Mississippi REALTORS® Influence Congress to Extend the NFIP for Consumers
Mississippi REALTORS® used their collective voice to influence Congress into extending the national flood insurance program. Further, Mississippi REALTORS® had the highest percentage of REALTOR® participation in the nation, per state, at 35.91%.
Keeping the Fair in Fair Housing
What good is a REALTOR® if she won't tell you how good or bad the schools are or how bad the crime is in an area?
How Murphy’s Law Enjoys the House Buying Process
We all know Murphy. He interjects himself into our lives on a daily basis rearranging timelines and causing delays in our projects. He is alive and well in the homebuying process, too.
The Reality of Reality DIY
Thoughts of remodeling your home can spark fantastic ideas, such as tearing down walls creating an open floor plan or replacing an old linoleum floor in the kitchen or bathroom. While many of these types of projects can add value to your home, they can also have unforeseen monetary or health-related consequences that shows on television channels like DIY and HGTV generally fail to mention.
But, I Do Not Want to Sign Anything
When you are beginning the house hunting process, you have a choice about what services you want to be provided to you by a real estate professional. You may be reluctant to sign any forms assuming the form is binding you to an individual, and you might not be ready to commit to anyone just yet.
Sell Your Home This Summer
Selling your home can be no easy feat, especially during the hot summer months. However, there are many reasons that this summer could be the best time to put your house on the market.
Congress Shouldn’t Let Flood Insurance Program Expire
Unless members of Congress take action, authority for the National Flood Insurance Program will expire on July 1.
Why Homeownership Matters
June marks National Homeownership Month, which recognizes the value of homeownership and its positive impact on families, communities and the nation’s economy. This month allows a time to celebrate and promote the American Dream of homeownership and identify the many benefits of owning that roof over your head.
Local Real Estate Organizations Host Fair Housing Event at Civil Rights Museum
This year is the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, which prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, or disability. The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), which already incorporates the requirements of the Fair Housing Act as well as equal opportunity on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity into its Code of Ethics, will spend 2018 recognizing the history of fair housing in the nation and how REALTORS® are continual...
Staging Your Home Can Capture Buyers Imagination and Corner the Market
Viewing a house for sale requires buyers to visualize the property as a future place to call home. Would-be buyers often have to rely on their imagination for how they want to design the property as homeowners and what that man cave set-up in the basement could look like.
Raising the Bar of Professionalism
CMR President Rod Crosby has a mission this year of raising the bar among his peers. He has challenged his peers to not only abide by the REALTOR® Code of Ethics, which is an obligation of membership but to reach higher to demonstrate the highest level of professionalism.
When you want to see a house, do you call the name on the yard sign
When sellers put their homes on the market, they hire a professional real estate agent to represent them. The seller hires a listing agent who is a representative of a real estate firm or Broker to market the property for them to get the highest price in the shortest amount of time.
How do appraisers calculate the square footage of a house?
One process involved in purchasing a home is having the house appraised by a Mississippi licensed appraiser to determine value. When a lender is involved, the lender will order an appraisal that includes calculating the square footage of the heated and cooled, finished areas to determine the size. If a lender is not involved, some purchasers choose to engage an appraiser to determine the size of the house.
When Moving into a New Home, First Things First
You have just completed the biggest financial transaction of your life and can now call yourself a homeowner. With the help of a REALTOR®, a member of the National Association of REALTORS®, you purchased your first home, signed all the necessary paperwork and are about to walk up to your front door, keys in hand.
"I'm buying a brand-new home. Why are you suggesting I pay for a home inspection?"
When local home inspector Pam Pybas began performing home inspections in 2003 the idea of inspecting a new construction home was a foreign concept. Pam compares the concept to other industries asking, "what if cars were not inspected before leaving the assembly line or if medical equipment was not inspected before it entered a hospital or if an airplane was not inspected before it took off?"