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Sold a Condo home in 2014 in Rehoboth Beach, DE.
  • Not only were you from the local area I wanted to sell in, but you were very quick and efficient to answer all my questions. I could always reach you easily. You brought me an offer 3 days into the listing. Tom Schoenbeck is very professional! I especially liked that you took me through the selling process. Thanks so much for the great work, the high energy you displayed day in and day out, YOU EXCEEDED IN EVERY WAY! That is very unusual in today’s world of Real Estate.
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HUD-1 Statement and VA Loan Fees

The 1 percent origination fee: The VA limits the origination fee a lender can charge a borrower to 1% of the loan. The origination fee covers a lender’s costs of processing a loan, and can include:

  • document preparation fees
  • processing fees
  • administrative costs of originating your loan
  • application fees
  • faxing/mailing fees
  • additional fees involved with loan processing

Additional allowable fees:

The 1% origination fee is designed to cover the time and money a lender invests into each loan file. But those aren’t the only costs that a VA loan will incur. Beyond the lender’s origination fee of 1 percent, VA borrowers can be charged for the following items:

  • appraisal fees
  • recording fees
  • credit report fees
  • prepaid items (taxes, assessments, and similar items)
  • hazard insurance
  • flood determination
  • survey fee
  • title work and insurance
  • VA funding fee
  • discount points
  • well and septic inspection fees
  • closing protection letter fee
  • additional fees deemed appropriate by the VA

VA Prevents Lenders from Billing Certain Items

Unallowable VA loan fees:

The VA prevents lenders from charging certain fees to a VA borrower. VA loan recipients can never be charged for the following items:

  • termite/pest inspection
  • attorney fee charged as a benefit to the lender
  • mortgage broker fee
  • real estate agent commission
  • prepayment penalties
  • HUD inspection fees for builders

So, if any of the non-allowed fees are being charged, the seller, agent, or lender may pay them, but not the Vet.

 

ImageDelaware farm stands and markets will be opening their doors to kick-off the season this month. Shoppers can easily and find local sources of fresh produce, meat, eggs and other agricultural products by using the local guide, the Delaware Fresh app for mobile devices and the Delaware Ag Directory. With the abundance of corn, soy, and wheat, coupled with the wet winter and spring, this should be a banner year for gorgeous crops!

 

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This is very fascinating and informative ‘Real Time’ look at where our county’s wealth comes from, and where it goes. Notice, of the 3 Delaware counties, NCC has a net loss of $878 million, Kent County a net gain of $428 million and Sussex County a net wealth gain of $1.7 Billion AGI. The link will also show what state’s counties are providing us wealth and which state’s counties we are losing wealth to. Florida is a major wealth vacuum from Sussex County, whereas 3 Maryland Counties are major wealth contributors to our county. This may serve you to know where to target your on-line advertising outside of Delaware. 

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Click picture for a ‘live’ wealth counter.

realtorThe question buyers often have is why they should hire a Realtor when having a new home built by a builder or developer. Often times a buyer feels they can traverse the process without a Realtor and just use the builder to guide them.  As a Realtor, I always give my buyers the option of making their purchase unrepresented, but I also give them caution about doing so.  Why? Let’s examine it:

1. In any sales transaction; car, house, or fine jewelry, someone is selling a product and someone is buying a product.  If the person who is selling the product is the sole representative in the entire transaction, whose interest do you most feel they will be looking out for?  As a buyer, would you know what questions to ask, would you know what fine points of a sales contract could cost you more than you thought you bargained for?  Let’s look at it this way. Why do you think builders themselves hire Realtors to represent them?  It’s because builders too recognize the value a Realtor brings to the table.  They know when it comes to negotiating the deal, a Realtor has the professional skills necessary to make it a win-win for their principal.

2.  Often times a buyer feels they will save money by not using a Realtor. moneyUnfortunately, this is not true and often times ends up costing the consumer more.  Buyers feel the commission the buyer’s broker earns will be given to them (the buyer) if they do not use a Realtor.  If a buyer proceeds without representation, the commission the builder has already set aside is either then kept by the builder or given to their own representative, it is never given to the buyer.  Additionally, other fine points in a sales contract, such as builder and buyer splitting the sales transfer tax, can be overlooked by a buyer and end up costing the buyer several thousands of dollars.

