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Welcome!  At Choice Realty we understand that buying or selling real estate is among the most important financial transactions of your life. We are dedicated to providing personal and thorough service with a sharp focus on our clients needs. Our licensed staff looks forward to assisting you in any of the following areas: Residential, Condominiums, New Construction, Land, Farms, Commercial, Investment,  Auctions or Leasing. At Choice Realty we don’t want to be the biggest, just the best. We look forward to helping you with all your real estate needs.

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Get to Know Your Home’s History

Have you ever wondered about the history of the house you live in? If you aren’t the first owner then your house has a story to tell. Tracing your home’s history can be a fascinating project. There are basically two types of research you can do on your home: architectural research and historical research. Architectural research begins with looking at the type of construction of your home and will help establish the time period your home was built. Talking to your neighbors may help you learn more about the former owners or even the builder of the home. Most neighborhoods consist of similar homes built in a similar time period and if you are lucky enough to have a long time home owner as a neighbor, they may have a wealth of information about the history of your home. If you live in an older neighborhood with charming brick or stone 2 story homes, they could easily be over a hundred years old. If you live in a neighborhood of smaller wood frame ranch style homes, those were popular post war time with young families. The style of your home may help you determine the era it was constructed. Historical research usually begins with a search of public records and can help you discover previous owners and other events that may have happened on the property. The first place you might want to search is the county Recorder’s office to obtain the deed records for your home. This will help you establish a chain of ownership. You may also be able to locate and old abstract of title which... read more

What Is a VA Loan?

Today is Veteran’s day so I thought I would dedicate today’s column to all the Veterans out there and to explain one of the benefits of being a Veteran- the VA Guaranteed Loan Program. The program was started in 1944 as part of the Serviceman’s Readjustment Act or the G.I. Bill, as it became known, by President Franklin Roosevelt. The purpose was to help veterans returning from war re-establish credit, purchase housing and to stimulate the economy. Since its inception, the VA Guaranteed Loan Program has helped over 20 million veterans and their families purchase homes. There have been several changes to the program since it began but the goal has remained the same: to assist Veterans and their families in obtaining loans to purchase or re-finance their homes. VA loans can be used to purchase existing or new construction homes or to re-finance an existing mortgage. This loan program offers several important benefits over other traditional mortgages. Most notably is the opportunity to purchase a home with no down payment and no mortgage insurance. Typically a down payment of at least 3.5 % is required for most loan types. Some form of mortgage insurance is always required unless you have at least 20% to put down on a home. The VA also requires the property to meet certain requirements for it to qualify for this type of financing. The VA appraiser will make sure that the property is safe, sanitary and sound according to the VA loan requirements as well as making sure the property value is consistent with the loan amount. Who is eligible for the VA... read more

How Do You Know When to Accept an Offer?

When you put your house on the market you have high hopes of getting multiple full price offers the first day. Unfortunately for most sellers, that rarely happens. Average marketing time in Freeport for a single family home is about 7 months. So when you do get an offer how do you know if you should accept, counter or reject. You just got an offer so what do you do now? Your Realtor will help you go through the offer, show you the good and the bad elements and help you decide what the best way to proceed is. Sometimes the highest price offer isn’t necessarily the best option. It may not always be about price. Here are some other things you need to consider when looking at an offer on your home. How much earnest money is the buyer putting down? Earnest money is a sign of the buyer’s “good faith” and usually the more earnest money the buyer is offering to put down, the stronger the offer. What are the contingencies the buyer is requesting? Most offers contain some contingencies, or provisions that must be met in order for the purchase to go through. Typical contingencies are financing contingencies, appraisal contingencies, inspection contingencies and home sale contingencies. There are other contingencies the buyer may request as well but these are the most common. The more contingencies a buyer puts in an offer, the greater the likelihood of potential issues or the chances of a contingency not being satisfied. Some other things to consider are the kind of financing the buyer is looking to obtain and how much... read more

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