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Reasons to Choose an ABR® Certified Realtor

Reasons to Choose an ABR® Certified Realtor

A home purchase is the biggest purchase most of us will ever make. With that in mind, you want someone in your corner that has a proven track record of working specifically with buyers. That person is an ABR® certified realtor.

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Successfully Sell Your Home During the Holiday Season

Successfully Sell Your Home During the Holiday Season

Some may say that the holidays are the worst time to try and sell your home. With so much going on during the holidays, especially in a year like this, this may ring true, but there are some advantages to selling during this time of year. There are typically less homes on the market, so you’ll have less competition. People looking to buy a home during this time, generally have a specific reason for doing so and are more serious about buying. Additionally, selling your home before the end of the year will enable you to claim deductions on your next tax return such as mortgage interest, private mortgage insurance and property taxes.

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Tips for Selling Your Home in the Fall

Tips for Selling Your Home in the Fall

While spring is considered by many to be the best time to sell a home, fall is a great time as well. Summer vacations are over, the really cold weather hasn’t set in yet and the holidays aren’t quite upon us. For these reasons, serious buyers want to move quickly before it does get cold and they find themselves in the middle of the busy holiday season. The fall real estate season is typically Sept. 1 through Nov. 30, so if you’re trying to sell your home right now, or thinking of putting your home on the market, here are some tips to help ensure the best showing for your home.   

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Current Real Estate Conditions in Prince William County

Current Real Estate Conditions in Northern Virginia

Despite the pandemic, the real estate business is booming. The numbers are up from last year in almost every category. In general, more homes are being sold while the inventory remains low compared to years past. Below are statistics from the last two months to give you an idea of what the market is like in our area right now.

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Refinancing Your Mortgage in 2020

Refinancing Your Mortgage in 2020

Depending on what type of loan you get, the current mortgage rates are between 2.5% and 3.5%, according to Bankrate. With interest rates this low, now may be the time to refinance your mortgage to get cash out and pay off debts or make some home improvements — or simply lower your monthly payment. Here are some things to consider when deciding whether refinancing is the right move for you.

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Fall Home Checklist

The official start of fall is just a couple of weeks away. That means it’s time to prepare your home for cooler weather, falling leaves and eventually snow. Here is a handy checklist of things to do inside and outside your home to prepare for the changing seasons.

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What Buyers Need in a Title Company

What Buyers Need in a Title Company

Having a clear title is important to any real estate transaction, even if you are paying cash. When you have the title to a piece of property, it means you have the right to own and use that piece of property. The title also includes the legal documents that define the property’s boundary lines and how it’s allowed to be used. However, in order to get the title to the property you want, you’ll need the help of a good title company. Where should you start and what should you keep an eye out for?

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Questions to Ask Your Title Insurance Company

Before you take ownership of a new home, it’s important to obtain title insurance. Most lenders require that you purchase title insurance to protect their investment. It also protects you if any issues come up with the title, such as liens or unpaid taxes.

Choosing a title company is one of the more critical decisions you will make when buying a home. The title company is crucial in every stage of a real estate purchase from the title search to the closing process. The title company is also responsible for securing your funds, so you will want to ask these very important questions of the companies you are considering.

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A Deep Dive Into the Title Search Process

A Deep Dive Into the Title Search Process

At Ratified Title Group, we work hard to get you to closing as smoothly as possible. That includes making sure there aren’t any defects on the title of your property by doing a title search. A title search is necessary to obtain a title insurance policy. The information collected during a title search will give you peace of mind about the property you are buying and reduce the risk of title problems presenting themselves in the future.

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What to Expect During Your Home Inspection

What to Expect During Your Home Inspection

If you are buying a home, you’ll want to schedule a home inspection as soon as the seller accepts your offer. A home inspection can help you make a more informed decision about the home you’re buying, identify any potential issues with the home and possibly save you money on unexpected repairs.

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