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Feature Home
 

100 Lucy Lane, Dothan AL  $345,000

This home is the epitome of southern style with a wonderful wrap around porch! New oak floors flow through all of the living areas and downstairs guest bedroom. There is a formal dining room to your left when you enter the home and straight ahead is a Grand room with fireplace and built-ins. The Grand room is open to a sun room that adds an airy feel and gives plenty of natural light. An open kitchen features granite counter tops and glazed cabinetry. There are four bedrooms, two upstairs and two down, each with its own en suite bath. The main floor master suite offers a sitting area with built-in bookshelf, two walk-in closets and bath with double vanities, clawfoot tub and tiled shower! The main floor guest suite has an extra wide door leading to a bathroom with a roll in shower, perfect for anyone with mobility needs. A covered back porch overlooks a nicely landscaped back yard with vinyl privacy fence. For more information or to schedule a tour, call Susan Morrison, (334)333-8981!

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December Showcase Agents!!!
 

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Showcase Properties would like to recognize the “Showcase Agents” for the month of December-

Danita Murdoch, Kim Lee, Jackie Johnson, Kathy Cleveland, Brooke Gay, Krysia Robertson, Angela Blissett, Betty and Robert Brewer of The Brewer Team, Tim Vierkandt and Ramona Miley!

These highly trained and motivated professionals continue to set the standard for productivity, professionalism, client satisfaction, and commitment to career development. Our team of professionals at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Showcase Properties is “Committed to Excellence - Every Day in Every Way.”

 
Market Update
 

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MORTGAGE ADVICE
 

Prequalify, Preapprove - What’s the Difference?

Some mortgage terms can be confusing, none more so than the similarities and differences between prequalification and preapproval. The two terms are often used interchangeably, but they mean very different things to lenders, real estate professionals and home sellers.

Prequalifying is a rough-idea process that tells you how much money you’ll likely be able to borrow to buy a home. You can prequalify yourself on any banking or real estate-related website simply by putting your salary, type of loan you want, down payment amount and a ballpark home price into a mortgage calculator. You can talk with a lender, who will also give you a ballpark amount without a credit check.

When you apply for a mortgage loan, you’ll share your income records, the source and amount of your down payment, and your social security number so the lender can pull your credit. This is the key difference between prequalification and preapproval – when the lender is able to review your application and verify your credit standing to make a lending decision.

The lender will get back to you within three days or less with a preapproval letter stating the maximum amount of money you’re approved to borrow.

Preapproval gives you the real numbers so you know exactly how much you can spend on a home. It lends you credibility with real estate professionals and with sellers who will take you seriously as a buyer.

Prequalification becomes preapproval once you have a purchase contract on a home. Then, the preapproval is real.

 
HOMESELLERS’ ADVICE
 

What the CMA Can’t Tell You

The comparison market analysis, otherwise known as a CMA, is an analytics tool real estate professionals use to help sellers learn what homes similar to theirs in size, age, and features have sold for, and buyers learn how close to asking price homes have sold for so they have a better idea how much to offer.

A CMA can provide quantifiable commodity details – such as age, square footage, lot size, and location, and number of bedrooms, living areas, and baths. But it can’t tell you the subjective details that make one house more attractive than another similar home, such as how well it’s been updated, landscaped, or maintained.

And that’s where your Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Showcase Properties sales professional can be invaluable. With their market knowledge, neighborhood expertise, and connections, they can provide the house-by-house intelligence you need to make a better-informed decision.

For homes that are listed for sale, your Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Showcase Properties sales professional can show you inside the ones most similar to your home or the home you’re most interested in buying. Homes that have already sold could still have virtual tours and photos that you can peruse.

Your Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Showcase Properties sales professional can also provide you with a detailed market report including graphs and pie charts compiled by the multiple listing service. You’ll learn the current macro and micro market conditions that explain why prices are trending up or down.

The market is constantly changing, and the more you know, the easier it is to reach your buying and selling goals.

 
HOMEowners’ ADVICE
 

Emergency Plans for Your Family

Do you know what to do when a disaster strikes? Do your children? By creating and practicing an emergency safety plan, you can protect your family when natural disasters happen. Wildfires, tornadoes and hurricanes each require special preparations, including emergency kits with food, water, first aid, medicines and blankets.

Fires. The National Fire Protection Association advises you to have at least two ways to escape the home in case of fire. Practice fire drills with your children at least twice a year so they can identify safer escape routes from anywhere in the home.

Tornadoes. Tornadoes are fast, unpredictable and destructive. The Red Cross recommends the safest shelter for the family as rooms without windows, such as interior rooms, closets, hallways or a storm shelter/basement, if available.

Hurricanes. The Insurance Information Institute suggests learning where the nearest public shelters and evacuation routes are before hurricane season begins.

Before disaster strikes, review your homeowner’s insurance and make sure you’re covered for flooding and wind damage. Upload photographs of your home and valuables to the cloud. Keep valuables, important files, priceless photographs in a safety deposit box. Prepare your emergency kit.

You may lose some material objects, but you’ll keep what matters most –- your family.

 
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in 2019!

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