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Gorgeous Waterfront Estate
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Secrets to Sell Fast in 2017
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How To Prep Your Bank Account To Buy A Home In 2017
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6 Tips to Survive Your Holiday Office Party
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How to Deck the Halls When Selling Your Home During Holidays
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Top Five Ways to Get Your Property Noticed
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5 Skillful Staging Projects That Buyers Love
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16 Budget-Friendly Curb Appeal Ideas Anyone Can Do (Part Two)
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16 Budget-Friendly Curb Appeal Ideas Anyone Can Do (Part One)
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Why Buying A House Is Like Planning A Wedding

Gorgeous Waterfront Estate

7 N. Somerset Avenue, Ventnor, NJ

Waterfront Compound

 

This gorgeous Bayfront compound includes 2 homes on 1 block!

Situated on the Intercoastal Waterway in the prestigious St. Leonard’s Tract section of Ventnor, this sprawling waterfront estate includes an immaculate Nantucket-style home and a separate three bedroom two bathroom guest house.

Built in 2005, the main house was constructed using the finest materials and custom finishes.

The lower level is perfect for entertaining, with Vermont slate watermark floors, a custom gas fire pit, and large wet bar. Multiple sliding glass doors open to create a seamless transition to the enormous waterfront deck and in-ground pool overlooking the bay.

Take the elevator upstairs, where the main level boasts solid Santos mahogany wood floors, complete with radiant heat. The open floor plan centers around a gorgeous custom suspended staircase on blind steel hangers, providing lots of natural light throughout the home. The spacious living room features coffered ceilings and a custom hand carved Italian marble fireplace. The eat-in kitchen has granite countertops, solid cherry wood cabinets and top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances, including Wolf Range and Subzero 48” wide refrigerator. There is also a dining area with bar and window seat, a solarium with water views, and a deck overlooking the bay.

On the third floor, the sunny master bedroom includes a wood burning gas lit fireplace, a sitting area, a large walk-in closet, two private decks and a private bathroom with steam bath. There are two additional bedrooms on this floor. Each bedroom includes its own private deck, large closet and en suite bathroom with Whirlpool tub and custom cherry wood cabinets. The third floor also provides access to a central tower with skylights and breathtaking views of the island and mainland.

An attached two-car garage features radiant heat floors, custom Spanish cedar doors, a summer kitchen and refrigerator, extra washer and dryer, and a 50 AMP (Tesla or other) electric car charger.

Outside, enjoy multiple waterfront decks, lounge by the gorgeous 16’ x 32’ heated in-ground pool or walk to the beach! Other exterior highlights include four floating docks, four boat slips and extra heavy duty bulkhead, complete with 60’ long drag beam of solid concrete and drain system.

And that’s just the main house! Also included is a three bedroom, two bathroom guest house with hardwood floors throughout. The first floor boasts a large living room, a dining room, a newly renovated eat-in kitchen and a newly updated bathroom. Upstairs, there is a master suite with private bathroom and two additional bedrooms with a hall bath. Exterior highlights include a front porch, a rear deck, and off street parking.

Ideal for guests, this classic shore home is located directly behind the main house, and it shares access to the pool and yard. This second house could be used as a rental unit or could be sold separately, but the multi-home compound is also perfect for multi-generational families looking to make a lifetime of memories at the shore!

Secrets to Sell Fast in 2017

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Mark Arbeit And Co can help you sell fast by helping you list at the right price, by taking professional photos and aerial videos, and by promoting your home on social media plus sites like realtor.com, Zillow and Trulia!

 

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How To Prep Your Bank Account To Buy A Home In 2017

how to save money to buy a homeGetting your finances in order can help you buy a home in the new year.

This is it: 2017 is the year you will finally buy a home! But even once you’ve made the ultimate decision to make the leap into homeownership, your hard work is far from complete. Buying a home is a big commitment and costs a lot of money — and getting the mortgage you want at the best interest rate possible is enough to stress anyone out. Organizing your financial house, so to speak, can help reduce that stress and set you up for home-buying success.

Whether you’re eyeballing a home for sale in Jacksonville, FL, or a humble abode in Phoenix, AZ, you can take action to prep your bank account and savings to be ready to buy a home in 2017. So, if your goal is to nab the keys to a brand-new place, these six steps will help you get organized, stay on track, and fund your dreams.

