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Christy Murdock

Christy Murdock

Christy Murdock is a content writer, consultant, and coach who helps real estate and business professionals stand out as industry leaders through effective content marketing strategies. As a contributor and educator for leading real estate companies such as Inman and ReminderMedia, Christy is a trusted leader in real estate marketing. Through her company Writing Real Estate, Christy writes blogs, property descriptions, websites, and promotional copy that increases traffic and results in higher conversions for real estate agents, brokers and other professionals.

Recent posts by Christy Murdock

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When Should You Contact a Realtor to Buy a House?

By Christy Murdock on Apr 4, 2022 10:15:00 AM

Are you ready to start the home buying process? Find out when it’s time to identify the right real estate agent and begin having those important conversations.

Topics: finding an agent buying a home first-time buyer home buyer real estate agent
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What Should My Credit Score Be to Buy a House?

By Christy Murdock on Apr 1, 2022 2:34:49 PM

Crunch the most important numbers to prepare for the financing process and get the house of your dreams

Topics: buying a home first-time buyer home buyer pre-approval buyers agent
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How to Find a Real Estate Agent for Your Needs: Where to Look & Questions to Ask

By Christy Murdock on Mar 25, 2022 10:41:00 AM

All real estate agents are not created equal. Here’s how to find a real estate agent who’s right for you, whether you’re a buyer or seller.

You may think that finding a buyer’s agent is a relatively easy proposition. After all, we all know a friend of a friend who just got their real estate license or that high school classmate who can’t stop posting on Facebook about their new career. However, the real estate agent you need must be experienced, knowledgeable, and a true expert, not just a random acquaintance. Here’s how to find a good real estate agent for buying or selling your home.

Topics: featured finding an agent home trends real estate agent buyers agent
6 min read

What Is Equity in a House and How Can I Use It?

By Christy Murdock on Mar 24, 2022 1:15:00 PM

What does home equity mean and why is it important? Read on to find out how to increase the equity in your home and why it’s beneficial to do so.

 

When you finance a home, among the many items of information you’ll receive is an amortization schedule. It shows how each monthly payment is applied to the debt that you owe on your home. If you have a 30-year mortgage balance, for example, the amortization schedule will show 360 payments, with your earlier payments primarily applied to the interest you owe on your home loan. The remainder of each payment is applied to the principal.

Topics: home value buying a home first-time buyer pre-approval buyers agent
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Buying a Home without a Realtor: Is It a Good Idea?

By Christy Murdock on Mar 23, 2022 8:15:00 AM

You may have heard of selling without a real estate professional, but have you ever heard of buying without one? If not, there’s a good reason.

 

The home purchase process is a complex one with a great deal of paperwork and many moving parts involved. Well-qualified, buyer-oriented real estate agents possess a wealth of market knowledge and an extensive professional network that can make a home purchase proceed smoothly and in a timely manner. 

Topics: buying a home first-time buyer buyers agent
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How Long Does a Mortgage Pre Approval Last?

By Christy Murdock on Mar 22, 2022 3:54:14 PM

For buyers, it’s an essential first step toward homeownership. But what is a mortgage pre-approval, how does the pre-approval process work, and how long does it last?

 

If you’re thinking ahead to the home buying process, your focus may be on finding the neighborhood with the best schools or on finding a fenced backyard for your pets. You may be most interested in the layout of the home itself or the architectural style. As you move forward through the process, however, you’ll probably find that the most time-consuming aspect of your purchase will be the mortgage approval process, beginning with a mortgage pre-approval. How does mortgage financing work and, once approved, how long does a mortgage approval last?

Topics: featured buying a home first-time buyer mortgage
7 min read

9 Tax Benefits of Owning a Home

By Christy Murdock on Feb 21, 2022 8:15:00 AM

Changes in the last few years have shifted the tax picture for homeowners. Find out how your purchase may impact you this tax season.

Topics: finding an agent buying a home first-time buyer mortgage
8 min read

25 Effective Ways To Increase Property Value Before Selling Your Home

By Christy Murdock on Feb 20, 2022 9:34:00 AM

As a homeowner, you want to get top dollar for your property, but how can you afford the updates and upgrades you need? We have all the information you’re looking for about pre-sale home improvements.

Topics: home selling tips home trends open concept selling checklist home inspection
7 min read

How Long Does It Take To Sell a House?

By Christy Murdock on Feb 19, 2022 10:45:00 AM

Whether you’re thinking ahead or working under a time crunch, here’s what to expect when you’re selling your home.

Topics: sell first time seller home selling tips home seller selling checklist
6 min read

The 5 Reasons Why Open Houses Are Still Worth It in 2022

By Christy Murdock on Feb 18, 2022 9:24:36 AM

You may think COVID has made them a thing of the past, but open houses can still pay dividends for sellers.

Topics: sell home home selling tips home seller home trends selling checklist

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