5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Bathroom

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Remodeling your bathroom can be a great investment. It immediately makes your home more usable and enjoyable, and in the long term, an upgrade could increase your home’s value by thousands of dollars. And a remodel doesn’t have to be a time-consuming or costly event. There are quite a few small, low-cost projects that can […]

5 Fun (and Useful) Summer Home Trends

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Summer is a great time to improve your home’s exterior. And whether you’re interested in enjoying your space a little more or you want to boost your home’s value, it makes sense to find inspiration by taking a look at what other homeowners are doing. Are you thinking about updating your yard or patio this […]

What to Know About Today’s Busy Market

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You’re probably well aware that the real estate market is more competitive than ever (due to low inventory, among other things). Still, it’s not a bad time to buy a house. Mortgage rates are low, home values are on the rise and, in many cases, buying is still more affordable than renting. Are you considering […]

4 Common Questions About Closing Costs

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If you’re getting ready to buy a home, you’re probably focused on saving as much as you can for the down payment. But don’t forget: You’ll need to cover closing costs, too. To create a realistic homebuying plan, make sure you factor in this additional upfront expense so that you can set yourself up for […]

Don’t Skip These 6 Smart Moving Tips

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No matter how much you prepare and how excited you are about your new home, moving will always be a bit stressful. There are endless to-do’s and tiring tasks, and once you’re finished, there’s still unpacking and organizing to be done. Even so, you can take steps to streamline your relocation and minimize problems. Are […]

3 Big Housing Decisions You May Face

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Housing decisions are rarely small. Where you choose to live impacts your budget, your job prospects and your social life. And in the future, your home plays a major role in what your retirement might look like (financially and logistically). For these reasons, housing decisions require plenty of careful consideration. Want to be prepared to […]

5 Tips for Building a Home Wish List

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Whether you’re thinking of buying a home soon or months down the road, you’ll need a carefully considered wish list when the time comes to start your search. Identifying your needs and wants will help you narrow your options and make your homebuying journey — which we all know can be stressful — as smooth […]

Essential Spring Home Maintenance Tasks

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Your home is an investment — and protecting that investment is probably one of your top priorities. So as the seasons change and you start to spruce up and refresh your space, be sure to make time for maintenance as well as spring cleaning. Keeping up with essential tasks will help ensure your home stays […]

How to Make Your Best Offer on a Home

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Making the right offer is crucial when you have your eye on a home. Offer too little, and you may get passed over for the next buyer. Offer too much, and you may need to reevaluate your budget for furnishings or upgrades. This can be one of the most challenging parts of buying a new […]

4 Projects to Finish Before You Sell

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Are you ready to make the transition to a new home? Or at least take a few steps to get there? If so, you’ll need to think about selling your current property, and you’re probably hoping to get the best price possible. Renovations can be a great value booster. The right changes appeal to buyers […]

How Paint Color Can Enhance Your Mood

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Your paint choices have a significant impact on your home. Not only can color determine your living space’s overall aesthetic, but it can also influence your mood and set the right tone for your guests. Do you want your space to feel comfy and serene or trendy and dramatic? Or maybe your family’s style is […]

5 Ways to Build More Equity in Your Home

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Equity — or the share of your property you actually own — is a benefit to any homeowner. For one, it means more profits when it’s time to sell. On top of that, it can also give you cash when you need it — either through a refinance or home equity loan. Fortunately, building equity […]

Must-Have Amenities for a Healthier Home

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If your New Year’s resolution is to improve your health and wellness, your home can inspire you to do it. In fact, your living space plays a significant role in your overall well-being. A room dedicated to workouts can motivate you to reach your goals. And healthy, clean air and elements inspired by nature can […]

Home Maintenance to Prep for Winter

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Winter is fast approaching, and if you’re a homeowner, that usually means now’s the time to tackle key maintenance tasks — at least if you want to ensure a warm and comfortable season. There are appliances to check, inspections to complete and exterior tasks to do. Are you ready for the incoming colder months? Want […]

5 Myths About Selling a Home Right Now

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Are you curious about the state of the housing market? Like many homeowners, especially potential sellers, you may be hesitant to make a move because there’s a lot of uncertainty and speculation these days. But you don’t want to let false assumptions keep you from reaching your goals, now or in the future. Let’s clear […]

5 Countertops That Are Worth the Upgrade

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Updating your kitchen can be a smart way to increase your home’s worth. In fact, Remodeling Magazine named a minor kitchen renovation one of the best projects to take on this year — and upgrading your countertops is a good place to start. The right countertop can add aesthetic and resale value to your home […]

Essentials to Keep in Your Emergency Kit

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Let’s face it: You can’t predict the future. That’s why having a fully stocked emergency kit is so important. No matter the time of year, it’s always better to play it safe. Would you and your family be prepared, just in case? Putting essential supplies together doesn’t have to be a chore and can even […]

An Easy Guide to Virtual Home Tours

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Virtual home tours have quickly become the new norm. Sellers and agents now rely on digital tools, and many are skipping the traditional open house and opting for tours via video platforms. But for buyers, there’s more uncertainty. Can you really judge a home from a screen? Surprisingly, you can — as long as you […]

Tips for Choosing the Right Neighborhood

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Finding a home that suits you is only part of the journey. Another big part? Choosing the right neighborhood. The number of bedrooms and square footage are certainly important when buying a home — but the community might be even more vital. After all, it’s where you’ll likely exercise and socialize, where your kids will […]

Is the highest bid the best bid?