1. Set a specific goal

It’s hard to make a plan of action if you don’t know where you want to go. Look at how much it will cost you to buy a home in 2017. What amount of money do you need to save for that down payment? Your best option is to save at least 20% of a home’s purchase price. This allows you to get better options when it comes to mortgages and interest rates, and it means you avoid the extra cost of PMI (private mortgage insurance).

Once you have the specific target number in mind, you can break it down by month. If you want to save a total of $20,000 before you buy, for example, you need to put away about $1,667 per month to meet your goal at year’s end.

2. Designate a savings account just for your down payment fund

You can stay organized by putting the money you save for this specific purpose into its own savings account. Online banks like Ally or CapitalOne360 offer great options, because they allow you to have multiple accounts that you can designate for specific goals. (CapitalOne360 allows up to 30 accounts without a fee!)

Online banks also tend to offer higher interest rates in the current low-rate environment than traditional, brick-and-mortar banks. But that’s not a hard-and-fast rule. Shop around and look for a bank (or credit union) that offers the best savings account option, with the best interest rate — and don’t settle for an account that charges you fees. There are too many no-fee options available.

3. Create an automatic transfer

You have your specific goal and now you know where you’ll put that money while you save. The next step: Set up an automatic transfer from your checking to that designated savings account. Setting up an automatic transfer is a great way of “paying yourself first.” You prioritize your savings by moving it into the designated account first. This means you won’t be tempted to spend that money like you might if it sat in your checking account for a while before you made the conscious decision, month after month, to transfer it to savings.

It also means you’ll make progress toward your savings goal even if you forget about it one month (or two). An automatic transfer means you won’t fall short of your goal at the end of the year simply because you forgot to move the money to the right savings account.

4. Revise your budget to cut costs

Depending on how much you want to save for a down payment, you may need to move a lot of money from checking to savings each month. This can severely limit your cash flow and leave you short in other areas of your budget. To prevent this, review your budget with your monthly savings goal in mind. Where can you cut costs so you can afford to save this much per month? Start by looking at your discretionary income. You don’t need to eliminate everything, but could you cut back on how much you spend to eat meals out, for example?

Don’t forget to evaluate your bills and living expenses too. While you may not be able to cut these costs entirely, you can take action to reduce them. Call providers and ask about discounts or lower-priced options. Every little bit of expense you can eliminate makes it that much easier to add to your savings so you can stay on target.

5. Allocate extra funds to your home-buying goal

In addition to freeing up money from current costs in your budget, you can allocate any extra money you make to your down payment fund. This can accelerate your progress toward your ultimate savings goal — and even help you exceed it. Put any kind of windfall toward your designated savings account. This could include overtime pay, quarterly or annual bonuses from work, or extra money you make on the side (but be sure to set aside funds to cover taxes on your added income). Allocate at least half of cash gifts to savings too.

6. Resist making massive transfers before you apply for a mortgage

You’ve worked hard to save up the money you need to buy a home in 2017. You know your home-buying budget, you’ve identified a lender, and you’re ready to apply for a mortgage. Now is not the time to do anything drastic with any of your bank accounts. Remember, when you apply for a home loan, the lender will carefully scrutinize all of your financial activity. You’ll need to explain the source of any large transfers and provide documentation for proof.

Talk to your lender about what kind of funds they’ll approve and what cash they won’t allow you to use toward a down payment. Ask what documentation or proof you need for different kinds of transfers. Doing so now will help you prepare to buy a home in 2017 and secure the mortgage you need to help you reach your goal.

– See more at: https://www.trulia.com/blog/how-to-prep-your-bank-account-to-buy-a-home/?ecampaign=con_cnews_digest&eurl=www.trulia.com%2Fblog%2Fhow-to-prep-your-bank-account-to-buy-a-home%2F#sthash.SpLdo8Dl.dpuf

 

6 Tips to Survive Your Holiday Office Party

6 Tips to Survive Your Holiday Office Party

It’s the most wonderful time of year, and that undoubtedly means that your workplace feels the need to offer some type of celebration. Socializing with co-workers outside of the regular office setting can get tricky, so we’ve gathered 6 top tips to help you navigate your work Christmas party. By following these rules of thumb, you can be sure you’ll have a decent time AND still have your job come Monday.

