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Maximizing the Sale: Here Are Six Steps to Perfect Home Staging

Staging your home is a proven way to help bring top dollar. Even in a seller’s market, it is to your advantage to have your home looking its best. Professional home stagers are the experts, but if you don’t have any room in your budget, there are still plenty of things you can do to present your house at its very best. Here are six steps to take as you prep your home for buyers: 1. Start...

The Color of Money: These Paint Colors Could Boost Your Home’s Value By Thousands

Painting is one of the easiest and least-cost ways you can update your home–and the transformation is often nothing short of amazing. But did you know the paint colors you choose could have a significant impact on your home’s value if you’re planning to sell? Recent surveys of 1,400 new or prospective homebuyers suggest that certain paint colors could increase your home’s value by as much as...

Many Factors Determine Your Home’s Value

Whether you are thinking about putting your home on the market or simply want to keep up with the market value of your largest investment, it’s helpful to understand the primary factors that can impact your home’s value. While homes in the same neighborhood may have comparable values, a number of things go into determining a home’s value that can differ from home to home. Here is a look at some of...

Empty Nester? 3 Things to Ask Before You Downsize to a Smaller Home

If you are about to become an empty nester–or even if you’ve been one for a while now–you may be thinking about downsizing from the family home. After all, bigger isn’t always better, especially once the kids are out of the house and you start to find you’ve got a lot more space than you know what to do with. The larger the home, the more time and money it takes to maintain.  Downsizing...

20 Home Maintenance Hacks Every Homeowner Should Know

Maintaining a home, and all it holds, is an important part of being a homeowner. Keeping your house is good repair not only protects your investment, but ensures you a living space that you can enjoy to the fullest. But, keeping ahead of all the tasks that can pile up on your to-do list isn’t always easy.  Here are 20 hacks that can make home maintenance and everyday repairs a bit easier: 1....

Escalation Clause: Love It or Hate It, Here’s What Homebuyers Need to Know

With buyer competition reaching new heights, it’s no wonder homebuyers feel they need to pull out all the stops to ensure their offer rises to the top. There’s nothing like the frustration of losing out on a house that checked all your boxes—especially if it turns out to be a matter of a few thousand dollars you would be willing to throw into the deal, if given the chance. Pursuit of the top...

Numbers Game: What Credit Score Do You Need to Buy a House in Today’s Real Estate Market?

When it comes to credit scores and applying for a home mortgage, your first thought may fall to whether or not you qualify. But, your credit score not only plays a critical role in your ability to qualify for a home loan, its influence continues when it comes to your down payment requirements, interest rates and other mortgage terms. Here’s what you need to know: Minimum score to qualify The four...

Short on Time? Here are Quick Ways to Spruce up Your Home’s Entryway that Fit Any Schedule

Whether you’re planning to list your home or you are simply thinking about the impact when guests arrive, your foyer or entryway is the first impression visitors get when they come into your home. Ironically, the entryway is often one of the most neglected areas when it comes to your home’s decor. Most are left to a drab existence, though there are some that swing the pendulum too far in the other...

Safe and Secure: Here’s How to Choose Your Home Security System

Home security systems have gone through tremendous changes in recent years, with smart phone integration and do-it-yourself installed systems becoming more sophisticated.  While new tech development is good news for consumers, it also leaves many homeowners wondering where to turn when it comes to choosing a new or updated home security system. Here are some considerations before making your...

Here’s What Buyers Say Are the Biggest Challenges to New Home Ownership

Buying a home is an exciting endeavor. But, it isn’t without its challenges. If you’re thinking about making a new home purchase, whether this is your first home or your fifth, you may be wondering what buyers are saying about the process. What are the obstacles they found most difficult to get through?  According to the National Association of REALTORS®  2021 Home Buyer and Seller...

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