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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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The 2020 Real Estate Market in Review (And 2021 Forecast)

The real estate community will remember 2020 for some of its record-setting statistics. We have good reason to believe the COVID situation will calm down, but for those looking to buy or sell, the question remains: will we have such a dynamic market next year?

When is the Right Time for Value-Add Home Improvements?

Read more to learn about the home improvements to make when you first buy a home versus when you’re looking sell.

Should I Sell My Home During the Holidays?

Spring and summer markets are the high seasons, but with these tips you can sell your home over the holidays just as easily.

It Takes a Village: Preparing for a Smooth Real Estate Transaction

Real estate transactions are very complex, involving many steps, multiple service providers, and countless deadlines and milestones.

A History of American Homes: The Subdivision

American homes are in part a living history of the bygone era in which they were built and designed according to distinct styles.

Treating Your Home Like a House: How to Take the Emotion Out of Selling

Our homes tend to be among the most treasured of our possessions. But one day, we come to find it’s time to sell our house. How do you let go?

How to Build a Real Estate Investment Portfolio That Works for You

There are many great reasons to acquire and hold real estate as an investment — but under the surface, it’s a bit more complicated.

Types of Distressed Property: An Overview

It pays off to know about the different kinds of distressed home sales and what each means for you as a buyer.

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

How long does it take to get the keys to your new home? We break down the steps in the process and what to expect.

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

Buying your first home is incredibly exciting, but obtaining mortgage financing can be stressful. Take the right steps to prepare ahead.