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Meet NextHome’s Mascot: Luke!

Meet Luke

Portfolio-LukeTM1Our friend, companion and mascot. When Luke is not out in the field and enticing people to tour new homes for sale or playing with neighborhood kids, you can find him relaxing at home with his favorite book. Born June 15, 2014 at Pentagram, New York, with an immediate affinity and passion for real estate, Luke is an avid supporter of homeownership opportunities, financial security, green living and personalized lifestyle.

He is experienced in playful engagement, trotting and making people smile. He loves attention and organic food. Luke, travels extensively in his role as Ambassador at NextHome, visiting listings, offices and bringing energy to the communities our members serve.

Luke currently resides and works at the Corporate Headquarters of NextHome, Inc. in Pleasanton, CA.

HOBBIES AND INTERESTS INCLUDE:

San Francisco Giants, collecting baseball cards, snowboarding, motorcycles, cooking, running, relaxing at the spa, working out, playing with kids and planting in the garden.

 

PHOTOSHOOT WITH LUKE

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Closing Costs

What Are Closing Costs and How Much Are They?

 | Aug 20, 2019

Posted from Realtor.com

When you get a mortgage to buy a home, you’ll have to pay closing costs: These fees, paid to third parties to help facilitate the sale of a home, typically total 2% to 7% of the home’s purchase price. So on a $250,000 home, you can expect the amount to run anywhere from $5,000 to $17,500.

Now that you have a sense of the ballpark numbers, here’s everything home buyers and home sellers need to know about closing costs.

Who pays closing costs, and when?

After saving up to purchase a new home, getting pre-approved, and making a down payment, it’s hard for buyers to accept that they’ll have additional out-of-pocket expenses. Some good news, then, is that both buyers and sellers typically pitch in to cover closing costs, although buyers shoulder the lion’s share of the load (3% to 4% of the home’s price) compared with sellers (1% to 3%). And while some expenses must be paid upfront before the home is officially sold (e.g., the home inspection fee when the service is rendered), and others, like property taxes and homeowners insurance, are recurring, most are paid at the end, when you close on the home and the keys exchange hands.

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Realtor.com: 6 Reasons Why Selling a House in the Winter May Be the Best Decision Ever

 | Oct 8, 2018

Posted from Realtor.com

Spring is generally the most popular time of year to sell a house, with hordes of buyers looking to move into a new place before the school year begins. But if you decide to sell your home during the winter, experts say you could reap a reward in cold, hard cash.

“I have personally had my best months in real estate during the holiday season, so the idea that the markets are very tough to sell in the winter might be a myth,” says Emil Hartoonian, managing partner of The Agency in Beverly Hills, CA.

He’s not the only one who believes selling in the winter can make you a real estate winner. Read on for the top reasons why you should consider unloading when the temperatures drop. Continue reading