Gary Duda's Real Estate Blog

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Real Estate Broker/Owner - RE/MAX Action Real Estate
Advice on getting into real estate or enhancing an existing career. Gary Duda is the owner of RE/MAX Action Real Estate - ranked in the top 25 of all single-owned RE/MAX offices in teh Mid-Atlantic Region.
RECENT BLOG POSTS
It’s amazing how many homes are not in top condition for showings.  There is nothing more frustrating than showing a home that could have looked so much better if the owners had just taken the time to get it “market ready.” Getting your home “market ready” not only increases the price you receive...
04/05/2013
Pre-listing home inspections are a great way for sellers to assess the condition of their home and make needed repairs before they go on the market. In almost every sale of residential real estate, buyers do a home inspection as part of their contract.  Inspectors look at the roof, foundation, cr...
03/20/2013
In our online world it’s so easy to forget the value of face-to-face interaction with other Realtors. Being a Realtor is about being part of a larger group of fellow professionals.  Realtors work together to sell homes and it’s this form of cooperation that makes us unique.  Other professional's ...
03/19/2013
  If you want to save some money and help make your home more marketable, don’t forget to sign up for a home warranty when your Realtor lists your home.   Your Realtor will be able to assist you in this process. Some home warranty companies such as First American Home Warranty offer “FREE” seller...
03/08/2013
  If you plan on selling and are trying to decide where to spend money updating your home, it’s always a good idea to understand your potential buyer.   Roughly half of today’s homebuyers use an FHA mortgage.  There are many reasons for this including lower down payment requirements (3.5%), less ...
03/06/2013
  If you are looking to buy a new home, remember that the subdivision site agent always represents the seller, so don’t let them talk you out of having your own representation.   It doesn’t happen often, but we do see some employee site representatives telling buyers that they can get a “better d...
02/28/2013
  If you are looking to purchase a home, don’t focus on only the list price – think about the long term cost of owning a home.   The various components of a home have life expectancies and the longer you own a home, the more money you will have to spend on replacing those items.   Consider a typi...
02/21/2013
  As a Realtor, I rely heavily upon my mobile computing devices such as my iPad and iPhone.  There are great apps that greatly increase my efficiency and productivity.   There are also some great “must have” apps that I recommend to my clients.   The first app I always recommend is a good home se...
02/17/2013
  Everyone wants a deal in real estate or as it's been called - "the price of a lifetime." Many home lookers won't even make an offer unless it is tens of thousands under the asking price.   My advice to this type of buyer is look at the house and its potential long-term resale.   You never know ...
02/14/2013
  If you plan on purchasing a home, the first step is to find a reliable buyer's agent who will help guide you through the process.   A buyer's agent is your agent and represents your interests.   If the property is listed the seller already has an agent who is looking out for his or her interest...
02/10/2013
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Gary's advice can help you take your real estate career to the next level. He also offers advice on buying and selling Real Estate in Richmond, Virginia and surrounding areas such as Henrico County, Chesterfield County, Hanover County, Richmond, Goochland.