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. […]

Download Your Buying Guide Today

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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 […]

It’s not TV. It’s your bottom line.

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TV shows make finding a profitable fixer-upper seem easy. But in the real world, there are real challenges and decisions to be made.   Whether you’re buying an investment property or a starter home for your family, there are dozens of factors to consider. How much will it cost to renovate? Are home values rising or […]

3 Questions Every Homebuyer Should Ask

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Want to take the pain out of homebuying? Keep your lifestyle priorities top of mind. If you’re planning to buy a new home, there’s great news: More houses have hit the market in recent months. This means you’ve got more options to choose from. Choice is always good, but it can also be overwhelming. The […]

Are you doing the little things homebuyers love?

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There’s never been a better time to sell a home. Millennials are ready for homeownership and renters are seeing consistent rent increases. This means more buyers than ever are on the market for a home like yours. Home equity is also at all-time highs, which makes now the perfect time to sell and get more […]

5 Ways to Use Your Refund Toward a Home

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Who doesn’t love getting a tax refund? It’s exciting to know that your bank balance will get a boost. But remember, a refund isn’t a bonus — it’s your hard-earned money, which is why you should make the most of it. If you’re thinking of buying a new home this year — whether it's your […]

What You Need to Know About the Spring 2019 Housing Market

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We’re approaching spring, which means the housing market is getting ramped up. Experts agree that the market is softening for buyers, but will it be a full-on buyer’s market? Definitely not — at least, not by springtime. This spring, buyers will likely see fewer bidding wars, slower price growth and less competition. But sellers will […]

Smarter Technology for a Smarter Home

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Smart tech has come a long way for homeowners. With the right tools, you no longer have to get up to turn on lights or change the thermostat. Have a habit of forgetting to lock the front door or turn on your porch light at night? Smart home tech can help with that, too. Are […]

Are you ready for the top hues of 2019?

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Colors have the ability to evoke emotions and change our attitudes. They can inspire and motivate us to try something new and bold. They can alter our moods and appetites, or even make a room feel small and cramped. If you plan to redecorate a few rooms in the new year, the right color choices […]

4 Steps to Prepare for Homeownership

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Buying a home is a big undertaking. From finding the right property and negotiating to sorting out the legal details and moving in, there are dozens of important steps along the way. And for many first-time buyers, it can seem overwhelming. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to make the process easier, […]

What if you want to keep the seller’s furniture?

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When you buy a pre-owned home, do you know what will come with the house? Do you get to keep all the appliances, the art on the walls or the outdoor pizza oven on the patio? Determining what will stay with the home and what will go with the previous owner will vary by seller […]

4 Tips for Competing With Cash Buyers

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In today’s hot market, bidding wars have become the norm. With many out-of-state buyers and property investors looking for a great deal, all-cash offers are also becoming common. A cash offer can seem tempting for sellers since it offers the possibility of a faster closing. But despite this perk, cash buyers don’t always win. Many […]

Homebuying When You Have Student Debt

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Did you know you can buy your dream home while paying off student loan debt? It’s true and even quite common. While student loans are factored into your debt-to-income ratio, they shouldn’t prevent you from becoming a homeowner. And fortunately, there are many programs and options available to prospective buyers, some you may not be […]

Homeownership in Your Golden Years

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Independent living is often cited as being good for one's well-being, so it's no surprise that aging in place has become so popular. Thankfully, many options in today's housing market make it possible. Preparing for physical safety and financial security are the most immediate concerns that come to mind as we plan for aging in […]

Should You Purchase Your Dream Home First?

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  Gone are the days when a three-bedroom, two-bath starter home was the norm for first-time homebuyers. Today, many buyers are skipping that stage altogether and going straight for their dream homes. They're buying bigger, more expensive properties with upgraded features, and they plan to live there for the long haul. Not sure which type […]

Could You Use a Detached Living Space?

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Today's homeowners and homebuyers love detached living spaces. These small stand-alone structures located on the property come with all sorts of benefits — from added room for storage and recreation to extra income. They're also easy and affordable to design and install. Starting at around $9,600, this additional square footage can deliver serious bang for […]

Hire An Agent When Building A House

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Many homebuyers think they don't need to hire an agent when building a new home. After all, you're buying directly from the builder and they already have contractors, lenders and inspectors. Why should someone else be brought into the mix? The truth is, buying any home without an agent can be a costly mistake. It […]

Want a Home That’s For Sale By Owner?

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Homes that are for sale by owner — when a seller decides not to hire a listing agent — are more common than you might think. They account for about 8 percent of all home listings currently on the market. If you're on the house hunt, you're likely to come across one in your search. […]

Four Things You Should Put On Your Moving Checklist

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Moving can be hectic. With dozens of to-dos, a tight timeline and a growing pile of boxes, it's easy to get frazzled and let things fall through the cracks. But it doesn't have to be that way. Get organized now by making a checklist to work from. Set deadlines for the most critical tasks like […]

Five Types of Home Inspections to Know

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Most buyers and sellers know that a home inspection is an essential part of the purchase process. But in real estate, there's more than just one type of inspection to consider. In fact, there are dozens. Whether you're purchasing a new home or investment property, selling your current home or trying to build equity in […]