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How Coronavirus is Changing the Way We Think About Home Function

Some home features have just become a lot more important. But will they stick around? Functional storage, home offices, and flex spaces have just become a lot more in-demand as families forge a path through the new normal. But will we have a short memory?

Common Appraisal Myths Dispelled

Although appraisals are widely used to determine the true value of a property in the event of a home sale or mortgage refinance, there are many misconceptions surrounding them. This article addresses some of these.

How To Keep Your Finances Mortgage-Ready During a National Crisis

We are in an unprecedented time with economic uncertainty. For many, this has changed their personal finances and people are needing to reevaluate their financial and real estate plans. However, throughout this uncharted territory, people do not need to give up on these goals. They just need to approach things differently. Here are some ways to keep your finances together during economic changes.

Spring Cleaning While Quarantining

Thinking of selling in the near future? Quarantine provides the unique opportunity to cross more things off of that to-do list before officially entering the MLS.

Covid-19 Alert to Buyers and Sellers

With market turmoil and widespread social-health concerns on the minds of all of your clients, it is ever more important that you be a source of factual information and a voice of reason. Use this letter as part of your outreach to both buyers, sellers, past and potential clients.

6 Reasons For Sale By Owner Is Not Your Best Option

Many sellers are surprised when they add up the costs of selling a home. This leads many sellers to consider selling their own homes to reduce costs. Here are six reasons why going the For Sale By Owner route is not your clients' best option.

How to Find a Home With Good Resale Value

Buyers can make a great selling decision when they make an offer on a home that will be in demand with buyers.

Time Spent House Hunting is Steadily Increasing

The National Association of Home Builders' current research on home sales is showing that the home buying process is taking longer than it has in years past. Patience is key!

Spruce Up Your Curb Appeal This Winter

When people think of curb appeal they envision lush green lawns, vibrant trees, and garden beds filled with blooms. Although these elements create an inviting space for potential buyers, they are near impossible to achieve in the dead of winter. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t create a great first impression for buyers.

Most Common Reasons Real Estate Contracts Fall Through

Inspections, appraisals, contingencies, oh my! There are a number of reasons real estate transactions can fall through. A signed contract is no guarantee of a closing!

How to Recession-Proof Your Home Purchase

Recently, the frightening word of “recession” has been uttered from the mouths of some financial experts. Some imply that a recession is impending for the country and others think it is just hype. This article outlines how clients can protect themselves

Adding Hygge to Your Home Staging Strategy

Most people think of the obvious steps for staging a home. They know to apply a fresh coat of neutral paint, how to declutter, and fix any resounding maintenance issues. But will the house be inviting to potential buyers, or will it appear stark and cold? The key to appeal to buyers through home staging, especially during the winter months, is to add hygge into your house.

Discount Points and Your Mortgage

Discount points are a tool that savvy buyers may use in their home purchase. But does it always make sense to get the lowest interest rate? This article explains more.

Buying a Vacation Property

As the summer winds down, you might find yourself thinking of your summer vacation and thought to yourself, “I wonder what it would take to buy a vacation property there?” Buying a second property, whether for extra income, enjoyment, or both, is a step that many decide to do in their lifetime.

Evaluating the Economic Health of an Area

A healthy economy usually goes hand-in-hand with strong property appreciation, so it pays to do your homework. There are five things to look at when making this evaluation and this article outlines those.

10 Kitchen-Cleaning Essentials for Listing Your Home

The kitchen is one of the most-used rooms in the house and one that can be most difficult to keep clean and looking sharp for potential buyers. But with a little planning and deep-cleaning up front, you can keep the mess at bay. Included are ten recommendations for getting and keeping your kitchen in tip-top shape when it is listed.

Ideas for Improving Your Home's Lighting

Lighting in a room is as important as paint color and furniture and it is critical for whatever function the room dictates. However, many people don’t consider changing the lighting, especially if it includes built-in such as recessed lighting or flush-mount light boxes in the center of a bedrooms. You don’t have to settle! There is a lot of ways you can improve!

Investment Property Expenses – The Basics

If you are considering purchasing an income-producing property, whether for short-term or long-term rentals, although the rent (potential income) received is usually the most-attractive part of ownership (along with anticipated appreciation), expenses usually take a huge bite out of that income. And really, the potential gross income is not as important to your bottom line as the potential net income.

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