Should you buy an HOA-controlled home?

Blog / 23.08.20170 comments

The pros and cons debate of living in a housing development with a homeowner’s association (HOA) has been going on for decades. Ever since the first master-planned communities first started appearing in the 1960s, home buyers have had to decide if the advantages of an HOA outweighed some of the disadvantages. As with most aspects of home buying, the final answer is that it’s a personal preference, but there are some important considerations that should be discussed before buying a property with an HOA. Prospective buyers will be provided a document of CC & Rs (covenants, conditions, and restrictions) which outline the specifics and they should be carefully reviewed.

HOA Benefits

There are many benefits to owning a home with an HOA. The same restrictions and rules that you might find limiting also limits your neighbors. Perhaps you can’t tell the difference between one beige house color and the approved beige house color, but that same rule prevents your neighbor from painting their house purple.


SetSchedule Member Spotlight: Michael Bass with CitySide Properties from Houston, Texas!

Blog, Featured Members / 22.08.20170 comments

Michael Bass

Michael Bass
CitySide Properties

Experience: 4 years

Specializations: Residential buyers & sellers / Certified Negotiation Expert / Luxury Listings and Marketing  

Areas Served: Houston and the surrounding area(s). These include, but are not limited to, Pearland, Sugar Land, Missouri City, Katy, Cypress, Spring, Humble

Q: What made you become interested in real estate?
A:  I was previously in sales for about 7 years. Real estate always seemed interesting to me but I just never made the jump to get into it. One of my best friends got into real estate and started discussing it with me. That helped my decision to make the leap and I’ve never looked back. I absolutely love it.


SetSchedule Celebrates Record-Setting Growth in Membership, Expands Presence in New York

Press Releases / 21.08.20170 comments

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Irvine, CA (August 21, 2017)SetSchedule, the revolutionary real estate marketplace that connects real estate agents with homeowners and buyers, added 300 new members in the month of July 2017, setting a new record for growth in the company’s history. The growth was concentrated in key states, including New York, with demanding and unique real estate markets that require expert guidance for homeowners and buyers.

The membership, which now surpasses 2,200 residential real estate agents, include REALTORs and agents from a variety of brokers, including Keller Williams and Compass Realty, to offer them qualified real estate leads in order to reduce the time and money they would otherwise spend tracking down potential leads and creating marketing materials to acquire appointments. The company’s success and growth has attracted the attention of media outlets such as Inc., earning a verified profile on the business and entrepreneurship magazine’s website.


10 Top Real Estate Influencers

Blog / 18.08.20170 comments

Our social media driven world has permeated all aspects of life – business is no exception. In 2017, if you don’t have a strong social presence, you’re dead in the water. In a business as personal and relationship-based as real estate, those with the strongest networks (both social and IRL) will continue to prosper.

So, without further ado, here are our Top 10 real estate influencers in no particular order!

  • Stefan Swanepoel
    With over 20 books and reports written, 30 years of real estate industry experience, and multiple NY Times Bestsellers, it’s no surprise to see Stefan on the list.
  • Fredrik Eklund
    At age 40, there isn’t a lot that Fredrik hasn’t accomplished. Born in Sweden, he and his team have broken multiple real estate sales records consistently. Catch him on Bravo’s “Million Dollar Listing”.
  • Ryan Serhant
    Next up is Fredrik’s Bravo co-star, Ryan Serhant. With his growing Serhant Team and a #1 ranking of brokers in New York by the Wall Street Journal, Ryan is a force to be reckoned with.
  • Tom Ferry
    Superstar real estate coach Tom Ferry is on fire. With over 140,000 likes on Facebook and a ton of coaching events, Tom is sharing his real estate knowledge daily.
  • Chad Carrol
    Yet another TV star, Chad is on the Miami version of Bravo’s “Million Dollar Listing.” Chad’s closed close to $1 billion in deals since 2011.
  • J. Massey
    Massey has a hugely popular podcast and gives advice to those looking to create cash flow through real estate.
  • Dan Gilbert
    Most people who purchase homes do so through mortgages. In that arena, Dan Gilbert is king. Dan founded Quicken Loans, a massive online mortgage lender. Beyond that, he is also owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
  • Cody Sperber
    Otherwise known as the Clever Investor, Cody’s flipped over 1,000 properties. He has since begun teaching others how to do the same and succeed.
  • Stefan Aarnio
    Stefan started his real estate portfolio with a humble $1,200 that has since grown to a multi-million dollar portfolio.


