Michael Johnson's Blog Posts

Home Buyers At All Levels Spend More Than Expected

Remember the dark days of real estate during and after the crash? If you are a first time buyer, you probably only know what you have heard or read about the struggles associated with the real

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Speak Freely Or Hold Your Tongue

Smart homes are becoming more prevalent these days. However, even if the home you are touring isn't actually a smart home, the sellers could and probably are recording your visit to their listed.

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Affordable Homes In North Raleigh

North Raleigh has a reputation for pricey homes in established neighborhoods and high end, reconstructed homes. Good news for those looking for a more affordable option in this highly sought

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Mortgage Rate Trends You Need To Know

The economy is booming. Employment is at record levels. Consumer debt is up... these are all indicators of upward pressure for interest rates. As you can see HERE, interest rates have trended upward

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When Should You Start Planning Your 2018 Home Move

That sounds like a trick question but it isn't. Whether you are planning your move in the March or December, the time to start planning is NOW! The best way to start planning is to start asking;

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How To Stage Those Extra Rooms When Preparing To Sell

Most people know that they need to stage their home when preparing to sell. Where things get confusing is with those "extra" bedrooms. How should those be staged for greatest effect?I found this

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The One Key To Painless Listing Sellers Overlook

For the most part, sellers are pretty good about taking advise regarding preparing their home for sale. Be it de-cluttering or sprucing up the landscaping, they tend to agree readily to do the work.

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Clean Up Your Credit Report

Did you know that just about everyone has mistakes on their credit report? How could that be you may ask?The credit bureaus are in the business of selling the information creditors supply to them.

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Getting The Best Mortgage Interest Rate

I ran across this article on securing your best mortgage rate and thought it worth sharing.  Follow this  linkThere is one more hint that is worth sharing. Negotiate. Few things are set in

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Say So Long To Renting

Onceyou make the decision to take get off the renting roller coaster, youmust make an honest assessment of where you are and what actions areneeded to prepare for a purchase. Preparation starts with

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Why Buyers Will Not Buy Your House

It's a question every seller has when their house doesn't sell quickly.  The inevitable answer is one they usually don't want to hear. I ran across this recent article that spells it out

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6 Reasons To Buy Or Sell A Home In The Fall

There are some great reasons to buy or sell a home in the fall. I came across this article that highlights just a few of them6 Reasons to Buy and Sell a Home in the

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5 Tips Agents Wish Home Buyers Knew

Buying a home can be one of the most exhilarating and most exasperating times of your life. However, there are few tactics you can employ to it is more of the first and less of the latter. Have

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One Of A Kind Estate In Raleigh NC

Check out this amazing estate in a gated community in north Raleigh. There is nothing ordinary about this amazing property designed for luxurious living and entertaining.See the home and details.

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South Wake Park Project Looking Positive

If you live in or desire to live in the quickly growing Fuquay Varina, Eastern Apex, South Raleigh areas, you may have noticed dearth of recreational opportunities. Well, that may be changing very

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That Extra Kitchen Wall Can Add Real Value To Your Home

It seems that nearly every kitchen has one. That neglected wall. If you are not ripping out that wall during a remodel or it's impractical because of the load or opposing space, what can you do with

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7 Reasons To Stop Renting

There are good reasons to rent; however, there are a lot of reasons to own your home instead.Here's a good article that covers 7 of the reasons to own your home.That being said, if you have good

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Buyers Remorse And How To Avoid The Trap

According to a recent study nearly half of home buyers experience a feeling of regret regarding some aspect of the home they purchased, commonly known as buyer's remorse. Although common, it is

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The Critical First Two Weeks Of Listing

What should you expect to happen once your home is actively listed? There are many things going on in the background and you should know what to expect. In the Raleigh market, activity is a bit

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Three Ps For Selling Your Home Part 3

Nowthat you are prepared and have your pricing determined, it is timefor proper presentation.Thesingle theme of effective presentation is allowing the potentialbuyers see themselves living in and

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Get Qualified Stay Qualified

In the arena of home buying, there is little worse than getting qualified for a mortgage and going through the efforts to purchase your new home just to be denied the mortgage at the last minute.

