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A commercial for a popular iBuyer is making its rounds on television and radio.

“I was able to sell my home in less than 30 days with the help of <Company's Name>…”

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Do a little bit of digging and you will discover that homeowners lose untold amounts of equity in their homes thanks to these companies. 

What is an iBuyer?

An investing company offers to purchase your home, sight unseen, for cash. Instead of cleaning your home, fixing up the little issues like cleaning windows and replacing light bulbs, staging the home, and rearranging your schedule around showings and open houses, you simply list your home for sale and then watch the iBuyer offer roll in. No pesky negotiating. No long-term

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Traditionally speaking, a Real Estate team shares everything. That means two agents (or more) share the work and the profits of all transactions right down the middle. Often times one is in charge of buyers and the other sellers. The team set-up inspires many agents to do better and be better, but it can also create big-time resentment (if one perceives the other is doing less work or making more money). When Keith and Howard started Round Table Realty in 2010, they weren’t too keen on hiring Realtor teams.

“I know we’re a team, but we didn’t do things like the other teams we saw in the business. We didn’t keep score with each other,” Keith said. “We just decided that we would help each other be better because we wanted to do Real Estate that

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People do it every year. They sell their homes without a Realtor (for sale by owner). And frankly, many of them do it successfully and without regret.

With the advent of the Internet, almost everyone now has “Google Doctorate” in something. They read about a subject just long enough to feel competent. You might have noticed this by the amount of For Sale By Owner signs now perched outside of homes in many neighborhoods. Many of you have learned you can get more money by paying less in commissions if you sell your homes without a Realtor. Why wouldn’t you go FSBO?

We’ll tell you why - Traffic!

The first and most obvious reason is that selling a home yourself means your home isn’t listed in the MLS (Multiple Listings Service) database. Public

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You’re a buyer. Your Realtor helped you find the perfect home, make an offer, and the offer has been accepted! It’s time for you to order the appraisal and the inspection.

THE INSPECTION. (Dun-dun-dun!)

One of the most stressful parts of the home-buying process comes when Realtors and buyers hold their breath to learn whether or not any major repairs will be necessary before the home can be sold. If it’s a minor issue, there’s nearly never a problem closing on time. But if it’s a big issue, like the roof, you’d better be prepared to negotiate.

“But isn’t that what my Realtor is for?!” you might ask.

YES! A million times yes. Your Realtor should absolutely be advocating for your best interest if he or she is a Single Agent. But too

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When Round Table Realty SuperAgent Tracy Lohse moved to Texas for her husband’s job in 2017, the brokers were crushed! Keith and Howard loved having Tracy at The Table, but because family always comes first around here, they understood. So, in 2018 when Tracy’s husband was transferred back to Jacksonville, you can imagine the party that started around here…

Tracy is the true definition of “People before property.” Her work ethic for the clients she serves is endless. Just recently, Tracy was put in touch with Frances by a mutual friend. Frances is a single mom of 3 that needed her help. The only problem was - Frances lives in Texas!

You see, Frances bought a house in Jacksonville years back and rented it out as an investment. When things around the

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The government’s partial shut down this past month doesn’t seem directly related to the Real Estate market. But like many other areas of finance in the country, the effects of the shut down are trickling through in ways many Realtors expected but hoped to avoid.

The most affected area of Real Estate? Loans. “Most lenders rely on IRS transcripts regularly to qualify buyers for their loans,” Sarah Burbage of Movement Mortgage told us. “If they cannot summon a transcript, loan applications are delayed. That's why you need lenders like Movement who can often find other ways of qualifying buyers. A lot of lenders can't do that and so right now, buyers are stuck." The IRS began releasing transcripts again on January 8, but the transcript requests are

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You don’t often hear about agents from the same brokerage helping each other if they’re not a team. Typically agents like to keep their tools and their clients close to the chest. At Round Table Realty, it’s different.


Kim Harshaw, an incredible RTR agent who joined us at the beginning of 2018, hit the ground running. A Washington D.C. transplant, she had nothing to work with but time and leads, and she quickly proved she was willing to do what it took to build up a solid client base here in Jacksonville and the beaches. 

Leslie Dow is an RTR agent and Broker-Associate here at The Table with a knack for technology and an incredible dedication to helping others. So when Kim took a holiday trip back to D.C., she called Leslie.
“I got a call…
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You can spend a weekend on the couch watching HGTV and take notes on home trends. Chip and Joanna or those Property Brothers are a great resource, but unless you are a professional carpet-straightener with an all-in investment of $800,000, there's a good chance you won't ever achieve those levels of trend-greatness. 

 

In better news, having a Realtor on your side will actually give you a tremendous advantage. Realtors are going in and out of houses all day every day. They're watching trends in real time. So while the following trend tips can help, your specific home might call for different trends. First and foremost, find a Realtor who can tell you if this list applies to your home...

Trend #1 -  Backsplash Take a chance on your…
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You've heard it everywhere. (We have, too.)

“It’s a sellers’ market!”

When Real Estate agents shout from the rooftops that we’re in a sellers’ market, we often look at each other and cringe. Here’s why:

Some Real Estate agents believe that a sellers’ market means sellers can jack up the price of their homes and still sell. However, this is the downslide we’ve watched time and time again in brokerages all around town. When the homes don’t sell (because the value of the home doesn’t match up with the selling price), sellers panic and ask their Real Estate agent to lower the price. This is what we call The Slow Death. A little at a time, agents continue to lower the price of the home over weeks and months until, eventually, they hit the range of the

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It seems so easy. The property taxes are listed right there in the city records! Our clients regularly check those records to get an idea of what their taxes will be when they purchase their new property or home. The trouble? Most real estate agents never even go over property taxes, let alone put a blinding STOP to clients trying to figure them out on their own. Eek!
The taxes on the property you're purchasing are simply-put not the same as the taxes were for the previous owners. In some cases they're far more than what the previous owners were paying, depending on how long they'd been in the property and whether or not they rented it out. And to determine how you'll be taxed on your new property, you need an expert.
With so many nuances involved in

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