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An offer on your home moves you one step closer to the finish line in the selling process. And if you’re lucky, you’ll receive multiple offers from a range of bidders. The highest bid is the obvious choice, right? Not necessarily. Here’s what to consider before moving forward on an offer: Focus on your priorities.Take […]

5 Upgrades to Enhance Your Outdoor Space

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How have you been spending your summer? Have you been tending to your garden, grilling dinner on the patio or taking dips in the pool? No matter what your property offers or how you and your family like to spend your free time, there’s almost always something you can do to make your outdoor space […]

What to Know About Home Inspections

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Whether you’re buying or selling a house, getting a home inspection can be nerve-wracking. If you’re selling, you’ll want to make sure there aren’t any hidden issues in the home. And if you’re buying, you’ll want everything to be in great shape so you can move in quickly. But how much do you really know […]

How to Make a Winning Offer on a Home

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The homebuying market continues to heat up — and that means there could be some fierce competition out there. While that may seem intimidating, it doesn’t mean your dream home is out of reach. There are quite a few things you can do to stand out if you find yourself up against other buyers. Want […]

5 Ways to Prepare to Buy or Sell Later

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Summer is usually the perfect time to buy or sell a home. And for some people, it still is. After all, there are few things more welcoming than warm weather and fresh flowers blooming in the front yard. But maybe you’re waiting to enter the market. That’s okay too. There are plenty of ways you […]

7 Ways to Protect Yourself Online

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Working from home offers some serious perks. There’s no morning commute, you get your pets as coworkers and you can even hang around in pajamas all day — as long as you don’t have to be on a video call, of course. But remote work isn’t perfect. It could actually pose a security risk if […]

Curb Appeal Upgrades That Can Add Value

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As a homeowner, you shouldn't ignore curb appeal. Keep it in great condition, and you’ll likely see high property values and serious marketability when it comes time to sell. Let it slide, and the opposite could happen. Even if you’re not planning to sell anytime soon, refreshing your home’s exterior can add value or give […]

4 Steps to Choosing the Right Bid

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An offer on your home moves you one step closer to the finish line in the selling process. And if you’re lucky, you’ll receive multiple offers from a range of bidders. The tough part is deciding which one you should accept, and deciding can be trickier than it seems. The highest bid is the obvious […]

How Tech Helps You Buy or Sell a Home

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With much of the country mostly staying home, it's not your typical spring homebuying season. You might think social distancing has made it difficult to meet with lenders, view properties and sign paperwork, but fortunately that's not the case. In fact, prospective buyers and sellers continue to move forward with their housing needs and doing […]

How to Create Your Ideal Home Workspace

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  Working from home is one of the many challenges Americans are facing during the coronavirus outbreak. And while the arrangement may have its perks — like no commuting or office attire — it also has some serious setbacks. The biggest one? That's finding the motivation to stay productive. With kids, pets and that comfortable […]

Your Home Inspection Questions Answered

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Whether you’re selling or buying a house, getting a home inspection can be nerve-wracking. If you’re selling, you’ll want to make sure there aren’t any hidden issues in the home. And if you’re buying, you’ll likely expect everything to be perfect so you can move in quickly. But how much do you really know about […]

Your Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

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It’s no secret that springtime can breathe new life into a home. And in many markets, spring is the most popular time to buy or sell. Freshly manicured lawns and immaculate interiors add a certain appeal that may not be there during other seasons. A property that’s in excellent condition is sure to catch the […]

4 Tips for Decorating a Small Space

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  Whether it’s a cramped bedroom or an office nook, many homes have a small room that’s difficult to decorate. Do you wish you could add more charm without forgoing square footage? Well, just because your space is limited, it doesn’t mean your style has to be. Make your tiny area more usable and trendy […]

Do you want more space when you retire?

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When you think of the home you’ll retire in, a new house may come to mind. Or maybe you’re contemplating moving to your favorite vacation spot or somewhere closer to friends and family. With so many choices, how will you know what’s best for your lifestyle? Here are three questions to consider before making a […]

Does your home inspire wellness?

