Real Estate

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Home Buying and Selling During the Pandemic: What You Need to Know

Technology and good-old-fashioned creativity are helping agents, buyers, and sellers abide by COVID-19 health and safety practices while getting deals done. Some buyers are touring houses virtually. Others visit in person while remaining at least six feet from their agent. Sellers are hosting open houses on Facebook Live. Appraisers are doing drive-by valuations. Buyers are watching inspections via...

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In Closing: How to Seal the Home-Buying Deal

The closing. It all comes down to this. The grand finale. Once you have the keys, the house is yours. (Cue: Air horn sound!) Nice work getting this far. You’re almost a homeowner! Let’s run through some questions you may have as you cross the finish line. What Does “Closing” Mean? The close or settlement is when you sign the final ownership and insurance paperwork and get the home’s...

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Negotiation 101 for Home Buyers and Sellers

Whether you’re buying or selling a home, negotiation is a key step in getting the best deal. Make sure you’re ready to close on the best price with these tips. Negotiation factors for buyers Before you place an offer on a home, you should be preapproved for a loan so you know how much you can actually afford to pay. In a tight real estate market, you may have to offer more for a home than the...

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When to Consider a New Construction Home

Low interest rates and high demand mean a housing shortage for first time home buyers. With multiple offers, high quality, affordable homes aren’t staying on the market for long. However, new construction homes may be able to help close the gap between available homes and buyers in the market.  Pros: Buying a new construction home reduces the chances of running into a bidding war and often...

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Make an Offer Like a Boss

Ah, the offer! Cinematically speaking, this is the iconic moment — we’d forgive you if you imagined, say, putting a hand on your agent’s shoulder and whispering (in your best Vito Corleone) that you’re going to make them an offer they can’t refuse. In reality, it’s not that simple (or dramatic). Your offer marks the beginning of a back-and-forth between you and the seller, typically with...

Show Your Home a Little Love This Valentine’s Day

Show Your Home a Little Love This Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day is a time to celebrate with the ones we love, but this year, after you’ve celebrated with flowers, chocolates, and a candle-lit dinner, be sure to show your home a little love too. New Decorations Adding some new decorative items, whether they’re temporary, like a bouquet of flowers on the dining room table, or more permanent, like a fresh coat of paint, are a great way to show...

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3 Reasons You Should Buy an Investment Property

Owning your own home is just the first step to building your real estate portfolio and creating wealth. If you’re thinking about taking that next step, here are some reasons why 2021 is a good year to invest in real estate. Low Mortgage Rates Mortgage rates are still at a historic low, so investing now could save you money compared to potential rate increases in the future. This means lower...

3 Home Improvement Resolutions

3 Home Improvement Resolutions For 2021

Many of us spent a lot of time at home in 2020, and that’s likely going to be the case this year too. With that in mind, making the most of your environment can be a big morale booster and improve your home’s value.  Renovation Resolution 1: Declutter Getting rid of items you no longer need, want, or use is a great way to free up space and make your home feel larger. Go through each room of...

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Cleaning Your Yard After the Holidays

Decorating for the holidays is a time-honored tradition that brings joy to many families. However, all good things must come to an end. When you’re ready, these tips will help make your holiday cleanup faster and easier. Invest in Storage Bins Cardboard boxes can degrade over the course of a year, while storage bins can last for decades. When choosing storage containers, look for ones that will...

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3 Steps to Take Before Listing Your Home

If you’re thinking about listing your home in the new year, there are some preparatory steps you can start on how to get ready! Declutter - We all accumulate a lot of stuff, especially during the holidays, but when buyers look at your home, they’ll be looking to see if your home has enough storage space to fit their needs. Make sure your cupboards, cabinets, and closets aren’t overfilled to better...

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