 

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How to Deck the Halls When Selling Your Home During Holidays

Tasteful Holiday Decoration

Unless you’re a total Grinch, it’s hard to argue with the fact that glitter lights and colorful accents make a home look more cheerful and inviting. But you also probably know that if you’re trying to sell your home, buyers need to have an easy time imagining themselves (and their own holiday traditions) in your home.

You don’t have to ditch the holiday decorations altogether. But you shouldn’t hang all the boughs of holly, Christmas lights, Hanukkah menorahs, and every holiday card you receive, either.

So how do you walk the line during these merry months and let the holiday spirit flow without turning off buyers? Hey, we’ve got some tips—an early secret Santa gift from us to you!

 

1. Depersonalize the decorations

“It’s important the design appeals to as many different home buyers and tastes as possible,” says Erika Dalager, marketing manager at roOomy, a virtual home staging site. “The seller’s personal life should not be prominently featured throughout the home.”

That means avoiding the personal decorations that appeal mostly to you and your family:

  • “Best Mom” tree ornaments your kids made in preschool
  • Named Christmas stockings
  • Religious tokens and symbols
  • A ton of holiday cards
  • Photos of your baby’s first Christmas

Hope Mazzola, a real estate broker with William Raveis in Katonah, NY, says glitzing a home with over-the-top decorations is like wrapping a house in an “ugly holiday sweater.”

“Less is definitely more when it comes to holiday decorations while selling your home,” Mazzola says. “Enhancing the features of the home versus adding all the bells and whistles will keep buyers on track.”

2. Consider the neighborhood

But if your neighborhood is ablaze with holidays lights, which herald the block’s values and attract like-minded buyers, then you don’t want to be your block’s resident Scrooge, says Tori Toth, a New York City home stager.

“If your neighborhood is festive during Christmas, then a buyer would expect Christmas decorations at your home,” Toth says. “On the other hand, if you live in a politically correct neighborhood with a mix of religious beliefs, use more generic decorations to promote season’s greetings rather than your specific holiday.”

Some real estate pros, however, say you should forgo the decorations regardless of what your neighbors are doing.

“Putting up decorations while your home is on the market poses more risk than it offers reward,” says Sam Pawlitzki, a Los Angeles Realtor. “I recommend that sellers stick to the rule of keeping their house impersonal.”

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3. If you must decorate…

Follow these tips for decorating your home while it’s for sale during the holidays:

Avoid the kitsch: Inflatable snowmen,  reindeer on the roof, a gazillion angels flapping their wings, or life-size Mike Pence mannequins can seem in poor taste and turn off potential buyers.

 

Classic is always best: Hang an elegant wreath on the front door, rather than a “Santa stops here!” sign, says Jamie Novak, author of “Keep This, Toss That.”

Don’t overdo lights: Simple white lights can add a festive touch without blinding buyers during walk-throughs.

Skip the tree: You can’t win with a tree. If it’s too big, it distracts viewers and can make the room seem small. It can also block the flow and make the space seem crowded. And if it’s tiny, it’s depressing and sad. Decorate a tree only if you have a great room and you want to show off a high ceiling.

Box up the greeting cards: Holiday cards on tables make the room look messy. Stick them in a drawer.

Protect presents: Don’t stack gifts under a tree or put them on display. The last thing you want this holiday is for a stranger with sticky fingers to walk away with a present. Lock the presents in your car trunk, especially during an open house.

Choose scents over scenes: The smell of simmering cider or baked cookies will delight the senses more than garlands strung over everything that doesn’t move.

Light a fire: A roaring fireplace during a weekday showing is a cozy way to celebrate the winter and warm visitors as well.

Pump up powder rooms: Place peppermint-scented soaps and candles in the bathrooms along with a few tasteful, holiday-themed towels. They give the rooms some spirit and interest.

Celebrate your tradition with color: This may not be the year you display the religious symbols of your holidays, but you don’t have to forsake them altogether. If you celebrate Hanukkah, hang a wreath with shades of blue. For Christmas, your wreath can be made of evergreen boughs and pine cones. For Kwanzaa, add red berries to a green wreath.

In the end, the most important holiday decision you’ll make is whether to keep your home on the market during Yuletide: You’ll have fewer house hunters, but more motivated buyers. Ask your Realtor whether you should consider delisting your home for the holiday season, and starting fresh after the new year.

