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Home Financing and Finding

By Sharon Quataert | March 22, 2019

When you start thinking about buying a house, one of your first considerations will likely be affordability – can you afford a house payment on top of whatever debt you already have? We’re here to help with a few answers and a few ideas.

Your credit and you

Taking Care of Your Credit Score

By Sharon Quataert | March 8, 2019

There are two essential components that make up a successful house purchase: finding the perfect home that fits your needs and being able to secure the funds necessary to buy it. For the first, you can depend on your Realtor® to help you find the right home in the right neighborhood for the right price.…

Renting vs Buying

By Sharon Quataert | May 30, 2018

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…

March 2018: Buyer FAQs

By Sharon Quataert | March 17, 2018

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.…

About Your Home Inspection

By Sharon Quataert | November 6, 2017

Whether you are buying or selling your home, an important step during the process will be your home inspection. As a seller, if you have a home inspection, it will reveal what you may need to address before listing your home. As a buyer, it will reveal what you should be aware of before you…

Before Putting Your Home up for Sale

By Sharon Quataert | November 4, 2017

Here are a few items to take care of before listing your home to make the sale process quicker and easier in the long run. Consider a pre-sale home inspection. A home inspector will conduct a thorough inspection of your home and will give you a list of the trouble areas that will stand out…

Get Ready for a Home Showing

By Sharon Quataert | November 4, 2017

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…

7 Reasons to Work With a REALTOR®

By Sharon Quataert | November 4, 2017

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: 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 best…

About the Appraisal Process

By Sharon Quataert | November 4, 2017

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…

Transaction Documents

By Sharon Quataert | November 4, 2017

Are you a seller confused by all the different transaction documents you need when you sell your property? Check out our handy list of documents required: Property disclosure form Honesty is always the best policy. This form requires you to reveal all known defects to your property and it is a required form in Rochester,…