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Checklist for Home Sellers: Before You Lock Up for the Last Time

Congratulations! You’ve made it to the finish line and have sold your home. The boxes are all packed, you’ve done a final cleaning and you’re ready for the move. But before you close and the new owners move in, here’s a checklist for making the transition go smoothly for both you as well as the buyer. 1. Garage door openers. You should provide one opener per garage door and they should...

5 Things First-Time Home Sellers Wish They Had Known

There’s a lot of attention paid to first-time homebuyers and what they need to know when buying a home. But what about first-time home sellers? No matter how much an agent tries to prepare a homeowner for the listing and selling process, every sale is different and there are some nuances that are difficult to anticipate. At the same time, there are certain things that are to be expected—but for one...

Here’s a Checklist of Simple Cosmetic Fixes You Can Make Before Listing

You don’t always need to do a major renovation to get your home ready for market. Beyond a thorough cleaning and decluttering, here’s a checklist of cosmetic updates that can have your home looking its best without a lot of investment: Switch up the hardware. Kitchen and bathroom cabinets can become instantly updated when you switch out their outdated hardware for something more clean and...

When Trendy Spells Trouble: Little Fixes for Your Best Decorating Efforts

You follow the trends. You have good design sense. Then, why do your best intentions at decorating your house sometimes fall flat? Whether you’re sprucing up your home so you can put it on the market or simply want to keep it looking its best for your family and friends to enjoy, it can be disappointing when the results aren’t what you expected. Here are fixes for four decorating...

Selling your home? Here are four pricing tips that you can bank on

When it comes to you home, memories at priceless. Unfortunately, those good times are of no use when trying to come up with an objectively derived price for your home. This is where an agent comes in. As your agent, I can provide you with an estimate of your home’s value, show you comparable sold properties and recommend a list price for your home. Ultimately, though, you control the...

Retirement is Finally Here: Should You Rent or Buy? 3 Questions to Ask

Most new homeowners decided to go from renter to homeowner because they had saved a sizable down payment, and either they or a mortgage lender determined the costs of home ownership were no greater than 30% of their income. But what if you’re retired and on a fixed income? Suddenly deciding between renting and buying isn’t so simple. No matter why you’re moving as you enter...

Decrease Stress When Buying and Selling Homes at the Same Time

If you’re thinking about becoming a repeat home buyer, you already know things will be a bit more complicated than when you bought your first home. You know the goal: buy a new home while simultaneously selling your current one, close on the same day and move. That’s in an ideal world. But what about in the world we actually live in? Understand the market. Before you start searching for a...

6 Missteps Homeowners Make When Readying Their Home for Market

Whether you’re putting your home on the market soon or sometime down the road, presenting it at its best can help you get top dollar and reduce the time it is on the market. There are plenty of things you can do as homeowner to get your home ready. But even the best decor intentions can sometimes result in décor that appeals less to buyers than anticipated. Here are some examples of what not to do...

Home Buying: What Happens When an Appraisal Comes in Lower Than Expected?

Once your offer has been accepted, there are still several steps to take before you can close on your new home. One of those is an appraisal. As part of the mortgage loan process, your lender will order an appraisal of the property. This ensures that the home you have chosen is worth the loan your lender is making. In most cases, the appraisal comes in at or above the purchase price of...

Here’s How Homeownership Can Contribute to a Healthier Life

Ask about the benefits of homeownership and you’re likely to hear about financial stability and tax advantages. And, for good reason. Home ownership is all of those things. Owning a home builds equity, which can even lead to generational wealth. It’s sometimes even described as a forced savings account. While the financial rewards of homeownership—financial stability, equity and tax...

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