3.  If a buyer is unrepresented and lives out of the local area, who will they then rely on to keep tabs on the building process? For me, I take photos of the building process and send them to my buyers so they can pictorally see what is taking place.  It also gives me the opportunity to stop in and ask questions if I see something that seems out of place.

4. Being unrepresentated, you may not realize you have the right to an independent home inspection, or to use the settlement attorney or lender of your own choosing and not the builders.

wordle5. A Realtor brings clout to the table.  While you might not realize it, builders value Realtors because they recognize the fact that Realtors bring buyers and they respect their representation. Builders know there is a symbiotic relationship between good deals and future business. If you work without a Realtor on your side, the builder knows it won’t be you bringing them future clients and they don’t have the same degree of vested interest in keeping you happy.

The bottom line in all this is advocacy.  A Realtor is your best advocate in the process and will not cost you a dime.  Your Realtor is there for one purpose, to make sure your needs as the buyer, are taken care of.  Their entire focus is on you and no one else.

 

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ImageREAL Trends 500 Ranks Keller Williams Realty #1

According to the REAL Trends 500, Keller Williams Realty’s top brokerages sold more real estate than any other franchise’s brokerages last year. The report is an annual industry ranking published by REAL Trends, Inc., a leading source of analysis and information on the residential brokerage and housing industry.

Of the Top 500 real estate brokerages in the United States, Keller Williams Realty offices significantly outpaced the industry in both sales volume per office and transactions per office. Keller Williams Realty brokerages represented 23 percent (116 offices) of the Top 500 by closed volume and 22 percent (111 offices) of the top 500 brokerages ranked by closed transactions. The Keller Williams Realty offices included in the Top 500 handled approximately $67 billion in sales and more than 289,000 transactions.

Additionally, On its 30th Anniversary, Keller Williams Realty celebrated becoming the #1 realImage estate company by agent count in the United States, successfully achieving an historic feat.

In recent years, the company has surpassed ERA, Prudential, Re/Max, Century 21 and Coldwell Banker to secure the industry’s top position. The news, based on publicly available information as of February 6, 2013, was announced in front of more than 10,000 Keller Williams associates at the company’s annual gathering, Family Reunion.

kwimgaeI’m not a person that can be recruited. Let me explain what I mean. There are basically two reasons you can’t recruit me; I’m a company guy and I’m a family guy. As a company guy, when I commit to working with a company, I don’t let loose, ever.  With my company, Keller Williams Realty, I am oferred so much, it would not be possible (or at least highly improbable) for you to ever match what I receive. Here’s why:

1. Keller Williams has Profit Sharing for life. Even if I were to retire or quit the business all together, I will always receive profit sharing income and my heirs will receive it long after I am gone.

2. Training with my company is second to none in any business model in any industry out there! We offer daily training, locally and nationally. We don’t believe in putting a newly licensed agent at a computer with a ‘good luck, hope you succeed’ attitude. We firmly believe in setting our agents up for total success, not failure.  We believe their success is our success. We train to the absolute highest level and invite the agent to step off anywhere along the stairstep, wherever their comfort level and desired income level is.

3. Keller Williams is run by the agents, not management. The agents, through the Agent Leaadership Council in each office, decide how the office will be run, what expenditures will be made, what policies will be implemented etc. We have a foundation up approach, as the agents are the foundation of this company.

4. Keller Williams Realty takes care of its own and those in need through a fund called KW Cares. When we have agents in need, we have a financial fund to help get them on their feet whether there’s a medical emergency, house fire, personal crisis etc. KW Cares has been paying the agents in a mid-western market center office since the other companies refuse to pay our agents commissions. KW is paying for those agents to continue to work and live.

5. Our business model of growth and success has made Keller Williams the largest national Realty firm in America, we were named by JD Powers and Associates as the number One Realty company for both buyer and sellers satisfaction, and KW was named within the top 100 best places to work in any industry. And why? Because we are agent focused, not firm focused. Everything we do is to drive business to the agent.

But, even if you could ever possibly match or exceed what our company provides, there is one thing you can’t overcome; Family. Keller Williams Realty is as much my family as any family could be. I know the other agents like I know my own siblings. There is a level of caring, compassion, and commitment to one another that you only find in families. You can’t replace a family member, you could not possibly replace mine.

So, when you call me with the ulterior motive of recruiting me, I’ll listen to what you have to present, I’ll enjoy a nice cup of coffee with you, but you have zero chance of recruiting me. I’m a company guy and more important, I’m a family guy.

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