Area Real Estate News & Market Trends

You’ll find our blog to be a wealth of information, covering everything from local market statistics and home values to community happenings. That’s because we care about the community and want to help you find your place in it. Please reach out if you have any questions at all. We’d love to talk with you!

May 6, 2021

Baby-Proof Your Home

 

You may not have kids right now, but chances are you may be entertaining guests one day who do. Below are some sound strategies to make your guest's visit low-stress and safe by baby-proofing your home. These are great ways to put your guests at ease and do your best to protect their little ones from harm by investing in some modest pre-visit baby proofing.

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Posted in Homeowners
April 6, 2021

Tips for Choosing the Right Real Estate Agent

As you probably know, having a real estate license doesn’t make someone a great agent. In fact, in any given market, a relatively small percentage of the total number of agents are responsible for a majority of the business. This means that when you’re evaluating agents, the odds of picking someone with relatively little experience or actual skill can be disconcertingly high.

 

So how do you know you’re in danger of working with a rank amateur? Here are some standard “sniff tests” to help you sort through the masses:

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Posted in Real Estate Tips
March 10, 2021

Things to Avoid After Applying for a Mortgage

 

Congratulations! You've found a home to buy and have applied for a mortgage! Before you begin purchasing new furniture or begin moving your money around, consult your loan officer. They will be someone who can tell you how your decisions will impact your home loan.

 

Below is a list of Things You Shouldn't Do After Applying for a Mortgage. Some may seem obvious, but some may not.

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Posted in Buy a Home
Feb. 9, 2021

Do I Need a Real Estate Agent to Buy from a Builder?

Are you looking to buy a home? Are you looking for a new build or an existing home? Investopedia put together an article offering their two cents on the subject. But if you are leaning toward purchasing a new build, then there is a question you need to ask yourself: Do I need to hire a real estate agent to represent me when I buy a new home from a builder?

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Posted in Buy a Home
Jan. 5, 2021

6 Clever Kitchen Hacks

You probably don't need a detailed survey to tell you that the kitchen is one of the most used spaces in a family home. It serves as a hub for meals, a communal space for gathering, and often a message center for family traffic. Some consider the kitchen the 'brain' of the home. 

 

Many homes have kitchens that are small or overrun by clutter. The mess can be a significant barrier to enjoying the space. Without some intentional organizational systems in place, a kitchen can feel almost useless, missing out on the potential of being deemed 'the brain.' 

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Posted in Homeowners
Dec. 16, 2020

Don’t Forget the Final Walk-Through

 

It’s tempting to skip the final walk-through when buying your home, but as a Realtor, I view a final walk-through as a crucial step in the home buying process. Final walk-through’s assure you that the property you are purchasing is in the agreed-upon condition. 

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Posted in Buy a Home
Dec. 3, 2020

Are you prepared to be an historic homeowner?

 

I don’t know about you, but I love driving through historic neighborhoods! Grand old homes, with detailed architecture, beautiful peaks, and peaceful porches, are quite breathtaking. Beauty also comes with additional financial benefits. Because historical houses are typical in an established neighborhood or district, the homes’ projected prices appreciate quicker than other areas. Also, when a resident is indeed classified as a historic home and not merely an old house, owners may be able to take advantage of tax breaks that newer homes might not qualify.

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Nov. 17, 2020

Questions You Need to Ask Sellers

 

When you’re about to put your hard-earned money into a home, you want to know everything you can about that home’s history. While there are common questions to ask about a home’s condition, history, and location, there are some questions buyers often overlook. 

 

Don’t rely on sellers to volunteer this information. In some cases, they may not even know the answers for themselves. Protect your potential investment. These questions can help you get to the bottom of potential pitfalls:

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Nov. 6, 2020

Updating Your Bedroom Before You List

Everyone can argue what room in the home is the most important. While the kitchen and living room are primarily important, the bedroom also ranks high in importance. When buyers are touring a home, they will envision themselves living there, and a stale bedroom with outdated style can be a deal-breaker. Instead of scaring off potential buyers, use these tips to update and freshen up your bedroom’s stale design to create a relaxing, calming space.

 

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Oct. 15, 2020

Overlooked Ways to Save on Home Insurance

Homeowner's insurance is vital for protecting your investment. Lenders also require coverage if you have a mortgage on your home. For some reason, many homeowners overlook ways they can save money on their premiums. Shopping around is a good idea, but like auto insurance, there are many simple things you can do to impact how much you pay annually to protect your home.

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Posted in Homeowners