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When you think of wellness, does your living space come to mind? Today, people are taking wellness beyond diet and exercise and into their homes. So, if you want to improve your quality of life, you might be interested in wellness-focused interior design. This style of design uses natural elements to boost your mood, increase […]

3 Reasons to Sell Your Home in Winter

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You’ve probably been told you should wait for spring or summer to sell your home. That’s when there’s a bigger pool of buyers, and your landscaping and foliage are at the top of their game, right? Well, wait just a minute. There are actually some compelling reasons to go ahead and sell now. Here’s a […]

Are you ready for a new home?

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Selling your family home is hardly ever about building your financial portfolio. For most of us, it’s usually a matter of necessity. A growing young family or a changing lifestyle usually demands extra space. Maybe your kids are old enough now that they need separate rooms. If you have outgrown your living quarters — for […]

The True Value of a Real Estate Agent

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With the wealth of information available online, many of today’s consumers are incredibly knowledgeable about the homebuying and selling process. Add in the desire to save — or make — as much money as possible, and it’s easy to see why you might be tempted to pass on hiring an agent. But before flying solo, […]

Renting vs. buying: Where do you land?

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You’ve always been told that owning a home is the ultimate American dream. Imagine renovating your master bath into a mini spa or choosing your favorite appliances for your dream kitchen. Or just getting to repaint whatever room you want. Plus, there’s the potential for financial gain when you own. But renting has its own […]

The Do’s and Don’ts of Selling Your Home

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Many homeowners will tell you how emotional it was to buy their first home, but you rarely hear about their experience selling it. It’s only natural to grow attached after creating so many wonderful memories, which can make selling a challenging process. Fortunately, you’re not in it alone. Together, we can simplify the process and […]

Ceilings Are the Perfect Blank Canvas

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One of the many joys of homeownership is incorporating your signature style throughout your home. From furniture and rugs to artwork and paint colors, there are so many ways you can make a space all your own. But there’s one space in the home that’s often left untouched — the ceiling. Though rarely considered, it’s […]

What incentive is better than money?

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Are you wondering how to avoid getting into a fast and furious bidding war once you find your dream home? Even if you can afford to pay more, it’s not always the best move. Money is one thing that turns sellers’ heads, but it's far from the only incentive when you’re competing with other buyers. […]

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If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed by the idea of buying your first home, don’t worry — you’re not in it alone. We’ll discuss each step of the process to make sure that you not only love your new home, but that you also get the best deal possible. Click on the image to download […]

Don’t Pay More Than What It’s Worth

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It’s finally happened — after months of searching, you’ve found your dream home. It’s the perfect size for your growing family, the kitchen was just remodeled and there’s a huge deck for entertaining. And best of all, the seller accepted your offer! As we near your closing date, your lender will want to verify the […]

Home Financing Is Easier Than You Think

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You saw an online ad for low mortgage rates and decided to apply — just to see if you qualify. Now your phone is buzzing nonstop, and lenders are emailing you about “DTIs” and W-2s. The onslaught of financing questions can be baffling when you’re tackling them alone. But it doesn’t have to be that […]

3 Ways an Inspection Helps You Sell

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  Like many homeowners, you might be hoping to capitalize on the hot summer homebuying season to sell your house for a pretty penny. Who knows, maybe you’ll even make enough for the beach house you’ve been eyeing or for a long summer getaway. But first, you’ll need to get your home ready to sell. […]

Buying With Friends Isn’t Like Renting

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  You’ve been living with your best friend since freshman year of college, and it’s been a blast. So why not pool your money and go in on a house together? After all, it’s easier to buy when you have two incomes. It’s true that co-buying a home with friends or family can make it […]

DIY Doesn’t Mean Doing It All Yourself

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  How handy would you say you are? Can you fix a leaking faucet or install a new backsplash? Do you own all the drills, power saws and sanders used by the pros? It can be tempting to DIY it all — especially if you’re on a budget. After all, you can have an active […]

Don’t need it? Then don’t pay for it.

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You know all those fantastic home features you hear your friends gushing about in their new home? The top-notch school district and Jacuzzi? The spacious third level and even more abundant yard? Well, there’s nothing wrong with any of those things. But they’re not right for everyone. In fact, for some buyers, they might even […]

Do’s and Don’ts of Presale Home Repairs

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You’ve decided it’s time to sell your home. Your neighbor just sold for a pretty penny, but they also spent a lot on remodeling and renovations. Does that mean you need to upgrade your home to sell? Is it worth trying to sell as is? Or will your home be passed up and stuck on […]

Have you checked out the neighborhood?

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You wouldn’t pick out shoes before choosing an outfit, right? Or buy car accessories without first deciding if you want a truck or a sedan? Well, house hunting should be treated the same way. You shouldn’t search for a dream home without vetting neighborhoods or experiencing the new area for yourself.  If the area doesn’t […]