Beth and Ed Wolff Beth and Ed Wolff Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Beth and Ed Wolff Beth and Ed Wolff Beth Wolff Realtors Real Living wins national award for customer service 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Beth Wolff Realtors Real Living is among America’s Top 45 real estate brokerages firms based on service excellence, winning a national QE Award (pronounced “quie”) “Reflecting measured and independently verified excellence in the delivery of the highest levels of customer satisfaction and service quality in real estate in North America,” according to Kevin C. Romito, president, Quality Service Certification Inc. (QSC), creator of the award. Beth Wolff Realtors Real Living was the only brokerage in the state of Texas among honorees spanning 24 states, from California to Massachusetts and Florida to Minnesota. “This award truly honors … [Read more...] about Beth Wolff Realtors Real Living wins national award for customer service
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Four of the country’s largest airlines have begun to accept reservations to fly on or after Oct. 1, 2020, but those carriers offer little, if any, warning on their booking sites about the new security documents that will be required to board a plane after that date. Under federal law, a traditional state-issued drivers license or identification card won’t be accepted to board a plane. Starting Oct. 1, passengers can only fly with an enhanced identification card or drivers license — known as a Real ID — or a federally approved form of identification such as a passport or military ID.Travel industry experts estimates that 99 million Americans currently don’t have a Real ID, passport or another valid ID, according to a survey commissioned by the U.S. Travel Assn. That means nearly 40% of American adults won’t be able to board an airline to visit family for the holidays next year.“Imagine the novice traveler, a grandma who only travels once or … [Read more...] about The Real ID deadline is really coming. Should airlines warn you?
Photo: IvelinRadkov/iStock Photo: IvelinRadkov/iStock Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Photo: IvelinRadkov/iStock Do You Get Your Earnest Money Back If You Can't Get a Mortgage? 1 / 1 Back to Gallery After you make an offer on a house and it's accepted by the seller, you'll be asked to put down an earnest money deposit to show your commitment to this purchase. But while you might be gung-ho to move ahead, the deal could still fall through if you can't get a mortgage. Which begs the question: If financing fails to happen, do you get that earnest money back? In most cases, yes—that is, if you take a few precautions. Here's more on how to protect your earnest money during the home loan process. Mortgage pre-approval It's best to find out if … [Read more...] about Do You Get Your Earnest Money Back If You Can’t Get a Mortgage?
Photo: AleksandarNakic/iStock Photo: AleksandarNakic/iStock Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Photo: AleksandarNakic/iStock 5 Crucial Questions to Ask Before You Flip Your First House 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Thanks to the seemingly endless glut of home improvement TV shows like “Flip or Flop,” “Masters of Flip,” and “Rehab Addict,” it seems like flipping houses has become America’s favorite pastime. But for the inexperienced, house flipping can be a dangerous and costly game. Make one wrong move, and that “great investment” can turn into a monumental mistake. Don’t want your first flip to be a flop? Here are five questions you might never think to ask yourself, but totally should, before … [Read more...] about 5 Crucial Questions to Ask Before You Flip Your First House
Photo: IStock Photo: IStock Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Photo: IStock The Most Common Rent-to-Own Scams—and How to Not Get Taken for a Fool 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Tired of renting, but afraid you'll always be stuck in rentals because you can't buy a house? You may have seen ads for rent-to-own homes, and wondered if they're your ticket to home ownership. Is a rent-to-own deal too good to be true? At first glance, rent-to-own deals can seem like a great idea. If you're tired of renting, but have a shaky credit score or lack a sufficient down payment, a rent-to-own agreement can allow you to get out of a rental and work toward homeownership. In rising housing markets, when you're in a rental, the prices can go up faster than you can save … [Read more...] about The Most Common Rent-to-Own Scams—and How to Not Get Taken for a Fool