SetSchedule has changed the way real estate marketing is viewed, by changing the way REALTORS® access clients and listing appointments. SetSchedule is a “first of its’ kind” exclusive membership based model that provides verified appointments, marketing tools, and elite invite-only networking events for its members. By blending new technologies, and thought processes with proven success methods SetSchedule had incurred record producing results unseen in the industry.


Listing of the Day: A Custom Tudor Home from Mynor Herrera of Keller Williams Capital Properties

Listing of The Day / 18.08.20170 comments

The Listing of the Day for August 18 is over 6304 Tone DR. Bethesda, MD. Provided by  Keller Williams Capital Properties.

Prime location inside the beltway! This custom-designed home features a striking stone facade and expansive floor plan. Unlock your inner chef with the gourmet eat-in kitchen with granite counters, stainless steel appliances, wrap-around breakfast bar and wine fridge. Enjoy the sun-filled rooms, soaring ceilings, wood floors, main level in-law suite and den/office. Retreat to the upper-level master bedroom, with the custom walk-in closet and luxurious master bath with a Jacuzzi. Rec space in the finished basement. You won’t want to miss this one!


SetSchedule Member Spotlight: Monique Haritchabalet with Re/Max Futura from San Francisco, CA!

Blog, Featured Members / 17.08.20170 comments

Monique Haritchabalet

Monique Haritchabalet
Re/Max Futura

Experience: 15 years
Specializations: Residential and Investment Properties
Areas Served: San Francisco, Marin, Daly City, South San Francisco

Q: What made you become interested in real estate?
A: Personal experience with my own personal real estate purchases and investments.

Q: What is the most interesting thing that happened during an open house you hosted?
A: A neighbor visited my open house, and he liked my work ethic so much that decided to list his house with me.


Listing of the Day: An Updated Family Home from Yuriy Feldman of CENTURY 21 Troop Real Estate

Listing of The Day / 16.08.20170 comments

The Listing of the Day for August 16 is over at 25327 Bowie Ct., Stevenson Ranch, CA. Provided by CENTURY 21 Troop Real Estate.

This single-family detached home is ready for a family!  3 bedrooms plus an office/den offers plenty of room for everyone, as well as 3 full baths. New roof, newly upgraded with hardwood floors on both floors, tile floor in each bathrooms, tankless water heater and cover patio on backyard. The amazing kitchen features granite countertops and stainless steel appliances.


Dealing with Financing When Buying a Home

Blog / 14.08.20170 comments

This blog was contributed by Susan Sharpe of Keller Williams Navarre. See the original here.

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As the events of the last few years in the real estate industry show, people forget about the tremendous financial responsibility of purchasing a home at their peril. Here are a few tips for dealing with the dollar signs so that you can take down that “for sale” sign on your new home.

Get pre-approved. Sub-primes may be history, but you’ll probably still be shown homes you can’t actually afford. By getting pre-approved as a buyer, you can save yourself the grief of looking at houses you can’t afford. You can also put yourself in a better position to make a serious offer when you do find the right house. Unlike pre-qualification, which is based on a cursory review of your finances, pre-approval from a lender is based on your actual income, debt and credit history. By doing a thorough analysis of your actual spending power, you’ll be less likely to get in over your head.


SetSchedule Member Spotlight: Susan Walker with Century 21 Davis Realty, Inc. from Grass Valley, CA!

Blog, Featured Members / 14.08.20170 comments

Susan Walker

Susan Walker
Century 21 Davis Realty, Inc.

Experience: 17 years
Specializations: First-time homebuyers, seniors, relocation, new construction
Areas Served: Grass Valley, Nevada City, Penn Valley, Peardale- Chicago Park, Cedar Ridge. Alta Sierra

Q: What made you become interested in real estate?
A:  I really enjoy helping people get what they want, and to teach people the process of home selling and buying.


Listing of the Day: A private mountain retreat from Paige Schulte of Windermere Professional Partners

Listing of The Day / 11.08.20170 comments

The Listing of the Day for August 11 is over at 9007 Allen Point Rd NW Gig Harbor, WA. Provided by Windermere Professional Partners.

Main level living and privacy await! This charming open concept home includes 4 bedrooms, an office, and a finished basement, all in the private Allen Point area with great schools. The main level features a master bedroom and large guest room, while the light-filled finished basement offers a second master suite and another guest room. Other features include tons of storage space, a whole-house generator, dog run, and more. Pull up a chair on the huge wrap-around deck and spot wildlife in your backyard, or walk to beautiful water views. Despite the secluded feel, shopping is only an 8-minute drive away. This location can’t be beat!

4 bedrooms, 4 baths, 3,622 square feet. Listed for $575,000.

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