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Three Ps For Selling Your Home Part 2

Previously,we discussed preparation for listing your home for sale. In this postwe will discuss the second P, Pricing.Mostof the time the correct pricing will be calculated by evaluatingrecent

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A New Generation Of Home Owners

Are you too young to become a home owner?  The youngest person I ever helped to buy a home was just 19 years of age. He had being working hard since 16, saved his money and was earning a solid

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Three Ps For Selling Your Home Part 1 By Michael Johnson Real Estate Consultant

On average, homeowners will sell and move every seven years. That means that onaverage, you need to consider the process for selling every sevenyears. The process will be much less stressful and

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Fall Is The BEST Time To Buy A Home

This year more than most, fall is a great time to buy. And if you act quickly you could be celebrating your holidays in your new home.  Check out this article on the subject. http://www

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Dont Get Scammed In A Hot Market

Where there is a hot market there are also scammers trying to take advantage of you. Take a look at this current scam and exercise caution.http://www.wral.com/real-estate-scam/15679909/And when you

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Find Your Dream Home When Rates And Inventory Are LOW

If you are looking for a home in the Triangle market you must be nimble to get the home of your choice. Inventory and mortgage rates are low.Home buyers trying to take advantage of the rates are

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Take The Frustration Out Of Your Home Search

Before you start sifting through the online market place and falling into the traps of buying a home, consider pausing for just a moment. In this day of technology and online information, it seems

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Its A Risky World Dont Risk Your Home

It is a fact that most people need to incomes to maintain a mortgage and upkeep on a home these days. Once you have bought your new home, you need answer the question of how will your spouse keep up

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How To Get The Home You Really Want

Anyone who has ever looked for a home has heard their Realtor warn you that the home you love could be sold while you "think about it". That is a mantra that is repeated even when seemingly nothing

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Midtown Mania Why This Is Paradise And How To Get Your Piece Of It

Awakening from decades of low profile contentment on the outskirts of the beltline, the North Hills area, now better known as Midtown, is a booming destination with quaint older homes, spectacular

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Best Place To Live In America

The Raleigh area has boasted top ranking year after year. This year Money magazine puts Apex at #1. It's easy to see why if you have ever ventured through Apex. The quaint small town feel, great

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Find The Best Home With The Least Effort

Busy is the order of the day. We wake up and hit the ground running and don't seem to stop until we drop. Who has time to waste? Certainly not busy professionals looking for their new home. While a

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A Happy Meal Could Cost You Your Dream Home

You have seen the articles ranking Raleigh among the best places to get a job, live, raise a family, etc. The word is out, the time is right and everyone seems to know it. What does that mean for

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Prime Season Is Beginning Be Prepared To For Multiple Offers

During the prime selling season here in the Raleigh market, you are looking for the best homes on the market. So is everyone else. Keeping this in mind and being prepared to make an offer that

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Great Deals In North Raleigh 300000

North Raleigh is the one of the best areas in one of the best cities in the country to live. Here are some of the best deals in North Raleigh under $300,000.http://triangle.paragonrels.com/publink

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What Does It Cost To Buy A Home

Whether you are an experienced buyer or a first time buyer, you should have a good handle on the costs involved in buying a home. This article will give you a good start toward understanding

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5 Housing Predictions For 2015 No 1 Is Critical

If there is one thing for certain in life and real estate, change will happen. So, what can you expect for 2015?The first prediction could very well be the most important piece of information you

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Mature Neighborhoods And Modern Conveniences

Where is that, you ask? Mid-Towne Raleigh. Otherwise known as North Hills (and surrounding neighborhoods). Weather your are looking to move to Raleigh or moving locally, you can't beat the mix of

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Neighbors Helping Neighbors

There is no better resource for information than your neighbors. That is especially true when you are new to a neighborhood.Try this neighborhood social network to connect to with your neighbors:

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Life In Midtown

Centrally located, established neighborhoods, great shopping, dining, and entertainment; Raleigh's midtown offers something for everyone who appreciates the classics.   Except the

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Escape The Indoors Locally

One of the nicest features of living the Raleigh area are the extensive parks and greenway systems. You don't need to travel out of the city to find great getaways. Look no further than the Triangle

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School Report Cards

Schools are usually among the top reasons buyers select a particular area or neighborhood. NC is providing citizens with a convenient evaluation of Wake County schools in this report: http://www

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North Hills Getting Better All The Time

If you are thinking about buying a home in North Raleigh, the North Hills area is a great option. Mostly established neighborhoods with mature trees, creeks, parks, shops, restaurants, theater, and

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Forbes Confirms What We Already Knew

Forbes just announced that Raleigh tops the country as a place to raise a family. Having been a resident of Raleigh for almost 40 years, I have watched this town grow and evolve from a southern

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How To Pick The Right Home

Regardless of whether you are a first time buyer or a seasoned home owner, choosing the right home is the top priority. I know it sounds cliche; after all, no one wants to buyer the wrong

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