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Buying a House in a Low-Inventory Market

Tight supply of available homes for sale has been the story across the country for a number of years now and nowhere is that more evident than here in the Valley. The simple laws of supply and demand have left many buyers disappointed and frustrated. After the crash of 2008, first-time homebuyers in particular were less able, or at least less willing, to take on the large debt of a mortgage. With fewer...

Behind on Your Mortgage? Consider These Options to Avoid Foreclosure

If you have fallen behind on your mortgage payment or fear that you are about to be in that situation, you aren’t alone. It’s estimated that just over 10 million homeowners are behind on their mortgage payments currently.  So, what can you do? Your best bet is to be proactive. Educate yourself about your potential options as early as possible. The longer you wait to seek out a solution, the...

Here’s What to Do Now if There is a Move on the Horizon

Making a residential move is a huge undertaking. When that move involves more people in the household than just yourself, it becomes even more complicated. There are plenty of checklists for moving day, but what about the months leading up to your intended moving day? Even if you are just getting started on your home search, there are a number of steps you can take now to make moving day easier on you...

Renovating? Here are 5 Steps to Successfully Hiring a Contractor

Finding a qualified and experienced contractor can be the deciding factor on whether you are making a sound investment in upgrading your home or throwing your money away.  With so much on the line, here are five steps to take in choosing the right person for the job: 1. Begin with a budget. It’s easy for costs to quickly get out of hand if you don’t establish your budget before any...

Buying a Home Without Seeing it In-Person? Here Are Some Tips

It’s a fact. All the events of 2020 left more and more would-be homeowners buying a home, sight unseen. That trend continues. Homebuyers purchasing a home they had not previously seen in-person is nothing new. People making long-distance relocations have been making use of the Internet and trusted agents for quite some time now. But, it’s only recently that this trend saw a steep incline in the...

Finally Get Your Home Neat and Orderly With These 3 Easy Steps

If you’re like a lot of people, you probably start out the new year with the best of intentions to finally get organized and defeat clutter once and for all. Then, before you know it, February is here. You look around and realize you have as much clutter as you ever had. Mail is piled up on the kitchen counter. Your work mess is spread out all over the dining room table. Your closet is bursting at...

Three Questions to Ask if You Are Thinking About Building a New Home

There’s no denying that building a new home—rather than buying an existing one—remains popular with homebuyers. In fact, new home construction increased 5.2% on a year-over-year basis last year. New home starts totaled 1.38 million in 2020. That’s an increase of 7% compared to 2019. If you’re thinking of a new home, you may have given some consideration to new construction,...

Self-employed? Here’s What You Need to Know About Applying for a Mortgage

The number of self-employed individuals across the country continues to grow, with an estimated 16 million people opting to be their own boss. While the gig economy is booming and self-employment has become increasingly commonplace, the hurdles faced with obtaining a home mortgage remain. Ask any lender and you’ll learn the stark truth: it’s easier to qualify when you can show a W-2. That...

Hiring a Contractor? Here’s What to Expect on the Job

If you’re about to start a home improvement project, you may have looked into enlisting the help of a contractor. Hopefully, you’ve read reviews, gotten estimates, asked for references, and ensured they were licensed and ensured. So, what’s next? Doing your due diligence in hiring a contractor is important, but it isn’t the only thing to keep in mind as you progress through the project. Being...

Getting on the Same Page: Here Are the Features Homebuyers Most Often Disagree On

If you’re a fan of HGTV, you’ve probably been entertained by shows where prospective homeowners are shown houses that seem to meet their needs, only to bicker bitterly over one feature or another. She wants to be close to downtown, he wants to live in the suburbs. She wants a large backyard, he wants something that doesn’t require a lot of yardwork. You get the idea. First off, I am obligated...

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