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Unlocking the Mystery of Real Estate Commissions

Are Commissions Negotiable? In some areas of the country there is a certain percentage that real estate agents expect to earn as a commission. This commission amount is a certain percent of the sales price. Or, some companies will charge a set fee for their services. However, just like anything else in real estate, this amount is negotiable. When completing the listing agreement, you and your agent will agree on the amount of the real estate commission. Cut-Rate Listing Commissions With the advent of the web, a lot of agents are offering “cut-rate” commissions. Most of the time, lower commissions are tied to a … [Read More...]

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Tips on Getting Your Home Ready to Sell

When conversing with real estate agents, you will often find that when they talk to you about buying real estate, they will refer to your purchase as a “home.” Yet if you are selling property, they will often refer to it as a “house.” There is a reason for this. Buying real estate is often an emotional decision, but when selling real estate you need to remove emotion from the equation. You need to think of your house as a marketable commodity. Property. Real estate. Your goal is to get others to see it as their potential home, not yours. If you do not consciously make this decision, you can inadvertently create a … [Read More...]


The Effect Changing Jobs Has on Buying a Home

For most people, changing employers will not really affect your ability to qualify for a mortgage loan, especially if you are going to be earning more money. For some homebuyers, however, the effects of changing jobs can be disastrous to your loan application. How Changing Jobs Effects Buying a Home Salaried Employees If you are a salaried employee who does not earn additional income from commissions, bonuses, or over-time, switching employers should not create a problem. Just make sure to remain in the same line of work. Hopefully, you will be earning a higher salary, which will help you better qualify for a … [Read More...]

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I can’t say enough good things about Mark! He was always available to answer any question I might have while in the process of purchasing my first home. He was fast and efficient with finding places for me to check out. He was friendly and always made sure I was comfortable and happy during the whole process. I would certainly recommend him to anyone! Awesome guy.
~ K. Berry 05/13/2014
Mark has incredible attention to detail, excellent follow-through, and is extremely kind and personable. I would highly recommend him to anyone, and it was a real pleasure working with him. We really appreciated his reassurance and expert advice throughout the entire process. He was the outstanding professional we were looking for and having him work with us made a nerve-wracking negotiation a wonderful success! In the process, we made a life-long business associate as well as a friend.
~ R. Smith 12/17/2013
Mark is a true professional who is both knowledgeable and responsive. He provided good resources for me in looking for the right home and put together a very organized and targeted home tour for homes that met my criteria. In other words, he didn’t waste my time. He followed the whole process through and guided me through the necessary steps of completing my purchase. He was key to making sure the process went as smoothly as possible. Mark is a realtor with integrity and ability. -
~ T. Washington 11/01/2013