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Legal: Hiring a Real Estate Attorney for Retainer
Posted on 03/29/2020
Legal: Hiring a Real Estate Attorney for Retainer
Photo by Succo via PixabayWhen you need a real estate attorney, be sure to do your research. Don’t just hire an attorney because your friend or a relative sings the attorney’s praises. The referred attorney may be great in the practice area they helped your friend or relative in, but they may not have the experience needed for...
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Dealing with Water Leaks
Posted on 03/22/2020
Dealing with Water Leaks
Photo by Andrey_Popov via Shutterstock Is your house leaky? According to the EPA (US Environmental Protection Agency), household water leaks account for up to a trillion gallons of water wasted each year. According to their calculations, the average home leaks about ten thousand gallons annually or more than 90 gallons every single day. So how do you tell...
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Most Popular Mortgage Options
Posted on 03/15/2020
Most Popular Mortgage Options
Photo by Mastersenaiper via Pixabay When it comes to financing your home, you have a several mortgage options available. Each type of mortgage offers different advantages, so be sure to do research before applying. Below are some of the most popular types of mortgages borrowers may consider. Conventional Loans A conventional loan is a mortgage not insured by...
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Extending Your Offers: Sell While You Buy
Posted on 03/08/2020
Extending Your Offers: Sell While You Buy
Photo by DraganCFM via Shutterstock It’s always a quandary: can I buy my new home and sell my old house so that the timing of both matches? Well, yes! There are several ways to do this. Here’s a breakdown of how it can work. Buy a Home on a Contingency. Just what is a contingency? It’s an agreement...
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Tips for Choosing the Right A/C Unit
Posted on 03/01/2020
Tips for Choosing the Right A/C Unit
Photo by: Will Malott via Unsplash When it comes to buying things for the home, the air conditioning unit is not the most intriguing. But it is one of the essential components. Choosing the right A/C unit may be the difference between utmost comfort and sizzling heat. Determining the right type of air conditioning unit and how to...
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When to Sell Your Home as an Investment Property
Posted on 02/23/2020
When to Sell Your Home as an Investment Property
Photo by fran hogan on Unsplash If you’re a homeowner considering selling your home as an investment property, timing is important. From a financial perspective, just as you probably bought strategically, you want to sell strategically too. The trick is knowing when the right time arrives. Here are four common metrics people use to determine when it's time...
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5 Facts About Severe Weather Damage & Homeowners Insurance
Posted on 02/16/2020
5 Facts About Severe Weather Damage & Homeowners Insurance
Photo by Peter from Pexels When everyday people take out a homeowners' insurance policy, there is an expectation that you enjoy secure coverage in the event of a loss. That sigh of relief many people experience when signing off on a policy may be an illusion, to some extent. That’s because not every severe weather event is covered...
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How to Sell Before You Buy
Posted on 02/09/2020
How to Sell Before You Buy
Photo by Paul Brennan via Pixabay If you’ve been renting and preparing to buy a new home, you’ve probably saved up your down payment and are in the process of getting pre-approved for your mortgage loan. If, on the other hand, you’ve been living in a home you own and paying on your mortgage, you may be ready...
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Tackle Home Selling Challenges
Posted on 02/02/2020
Tackle Home Selling Challenges
Home sellers may encounter problems as they try to get the best prices for their residences. Fortunately, there are lots of things that sellers can do to reduce or eliminate hurdles that otherwise may slow down the house selling journey. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you tackle various home selling hurdles. 1. Analyze the...
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How to Ready Your Home for Seasonal Storms
Posted on 01/26/2020
How to Ready Your Home for Seasonal Storms
Image by sandid from Pixabay Our homes are special from the first time we enter. That's why we spend our precious time and money caring for our dwellings when bad weather threatens damage. Spring Windstorms For homeowners, windstorms are often unassuming. We all know to watch for snow or rain, but high winds can cause significant home damage....
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Reasons to Negotiate with a House Seller
Posted on 01/19/2020
Reasons to Negotiate with a House Seller
If your initial offer to purchase a home is countered, there is no need to stress. In fact, there are lots of reasons why you should negotiate with a house seller, and these include: 1. You can speed up the homebuying journey. The homebuying journey may prove to be long and complicated. If you find a house you want...
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Tips on Creating the Perfect Guest Room
Posted on 01/12/2020
Tips on Creating the Perfect Guest Room
Photo by bottlein via Pixabay Your guest room can become a relaxing and inviting retreat -- instead of an afterthought -- and allow you to host visitors at a moment's notice. While decor, bedding and other pieces will help you create a comfortable and inviting space, these tips will elevate your guest room to a luxurious retreat and...
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