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Why Use Virtual Staging When Selling Your Home?

When buyers look at a house, they are trying to envision what their life will look like when the home is theirs. With many buyers now searching for homes online, some putting in offers without ever seeing the home in person, virtual staging can give you a leg up. According to the National Association of REALTORS® Profile of Home Staging, staged homes spend less time on the market and ten...

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A Maintenance Guide for First-Time Homebuyers

When you first buy a home, it can be easy to forget routine home maintenance with all the excitement. To keep the tasks from piling up, here is a home maintenance guide to keep you organized. Many of these tasks are easy to DIY or take a quick call to a trusted professional. Here are tasks to handle tackle during your first year: Check Your Furnace and HVAC Filters Clogged filters will mak...

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Get Your Home Ready To Sell On A Budget

When preparing your home to sell, it is important to put your best foot forward to attract the most buyers. The list of possible projects to prepare your home can seem endless, but it's important to focus on the fixes that will give you more bang for your buck. Here are some ideas to make your house feel like home for your future buyer: 1. Remove Clutter This is going to be at the top of eve...

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2021 Home Design Trends

We've finally moved past 2020 and are ready to begin the new year. If you want to start with fresh designs in your home, here are design trends that will be at the forefront this year: Dedicated Home Offices When we only thought quarantine was going to last for a few weeks, working at the kitchen table seemed like a fun idea. Now that many companies, especially in the tech realm, are moving ...

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Housing Market Forecast :: 2021

Entering 2021, the housing market will remain strong as the economy recovers from the pandemic-driven recession. Mortgage rates will remain low, with the rates rising slowly to around 3% for a 30-year-fixed mortgage. The continuing low rates means there will likely be more new home buyers entering the market this year. With the new Covid-19 vaccine hopefully lessening cases, it is expected ...

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Improvements to Tackle First After Buying a House

With the COVID-19 pandemic driving down mortgage rates there has been an influx of new first-time home buyers. With low inventory and high home prices, many of those buyers are having to buy houses that require repairs or updates.  If you recently bought an older home, you might be thinking about tackling that kitchen renovation first. It’s easy to get stuck on aesthetics, wanting to tra...

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Market Update :: Winter 2020

Winter Market to Remain Steady 2020 has brought the unexpected in many ways. The real estate market is a great example of that. Despite high unemployment and an economic recession during the Covid-19 pandemic, we have seen the housing market surge. According to Lawrence Yun, chief economist of the National Association of REALTORS®, the winter market may not match the numbers from this last sum...

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Common Home Buying Myths

The decision to buy a new home is an important one. There is a wealth of information about the home buying process on the internet, but it can be hard to separate fact from fiction. We are here to debunk some common home buying myths. Myth #1 - You Need a 20% Down Payment You may have heard that you need a down payment of 20% in order to buy a home. That is not the case. FHA loans require 3....

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Buying a House with Student Debt

You’ve graduated from college, found a job, and are ready to settle down in a home of your own. But you wonder to yourself, can you afford to buy a house with your student debt weighing on your shoulders? It’s a common assumption that people with student debt can’t qualify for a mortgage loan, but the truth is that you don’t need to be 100% debt free to buy a home. Getting a Mortgage ...

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Why You Should Sell Your Home This Fall

It is a common idea that a homeowner planning on selling their house should wait to list until spring. The thought is that there will be a higher number of buyers searching for a home in the spring market, so the odds of selling their home at or above their desired price are better. While spring on average may bring more buyers, in our current market the fall might be the wiser choice to li...

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TIPS FOR FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYERS

Most homebuyers start the process anxious, excited, nervous, and some are downright terrified. It’s natural. A home is the largest and most expensive purchase that most people will make in a lifetime. It can either turn out to be a complete financial disaster or a smart long-term investment. The person standing between it being a huge financial mistake or a valuable asset is you, the agent. S...

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REMODELING PROJECTS THAT WILL BOOST YOUR HOME’S VALUE

There are two ways to think about remodeling projects that will boost your home’s value; you can get one or two major remodels done or opt for a bunch of small fixes. Depending on your budget and your timetable, one approach may be better for you than the other. For instance, if you have an unfinished basement, maybe your dream when you first moved into your home was to refinish it. It neve...

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