Write articles. It’s a surefire way in which to increase your Real Estate business; we’re told. This advice has grown the number of high-quality Real Estate articles being written each and every month. And, because of this, it’s not an easy task trying to round up some of the best Real Estate articles that are published each month for Bill Gassett’s monthly Best of Google+ edition right here on Mass Real Estate News.

When Bill asked me to prepare this month’s edition, I was happy, yet at the same time, I knew it wasn’t going to be an easy task. I searched and sifted through articles published so far this month hoping that I haven’t overlooked a masterpiece out there, which I let fall through the cracks, and here are the simply amazing articles that I’m revealing for October 2016.

I hope you enjoy the selections and bookmark this for later reading, as it’s almost impossible to handle in one attempt. Also, once you dig into the articles, you’ll discover a whole other group of items that each author references within their article. You’ve got some reading to do!


Here are the best Real Estate articles on Google+ for Oct 2016:

Your Home is Already a House of Horrors

This first article I selected is from David O’Doherty, and I’m placing it first as his article is very timely for the spooky month of October with Halloween. David’s article is the only one strategically placed for your enjoyment.

Is your home the house of horrors without having to put up any decorations?! David discusses those blood-soaked walls (Does your home have deep red painted walls?) Pretty scary, as David explains all the painting experiments placed upon your walls. What about the concern when a Buyer enters the home wondering if Dracula lives there as it’s dark and dreary. These are just a few of the actual horrors that David discusses and how best to address them so you can get your home sold. A fun and valuable article from David that you’ll want to read.

Selling Your Luxury Home

Selling luxury homes are not your typical Real Estate sale and as Susie Cortright, illustrates in her article, you’ll discover ways in which a luxury home sale differs, 12 ways in fact.

As Susie points out, selling a luxury home is so much more than simply about the home, but rather the lifestyle that a luxury home provides.

As in any home sale, the list price for the home and the home’s presentation are key, yet the presentation will be incredibly important, particularly with a luxury home. Take a minute to read Susie’s article.

5 Things to Do Before Buying a Home

With the proper planning, you can ensure success when you’re ready to buy a home. From improving your credit to getting pre-approved for a mortgage to understanding the whole home buying process while under contract, you’ll find Paul Sian’s article very helpful.

In Paul’s article, you’ll discover his very first recommendation to be that you get on top of your credit. Your credit will make all the difference in whether or not you’ll be able to secure a loan and the rate of interest that you’d pay. Be sure to read Paul’s article to learn more.

Renter to Owner Advice

Are you tired of renting? Have you been throwing around the idea of owning a home now instead of renting? So much to consider, I know. Wendy Weir has written a helpful article that takes you through the financial side of such a move and what it would mean to you considering a home of your own.

Many people dream of home ownership, yet at the same time, you want to make sure it’s the best decision for YOU. Owning a home is not one size fits all. Take a closer look at Wendy’s article.

Purchasing a Home While Self Employed

To say it’s easy to buy a home when you’re self-employed, would be downright dishonest. Sorry to say, but self-employed individuals aren’t entitled to meet the same criteria that an employed individual would, as you have to prove a whole host of issues to present and prove.

Here Teresa Cowart, does an incredible job in setting you straight so you know what to prepare and plan for when you want to buy a home as a self-employed individual. Don’t get discouraged, just plan ahead so you know what to anticipate.

You’ll find that your taxes and associated deductions have a direct effect upon the amount of a loan you’ll be qualified for to buy a home. If your plan is to buy a home, you may want to lighten up on your deductions if it’s going to affect your purchasing power adversely. Don’t miss Teresa’s article.

Should You Get a Home Inspection?

A home inspection is pretty standard when buying a home as Kevin Vitali explains very well in his most recent article.

Whether or not you should get an inspection is a common question asked by home Buyers nationwide. Most experts will recommend a home inspection and when you’re possibly considering bypassing an inspection when you’re in a hot Seller’s market or for another reason as Kevin has written about, should be carefully considered. Remember, it’s not always easy to see with the naked eye what trouble may be lurking beneath the surfaces. Are you willing to take such a risk?! Be sure to check out Kevin’s article.

How Should You Pay Down Your Mortgage?

Perhaps you’ve wondered if paying down your mortgage is the right thing to do. Here, Debbie Drummond, provides very valuable advice in her article where she discusses your various options and how it will affect the interest and principal balances over time.

Do you have extra money that you could contribute toward your mortgage payments each month? How would you go about doing that and what effect would it have on the total money you’d end up spending over the course of the loan? Would additional payments reduce the amount of principal and interest you’d pay? Debbie zeroes in on exactly that, while providing you examples of how it would all work to your benefit. If saving some extra money is important to you, you’ll definitely want to read Debbie’s article.

How to Hire the Right Contractor

Do you need a Contractor? Where do you even begin to find one? When you need to hire the right Contractor, you’ll be glad to have access to Anita Clark’s article where she directs you towards ways in which you can find a reputable contractor. Nothing is worse than making the wrong choice with a contractor that could result in horror stories and lost money!

As you read through Anita’s article you’ll find excellent tips to consider along with knowing just what to ask the contractor, so your project gets done without a hitch and on budget. Discover more advice in Anita’s article.

Cheap Tips to Staging a Home on a Budget

You’ve heard how important home staging can be when you want to sell your home fast and for top dollar, but what happens when you just don’t have the extra money to spend on a top-notch staging job? Would you like to hear some great tips from Kyle Hiscock where he tells you how to stage a home on a budget? Great! You’ve found the right article to learn some super tips for doing just that.

Decluttering, rearranging furniture and lighting up your home are all important things to consider in order to stage your home to appeal to home Buyers when you don’t want to have to break the bank. Kyle digs into some other great tips, so be sure to read Kyle’s article to make sure your home is tops in appealing to home Buyers.

Tips for Buying in a 55 and Over Retirement Community

If you’ve made the decision to buy a home within a 55 and over retirement neighborhood and you’re looking for some tips, you’ll definitely want to read Bill Gassett’s article that gets you started right with such a home search.

What’s it like to live in a 55 and over Retirement community? What are the associated costs? What’s provided for you as a resident? These and many other questions are answered by Bill as he takes you through understanding such a community. Make sure you understand the pros and cons before you buy by reading this super article. Be sure to check out Bill’s article.

Helping You to Become a Better Real Estate Agent

We all can use a little help now and then, which was the idea behind this article when I, Lynn Pineda, wrote about helping a Real Estate Agent become the best that they can be. Sometimes I may complain about Real Estate Agents who do not demonstrate a clear desire in performing their job, so I thought I’d offer a bit of help, instead of just piling on them letting them know how awful they are at being a Real Estate Agent.

Here in my article, I offer suggestions and ways in which to improve an Agent’s performance so they can become a trusted Real Estate professional. What better way to attract the attention of home Sellers and home Buyers, than when you’re at the top of your game! Find out what more by reading my article.

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Lynn Pineda About the author: Lynn Pineda, a licensed Southeast Florida Real Estate agent for 10 years currently at Keller Williams Coral Springs Realty.