 

RE-POSTED FROM Realtor.com

Original Article by  | Dec 7, 2016

Top Five Ways to Get Your Property Noticed

If you’re trying to sell your property, you need to find a way to differentiate your listing from the pack and draw in as many online viewers as possible.  It is not difficult to do this, but you need a multi-pronged approach to achieve the best results.  Hopefully, by following a few simple steps, you can have potential buyers scrambling to bid on your property.

 

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1) Professional photography.

After price, the first thing that will grab your viewer’s attention is your online photography and video of your property, but it must be crystal clear, have the proper lighting and entice the viewer to explore further.  Today’s advanced photography technology provides the brilliant blue sky, rich green grass and vibrant interior views than were unavailable just a few years ago.  Because a home is such a big-ticket item, and because, as they say, you only have one chance to make a good first impression, it’s worth it to hire a professional photographer and videographer to capture your property in its best light.  A bit of quick online research underscores how much more success brokers have had when springing for professional photography as part of their listing.  In most cases, they report, the relatively small price tag is worth every penny when considering the size of the total sale.

 

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2) Virtual dusk shots.

Only about five percent of brokers use virtual dusk shots, which put your property, literally, in an entirely new light.  Some brokers call the virtual dusk shot the “money shot,” and “the best-kept secret in the real estate industry”.  Research has shown that by including this shot as part of the online portfolio for your property, you can increase click-throughs by as much as 50%. Capturing this shot is not difficult, but you need to use a professional photographer to achieve the right impact; be sure to request this shot if it’s not already included in your package.

 

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3) Aerial photography.  

Along with virtual dusk shots, there is nothing like aerial photography or videography to portray your property at its finest.  Aerial photography is especially helpful for large, expansive properties, where traditional photography can’t really capture the full extent of the home or grounds.  Today’s aerial photography costs far less than it did years ago, when the only option was using a small aircraft.  These days, you can take aerial photography using drones, producing shots that are extremely cost-effective considering the tremendous impact they can have.

 

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4) High-conversion landing pages.  

You want to list your house in a way that attracts maximum views and click-throughs to additional information.  If your property is listed on a major real estate site and you are getting some leads, you may think you  are doing all you can to attract customers.  But you need to be sure that the landing page that showcases your house online is optimized to receive the greatest number of leads you possibly can.  By pairing with an experienced online marketer, you can be sure that attention is focused squarely on your property and that keywords are optimized to your prospective buyers’ search terms.

 

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5) Social media exposure.  

Most prospective home buyers are already on the major sites, like Zillow, Trulia and realtor.com.  But how many properties are marketed on additional sites – and  include a custom video that is distributed via social media?  It’s important to get your property the broadest exposure possible by posting custom video on Facebook, Instagram and other social media sites, as well as the dedicated real estate sites and broker sites.  Word-of-mouth is one of your greatest selling tools when selling your property – take advantage of it and get your property as many views as possible, especially on the free sites.

 

(Original Article Posted on HomeJab Blog)

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5 Skillful Staging Projects That Buyers Love

Focus on cleanliness, good lighting, and uncluttered surfaces to show your home at its best.

How to Stage a Home for Sale

Skillful staging can make the difference between a quick sale and a house that lingers on the market for months. But how do you know which staging projects will have the biggest impact?

We highlight the most important things you can do to make sure your house shows well.

1. Clean, clean, clean

We all live with a few dust bunnies, but noticeable dirt makes a potential buyer think your home may not be well cared for. If you can’t deep-clean the place yourself, hire a cleaning service to give it a good once-over. Pay special attention to things such as windows and light fixtures — anything to make the place feel brighter and more cheerful. Before showings, wipe down a few of your home’s surfaces with your favorite cleaning product. Don’t overdo it, but a faint smell of furniture polish or cleanser helps give buyers an impression of cleanliness.

2. Remove quirky or overly personal decor

It may break your heart to take down your wedding photos, but you want a buyer to be able to imagine themselves filling the home with their own memories. So pack up your collection of vintage punk rock posters and your Precious Moments figurines. Doing so will also help you let go of the home emotionally as you prepare to pass it on to someone else.

