Uncategorized Use These Habits to Successfully Save for a Down Payment For most people, saving for a down payment is one of the first steps towards making their dream of homeownership a reality. But saving a significant chunk of change requires discipline, and the right habits. So, what habits should you establish if you want to buy a home in the not-so-distant future? A recent video from […]
Uncategorized Removing Uncertainties When Buying and Selling Buyers and sellers are feeling the uncertainty in the housing market. With rising interest rates and a slower selling pace, it may seem overwhelming. If you are planning to both sell your home and buy a new one, the current environment may be even more frustrating. Where do you start? Sell first? Buy first? The […]
Uncategorized Don’t Let Small Problems Become Big Insurance Issues Home maintenance is important for homeowners. Small issues like a loose shingle or minor leak may seem minor, but they can turn into bigger problems over time if left unaddressed. Poor home maintenance can potentially lead to insurance claims being denied if the damage arises from deferred maintenance. Insurance policies generally cover unexpected damage, not […]
Uncategorized The Real Reason Your Agent Wants You Gone During Showings There are several good reasons for homeowners to make themselves scarce when potential buyers come to view their house. While one motivation is avoiding problematic comments, there are other benefits to giving prospective buyers space during showings. For one, an empty home allows potential buyers to envision themselves living there. With the sellers out of […]
Uncategorized Small Design Changes that Have Big Impact With the change of seasons, attention turns from the backyard to our indoor spaces. With the cooler months ahead and more time spent indoors, who wouldn’t love a quick living space refresh? Fortunately, you don’t need to completely revamp everything to have a new look. Small changes can have a big impact as well. Paint […]
Uncategorized Market Outlook There’s been some concern lately about another housing market crash. Maybe you’ve read articles linking today’s environment with the Market Meltdown of 2008. Even with the talk of recession, this real estate market is very different and that means that most experts do not expect a crash, just a normal ebb-and-flow slowdown. There are some […]
Uncategorized 5 Important Things to Consider Before Buying a Fixer-Upper Home Purchasing a fixer-upper property can be an exciting and rewarding experience. HGTV is filled with programs of amateurs knocking down walls and tiling bathroom floors. The fact is that this is much harder than it looks and before diving headfirst into this kind of project, it’s critical to consider whether you are prepared for the […]
Uncategorized Buyer’s “Love Letters” – Should You Read Them When Selling Your Home? Selling a home can be an emotional experience. As the seller, you want to make sure that the buyer loves the home as much as you do and will take care of it. In other words, you’re looking for the perfect buyer with the perfect offer. Home buyers understand this, and in the recent seller’s […]
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Uncategorized “Date the Rate and Marry the House” – Is This Still a Good Idea? You’ve heard the old expression, “Date the Rate but Marry the House.” The idea is that you can always refinance the loan, but the right house may not come around again. But with rising interest rates and falling home inventory, many buyers are wondering if this mantra still rings true. Should you marry the house […]
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 […]
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 […]