Posted by Tom Mangas | 23 May 2018| Blog
Home Buyers Beware! What is an MLS and who does it serve?

What is an MLS? The vast majority of homes for sale in the US are sold through real estate agents who use a multiple listing service (MLS) to share information among themselves. The system, according to Wikipedia, has been around since the late 1800s! When you look online at Zillow or your real estate agent’s website, they are sourcing the information typically from an MLS database or replicating that data with permission from the broker. And up until now, the majority of  pictures, statistics, pricing of a homes listing are managed there. Wikipedia defines an MLS as “a suite of...

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Posted by Rebecca Fretty | 17 May 2018| Blog
House Hunting Tip #3: The Impact of Commuting

Love this house! Now how will this impact my commute?   The list of wants and needs when we are looking at homes to buy can get quite long!  And one topic that is almost always at the top of the list is how will this location impact my commute to work.   To help answer this question we love the Walk Score® widget.  It shows Walk, Transit, and Bike Score ratings, and scores by category for any address. When you add a property to your DADO House Hunting app, you will automatically receive the walk, transit and bike scores for...

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Top five key things to look at on the MLS sheet
Posted by Brian Goodman | 16 May 2018| Blog
Top 5 things the MLS sheet tells you for understanding a property better

What is an MLS? A Multiple Listing Service (MLS) is a part business and part technology. There are over 800 MLSs spread across the United States with the primary purpose to help member agents collaborate around buying and selling transactions. Despite the massive fragmentation, the benefits of having a common system at a local level are significant. The MLS creates a common data exchange and record keeping platform that enables agents to consistently advertise, communicate and track the business of transacting property. With multiple objectives, it is hard to know what this means for the consumers, which is why we...

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Posted by Rebecca Fretty | 14 May 2018| Blog
Adding Properties Three Ways! DADO Insider House Hunting Best Features

Three great ways to add property list in your DADO House Hunting app Now you can add properties to your DADO dashboard three ways! Join the open listing movement and be a contributor to your community at large as well as your own personal house hunt!  When you open your DADO App, you will see a hot properties list that shows properties other DADO Insider House Hunters have looked at, rated and possibly even hearted.   You can add these to your own property list as well as bring in properties from Zillow or just type in the address directly.  This...

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Posted by Rebecca Fretty | 10 May 2018| Blog
DADO Insider House Hunting – Feature Update! Sharing your property pictures.

Share your own pictures with family and friends in your DADO House Hunting app   Now you can share all the pictures you take of each house your tour with your family and friends!   In our latest update to the DADO house hunting app we enabled your ability to see each other’s photos that you take while house hunting. See the perfect house and your significant other is away on a business trip?  No problem!  Add your own pictures of the property to your DADO app and your significant other will get a notification that you have shared a property! ...

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Posted by Rebecca Fretty | 08 May 2018| Blog
How would you spend $2000 on your new house? Enter DADO Insider House Hunting Giveaway

Amazon Gift Cards Coming  Your Way!  Just try our app and see! Throughout the month of May you can earn points toward winning Amazon gift cards just for trying our new house hunting app and sharing it with your friends and family!   Grand Prize is a $2000 Amazon gift card.  There are also 3 First Prizes - $500 Amazon Gift Card.   Plus every Monday we will announce the top three leaders in the contest and give away smaller Amazon gift cards as a little extra perk for playing all month. What could you do with your Grand Prize money? What...

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Posted by Rebecca Fretty | 28 April 2018| Blog
House Hunting Tip #2: Look up. Look down. Look all around… at the finishes.

Evaluating finishes when you are house hunting. Most of the houses we see are older homes.  As a matter of fact, the best values are often the “fixer up” option, not brand new construction.   Evaluating the finishes can make a huge impact on your decision about which house will make the perfect home.   We spoke with two home improvement experts to help you evaluate the finishes in every house you tour.  Lauren Muse is a home designer who is also a licensed real estate agent.  Pat Lovallo is a licensed general contractor and founder of Facelift, a remodeling company in...

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Posted by Rebecca Fretty | 06 April 2018| Blog
House Hunting Tip #1: Ten House Exterior Pictures That Can Save You Thousands!

House Hunting Tip #1 - Start snapping pictures outside. It could save you thousands! Here is your first house hunting tip to save you thousands.   The outside of the home sometimes gets less of your attention when you are on house tours.  After all some of the best parts of the house are the killer kitchen, amazing master bathroom, or awesome fireplace.  However, touring the exterior with these ten attributes in mind can really impact how high you rate the house as the home of your dreams.  Snap pictures of each of them so you can remember them later. But...

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Posted by Rebecca Fretty | 20 March 2018| Blog
Deal Negotiation: Part Three of The Agent Interview: Sell my house, please!

Part Three: Home Seller Deal Negotiation This is Part Three of a Three part series detailing interviewing agents to sell your house focusing on the final deal negotiation. Selecting an agent will make a tremendous impact on how long it is on the market, the sale price and the daily grind on your life. Over 65% of home sellers hire the first agent they speak with and yet over 56% of home sellers are not happy with the agent they selected.  Making the effort to find the best agent for you can be incredibly valuable. You will save time, money...

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Posted by Rebecca Fretty | 20 March 2018| Blog
The Art of Pricing your Property: Part Two of The Agent Interview: Sell my house, please!

Part Two:  Pricing your Property This is Part Two of a Three part series detailing interviewing agents to sell your house focusing on the art of pricing you house.  Selecting an agent will make a tremendous impact on how long it is on the market, the sale price and the daily grind on your life.  Over 65% of home sellers hire the first agent they speak with and yet over 56% of home sellers are not happy with the agent they selected. Making the effort to find the best agent for you can be incredibly valuable.  You will save time,...

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