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Decorating Trends and Staging Ideas for the Fall

It’s finally fall! The sweltering days of summer are over, and the temperature is a little more pleasant. If you’re getting ready to put your home on the market or you’re an agent getting ready to sell a home for your client, you may be wondering how best to give the home a cozy fall feeling. Read on for some decorating ideas perfect for this time of year. Continue reading “Decorating Trends and Staging Ideas for the Fall”

Recommended Apps for Realtors in 2021

Recommended Apps for Realtors in 2021

The modern realtor needs to be digitally savvy to keep up with trends in the industry. Many young buyers are bringing their digital habits with them to their first-time home-buying experiences. They want their experience to be remote. They want lots of media materials. They expect instant replies, and they want the process to be paperless. Ready to be armed with the hottest apps to serve this demographic? Continue reading “Recommended Apps for Realtors in 2021”

How to Survive Your Summer Move

How to Survive Your Summer Move

Ahhh! Summer. The kids are out of school. The pool is open, and many families use this time of year to go on that epic vacation. It’s also the most popular time of year to move, but beware! The heat and humidity can make it somewhat difficult if you’re not adequately prepared. Here are some tips to help you survive your summer move. Continue reading “How to Survive Your Summer Move”

Why You May Need a Property Survey

Why You May Need a Property Survey

A survey is not always required to close on a property but is useful for showing some important information, such as the exact location of the property, where it begins and ends and how it relates to properties around it. It will also disclose zoning, setbacks, distances, north orientation, easements, boundaries, possible encroachments and environmental issues. Additionally, the survey will show any improvements that have been made to the property, such as a fence or a shed. Continue reading “Why You May Need a Property Survey”

Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Title Company

Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Title Company

According to the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, you have a right to choose your own title company. You should still ask your real estate agent for recommendations, but it’s ultimately your choice which title company will represent you in your home-buying transaction. Selecting your own title company will ensure you have someone working for you who will work in your best interest and doesn’t stand to gain from the transaction. Continue reading “Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Title Company”

June is National Homeownership Month

June is National Homeownership Month

June is National Homeownership Month, a time to celebrate making Americans’ dreams of homeownership come true and a time to help make that dream come true for those who have yet to find their home.

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson once said, “Homeownership serves as an enduring symbol of security and prosperity, and it provides many Americans with a legacy they can pass down to their children and grandchildren.” Continue reading “June is National Homeownership Month”

Home-Buying Tips for a Hot Market

Home-Buying Tips for a Hot Market

The current real estate market is nothing short of a wild roller coaster ride if you’re looking to buy. Inventory continues to be low and sellers are getting multiple bids — some well over the asking price. So how can you compete? Read on for some tips. Continue reading “Home-Buying Tips for a Hot Market”

Projects That Provide the Best ROI in 2021

Projects That Provide the Best ROI in 2021

Spending on home improvement projects was up pre-pandemic, according to a report from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University. This was in part due to the strong economy, but home renovations are at an all-time high now because of the pandemic and the fact that people are spending more time in their homes.

Your home renovations may be dictated by what repairs are needed, or you may be looking to add value to your home. If you’re not sure which projects to tackle first, read on to find out which home improvement projects will give you the best return on investment (ROI). Continue reading “Projects That Provide the Best ROI in 2021”

What You Should Know When Buying a Foreclosure

What You Should Know When Buying a Foreclosure

Buying a home in foreclosure can be a great way to get a home under market value, but the process is not as easy as a traditional home sale and there are some pitfalls you should be aware of. Here’s what you need to know. Continue reading “What You Should Know When Buying a Foreclosure”

Understanding Appraisals When Refinancing

Understanding Appraisals When Refinancing

Mortgage rates are low right now, and you may be inspired to refinance to get that lower rate, get a lower monthly payment, or even take some cash out of your equity. If you do decide to refinance your home, your lender will most likely require an appraisal to determine the value of your home and decide what your loan amount and new monthly payment will be. Continue reading “Understanding Appraisals When Refinancing”