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Friday, March 27, 2020   /   by Vanessa Saunders

Four projects to keep your home ownership dreams alive.

By Vanessa Saunders, MBA, MIMC , Broker Owner, Global Property Systems
While COVID-19 is still going viral and many people are sidelined from our usual activities, you don't have to press Pause on your dream of finding a home. Here are four things you can do right now to keep your home search on track, so you're ready to go when the pandemic subsides.
Get Pre-Approved for a mortgage
Use this time to take one of the most important steps in buying a house. A pre-approval will show you how much a lender is willing to finance, and it shows sellers and their agents you're serious. It's a great time to gather up necessary documents like income verification, credit history, and asset documents. You can even call a lender as financial institutions are deemed essential services and reach out to a lender.
Virtually connect with an agent.
Start working with a trusted Realtor so you're ready to move quickly when the right house pops up. However you connect, a Realtor can help you navigate t ...

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Thursday, March 26, 2020   /   by Vanessa Saunders

"What's my house worth?" Pricing it right TODAY.

Inman News, the real estate industry's leading online information source, reported today that the economic slowdown during the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting home sales negatively. From Mar. 9 to Mar. 16, Google traffic saw a 35 percent decrease in home searches.
The report quoted one broker who said, "Over 350 homes withdrew or canceled from MLS across Massachusetts in the past four days alone.” The broker went on to point out that "One in four properties had already reduced their price. One out of 20 had reduced their price by 10 percent or more, and one out of 12 were listed for less than the assessed value."
What this tells us is that sellers need to be more realistic about setting their asking prices. Setting the right price for your house is one of the most important things you can do.
With prices slowing from their previous pace, homeowners must realize that pricing their homes a little over market value to leave room for negotiation will actually dramatically decreas ...

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020   /   by Vanessa Saunders

Tips for finding the truth online.

Wednesday March 25, 2020
By Vanessa Saunders, MBA, MIMC , Broker Owner, Global Property Systems
In times like these, especially like these, it is easy to spread mis-information. There is so much information coming at us 24/7 from so many sources that it can be overwhelming and impossible to process entirely.
Spreading mis-information is easy, even if unintended. The chief medical officer of CVS Pharmacy shared in an internal memo that drinking warm water is an effective way to combat coronavirus. Of course, it's not. If you are going to share information, you have an obligation to verify it before passing it on. Even if you don't intend to pass health information or other vital knowledge along, you should verify for your own personal well being.
In this regard, the power of the internet is both a wonderful and terrible thing. It transports information at the speed of light, able to "go viral" in seconds. But it also is a wonderful tool to check facts and verify information. What&rs ...

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020   /   by Vanessa Saunders

A real estate crash? Not likely. Here's why.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020
By Vanessa Saunders, MBA, MIMC , Broker Owner, Global Property Systems
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With the housing crash of 2006-2008 still visible in the rear-view mirror, many are concerned the current correction in the stock market is a sign that home values are also about to tumble. What’s taking place today, however, is nothing like what happened the last time. The S&P 500 did fall by over fifty percent from October 2007 to March 2009, and home values did depreciate in 2007, 2008, and 2009 – but that was because that economic slowdown was mainly caused by a collapsing real estate market and a meltdown in the mortgage market.
This time, the stock market correction is being caused by an outside event (the coronavirus) with no connection to the housing industry. Many experts are saying the current situation is much more reminiscent of the challenges we had when the dot.com crash was immediately followed by 9/11. As an example ...

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Monday, March 23, 2020   /   by Vanessa Saunders

Our dog's tips for quarantine.

By Vanessa Saunders, MBA, MIMC , Broker Owner, Global Property Systems
Quarantine brings all of us closer, no closer than to our pets. In honor of National Puppy Day, these are some tips Harry and Dobson here at Doggie Epicenter wish to share with us, to help us get through quarantine.
Dobson surviving the quarantine.
Get plenty of rest.
Sleep anywhere. On or under the bed, in a sunny spot on the front lawn, on the sofa, in front of a door, on freshly folded clothes, on your back, in the middle of the floor, especially in the room with the oriental rug. Be sure to snore, chase squirrels in your dreams, and bark.
Stay active.
Chase the cat. Chase your own tail. Sprawl on a sweater. Chase a car. Roll on something really smelly you’ve discovered in the yard. Get scared by something—anything, and bark.
Bathe regularly.
Lick your crotch. Now lick a human. Bark.
Communicate with friends and family.
Start barking at 6 a.m., for no reason at something outside. Howl at bi ...

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