home buying tips

Should A Buyer Sign An Exclusive Buyer Broker Agreement

Should a buyer sign an exclusive buyer broker agreement? This question is as relevant today as when this article below was originally written, over a decade ago for another website, by Elizabeth. Enjoy. — JaCi Wallace

Shortly after I wrote the article linked below, a reader wrote to me to complain. He said he was looking for a definitive answer in my article, and he couldn’t find it. He wanted to know, gosh darn it, should he or should he not sign a buyer’s broker agreement! So he was quite ticked off about it, too. read more

Three Top Home Buying Mistakes

Home Buying Mistakes

This article was written by Elizabeth over a decade ago for another publication. It showcases home-buying mistakes and is still relevant information today. Enjoy.

–JaCi Wallace

“OK, there are a lot of mistakes buyers can make when buying a home. But rather than delve into all of them, I thought it was prudent to highlight the top three. That’s because these three are mistakes that many buyers make over and over.

“Buyers don’t set out to make mistakes. Most often it’s an innocent error or because they simply didn’t know any better. But buyers sometimes sabotage their own escrows. read more

Garage Trends and Garage Remodels

Garage Remodel

Garage trends and garage remodels was written previously for another website, by Elizabeth. Having a garage is a big selling point in my experience and they are practical too, especially in cold climates.

Enjoy. — JaCi Wallace

“When I persuaded my husband to buy a Victorian with me in the mid-1990s, it came with a carriage shed. You know, the kind where you put in a buggy that a horse would pull. But we needed a two-car garage. After all, we were living in Minneapolis, where temperatures dip below zero in the winter (and let’s not even talk about windchill). I wanted my vehicle protected from the elements, OK, I said it. read more

Home Buying With Pets

Home Buying with pets

Home buying with pets is a blog previously written by Elizabeth for another website over a decade ago. I love when words have the same meaning today as they did long ago. This article is close to my heart as pets are a huge part of my lifestyle, ENJOY.

— JaCi Wallace

Whenever I set out in the past to buy a home, one of the qualifying criteria for the home, was to find a place where I could hide my cat’s litter box. Putting the box in a closet with coats and other odor absorbing garments did not appeal to me. And I’m not a person who enjoys stepping on traces of cat litter scattered about the bathroom with my bare feet. Nope, cat boxes require their own special place in the home.  read more

Should You Offer Airbnb lodging?

Airbnb lodging

Should you offer Airbnb lodging? Homeowners across the country have begun offering Airbnb lodging to travelers.  They’re bringing in a few extra dollars each week by renting out a guest house or even a room or two inside their homes. If you’ve considered getting a little help with monthly expenses by offering Airbnb accommodations, the first thing you should do is your homework.

Before offering Airbnb lodging, check the regulations: Check with the City or County to see if you’re going to be breaking any zoning regulations. Some Cities or Counties – and even some subdivisions – don’t allow rentals. Some don’t allow two unrelated parties to dwell on the same property. read more

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