Reasons to work with a Real Estate Professional

If you’re a fan of “reality TV” shows like Love it or List it, Flip or Flop and Flipping Out, we understand. There’s a sense of drama, entertainment and sometimes a financial windfall. It can be very tempting to jump into the real estate market with a false sense of confidence after watching these shows.…

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Renting vs Buying

Home Ownership, has long been considered a “must”, as part of the American dream. That however, assumes we all dream the same dream. You may think that because The Sharon Quataert Team sells so many homes that we want to sell a home to everyone. We just want to help you achieve whatever is best…

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Buy or Build, Lessons from Rochester’s Realtors

So you’ve searched the web on your own and visited numerous properties online. At this point you may have more questions than answers. What you wanted at the start was a home to purchase. But it’s clear that available homes are in shorter supply than potential buyers. Since 2016, home sales in general have remained…

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March 2018: Buyer FAQs

With more than 30 years of real estate experience, we’ve worked with so many people to help locate a new home or property. For first time buyers as well as those who haven’t been “in the market” for a while, there are so many questions. Below are some of those we hear most often. Q.…

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About the Home Inspection

Structure The home’s structure, including the foundation and the framing, should be able to stand up to weather, gravity, and the land that surrounds it. Exterior The licensed home inspector should look at sidewalks, driveways, steps, windows, doors, siding, trim, and surface drainage. They should also examine any attached porches, decks, and balconies. Roofing At…

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How To: Prepare to Buy a Home

Talk to mortgage brokers. Many first-time home buyers don’t take the time to get prequalified or preapproved which is even better. Sharon Quataert Realty has a list of trusted loan officers that we can rely on and we’d be happy to make a connection for you.  It’s important to ask plenty of questions and make…

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Before Putting Your Home up for Sale

Here are a few items to take care of before listing your home. Completing these items can make the sale process quicker and easier in the long run. Consider a pre-sale home inspection. An inspector will be able to give you a good indication of the trouble areas that will stand out to potential buyers,…

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Get Ready for a Home Showing

Remove clutter. Clear off counters and pack unnecessary decorative items. Put extra furniture in storage, and remove out-of-season items. Don’t forget to clean out the garage, too. Let it shine. Cleaning windows and screens will help bring more light into your home. Replace burnt bulbs, and consider higher wattage in low-light areas. Clean the walls…

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7 Reasons to Work With a REALTOR®

REALTORS® aren’t just agents. They’re professional members of the National Association of REALTORS® and subscribe to its strict code of ethics. This is the REALTOR® difference for home buyers: 1. An expert guide. Selling a home usually requires dozens of forms, reports, disclosures, and other technical documents.  A knowledgeable expert will help you prepare the…

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About the Appraisal Process

Once you are under contract, the buyer’s lender will send out an appraiser to make sure the purchase price is in line with the property’s value. Appraisals help guide mortgage terms. The appraised value of a home is an important factor in the loan underwriting process. This report helps lenders figure out how much money…

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