3. Reduce, remove, declutter

Excess stuff makes a home feel smaller, darker, and more cramped. Take the time to clear horizontal surfaces — no more piles of mail on the hall table or pill bottles on the bathroom counter. When the odds and ends of daily life are cleared away, select one or two attractive pieces that will photograph well, such as a brightly colored vase or a few coffee-table books. If you’re planning to move soon after the sale, it might be worth it to pack up things such as books and off-season clothing and move them out of the house entirely to make storage spaces look larger.

4. There’s nothing like a new coat of paint

Paint brightens things up, masks old odors, and gives a general impression of newness and good maintenance. Even touch-up paint makes a big difference, but it can be hard to match an existing color. If you have leftover paint, keep in mind that the paint on the walls may have faded over time, making the touched-up spots stand out too much. Instead, pick one wall in each of the main rooms to repaint entirely. If you can’t match the room’s original color, use a lighter complementary color or even white. Even a few repainted walls throughout the home will give buyers an impression of freshness. You want your home to feel like a clean slate.

5. Light things up

This is the easiest thing in the world, but it makes a big difference. When you prepare your home for an open house or a showing, open curtains and turn on a few lamps. This will make the house feel more inviting. A vase or two of fresh flowers also helps brighten things up, but don’t go overboard.

Finally, don’t try to make your home look too fancy. Ultimately, you want your home to look like the best version of itself, not pretend to be something it’s not. If your home is a solid starter home for a new family, don’t try to gussy it up to look like a luxury pad for well-heeled singles. Some professional staging companies go over the top, with fancy place settings on the dining room table or rose petals floating in the bathtub. Buyers will be quick to notice if you’re trying too hard. Focus on cleanliness, good lighting, and clutter-free surfaces, and let your home’s charm speak for itself.

16 Budget-Friendly Curb Appeal Ideas Anyone Can Do (Part Two)

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The curb of your yard, and what can be seen from it, is often overlooked by homeowners. If you want to sell your house, it doesn’t hurt to have some serious visual appeal that captures approval at a distance. Last week, we supplied 8 budget-friendly curb appeal ideas to get you started. Here’s part two!

(P.S. If you missed part one of this series, read the first 8 ideas here.)


9. You’d be surprised what a difference some simple shutters can make for enhancing your windows, visually. Choose the appropriately contrasting paint and enjoy the eye candy.

Via The Handmade Home


10. Concrete is so… gray. Here’s a trick. Use some floor stain and tape to give the appearance of tile. Now that’s slick! Learn more here.

Stain Concrete Curb Appeal Idea

Via Front Porch Ideas and More


11. Are guests having trouble finding your home by the address? Here’s a way to make it near impossible to miss.

Stencil Address on Pretty Planters

Via DIY Show Off


12. Pergolas are great for giving you decor that can grow and be pruned to meet your specific needs.

Update Your Garage

Via Laurries


13. Garage doors don’t have to be “blah.” For less than $10, you can add a little something to give your garage some style.

Update Garage Door

Via Garr Den of Love


14. Amazon has some $23 solar powered spotlights that can give some serious illumination to your yard.

If you need something a little more creative, check out these lighting options.

Light Up Your Yard

Via Amazon


15. Hide the hose! No, that’s not a college drinking game. There are many ways you can have your water hose out of sight and out of mind.

Hose Storage Outdoors
Via Sunset


16. Seriously, can’t we do something about those nasty looking trashcans? Amazon and Plow & Health have some amazing storage sheds that would make Oscar the Grouch feel like he’s living in a condo.

Via Pinterest | Small Sheds

 

Article Re-posted from The Lighter Side of Real Estate

16 Budget-Friendly Curb Appeal Ideas Anyone Can Do

16 Budget-Friendly Curb Appeal Ideas Anyone Can Do (Part One)

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The curb of your yard, and what can be seen from it, is often overlooked by homeowners. If you want to sell your house, it doesn’t hurt to have some serious visual appeal that captures approval at a distance. We’re going to get you rolling with some great ideas to accomplish that mission, while not having to break the bank.


1. Is your house rockin’ an ugly cement foundation? Remedy the eyesore with some faux stone paneling.

Here’s where you can find the paneling.

Fix Cement Foundation Home

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2. Electric boxes, piping, and meters are all items that shouldn’t be standing out so starkly. Fix ‘em up with a color-matched paint job.

