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Take 5: Top Tips for First-time Homeowners

Thursday Sep 17th, 2020

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Owning your first home is one of the biggest milestones in an individual’s life. Once it’s finally all yours, you want to make sure you avoid common rookie mistakes like the ones below. Have questions about buying your first home? Click here to contact us Starting major renovations right away. With all the excitement and energy from the closing table still lingering, it’s easy to get caught up in home improvements. Before starting a major renovation, give... [read more]

Top 5 Negotiation Tactics That Will Kill a Deal

Thursday Sep 17th, 2020

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Negotiation is a subtle art in real estate, but skilled negotiators can usually find some common ground that satisfies all parties. On the other hand, using the wrong negotiation tactics can sink a deal pretty quickly. Here are some negotiation tactics buyers (and real estate professionals) should avoid: Lowball offers: Going far below market value when you make an offer damages your credibility as a buyer and can be insulting to the seller. The seller has a range in mind that... [read more]

Short Sale vs Foreclosure: How Are They Different?

Thursday Sep 17th, 2020

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As unfortunate as it can be when homeowners fall behind on mortgage payments and must face the possibility of losing their homes, short sales and foreclosures provide them options for moving on financially. The terms are often used interchangeably, but they’re actually quite different, with varying timelines and financial impact on the homeowner. Here’s a brief overview. A short sale comes into play when a homeowner needs to sell their home but the home is worth less than the... [read more]

Ready to Upsize Your Home? Start Here

Thursday Sep 17th, 2020

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Upsize your home

Unfortunately, our homes don’t always grow with us. What may have initially worked fine for a single person, a young couple’s starter home, or a family with a newborn can quickly become too small as families expand and multiple generations live under one roof. If you live in an apartment there are no options to add more space.  Remodeling and adding to your home is one option for creating more space, but it can be costly, and the size of your property may be prohibitive.... [read more]

Which Down Payment Strategy is Right for You?

Thursday Sep 17th, 2020

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You’ve most likely heard the rule: Save for a 20-percent down payment before you buy a home. The logic behind saving 20 percent is solid, as it shows that you have the financial discipline and stability to save for a long-term goal. It also helps you get favorable rates from lenders. But there can actually be financial benefits to putting down a small down payment—as low as three percent—rather than parting with so much cash up front, even if you have the money... [read more]

Take 5: Defining a Home Appraisal

Thursday Sep 17th, 2020

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You've heard it on the news; have seen it online - but what is an appraisal anyway? You’ve found your dream home and now it’s time to cross all your T's and dot all your I's before it’s all your own. And one of the first items on your closing checklist the home appraisal.  The home appraisal is essentially a value assessment of the home and property. It is conducted by a certified third party and is used to determine whether the home is priced... [read more]

Here's How To Spot The Differences Between a Home Warranty & Home Insurance

Thursday Sep 17th, 2020

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When purchasing a new home, it’s important to do in-depth research on all facets of the homebuying process. One thing you’ll need to understand is how to best protect yourself and your investment if anything were to go wrong. Check out the information on home insurance versus home warranty below to educate yourself on your options. Home Insurance Homeowners insurance pays for any accidental damages and loss that are caused by fire, lightning strikes, windstorms, and hail,... [read more]

Smart Things To Do With Your Unfinished Basement

Thursday Sep 17th, 2020

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Although currently dimly lit and a little rough on the eyes, your unfinished basement still has a lot of potentials. With just a little love and the help of the following ideas, you can spice it up in no time and get some great use out of the space. Add a pop of color. Give your basement a whole different look without a big renovation by adding some color to space. Consider painting and sealing the floors, opening up the room by painting the rafters white or a light color, or creating... [read more]

The Best Way To Store Your Wine

Thursday Sep 17th, 2020

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Storing wine at home

TIPS FOR STORING WINE AT HOME If you are a big wine connoisseur or just saving a few bottles to crack open on special occasions, it’s important to understand how best to store them safely until you’re ready to partake. Follow the guidelines below! Temperature To ensure each wine bottle maintains the proper flavor and aroma, storing it at the correct temperature is essential. Regardless if it is red, white, or sparkling, storing your bottles at 53°F to 57°F is most... [read more]

