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Buying a Home

Great schools, good city services, nice parks and playground facilities, convenient shopping and transportation, a track record of sound development and good planning—these are just a few considerations that are important to many people when they choose a community in which to live.

No one knows the people and the communities they serve better than local real estate agents. It’s their jobs to know the in’s and out’s of communities and the home-buying or home-selling process.

Even before talking with an agent, you can take advantage of the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) and many real estate broker websites. They have up to 90% or more of the homes listed in any given community, which makes it relatively easy for buyers to access detailed information on homes for sale practically anywhere in the country.

 

Selling Your Home

Want the secret of selling your house for the absolute highest price the market will pay? It’s balancing finances and emotions, so you get real value and a successful transaction.

For many, selling a home entails a mixture of sadness, fear, relief, excitement and apprehension. These emotions conjure up many questions: Are we doing the right thing? Is now the right time? What about the kids and their friends? Can we really afford this? Will the house sell before we move?

We can answer all questions about selling your home -- including how much it’s worth.

 

Luxury Homes

The Coldwell Banker Global Luxury SM program sets the benchmark for modern luxury real estate marketing, continuing the legacy established more than 80 years ago.  The essence of this elite program is simple; combine the prestige of the Coldwell Banker® name with the top luxury real estate masters and the reach of a robust international network in 49 countries and territories.  The result is an unparalleled fusion of leadership and experience in one program.

 

Speaking the Language

Here are some common abbreviations you might see in real-estate listings or advertising.

BA: bath
BLT: built-in
BR: bedroom
BRK: brick
BKPORCH: back porch
BLDRS REDO: builder's renovation
CAC: central air conditioning
DR: dining room
DK: deck
FHA/VA: qualifies for FHA/VA financing
FIN LL: finished lower level
FML: formal
FPL: fireplace
FR: family room
FROG: finished room over garage
FSBO: for sale by owner
GMT KITCHEN: gourmet kitchen
INGRD POOL: inground pool
LR: living room
MSTR: master bedroom/suite
MTG: mortgage
PVCY FENCE: privacy fence
SCC SYS: security system
SCRND PORCH: screened porch
TH: townhouse
TXS: taxes
WBFP: wood burning fireplace
W/O: walk-out
U/G SPRK: underground sprinkler system
YD: yard