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!

Nov. 10, 2021

Think Twice Before You Do 'For Sale By Owner'

Homes for sale by owner

Homes that are "For Sale by Owner" or FSBO, are usually favorably looked upon because homeowners want to maximize their profits by not having to pay commission. However, this does not always ring true.

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Oct. 15, 2021

Seniors Can Save Money

Senior discount in Prescott

 

Saving money, whether it is when buying a home or saving money on daily purchases, is a common goal for many of us, especially seniors. Fortunately for Prescott residents, there is an added benefit to living in “Everybody’s Hometown”, there are senior discounts everywhere! Below is a list of businesses and restaurants in the greater Prescott area that offer discounts to Seniors.

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Posted in Homeowners
Sept. 15, 2021

Tips for Seeking Satisfaction with Your Lender

 

Homebuyers often do not realize how complex and competitive the lending process can be. For many (especially first-time buyers) there’s only a hazy idea of “the bank” approving or denying them a mortgage. So many don’t understand how to shop for a loan or that investing a little time upfront can result in profound savings and a sense of satisfaction.

 

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal recently revealed “in a recent survey, 21% of home buyers regretted their choice of lender.” Among first-time buyers, that figure crept up to 27%.

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Posted in Buy a Home
Aug. 15, 2021

Curb Appeal is a Plus When Selling Your Home

 

Curb appeal is an essential item to consider when selling your home. It has been reported that adding curb appeal to a home can increase the value by $10,000 to $15,000. Curb appeal mainly focuses on landscaping and the house's overall appearance, but focusing on details and the little stuff can add to the home's overall feel.

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Posted in Home Selling Tips
July 15, 2021

Pitfalls for Home Buyers to Avoid

When you finally find your dream home, the worst thing that can happen is the deal falling through at the last minute. It’s more common than you might think, and the reasons are often surprisingly small. Fortunately, a little attention to detail and thorough planning can save you from the heartbreak of a buy gone bad. Here are some pitfalls for buyers:

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Posted in Buy a Home
June 15, 2021

Renovations with the Best Returns

 

If you’ve been kicking around the idea of some home improvements, but aren’t sure which ones make the most financial sense, don’t miss “The Renovations That Will Pay Off the Most for Your Home in 2017,” published by Realtor.com. 

 

While some renovations sound like they’re a home run for your home’s value, in actuality, big-ticket projects recoup far less than some of their simpler counterparts.

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May 15, 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 15, 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 15, 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. 15, 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