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Friday, December 01, 2017   /   by Martin French

Dealing With Financing a New Home

As the events of the last few years in the real estate industry show, people forget about the tremendous financial responsibility of purchasing a home at their peril. Here are a few tips for dealing with the dollar signs so that you can take down that “for sale” sign on your new home.


Get pre-approved.


Sub-primes may be history, but you’ll probably still be shown homes you can’t actually afford. By getting pre-approved as a buyer, you can save yourself the grief of looking at houses you can't afford. You can also put yourself in a better position to make a serious offer when you do find the right house. Unlike pre-qualification, which is based on a cursory review of your finances, pre-approval from a lender is based on your actual income, debt and credit history. By doing a thorough analysis of your actual spending power, you’ll be less likely to get in over your head.


Choose your mortgage carefully.


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Monday, November 20, 2017   /   by Martin French

Why Client Relationships Are More Important Than Making A Commission

Basing a career in sales means being an independent contractor and virtually building your own small business, or earning a salary largely based on commission.  Of course, we need money to live on and to help our businesses grow.  Is it really better to troll for quick commissions or to build a relationship with your clients?  Here we explain why building relationships is a better foundation and long term solution for you and your growing business.


1. Word of Mouth.


This one is simple.  If a client is happy with your performance and you have gotten them the best results possible, they will tell their friends and family about the great experience you gave them, which obviously can and will lead you to more clientele.  If you are simply going through the motions and giving little effort to make a quick buck, the client will inevitably share bad news to others.  Did you know:  A dissatisfied client is 10 times more likely to share a bad experie ...

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Monday, May 15, 2017   /   by Martin French

Fun Summer Activities For Kids on Florida's Treasure Coast

Summer is coming and school is letting out all along Florida's Treasure Coast. This is a very exciting time for the young ones, but the abrupt change in schedule can wreak havoc on our adult lives. Of course there is always the "go play outside" option, as we try to grasp just a few moments of what was once our silent, peaceful day, but this option is typically short lived.


That being said, we have compiled this list of fun summer activities for you and the kiddos that will prove to be much more enjoyable than just sitting around the house. They are also very affordable, if not free, so you won't have to bust your budget on summertime adventures. Just click the links for more information on any of these activities.





Home Depot Kids Hands On Workshops - FREE


Get some shopping done while the kids tackle fun DIY projects at these workshops. Workshops for kids take place on the first Saturday of the month and materials needed to complete the project are inclu ...

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Saturday, June 18, 2016   /   by Martin French

Preparing To Sell Your Home

Selling your home doesn′t just mean hiring a realtor to stick a sign out front. There are a lot of preparations you should make to ensure you get the best offer possible in the shortest time.


Repair.


Just because you’ve gotten used to the cracks in the walls and the rattles in the radiators doesn’t mean a buyer will too. If you have hardwood floors that need refinishing, be sure to get it done—hardwood is a huge selling point. Buyers like to snoop around, so be sure to fix any sticky doors or drawers as well. Finally, don’t forget to address any issues with the exterior—fences, shingles, sidewalks, etc. After all, without curb appeal, some buyers may never get to see the inside.


Neutralize.


You want buyers to see themselves in your home. If your living room has lime green shag, wood-paneled walls, and all your collectibles and personal photographs, this will be much harder for them to do. Try replacing any bold color choices ...

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Wednesday, June 01, 2016   /   by Martin French

Relocating To The Big City

Moving from a small town or suburb to a large city can be an intimidating proposition. Here are a few tips to help make your move as painless as possible.


Research before you move.


It’s important to understand the culture you’re joining. Do research online and find out about school systems, neighborhoods, parking, weather, public transportation, and laws that are native to that area. If you can, visit a city before moving and connect with someone who’s lived there before.


Have a plan.


There are a lot of steps to go through before you start packing the moving truck. Find housing before you leave, or at least know where you’ll stay while you look for a home. Never sign a lease on an apartment that you haven’t seen. If you can’t get there, find a friend or an employer to check for you. Have a job waiting for you, or if that’s not possible, know what you’ll do for money in the first few weeks of living there. Try to ...

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