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Housing Trends for 2017

Housing Trends for 2017

If you’re considering buying or selling a home in 2017, it’s advisable to know what to expect as you dive into the market. Here’s a look at what some experts are predicting for the coming year. Mortgage rates are expected…

Cleaning to Sell

Cleaning to Sell

When getting your home ready to sell, spending some elbow grease cleaning can save you some money and make your home more attractive to buyers. Here are a few of the items to try. Cleaning Painted Walls When cleaning painted…

When to DIY and When to Hire a Contractor

When to DIY and When to Hire a Contractor

Whether you’re preparing your home to sell, or you’ve just moved into your home and want to tackle some of the changes you have in mind to make it your own … knowing which items to do your self and…

Should You Buy a Second Home?

Should You Buy a Second Home?

Having a second home in a favorite vacations spot can be a great investment or an expensive luxury. A beach cottage or mountain retreat is enticing while both interest rates and home prices are low. How do you decide if…

Marketing Your Home Out-of-Town, Out-of-State, Out-of-Country

Marketing Your Home Out-of-Town, Out-of-State, Out-of-Country

In a tough sellers’ market, homeowners looking for the best possible sale sometimes consider marketing to out-of-town, out-of-state and even out-of-country buyers. So, how do you attract buyers from out of your area? Relocation Services Statistically, homes most often sell…

11 Common Real Estate Terms Explained

11 Common Real Estate Terms Explained

If you’re buying or selling a home, you’ll probably come across some terms that you’ve never heard before, or don’t completely understand. Being confused about the terminology can make an already complex process that much more stressful. By educating yourself…

Relocating Made Simple

Relocating Made Simple

Okay, there’s really not a simple way to relocate … after all, you’re uprooting yourself, moving away from friends or family or both, leaving your comfort zone and launching out into the world. But, there are some things you can…

Getting Ready to Sell

Getting Ready to Sell

As we head into 2017, you may be thinking that this is the year to finally put your house on the market. And when you do, you’ll want it to sell quickly for the best possible price. Here are our…

How to Sell for Full Price

How to Sell for Full Price

Often, homeowners try to “test the market” with a higher than fair-market price when first listing their home. That can be a poor marketing strategy. When your agent tries to talk you out of it: Listen! Setting “too high a…

Backyard July 4th Celebration!

Backyard July 4th Celebration!

Celebrate your new home with a backyard barbecue! Nothing speaks independence like owning your own home. If you’ve rented for most of your adult life, the freedom to paint walls, barbecue on the patio or hang party lights in trees…

What Homeownership Can Mean for You

What Homeownership Can Mean for You

When you’ve never owned your home, your relationship to it is less personal. Let’s face it, when something goes wrong in your rented apartment, you call the landlord or manager to fix it. You don’t worry about insurance against natural…

Disappointing Appraisal?

Disappointing Appraisal?

You’ve found the perfect home at the perfect price and made an offer that the sellers accepted. But, the appraisal came back lower than your offer. BUMMER! What do you do now? Any home financed through a bank or mortgage…

How to Win a Bidding War

How to Win a Bidding War

Buying a home is an emotional, complex and often stressful process. This is doubly so if you’re buying in one of the country’s hottest real estate markets, where there are more buyers than there are houses available. It’s quite likely…

Keeping the Old House when Buying the New

Keeping the Old House when Buying the New

The current housing market, while picking up in most areas, has one basic problem: low supply. With many buyers choosing to keep their old home when they purchase a new home, fewer homes are on the market, driving up demand.…

Can My Real Estate Agent Offer to Buy My Home If There are No Offers?

Can My Real Estate Agent Offer to Buy My Home If There are No Off

The short answer is “yes,” but know what you’re signing up for. In a seller’s market it seems like most homes should sell — given enough time and exposure on the market. But there are some situations where a home…

Why More Americans Do Not Own Homes

Why More Americans Do Not Own Homes

Even while home prices are on the rise—fueled by the low supply, low mortgage rates and investor buying—the number of Americans that own homes, as a percentage of the population, is decreasing. The reasons vary, since many current renters are…

How to Save on Closing Costs

How to Save on Closing Costs

You’ve saved up the money for a down payment and are finally ready to make your dream of owning a home a reality. Congratulations! Buying a house is one of the most exciting – and one of the most stressful…

Do I Want to Buy with Cash?

Do I Want to Buy with Cash?

According to Market Watch, 43% of homebuyers in 2014 so far have purchased with all cash. While some analysts believe that the cash-buying frenzy will not last, there is always more room for negotiation when the buyer brings cash to…