December 2017

What Is Procuring Cause? How It Helps Determine Commission for Real Estate Agents

lovro77/iStock The procuring cause helps real estate agents and buyers figure out who will receive the commission on a house sale. It typically comes into play when a buyer purchases a house he saw with two different real estate agents. Maybe one agent found the house and the other agent helped you put together your offer—so who gets the fee for their […]

Jack Jenkins Homes | Dec 28, 2017

Don’t Hire a Home Stager Without Asking These 10 Questions

Yuri_Arcurs/iStock Can a savvy home stager be the secret to selling your home fast—and for top dollar? Many real estate experts say yes. Home staging entails hiring an experienced professional to bring in furniture, accessories, and art that will make your house look its best and appeal to the appropriate buyer. If you’re still living in […]

Jack Jenkins Homes | Dec 27, 2017

How to Sell Your Home During the Holidays

iStock; realtor.com Wondering how to sell your home during the holidays? While putting your home on the market between winter celebrations, school vacations, and looming family visits might seem like miserable timing, sellers could actually benefit by using this period strategically to show and possibly even sell their place. Here’s why: Many home sellers take a holiday hiatus until the New Year—and that […]

Jack Jenkins Homes | Dec 13, 2017

‘Should I Use a Mortgage Broker or Find My Own Lender?’

cnythzl/iStock When shopping around for home loans, potential buyers often ask this question: “Should I use a mortgage broker or find my own lender?” The answer depends on your financial situation, your willingness to fill out paperwork, and your comfort level with the mortgage process. “It’s smart to compare multiple sources to determine the terms that work best for your […]

Jack Jenkins Homes | Dec 8, 2017

4 Reasons to Buy Your First Home in Your 30s

andresr/iStock There was a time in my life when I thought I’d never own a home. As someone who had preferred life in big cities and prioritized travel above homeownership, the idea of settling somewhere permanently never really appealed to me. Then I got married, then I got pregnant, and suddenly the idea of living […]

Jack Jenkins Homes | Dec 8, 2017