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Tuesday, September 27, 2016   /   by Susan Hope

Meet American Pacific Mortgage

We are not your typical mortgage banker.
We are American Pacific Mortgage 
 
American Pacific Mortgage


We think home ownership is a really big deal.
American Pacific Mortgage was founded in 1996 for one simple reason: to help our clients purchase homes by securing the best possible loans at the most favorable rates and terms. Today we are one of the nations’ largest private mortgage bankers. We are 100% committed to do what it takes to get your loan funded.
American Pacific Mortgage understands that each client is unique and that is why we offer a diverse portfolio of programs to ensure you get the ideal mortgage for your individual needs. Some key plans we offer are:
Keys on Time: The Keys on Time program provides you with the strongest purchase offer in today’s competitive market and no loan contingency. With full underwriting, pre-approval, your loan will be able to close in 18 days or we will pay you $895.
Secure Lock: Lock in your mortgage rate wh ...

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016   /   by Susan Hope

8 Tips for First Time Sellers

If you're selling a home for the first time, it's quite a different ballgame from what you experienced as a first-time buyer.
Ultimately, you're in control of the process. You call the shots on prepping your home for sale, deciding on a listing price, accepting (or rejecting) offers, and a host of other factors.
But you might want to heed the following tips:

1. Hire an experienced real estate agent
A real estate transaction is filled with complexities and nuances that a professional, skilled agent can help you navigate. Ask friends and family to recommend an agent they've used and were pleased with.   

2. Detach yourself from the process
You've made memories to last a lifetime in your first home, and saying goodbye is hard. But be careful not to let your emotional attachment get in the way of making sound decisions, particularly when it comes to staging and pricing your home. Try to see your home as a potential buyer would. Pretend you're a potential buyer and w ...

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016   /   by Susan Hope

Top 5 Buyer Turn Offs for 2016

Selling a home in today's market can be a bit frustrating. There's all sorts of home staging and property preparation advice out there, and some of it seems daunting or impossible to follow unless you already live in a haute home or have a serious bankroll set aside to whip your place into shape.
You can't turn a rancher into a Victorian – so don't bother trying. But you do have more control than you may realize over how desirable your listing looks to potential buyers. In order to know what turns a buyer on you need to know what turns a buyer off.
Here are 6 big-time turn-offs that make buyers cringe at the thought of purchasing your home.
1. Cluttered, dirty and/or  "fragrant" houses. You already know this one. Every seller does. Yet, even in 2016, the era of Houzz and HGTV, buyers across America walk into homes that would make your mother cringe every single day. The people who come to see your home are making one of the biggest decisions they'll ever make. Clutte ...

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016   /   by Susan Hope

Beware of these Home Inspection Red Flags

A home inspection not only allows buyers to learn more about their home, it also helps them uncover any potential problems.
Curbed.com recently featured a 14-point checklist to help home buyers during a home inspection. Here are a few items they suggest to investigate further during a home inspection that will give your buyers more confidence in moving forward. 
HVAC system. Home inspectors will make sure the home’s heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning system is working, and they should also be able to estimate how long the home air conditioning condenser (the outside unit) should last too. They just need to check the serial number, says Nigel Turner with Total Home Inspection Services in West Milford, N.J. Many condensers last 12 to 15 years before needing replacement. 


Water drainage. "The biggest issue of any home is always going to be water disbursement," Turner told Curbed.com. "There’s the potential for damage to the foundation. If wat ...

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016   /   by Susan Hope

3 Questions to Ask Before Listing Your Home

3 Questions to Ask Before Listing Your Home
   
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Are you considering putting your home up for sale? Before you do, be sure to ask yourself these three questions.
 
1. Is now a good time?
Talk with a Realtor who knows your specific market (find one here) and can analyze the current sales inventory and trends. A good agent can determine whether it is a prime time to sell your home to get the best price. There may be all kinds of reasons to wait a season to sell, such as a glut of homes on the market similar to yours.
 
2. Is the price right?
Setting the right price and understanding how that price was calculated is critical to getting top dollar for your home. An experienced Realtor can provide comparable sales in your area, and evaluate the specific features of your home to set a price that will bring you the most value for your house in the shortest time.
 
3. What's my exit strategy?
You never know how quickly your home will sell, so es ...

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