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Real Time Real Estate

A limited blog series by Paul Augustine, Associate Broker at RE/MAX Centre Realtors, written to help you navigate the good and bad in the era of COVID-19.

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Home Inspections: Myth vs. Fact

Home Inspections: Myth vs. Fact All real estate transactions are a bit different, but you can almost certainly count on going through a home inspection between acceptance of contract and settlement day. Through my years as an agent, I’ve found this step in the process to be one of the most misunderstood. That’s why I’ve …

The Art of the Offer Cover Letter: Win the Bid by Sharing Your Story

The Art of the Offer Cover Letter: Win the Bid by Sharing Your Story The cover letter is a strategy we’ve been using at the Paul Augustine Team for many years, but it hasn’t always been part of our process. In fact, the first time I submitted a cover letter to accompany an offer on …

Selling Your Home in 2020: Same Demand, New Approach

Selling Your Home in 2020: Same Demand, New Approach As we discussed last week, buying a home in 2020 is going to be a very different process than in any previous year. The same is true for selling. The good news is, 2020 is still going to be a great year to sell your home. …

Buying a Home in 2020? Here Are Three Things You Need to Do.

Buying a Home in 2020? Here Are Three Things You Need to Do. One of the things I love about the real estate business is that no single year is quite like another. But 2020... Real Estate Gods, can you take this year back and give me something that looks at least a little bit …

The Power of 1.3: Why the U.S. Real Estate Market Shows No Sign of Slowing Down

The Power of 1.3: Why the U.S. Real Estate Market Shows No Sign of Slowing Down At the foundation of every market is the age-old battle of Supply vs. Demand. Let’s jump back to Economics 101, and look at how basic supply-demand relationships affect real estate: Low supply, low demand: A balanced market, at best. …

2020 Real Estate Market Predictions: Buying and Selling in, and after, a COVID-19 Age

2020 Real Estate Market Predictions: Buying and Selling in, and after, a COVID-19 Age If you’d have asked me three weeks ago what the impact of the COVID-19 shut down/shelter-in-place orders in Pennsylvania would have on our real estate market, I would have most likely described the impact as a “pause button” of sorts. I …

Opportunity is knocking. Are you going to answer the door?

Opportunity is knocking. Are you going to answer the door? Real estate agents, I’ve got some bad news: If you’re here to make a quick buck and thought this industry was going to be easy, the COVID-19 crisis might be your cue to exit stage left. For close to eight years, we’ve been in the …

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Real Estate Planning & Transaction Timeline: a Guide for First-Time Homebuyers

This is custom heading element “I just want my keys! How long’s it going to take to buy my home?”   Be warned: Once you start the home buying process, settlement day can’t come soon enough. The eager anticipation of getting your keys on the big day, and then making your new home your own, …

Preparing for Your Home Purchase: How to Get Your Financial House in Order

This is custom heading element Buying your first home is incredibly exciting, but it can also be a source of stress if you haven’t taken the right steps to prepare before starting your search. Typically, one of the biggest steps is obtaining mortgage financing for at least a part of the purchase price. Understanding the …

First Home Buying 101: Features, Factors and Future Use Considerations

This is custom heading element Buying your first home is one of life’s most exciting milestones. It’s been almost 18 years since Beth and I purchased our first home, and I still remember going to the final walkthrough and saying to myself, “Wow, this is going to be ours in about an hour!” The property …

How to Combat Buyer Burnout in a Competitive Market

If you’re trying to buy a home in 2020, let persistence be your mantra and perseverance be your rallying cry.

The Ins and Outs of Selling “As-Is”

Even when things go well selling your home is not an easy undertaking. The thought of being able to sell your home “as-is” is tempting.

Are Home Offices a Must for Tomorrow’s Buyers? (Plus: Practical Tips for Creating Office Space in Your Current Home)

Are Home Offices a Must for Tomorrow’s Buyers? (Plus: Practical Tips for Creating Office Space in Your Current Home) If there’s anything 2020 has taught employees and business owners alike, it’s the fact that we can do a lot more with technology than we ever tried to. Zoom meetings have replaced conference room gatherings and …

Finding More Home Buying Options in a Seller’s Market

Finding More Home Buying Options in a Seller’s Market A strong seller’s market is ideal when you own a home that you’re looking to sell. Supply is short; homebuyers are abundant. Within the margins of logic and reason, you can name your terms. Buying a home in a strong seller’s market... well, that’s another story. …

Market Challenges: Always Different, but Always There

Market Challenges: Always Different, but Always There In the 15 years I have been practicing real estate, I’ve experienced a number of market shifts. Within those market shifts have been countless seasons, each presenting a unique set of challenges to consumers in the marketplace, buyers and sellers alike. In the market between 2008 and 2009, …

I’m thinking of keeping it and renting it out.

“I’m thinking of keeping it and renting it out.” Two years before we were married, my wife and I purchased our first home at age 23. It was a two-bedroom, one-bathroom condo with about 1,000 square feet, and it turned out that our total monthly cost of owning was less than it would have cost …

Where to Draw the Line as a Buyer in a Seller’s Market

Where to Draw the Line as a Buyer in a Seller's Market A competitive real estate market can cause exaggerated sale prices and a very competitive bidding environment for a great looking house in the right location.  If you’re in the market to buy a home right now, I can see you rolling your eyes …