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How to Choose a Realtor

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Thinking about selling your home, ranch, or commercial property? Maybe you’re new to an area and need to buy a new home.  Do you love to hunt and are interested in buying a ranch?  How do you choose the right realtor to help you?  I will address the selling part of the equation first and will do so from a residential perspective.  The parameters are very similar with other products but more people can relate to a home sale than a ranch sale so we will start from there.

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Getting Your Home Ready to Sell

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b2ap3_thumbnail_house-cleaning.jpg"7 Ways to Make Your Home Move-In Ready" is a great article that anyone thinking about selling should read and consider following.  I got this from Trulia, a popular real estate site that we do a lot of advertising with and use as a great avenue to promote properties.  Erika Napoletano makes great suggestions that I thought worth sharing.  I hope you enjoy this one.

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Are You Really Ready to Buy?

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Summer is over and school has started as well as fall sports and hunting season.  Things are really picking up and everyone is getting busy with activities, and so is the real estate market.  Maybe you're getting the itch and thinking about upgrading or moving, but are you really ready to buy something?  How prepared are you and have you done the work it takes to be ready to buy?  Do you know what you can afford?  I continually have buyers come to me and want to just go look.  Often people like to look because it’s fun to look and dream. But why go look at something you may not be able to afford?  Why waste your time and others time?  Be considerate.  And the truth is there are some consequences for you.  If you go and look at a place and fall in love with it just to find out you can' t buy it, you will always compare anything else you see to the one that you couldn’t have.  Below are a few tips to help you get ready and consider when you are ready. 

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Show Me the Money

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Ok, we are going to go Johnny Manziel on Real Estate and talk about “show me the money”.  Of course this is the most uncomfortable conversation you can have with anyone whether you are at church, in a marriage or buying property.  People love to go out and look for a ranch or house when they have no idea really and truly what they can afford or buy.  Getting qualified and understanding the type of loan that is required to purchase, whatever it is you are looking for, is the first step and the most important step.  Why go out and look at a piece of property and fall in love with it just to find out you can't afford it?  Plus in today’s market, if you do not have a pre-qualification letter attached to your contract offer, most sellers will not even consider your offer.  Why let someone tie up your property and take it off the market when your not even sure they can get a loan?  As a buyer, you have to be able to put yourself in the shoes of the seller because if you get the house or property bought, you more than likely will be one some day.  Lets talk about getting qualified and the different types of loans that are available for the different types of properties.

Lets start with the types of loans that are available to purchase a home, whether it is a house in town or a rural home on some land.  There are four main products out there and a buyer’s circumstances will determine which one they may be able to use. 

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1031 Tax Free Exchanges for Farms, Ranches and Investments

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Real Estate that qualifies for a 1031 tax free exchange is property that was purchased as an investment.  Very specific rules must be followed to sell or exchange a property and avoid any capital gains tax .  I am not a CPA or tax professional, nor do I play one on TV, but I am a real estate professional that has handled many of these exchanges and want to offer what I know.  If you plan on a 1031 exchange in the future I would suggest you also talk with a tax professional about your particular tax situation.

The 1031 option has always been a very popular way of selling one ranch to buy up and defer any taxes.  While the capital gains tax rate was 15%, most people would just pay the tax because they knew it would probably never be that low again.  Now that the rate is at a minimum of 20% + depending on your income level, an additional 3.8% medicare tax can be added + whatever the Obamacare tax is taking the rate to as high as 28.5%.  The 1031 is becoming very popular again and a great way to put paying that tax down the road to a later date. 

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