Real Estate Tips & Updates

  • What the NAR® Ban on Pocket Listings Means for Real Estate

    The real estate industry often seems to thrive on exclusivity and a lack of transparency, with certain brokers and agencies gaining reputation boosts from having access to in-the-know listings, while certain properties gain the allure of being semi-private. However, as the term implies, exclusive listings can exclude others, which goes

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  • How to Prepare Your Home for Winter

    How to Prepare Your Home for Winter

    By Home Bay

    Posted on November 19th, 2019

    As winter draws closer and brings colder weather with it, many homeowners start thinking about home maintenance, which is a great way to protect one of your greatest investments. Most of these steps can be done by homeowners or for a low cost that will ultimately save you time, help

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  • How Hidden Commissions Impact Your Real Estate Transaction

    Real estate fees charged by most brokers and agencies are intentionally unclear to consumers. The lack of transparency in the amount, as well as how it works or who pays them, means that buyers and sellers involved in the transaction are negatively impacted while often times being completely unaware.   The

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  • Resources for Selling or Buying for Veterans and Military Service Members

    Frequent moves are synonymous with military life. While finding and moving into a new home can be exciting, the process can be stressful and overwhelming, especially on short notice. While Home Bay wants to serve as a resource to everyone selling or buying a home, military families benefit from access

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  • Are Real Estate Agents and Companies Hiding Information About Commissions?

    Most consumers generally know how much interest their credit card companies charge or the interest rate of their home mortgages. Both are examples of industries that clearly and easily advertise rates. The Consumer Federation of America (CFA) recently released a report - Hidden Real Estate Commissions: Consumer Costs and Improved

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  • Selling Your Home Before the Holidays

    Selling Your Home Before the Holidays

    By Home Bay

    Posted on October 29th, 2019

    Halloween is this week, with Thanksgiving and the holidays just around the corner. If you plan on selling your home this year, you’re running out of time! Most buyers want to be in their new home before the holidays hit and those calendar days are slipping away if you

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  • How Big Data and AI Impact Real Estate Transactions Today

    The real estate industry has traditionally been a relationship-driven business where agents and brokers control most of the process, from setting up listings to setting commissions. As such, much of the information behind each transaction lies with the associated brokers and agents, which is why home buyers and sellers often

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  • Infographic: Do You Know The True Cost of For Sale by Owner (FSBO)?

    Home sellers commonly think of two main options to sell a home: (1) hire real estate agents and pay their commission that take an average of 6% of your home’s equity or (2) try to sell your home yourself. Many homeowners are drawn to the DIY option based on

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  • Don’t Give Away Your Real Estate Investment in Commissions

    Home Bay’s board room was graced with the empire building real estate investor Elizabeth Colegrove, creator of The Reluctant Landlord, a website and community that revolves around the tips, tricks, trials and tribulations of self-managing investment rental properties. Ever the proponent of “frugal living”, Elizabeth sat down with another

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  • Infographic: How to List & Sell Your Home With Home Bay

    At Home Bay, one of the most frequently asked home selling questions is “How does it all work?”.  We understand why it is critical to understand the home selling process -  selling a home is a major transaction and possibly one of the biggest transactions in an individual’s life.

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