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Staging for Success

Staging for Success

In this market, tips on ways to make your home sell faster may not be necessary, but saving these tips for a ‘rainy day,’ so to speak, may be a smart idea. There are time-consuming and complicated ways to increase attractiveness to potential buyers and then there are simple “staging” tricks. These staging tricks can […]

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A Seller’s Motivation

A Seller’s Motivation

We’ve often discussed the motivation to buy when it comes to homeownership, but what about the motivation to sell? At first thought, a growing family or life transitions and changing needs come to mind, but what other factors contribute to the decision to put your home on the market? In a recent survey by Realtor.com […]

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Judgement Day

Judgement Day

The saying may go “You can’t judge a book by its cover,” but isn’t that precisely what we all do anyway? Making assumptions and decisions based on the first impression or face value of almost anything is what we, as visual people, do. This rings especially true when it comes to curb appeal. If you […]

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Great Expectations

A successfully managed budget is a partnership between the builder and the homeowners. But the builder is just half the equation: a new home is a partnership between the builder and homeowner, and there are things a homeowner needs to do to keep the project from going over budget. Most of these have to do […]

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Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch Changes

Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch Changes

It’s best to be an informed consumer. This includes taking into consideration non-traditional factors that may have an effect on buying or selling your home. Right now, this factor would be climate change. When’s the last time that climate change had an impact on your decision-making? Most likely, almost never, if at all. However, Freddie Mac […]

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The Down Payment Lowdown

The Down Payment Lowdown

So, you want to buy a house. The largest hurdle, and one that actually prevents potential homeowners from taking the plunge, is the initial down payment and the mortgage. Definitely not something to take lightly, the down payment and the subsequent mortgage payments, however, should not intimidate you out of becoming a homeowner. This article […]

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Features That Pay Off

Features That Pay Off

It’s all in the marketing. As Realtors, when we’re selling your home, we handpick which little details to showcase when writing up the listing summary. We make sure that every unique feature that would catch a potential buyer’s eye is highlighted. Of course, those details we look to highlight change with time, as trends do. […]

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Home Warranty Benefits

Home Warranty Benefits

It may seem obvious to protect your investment, whether that be a car with insurance, your health with insurance, or your cell phone with a password. But protecting your home by making sure a home warranty plan is in place when buying or selling your home is something, though most often executed, is not mandatory. Purchasing […]

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50 Years Later: Pricing

50 Years Later: Pricing

As we wind up our “Fifty Years in Real Estate” blog series, we want to stress the enduring and priceless value of homeownership; something that will always remain and continue to give back regardless of the year. We take immense pride in helping potential/hopeful homeowners realize their dream. The homebuying and selling process is an […]

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50 Years Later: Interest Rates

50 Years Later: Interest Rates

Interest rates are the absolute best tool for enabling your home to also serve as an economic investment. Why? Originally real estate loans were not amortizing. They were interest only, and due and payable after three or five years! But once these loans became amortized, it allowed owners to know and plan their house payment for […]

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