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How Much Home Can Your Lifestyle Afford?

If you’re considering purchasing a home, you’ve likely already considered how much you have available for a down payment, what an ideal mortgage payment would be, and how much home you can actually afford based on your monthly income. But what about your lifestyle? Have you considered how much wiggle room you need to leave.. read more →

Top 5 Tips to Keep Your Home Sale from Falling Apart

Finding a buyer for your home is just the first step on the homeselling path. Tread carefully in the weeks ahead because if you make one of these common seller mistakes, your deal may not close. Mistake #1: Ignore Contingencies If your contract requires you to do something before the sale, do it. If the.. read more →

What to Do a Year Before Buying Your First Home

The ultimate timeline ensures the smoothest of transitions to home ownership. A real yard. Closets bigger than your average microwave. The freedom to decorate however you darn well please! Making the switch from renting to owning is exhilarating, but many rookie homebuyers find the process trickier to navigate than they expected. This is why we.. read more →

Are You a Cheap vs. Frugal Homeowner? How to Tell the Difference

Sometimes trying to save will actually cost you more. Here’s when that happens. You’ve got all the loyalty apps (free burrito after you buy 10!), you shopped around for the lowest rate on your mortgage, and you never go to the grocery store when you’re hungry. You’re frugal, and the rising amount in your savings.. read more →

If You Were Selling Today, Would You Have the Home That Buyers Want?

Two new surveys about what homebuyers want have me feeling pretty smug about my own home choices. Maybe you’ll feel the same. Privacy from neighbors remains at the top of the most-wanted list (important to 86% of buyers), according to the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS’® “2013 Community Preference Survey.” Privacy is no doubt the best.. read more →

5 Staging Props You Need to Stop Using … Now!

By Justin M. Riordan, Spade and Archer Design Agency There is good staging. There is bad staging. I mean, like really bad staging. In an industry with no regulations, no standardized accreditation system, and tons of “hobbyist professionals”, one gets what one pays for. The problem here is not if that inexperienced or bargain basement.. read more →

🏠 Why Professional Photography Matters When Selling Your Home | Expert Real Estate Advice from NeilGortler.com

Hello, my name is Neil Gortler. During the year you have reached out to me via the internet for your real estate needs.  To follow are my most recent blog posts created to help homeowners and homebuyers who need may need a bit more insight into the particulars surrounding the industry. Please share and make sure to.. read more →

Outdated Real Estate Myths That Still Plague Buyers and Sellers

While there’s a prevailing belief that buying without a real estate agent will save you money, the truth is you’re almost always better off working with a pro.    Buying or selling a house is not something most of us do every day. You may do it once a decade, or even once in a.. read more →

[Announcement] Live Webcast Feb. 22: Using a Reverse Mortgage to Buy a Home

Reverse mortgages, also known as home equity conversion mortgages (HECMs), can be used to help seniors finance the purchase of a home in addition to their traditional purpose of enabling people to borrow against the equity in a property where they already live. Learn about when and for whom this tool may be appropriate in.. read more →

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