Uncategorized The Best Way to Spend $1000 for a Bedroom Makeover Surprisingly, the master bedroom is the most neglected room in the house. It gets overlooked because only the owners typically see it, regularly at least. Since it’s such a private space, a closed door can hide a multitude of bad designs – along with an unmade bed. But it’s also the room that starts and […]
Uncategorized The Real Reason Home Prices Don’t Seem to Be Crashing The real estate market today is quite different from what it was just a few months ago. Mortgage rates have risen dramatically which impacts the borrowing power of home buyers. The frantic pace of the past few years has also slowed with homes staying on the market longer than we saw during the last few […]
Uncategorized Don’t Have Much Saved for a Down Payment? These Options May Help You Buy a Home No Matter What Your Savings Account Looks Like In a perfect world, as a homebuyer, you would have 20 percent of the purchase price of your home set aside for a down payment. But we don’t live in a perfect world, and while it’s certainly nice to have a sizable down payment at the start of your home search, it’s by no means a requirement. […]
Uncategorized Buying an abandoned home could present an opportunity to snag a property at a bargain price. But before you decide to start shopping for abandoned properties, there are things you need to know. A recent article from realtor.com outlined key things buyers need to know about buying abandoned properties, including: You’ll need to get pre-qualified/pre-approved for a mortgage. If you want to buy an abandoned property, you’ll need to follow the same process as buying any other type of real estate, including getting a pre-qualification or pre-approval letter for a mortgage. […]
Uncategorized 10 Things to Remove from Your Home When Listing for Sale One of the most common questions from home sellers is, “do I really need to put my family pictures away”? The short answer is “yes,” but maybe not for the reasons you assume. The general principle is that buyers need to be able to visualize their own lives in the home in order to buy […]
Uncategorized 5 Trendy Tips to Enhance a Small Porch Who doesn’t love the idea of a front porch? Picture a cool lemonade in the shade on a hot summer’s day while watching the world go by. Home builders have embraced this ideal over the past couple decades with more new construction featuring this timeless feature. Often though, the size of the porch seems to […]
Uncategorized Real Estate Scams Targeting the Elderly: How to Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones Real estate scams are becoming increasingly common, and the elderly are often targeted due to their vulnerability and the potential for significant financial losses. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the most common real estate scams targeting the elderly and provide tips on how to protect yourself and your loved ones from […]
Uncategorized 6 Factors That Could Damage Your Credit Score Having good credit is essential for a number of aspects of your life, ranging from the interest rate on a car loan or credit card to background checks for employment. Poor credit can be incredibly expensive, costing you thousands of dollars in higher interest rates over the course of a home loan. Fortunately, with proper […]
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Uncategorized It’s Still a Great Time to Sell Sellers all over the country are confused and worried they may have missed the best time to sell their home. Prices are dropping, mortgage rates are rising, and the pace has slowed but the impact on any individual seller is unclear. While the days of any home selling for any price are behind us, the […]
Uncategorized Things to Consider Before You Move for Your Company -Career Growth – One of the biggest reasons to stay with your job through a move is career growth and advancement. Speak with your manager or HR professional about what kind of career path is available before you decide. -Better Location – Companies moving out-of-state often move to a more desirable location. If the new […]
Uncategorized Fall 2022 Housing Market Update? Buy now or wait! This is the question on all potential homebuyers’ minds this fall. Over the past few weeks, the mortgage interest rates have soared to a 14-year high. Excessive government spending combined with surging energy costs and rising inflation has caused many would-be homebuyers to lean toward the wait side of that argument. But is this really […]
Uncategorized Inflation is Rising – Should I Still Buy a Home? World events and government spending has led to soaring inflation. The Federal Reserve has only one tool in its arsenal to curb and reduce this trend – raising interest rates. While contemporary home buyers are accustomed to interest rates in the 2-4%, older homeowners remember being excited to get one as low as 8%. As […]
Uncategorized Energy Vampires – Why Your Electric Bill Is So High Does it seem like you do everything possible to lower your electric bill and still see no measurable difference in your bill? The simple reason is you may have energy vampires in your home. The good news is these creepy creatures do not require a visit from your local ghostbusters team, these energy suckers are […]
Uncategorized Are The Bidding Wars Over? Let’s face it, it’s fun to have a home listing during a seller’s market. When inventory is tight, even less-than-perfect homes invite the frantic bidding wars seen over the past few years. But as the economy slows down and interest rates increase, sellers are wondering if the bidding wars are over, and what that means […]
Uncategorized Really Important? An important part of the home buying process is having a professional home inspection. Even homes listed “as is” should have an inspection if only to understand what “as is” means. A comprehensive home inspection will examine all major systems, such as heating, cooling, electrical, and plumbing. The inspector will also look for signs of […]
Uncategorized Against Inflation Over the past couple of months, the news of rising inflation is fueling concern across the country. Currently, inflation is at a 40-year high. This is impacting household budgets the most as families try to make ends meet with less buying power. For potential home buyers, rising interest rates may cause worry that you will […]
Uncategorized These Exterior Improvements Are Sure to Add Value to Your Home When you’re selling your home, you only get to make a first impression once. And because your home’s exterior is the first thing potential buyers will see when they come to view your property, if you want to fetch top-dollar for your home, the exterior needs to look amazing. So, if you want to sell […]
Uncategorized Can You Fire Your Real Estate Agent? Buying or selling a home can be a stressful situation. When you are having issues with your agent, it can become untenable. The most common complaint from clients is that their agent does not communicate with them enough and aren’t responsive to their needs. While all relationships can   have differences, how do you know […]
Uncategorized Modern Farmhouse Styles – The Trend Gets an Update Farmhouse décor has been a trend for the last decade. The look combines functionality with a relaxed, lived-in feel. Pieces look slightly worn, rustic, and inviting. The ease of the farmhouse style is one of the reasons for its lingering appeal as designers look to modernize and update the look. Modern Farmhouse style continues to […]
Uncategorized 5 Nursery Design Trends for the Modern Home One of the most exciting parts of expecting a baby is decorating the nursery. Today’s young parents are shunning the traditional pink and blue for more contemporary styles that blend with the rest of the home. With themes ranging from boho to Mid-Century Modern, there are options for all styles and budgets. 5 Nursery Design […]