Steps to an Easy Retirement NOW

Thursday Sep 17th, 2020

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HOW TO GET READY FOR RETIREMENT For most people, retirement feels like a long way off. But, if you don’t start preparing as early as possible, you may find yourself in a place of financial insecurity when the time does come. To avoid this, consider implementing the following tips. Calculate your target savings. In general, it’s recommended that you save between 10 to 15 percent of your income for retirement. However, you can always use an online savings calculator to... [read more]

5 Easy Steps to Creating the Home Office of Your Dreams

Thursday Sep 17th, 2020

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Whether you work full-time at home or occasionally need to conduct business in the evenings or on the weekends, a home office a great way to utilize an extra room. A dedicated workspace in your home can be designed to increase productivity and comfort. Here are 5 ideas to get you started. Invest in a good office chair. Investing in an ergonomic office chair is essential. You may be spending anywhere from 30 to 50 hours a week sitting in it, so your back will thank you. Purchasing one with... [read more]

Beware of the Hidden Fees of Home Buying

Thursday Sep 17th, 2020

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Purchasing a home is arguably one of the biggest financial decisions you will make in your lifetime. As you start your hunt, don't forget there will be other costs associated with your purchase then the price of the home. Here are 5 fees to keep in mind as you begin to budget. Home inspection. This is a crucial step in the home buying process. The findings that come from the inspection can help you negotiate price and repairs. Generally, you can expect to pay between $300 to $500... [read more]

3 Easy Steps: How to Take Professional Listing Photos Using Your Phone

Wednesday Sep 16th, 2020

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3 Easy Steps: How to Take Professional Listing Photos Using Your Phone

You don't have to have a professional camera  to take amazing pictures of your home. In today's market, most Home Buyers are starting their search online.  They want to see as many pictures as possible before visiting your home in person. ​Let potential Buyers take a peek inside by taking professional photos using your phone with these 3-easy steps. ​Step 1:  Open Concept Even if you do not have an open concept floor plan, when you take your listing... [read more]

Getting Your Home Ready for Sale: 5 Easy Steps

Thursday Sep 10th, 2020

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Getting Your Home Ready for Sale:  5 Easy Steps

  Look at your home through the eyes of a Buyer.   This is the advice that we give to all Sellers preparing to place their home on the market. ​ When potential Buyers walk through your front door, the answer to the question "Am I going to place an offer here?" needs to be YES.   ​ How do you get there?  Follow these 5 easy steps below to get your home ready for the market.   Step 1:  Starting on the Inside: Clean... [read more]

Top 5 Renovations When Selling

Monday Mar 18th, 2019

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Top 5 Home Renovations When Selling

When it comes time to sell your home, you will likely be put in a situation where home updates, repairs, and upgrades are recommended in order to boost the value of your home for maximum returns! Now before tearing down a wall or throwing your money at everything it's important to understand not all home renovations are equal. Below you will find a list of the top 5 home renovations that have significant impact on your selling potential: 1. Improve energy efficiency This... [read more]

Learn How to Choose the Right Mortgage

Monday Mar 18th, 2019

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How to Choose the Right Mortgage

Obtaining a mortgage can be intimidating and confusing. Similar to the buyer and seller guides, I’ve outlined the mortgage process for you in 4 easy steps! Step 1: Mortgage Application Before an application gets filled out, it’s important to first asses yourself financially. Figure out how much money you have and how much you need to borrow. It’s always critical to sort out how much you can afford so that when you apply for a mortgage you will be able to financially... [read more]

5 steps to selling your home

Monday Mar 18th, 2019

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5 steps to selling your home

Your satisfaction and happiness is something that is very important to me. I understand how hectic it is to sell a house and it can be difficult if it’s not handled properly. To help you through the entire process, I’ve put together five simple steps: Step 1: Decide to Sell When you sell, you want to get as much value as you can for your home. So you might want to consider the timing of the sale because it definitely has an effect on the value. You don’t want to sell... [read more]

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