NEWS & SUCH
Congratulations to the first-ever class of
"Certified First Time Homebuyer Specialists"
in New York State!
Congratulations to the first-ever class of "Certified First Time Homebuyer Specialists" in New York State! These agents are now fully equipped to assist buyers lookings for their first home and educate them along the way regarding the process.
How much house can I afford?
What are my mortgage options?
Where do I begin?
How much money will I need up-front?
Is there any financial assistance available for first-time homebuyers? If you have questions, our certified First Time Homebuyer Specialists have the answers! Call one today!
For many years there has been a problem with folks scamming potential renters nationwide. What they do is steal the information from an actual residential listing and recreate an ad to make it appear as though the property is for rent. An attractive, too-good-to-be-true rent entices the potential renter to call or email the name in the ad.
The "landlord" is usually in an inconvenient location, out of state or even out of the country. You want the keys? Then send him or her the security deposit and the keys will be mailed to you.
You cannot believe how many folks have fallen prey to this. The old adage applies here: "If it is too good to be true, is probably is". And never, repeat never, send money to someone you have never met for a property you have never seen.
A legitimate landlord or real estate agent will send you a rental application, meet you at the property for you to see & not expect you to rent sight unseen. When you do meet, you need to discuss whether there is a lease to consider and what you, the tenant, are responsible to pay for, such as utilities & trash removal.
Be safe! Call one of our agents to assist you or to help you veify whether a rental ad is legitimate or not.
Consumerist has a great article "5 Warning Signs That a Craigslist Rental Listing is Probably a Scam".
Not bad for a company in business only 5 years and with only 18 agents. EXIT Realty Front and Center was recognized for their efforts at the Upstate New York EXIT Realty Convention, held Friday, May 3rd at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Syracuse. Positioned against other heavy-hitting EXIT agencies from the area, EXIT Realty Front and Center showed that they are "the little office that could" and has high hopes of moving ahead in their rankings in 2013.
Congratulations to a job well done!
Pictured: Jennifer Arbach, Administrator and Barbara Gallo, Broker/Owner
Newer ranch with 24x40 detached heated garage/workshop w/elect & storage space situated on 66 acres. Fantastic views! Hike, hunt, go 4-wheeling or snowmobile. Ranch features open floor plan, 1st fl laundry, master suite with tub/shower & stand up shower & linen closet in mstr bath, walk in closet. Walkout basement could be finished. 4 heat zones. Wood stove in basemt & garage. No gas lease.
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
EXIT Realty Front and Center
1163 Upper Front Street
Binghamton, NY 13905
Each office independently owned and operated
124 Walters Rd.
Whitney Point, NY 13862
2 Full Bathrooms
Post created on April 16, 2013 at 2:18 pm with PureAgent eFlyers from Onjax
A recent study by Redfin confirms what REALTORS® have been trying to tell the consumer all along. Third party websites' information is not as accurate, complete and up-to-date as that obtained though local brokerage's websites.
Local websites receive their information directly from their local MLS through an "IDX" feed or "information data exchange". This information is in real time and is the most accurate information available on any local listing. Third party sites, such as Zillow & Trulia, typically receive their information through listings syndication which, as a middle man, reduces the accuracy & completeness of the information being relayed.
Zillow also relies on a 'automated valuation model"
or AVM, which attempts to put a value on any given
property. The AVM bases its conclusion, or in the case
of Zillow, its 'zestimate', on recent closed listings
in the property's neighborhood. Unlike your local real
estate agent, Zillow has not been inside your home
and therefore cannot compare "apples to apples".
Two homes with the same floor plan and square
footage will have different values if one has a new roof,
updated kitchen with cherry cabinets and granite
countertops. Compare that to a home that hasn't
had any improvements in 30 years and well, you
get the idea.
Price changes, new listings, updated photos are some of the items that you will find in a more timely manner on your local brokerage site. If you are shopping local, then as a consumer determined to find the most accurate information, you need to search locally.