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After you and your real estate broker have compiled a list of several properties that meet your basic needs, you will want to gather more information about the landlords and buildings you are considering for your office or retail shop location. You will, of course, want to physically tour the premises after having obtained background information and history of the landlord.

Speaking in person to other tenants on the property is an important part of the screening process to determine satisfaction with the landlord’s performance regarding the following issues:

Is the landlord responsive to tenant concerns?
Are repairs to the premises done in a timely manner?
Is the building or shopping center well maintained?
Is the landlord accessible when needed?
Do

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You're about to move to Seattle because you've just heard about all the niceties that go along with living there. Whether it's going to be just across the state or if you're from across the country, all that excitement might be clouding your thinking processes. Moving day is drawing near, and you might still have no idea where to start.

What's the weather like?

Is it expensive to live in Seattle?

What are great places to eat and where should I visit first?

Can I get by with just my bike or do I have to own a car to go from place-to-place?

These are the questions (and more) that might be going through your mind right about now. But before panic seeps down into your very core, you need to close your eyes, breathe deeply, and calm down first.

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A house is probably one of the biggest investment the average Texan will ever make. To make such an investment a reality, the state of Texas offers its citizens a simple way to save money on their property taxes through a homestead exemption. Eligible Texas homeowners can reduce the taxes owed on their property by a certain percentage, by filing a homestead exemption. If you wish to know how to go about it, the guide below will help you learn more about Texas Homestead Exemptions.

What is a Homestead Exemption?

A homestead exemption removes a part of the value of your house from taxation and lowers the amount of your property taxes. To qualify you must fulfill the following:

· Be the owner

· Must be your primary residence in January when

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This a little heavier topic than most real-estate-centered blog posts, but in light of recent events it’s a conversation that needs to be had. If you’ve been paying attention to current events lately, you have probably heard of Beverly Carter’s tragic fate at the hand of Aaron Lewis. We all mourn the loss of a valued member of the real estate profession, while coming to the startling realization that this could have been any one of a number of agents. This wasn’t the first time an agent was fatally attacked – in 2011 agent Ashley Okland suffered a similar fate.

This brings to light so many questions and concerns for safety for real estate agents, particularly females, but it also raises questions for how possible changes in real estate operations

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…Man’s best friend that is. When searching for a home it’s easy to get wrapped up in beautiful hardwood floors, floor to ceiling window panes, glass French doors leading to a backyard full of exquisite landscaping, and sweeping staircases in the foyer. But if you’re a pet owner, there are several considerations you should make before signing closing papers.

1. Floors

Does your puppy have trouble house-training? Do you have an indoor-outdoor dog who likes to scamper through your house with muddy paws, or a cat with claws who loves kneading soft surfaces?  Carpet may not be for you. Do you frequently forget to take your puppy to the groomer, and therefore let their nails get a little long? Hardwood or laminate flooring might not be your

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Buying the right home for you takes more than knowing your price range and what area you’d like to live in. It also takes the right agent to help you find a place to make you happy.

Your best bet is to work with a VIP Realty agent. VIP agents have vast expertise in markets, market conditions, trends, and more. Our agents know that more homes are available than are actively advertised. When you work with a VIP agent and tell us what you’re looking for, and where you want to call home, we can help you find homes that are available, but not listed on public sites. This gives you the advantage of access to a deeply knowledgeable resource and improves your odds of getting the home you want most, without worrying about too much competition.

Our agents are

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So you're ready to buy a house. How exciting! Naturally, the first thing you do is throw yourself into a full-scale house hunt. You spend hours browsing listing after listing on all the popular sites, falling in love with one house after another, and rejecting a few along the way. You may even stop by a few open-house events if they're close enough, just to see what a favorite of yours looks like in person.

When you finally find a house you think will work for you, you contact the real estate agent listed on the ad and set up a time to meet to view the house. When you fall in love with it - with pre-approved financing, of course - you decide you're ready to make an offer. But who is going to be your agent?

Contrary to the belief of some, the

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When it comes to financing your new home, one of the most important (and often sleep-ruining) decisions you will have to make is whether you should go with a 15-year or a 30-year mortgage. What makes the decision so agonizing is knowing that both forms of mortgage come with significant pros and significant cons. And while only you can make the ultimate decision that makes you comfortable, it pays to know these pros and cons well before you decide. And, hopefully, get some good sleep.

Advantages of a 15-year Mortgage

The most obvious advantage to a 15-year mortgage is that you will pay it off in half the time. And there’s nothing like outright owning the place you live. Another distinct advantage, if you qualify for a 15-year plan, is that interest

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Admit it, picking a real estate agent makes you nervous. Why wouldn't it? Your home is going to be one of your largest investments throughout your lifetime, and you want to find a quality Realtor who will make the most of your money for you. With all of the hype, marketing, friend referrals, client reviews, Internet searches, etc., it can be a daunting task to sift through the massive amounts of available information to find the agent that fits your needs. Where do you even begin? Here are 5 tips for picking the perfect Realtor:

1. Verify the license.

Each state licenses and disciplines real estate agents via a specific board. In Texas, that board is the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC). You can easily determine if a prospective agent or

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Just because the dog likes sticking his head out the car window on the highway, don’t assume that moving is going to be as easy or fun for him. The truth is, pets can sense moving stress and can become confused quickly by a move. In fact, as many as a third of all moved pets get lost at least once because they become confused or disoriented. More than that, the physical transportation of pets can be hard on them, or even dangerous if you’re not prepared. Take a few tips from the American Humane Society to protect your pets during a move.

Get New Tags Before You Move

Remember what we just said about a third of pets getting lost? Well, many of those end up at animal shelters, unidentified and anonymous, and never find their families again. Dogs,

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