyers searching for their dream homes outnumbers the number of homes for sale. This has led to a competitive marketplace where buyers often need to stand out. One way to show that you are serious about buying your dream home is to get pre-qualified or pre-approved for a mortgage before starting your search. Even if you are not in an incredibly competitive market, understanding your budget will give you the confidence of knowing whether or not your dream home is within your reach. Freddie Mac lays out the advantages of pre-approval in the ‘My...

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