With the introduction of the Internet, fraudsters were given tools that extended their reach not only worldwide but also expanded their possible pool of people to defraud into the thousands or millions. To make matters worse, they could now do it much more easily, much more quickly and with a high level of anonymity. Our lives got a lot more troubling.
So far this year, there have been 1,473 NEW LISTINGS. Last year, at this time, there were 1,440 New Listings. We are running about the same as the previous year, but a little up. Last year, in the month of August, there were 123 Homes Under Contract. This August, there were 153 HOMES UNDER CONTRACT. A nice increase since the same time in 2017.
Seriously. Why is this not the mandatory opening discussion of all Real Estate classes? Respectfully followed by “Lesson 2: You Will Lose Count At The Number Of Times You Regret Your Decision To Go Into Real Estate.” Perhaps these two topics were covered in the fine print that no one ever reads. Maybe it was at the beginning of the Real Estate exam? “Please verify your name, address, social security number, and that you understand big fat crying sessions will be in your future.” Or was it at the very end? “Click here to complete your exam and to acknowledge that you’re aware you’ll ruin your mascara in your car at least once a month.” Honestly, I was so nervous that it could have been in blinking marquees and I wouldn’t have noticed. Between the 347 songs I’ve downloaded on my iPhone and countless updates I’ve done over the years, I still have no idea what the Apple Agreement even remotely says. (What’s that? A Realtor that doesn’t read the fine print? Let’s be real, downloading a song is small beans compared to the investment of buying property. I assure you, I read the fine print on all my contracts, forms, and disclosures.)
Have you been thinking about buying a new home? If so, there are many considerations to make before buying real estate, but I’d like to talk about the financial side of it. Finding out how much of a mortgage you can qualify for and how much you can realistically afford should be a couple of the first things to consider. Let’s dive into those questions.
If you’re looking to get outside and explore nature this summer the Runge Nature Center is a great place in Jefferson City. The Missouri Department of Conservation manages the Runge Nature Center. It is a 100-acre area off Commerce Drive. It features walking trails, a visitor center with exhibits and live-animal displays. They also hold demonstrations and special events as well.
Student loan debt has become a major challenge when it comes to purchasing a home. Approximately 45 million people carry student loan debt of an average of $30,000. Some owe substantially more than that.
This fact can threaten three of the most important factors that are taken into account when it comes to getting a loan.
There IS a difference in REALTORS
Picking a talented Realtor is crucial to having a successful transaction; as well as, not giving YOU a migraine.
Realtors come in all kinds of flavors, so TAKE TIME to choose just the RIGHT ONE.
I cringe when I see this post on Facebook: “What Realtor should I use?” Really, would you post, “What Doctor should I use?” without sitting down and explaining your full medical history to whomever you are entrusting to make that decision. It just doesn’t make a lot of common sense.
Below is my outline, based on years of experience, as to what YOU SHOULD CONSIDER when choosing the JUST RIGHT Realtor.
Citizens of Holts Summit, MO, are blessed with a very professional and experienced police department.
One night I was driving home, and an officer pulled me over. I thought, “What have I done now?” He approached my car and advised my headlight was out. That was it. No ticket, just a very courteous stop to help me out. My husband replaced it the next day.