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Why Curb Appeal Matters

Why Curb Appeal Matters

First impressions are important. That’s why your home must have great curb appeal when you’re selling. The outside of your home is the first thing that potential buyers will see. It can help them decide whether or not they’d like…

Hidden Costs of Owning a Home

Hidden Costs of Owning a Home

When you’re preparing to buy a home, you know to expect certain expenses like mortgage and insurance payments. But there are many other costs associated with buying and owning a home that can derail you financially if you aren’t prepared.…

Spring Clean In One Weekend

Spring Clean In One Weekend

Hooray, spring is finally here! Did the winter feel like it was a year long? It’s time to shake off those cold-weather blues and start getting your home ready for warmer weather. While spring cleaning may seem like a daunting…

Buying a Home With Big Trees

Buying a Home With Big Trees

There’s no denying that a home with mature trees in the yard can be very appealing. They provide shade on a hot summer’s day or beautiful foliage in the fall. Mature trees add a sense of sophistication and permanence to…

Living In Your Staged Home

Living In Your Staged Home

Staging your home gives it an extra edge when you’re selling. It makes it more attractive to potential buyers and easier for them to see how they can live in the space. But it often requires decluttering, depersonalizing, and deep…

Most Common Home-Buying Contingencies

Most Common Home-Buying Contingencies

When you’re buying a home, it’s common practice to include “contingencies” in your sales contract. These are conditions that need to occur for your purchase to move forward. Many different contingencies can be included depending on your unique situation. Let’s…

Is Your Home a Turn-Off?

Is Your Home a Turn-Off?

When it’s time to sell your home, you must get it ready to put on the market. That means sprucing it up to make it appealing to prospective buyers. But if you’ve become blind to some of the issues in…

Packing for a Long-Distance Move

Packing for a Long-Distance Move

Is a long-distance move in your future? While packing up to move down the street can feel like a hassle, moving across the country can be a major undertaking. You need to take extra steps to ensure that nothing is…

What Do Real Estate Attorneys Do?

What Do Real Estate Attorneys Do?

In some states, you are required to have a real estate attorney in order to buy or sell a house. And while in other states having an attorney is optional, it can actually be a real benefit. Spending money on…

How to Vet a Real Estate Agent

How to Vet a Real Estate Agent

Buying or selling a home is a huge financial transaction — one of the biggest you’ll make in your lifetime. It can also be one of the most complicated transactions you tackle. That’s why it can be so beneficial to…

Appraisal Vs. Home Inspection – What’s the Difference?

Appraisal Vs. Home Inspection – What’s the Difference?

Whether you’re buying or selling a home, an inspection and an appraisal will be part of the closing process. They are both important steps that help to evaluate your home before the transaction is finalized. If you’re new to the…

Short Sale FAQs

Short Sale FAQs

Short sales were fairly common during the Great Recession. Although there are fewer short sales on the market today, it is still one strategy for selling a home. If you’re buying or selling a home, then you may be wondering…

Don’t Sabotage Your Mortgage Application

Don’t Sabotage Your Mortgage Application

Getting pre-approved for a mortgage is one of the first steps toward homeownership. But a lot happens after that initial pre-approval, and things can derail if you aren’t careful. Staying consistent is important when you’re closing on a home. Changes…

Retro Features Buyers Love

Retro Features Buyers Love

Are you worried about some features of your home for sale that buyers might consider dated? Well, it’s time to rethink that point of view. In fact, in real estate today, what’s old is new again. Many buyers are flocking…

Throw a Virtual Super Bowl Party

Throw a Virtual Super Bowl Party

One of the joys of owning a home is being able to throw your own Super Bowl party! With the big game just a few days away, it’s time to start making your gameday strategy. This year poses a new…

Fall in Love With Your New Home

Fall in Love With Your New Home

It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement and emotion of buying a new home. But what happens when it’s actually time to move in? While you’ve no doubt had daydreams about living in your new place, the reality…

5 Best Apps to Help With Your Move

5 Best Apps to Help With Your Move

Moving can be stressful. But thanks to modern technology, it can be made simpler and easier. Whether you need help getting organized or selling your belongings before your big move, these apps can help. Make lists with Google Keep Lists,…

Your Decluttering Cheat Sheet

Your Decluttering Cheat Sheet

Did your New Year’s resolution of getting your clutter under control never materialize? Or are you getting your home ready to sell, and you need to declutter before listing? Whatever your reasons for wanting to tidy up, it can feel…