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DID YOU HEAR THE GOOD NEWS?

Rise and Shine!

Believe it or not, there are more buyers looking for homes than homes to sell!  A market once clogged and over-run with foreclosures and short sales has changed, and for the better!  Due to demand, home prices are on the rise.  Home prices are approaching DOUBLE-DIGIT appreciation and sales are dramatically increasing by the day.  The market is rising and shining!

Is it Time?

Over the past three decades, the average homeowner has stayed in their house 4.9 years.  Due to the recent economic uncertainty, families today have stayed in their home for more than 9 years, postponing the move they wanted or needed to make.

Well, the financial storms are behind us and the sky is starting to clear.  So, is

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Have you ever seen a house online that is such a great deal and think that it has to be too good to be true?  Well if you have, there is a good chance that the home is either a foreclosure or a short sale.  Both types of sales are what we call distressed sales.  Here is a summary of the differences between the two.  The terms are often used interchangeably, but they’re actually quite different, with varying timelines and financial impact on the homeowner.
Short Sale (Homeowner still owns the home):  We like to call them long sales because when buying one there is nothing short about it.  In other words they take time.    Essentially the homeowner is selling the home "short" of what they owe the bank.  This is a homeowner that is financially…
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The Beginning

Jennifer and I got married in 2001 after dating through college.  We were always big dreamers.  We loved to talk about business ideas and the exotic locations we wanted to travel to.  Upon getting married, we had the crazy idea to move to California.  I was a Navy Brat, so I had packed my fair share of moving boxes in my lifetime, but Jennifer was ready to set sail and see where the winds would carry us.  I was happy to accommodate her.  So after we got back from our honeymoon, we packed up our rental truck and drove across the country and ended up in San Diego.  Both of us were newly out of college and both of us were in sales, so we knew that no matter where we ended up we would be able to find employment.  San Diego was an amazing

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Top 15 Tax Deductions for Landlords

Before claiming any of these deductions, be sure to have detailed and thorough records to back them up. The IRS scrutinizes these deductions (some more than others), and you need to be prepared should you get audited. If you fail to have proper receipts and cannot validate the business necessity of each expense, you will have to pay the amount due, with interest, if you get audited.

1. Loan Interest/Points

If there is a mortgage on the property, the loan interest will probably be your single largest deductible expense.

  • Mortgage Interest (primary & secondary)
  • HELOC Interest for loans used to repair or improve the property
  • Credit card interest on items used for the property
  • Mortgage Points to
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Your children have finally moved out and you and your spouse now live alone in a four-bedroom colonial (or a similar type of house). You have two choices to make:

  1. Remodel your house to fit your current lifestyle and needs
  2. Sell your house and purchase the perfect home

Based on the record of dollars spent on remodeling and renovations, it appears that many homeowners are deciding on number one. But, is that the best long-term solution?

If you currently live in a 3-4-bedroom home, you probably bought it at a time when your children were the major consideration in determining family housing needs. Along with a large home, you more than likely also considered school district, the size of the property and the makeup of other families

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When we have a real estate market like we are in now where inventory is low and there are buyers chomping at the bit to buy homes the natural tendency for some seller's is to try and sell it on their own.  Before Jennifer and I started selling homes for a living we would have thought the exact same thing.  Why not right?  You can save all that money on commissions.  Now that we are in the business and have seen our fair share of "bro deals" go bad we wanted to share the pit falls that most homeowners don't think about and why would they.  Sometimes you don't know what you don't know.  

What if we told you we can get you the same or more money than you would by selling it on your own even after paying for our services.  In most cases homes that are for

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"What if my home sells and I can't find a home to buy?????"

In a seller's market like we are in, this is most common question that we hear.  We understand that the thought of being homeless is pretty scary.  We get that.  It is especially hard when a client wants to buy a home in a highly sought after neighborhood.  Well that is of course unless you hire the Ziemers.  If you have ever had the opportunity to see our marketing presentation, one of the promises we make to our clients is that we will work both HARD and SMART to ensure that our clients needs are met.  So what does that look like if a client can't find a home?  We have number of techniques that we utilize that produce results for our clients.  

Social Media:  We have a proven strategy

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How to Choose an Inspector

We have a short list of inspectors that we have worked with in the past that we can recommend to you. Realtor.com suggests that you consider the following 5 areas when choosing the right home inspector for you:
  1. Qualifications – find out what’s included in your inspection & if the age or location of your home may warrant specific certifications or specialties.
  2. Sample Reports – ask for a sample inspection report so you can review how thoroughly they will be inspecting your dream home. The more detailed the report, the better in most cases.
  3. References – do your homework – ask for phone numbers and names of past clients that you can call to ask about their experience.
  4. Memberships – Not all inspectors belong to a
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What is the best school in Virginia Beach?  That is a difficult question to answer.  It is not as black and white as one would think.  With the abundance of online ratings metrics it should be as simple as looking at the school in the number one position.... but it isn't that easy.  Schools are like children, every parent thinks their kid (school) is the best.  If you ask me which elementary school in Virginia Beach is the best, I will tell you Alanton.  Why, well because I have had 3 children go to school there and we have had an outstanding experience.  To an outsider though the online rating says that Alanton is only a 6 and the school down the street is a 10.  Well that's a no brainer, right.....  So I did a little digging to find out why there is

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