For many looking to buy a home, especially those doing so for the first time, the process can be both exciting and full of surprises. Many buyers need to temper their expectations just a bit in a few important areas to ensure that they’re staying grounded and checking all the right boxes during this process.

At Rockport Properties, we’re here to help everyone from first-timers to experienced real estate flippers. Let’s look at a few basic areas where your expectations might not meet reality, and how to properly align your thinking.

Keep Options Open

You’ll spend lots of time going through property listings to begin your process, creating a list of homes that match your price range and desired features. It’s important to remember here, though,…

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Every area of the real estate world requires knowledge and attention to detail, and putting a home up for sale is just one example. At Rockport Properties, Inc., we’ll help you list and sell your home with an excellent marketing and sales plan.

Those who don’t employ the services of an experienced real estate agent like ours will often make several common mistakes during a house sale, some of which can be serious and torpedo the sale of the home. Let’s look at some of these mistakes, and how to avoid them.

Skipping Preparation

Once you’ve decided to sell, it’s common for many people to try and get the home to market as soon as possible. At the same time, you have to make sure you spend the necessary time preparing it for sale. You can only…

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Real estate is a well-regulated industry, and one of the items that allows this to be possible is called a disclosure. A disclosure statement is a buyer’s chance to learn as much as they can about the property and the seller’s experience in it – and about what issues might be present.

At Rockport Properties, Inc., we won’t deal with properties unless they have accurate disclosure statements. Let’s look at everything you need to know about disclosure statements before you search for your next home.

What’s a Disclosure?

As we noted, a disclosure is a chance for all information about a property to be laid out on the table. Sellers will disclose documents that help inform buyers, and that can help protect the sellers themselves from potential…

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Whether you’re looking to sell a home or refinance it, the appraisal process will be vital for you. This is an assessment of your home’s market value from an independent party, and it can make or break your ability to come out in the black financially.

At Rockport Properties, Inc., our experienced brokers will help you with everything you need to know about the appraisal process. If you plan to put in any major legwork to make home improvements before an appraisal, it’s best to be smart with the areas you choose to look at – here are some tips on which are some of the most profitable.

Refresh Paint

The fastest way to increase the chances of a higher appraisal is to paint. Painting can take years off an outdated home, and will make a great…

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