Hidden Costs of Buying or Selling
Written By Barry Lebow, President and Founder, Senior Housing Council, The Real Estate Academy Inc.
Do your research first.
It’s all gone like clock-work. You’ve been pre-approved for a mortgage, found the right home and know exactly what the future looks like. Or do you? Hidden costs could drive up the cost of a real estate transaction for both the buyer and the seller. The solution is to know what you’re getting into before you sign on the dotted line.
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The Right Professional for the Right Job
By Barry Lebow
When it’s time to sell your house, you wouldn’t hand the job to a doctor or an accountant or an engineer. Chances are you’d pick a Realtor: someone, perhaps, who comes highly recommended by your friends or relatives; someone who knows his subject and your neighbourhood; someone with strong negotiating skills; someone trustworthy. In other words, a real estate professional.
“Real estate agent” and “professional” in the same sentence. Who are we kidding? But the truth of the matter ...Continue Reading ?
Making Money From Your Home
By Barry Lebow
Make $$$ from your home – It’s not just about selling lemonade
If you’re reading this column, chances are it’s been awhile since you sold lemonade from a stand in front of your house. But entrepreneurial spirit never dies. So here are some grown-up ideas for making money from your home.
Empty nesters, for example, could rent a room or basement suite to students. Even better, by carefully screening potential applicants you could find a student who’s sufficiently ...Continue Reading ?