Real Estate

8 Eye-Opening Things Home Inspectors Can’t Tell You

8 Eye-Opening Things Home Inspectors Can’t Tell You

What's included in a home inspection may not be as important as what isn't. A home inspection may feel like a final exam, but it's not quite so clear cut. Your inspector's report won't include a clear-cut  A+ if a house is a keeper or an F if it's a money pit. What is included in a home inspection report is a set of neutral facts intended to help you decide on a home's final grade. Oh sure, a...

What to Do When Your Neighbor’s Home Hurts Your Home Value

What to Do When Your Neighbor’s Home Hurts Your Home Value

After years of careful planning, searching, and saving to buy a home, it’s normal to take pride in your home. However, that doesn’t mean you plan to stay in the same place forever, and you can’t control who your neighbors are and whether or not they maintain their home. If you’re getting ready to list your home and the condition of your neighbor’s home is negatively impacting your own home value,...

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Home Maintenance Resolutions for 2020

Homes need continuous maintenance to keep them in good condition. Plan to invest one to four percent of your home’s value in maintenance costs each year to avoid losing home value! 1. Interior If you invest time in some simple maintenance, you can keep the inside of your home looking like new. Some tasks your home may need include repainting the walls, restripping and resealing wood, or restaining...

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3 Steps to Simplify Your Holiday Decoration Cleanup

There are a lot of things to love about the holidays. Packing everything away at the end of the season doesn’t usually make the list. However, with a little preplanning, this painstaking task doesn’t have to be one that you dread. Here are some post-holiday tips to help you pack away the holidays with ease and ensure an easier setup next year.Invest in storage bins.Cardboard boxes are great for a year...

Pumpkins

3 Ways to Incorporate Pumpkins into Your Home this Fall

Pumpkin lovers rejoice! October is National Pumpkin Month, and to celebrate, I’ve got a list of ways you can go beyond the pumpkin-spice lattes and incorporate this versatile plant into your home. Cooking - Pumpkins hit peak ripeness in September and October. Roast the seeds for a delicious snack. For a more substantial dish, roast, boil, steam, bake, sauté, or puree the meat of the pumpkin to use it...

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5 Ways Buyers Can Make the Winning Bid

In a tough market, it pays to be prepared. Make sure you’re ready to pounce once you find your dream home with these five tips to help you place the winning bid.1. Down PaymentThere are plenty of low down payment mortgage options that can help you get into the home of your dreams, but saving up a larger down payment gives you leverage to offer more for your home in case you find yourself in a bidding...

School-supplies

Creating Your Back to School Command Center

Keep your family organized this school year with a back to school command center. It will help your family keep track of important dates, events, and school items! Some things you may want to include in your back to school command center include: Calendar with important reminders Clipboard to attach items for signatures Hooks for backpacks and lunch boxes Homework and chores lists...

Home Equity

3 Ways to Build Equity

Equity is the money you make from owning your home. It can be determined by subtracting the amount of principal you owe on your mortgage from your home’s value. When home prices rise, most homeowners gain equity. These three strategies reduce your mortgage principal, granting you an equity boost in your home.1. Maximize your down payment.Low down payment options make homeownership accessible for many...

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How Comps Affect Your Home’s Value

The comparable houses (comps) in your area can have a significant impact on your home’s value. Whenever someone sells a home in your area, the listing agent pulls a list of comps and puts them into a document known as a CMA (Comparative Market Analysis) for the seller. A CMA is a list of homes sold in the area over the past 3-6 months. It is used to figure out the current value of your home based on...

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9 Epic Man Cave Upgrades That Won’t Break the Bank

Whether you’re trying to spiff up your man cave or thinking about gift ideas for Father’s Day, here are some high impact options that won’t break the bank. Bar Upgrades Bottle openers - You can rifle through a drawer every time you want to crack open a bottle or you can just install a wall-mounted bottle opener. Wall mounted bottle openers come in a wide variety of styles, so it should be easy...

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