Need a guide? Check here.
Via Love of Family and Home

3. Has your front door ever made you feel like turning around and going the other way?

Instead of spending a lot more money to replace it, try a healthy coating of paint and some outer molding made of foam. It’s inexpensive by comparison, but just look at the amazing difference it can make. Don’t know how to tackle something like this? Here’s the DIY.

DIY Front Door Makeover

Via Jilly and Mia

4. It’s always pleasant to sit up against a big tree and read a book. It’s even better when you don’t have to worry about ants or grass stains.

Here’s a DIY for building an amazing tree bench.

DIY Tree Bench

Via This Old House

5. Air conditioning units are an eyesore, no matter how you slice it. Here’s an example of how to thoroughly transform the situation.

With a little lattice or some flowering, you can make that big mechanical box essentially disappear.
Via Spirals and Spatulas

6. Boring walls and windows are easy to spice up with some box planters and flowerbeds.

Via Window Box Contest

7. Not much respect is given to mailbox decor. Yet, it’s one of the first things people will likely see when they show up. Might as well make sure they take notice.

Here’s the DIY for this particular makeover. If you want to see some other amazing (and hilarious) mailbox ideas, check this article out.

DIY Mailbox Makeover

Via Beneath My Heart

8. Sometimes even a short stone walkway can make a huge difference in visual appeal.

This one was created by Naturescapes.

DIY Stone Walkway

Via Naturescapes


Check back later this week for 8 more great ideas!

 

Article Re-posted from The Lighter Side of Real Estate

16 Budget-Friendly Curb Appeal Ideas Anyone Can Do

Why Buying A House Is Like Planning A Wedding

10_MISTAKES_TO_AVOIDLocation, Location, Location! It’s just as important in real estate as it is in executing the wedding. It basically sets the mood for the rest of your life. Do you want a country setting? A city high rise? Cozy backyard shindig?

And just like a wedding, there are multiple players involved in purchasing a home. Each has an important role to play in making things go down without a hitch. Here are the main players:

Bride = Buyer

As long as she thinks she’s in charge, it’s all good. Expect momentary flashes of schizophrenia and crazy texts over nothing of actual importance. Normally, a very nice person but always be on the lookout for Bridezilla to emerge.

Groom = Moving Company

Not really an important player until after the paperwork is signed.

Mother of the Bride = Home inspector

“Nope. This house sucks. No good. Needs to be replaced. Might as well start over and find a new dream property. I said no. No means no. Fine do whatever your want.”

Minister = Insurance Agent

Mostly along for the ride after the union passes regulated counseling. Likes to be paid (and fed) handsomely at the reception.

Bridesmaids = Buyer’s Agent

These are the people who will walk hand in hand with you to see 14 different dresses/houses. They will laugh, cry and stress over every little detail with you.

Best Man = Listing Agent

Been buddies forever. Lots of embarrassing stories but we will all try to ignore those because we are serious, sophisticated adults now. Mostly just involved for the drinks and witness the bridal party meltdown.

Father of the Bride = Loan Officer

Also known as the gatekeeper for the whole transaction. Usually bringing all the funds to closing. Don’t lie to this person. Your fate is in their hands.

Wedding Planner = Title Agent/Closing Attorney

This is the person running the whole show from behind the magical curtain. Deserves a pay raise and WAY more credit than they usually get.

Flower Girl = Appraiser

Sure, she’s been cute for 6 months leading up to the big day. However, by the bridal luncheon the day of, she seriously needs a nap, a lollipop and a bribe to behave like a sweet little angel until we can get this knot tied up. Pretty please?!

Photographers

Crucial in both weddings and real estate. Overpaid but totally worth every penny.

Oh, and although the following isn’t a “person”, it’s a crucial component of both a wedding and real estate transaction:

Engagement = Due Diligence

During this period you’ll want to check for:

  • Leaky pipes (i.e. a gossip-driven Mother in Law)
  • Roofing issues (how long until hubby starts balding?)
  • Code restrictions for expansion (you promise you won’t get fat, right?)
  • Potential for future development in the neighborhood (KIDS!)
  • Architectural drawings of original site map (dang, you were an ugly kid… sure glad you grew into those ears!)

 

Re-posted from Lighter Side of Real Estate

Original Article by Whitney Nicely

http://lightersideofrealestate.com/real-estate-life/why-buying-house-is-like-planning-a-wedding

 

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