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!

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
Oct. 1, 2020

Tips for Adding a Bathroom to Your Home

 

Have you been living in a single-bathroom home? Is the time here to consider adding an extra full-bathroom or “water closet” to your existing layout? First, know that of all the renovations you can make to a single-bathroom home, adding an extra bathroom is one of the soundest investments you can make. With rare exceptions, the money you put into a second bathroom should pay handsomely when you list your house in the future. The bathroom is one of the most-used rooms in your home, and it can have a profound impact on how prospective buyers see your home in the future. If you’ve been curious about the process or want to make the leap to a two-bathroom home without relocating, you’ll want to keep some tips in mind about this particular renovation project.  

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Sept. 16, 2020

Don’t Neglect to Inspect a Home Yourself

Home inspection professionals are trained to spot problems and evaluate a home’s overall condition. Home inspectors will do their best to be ethical and thorough. However, they are also still human, and as a result, sometimes details escape their attention. 

 

If you’re making a significant investment in a home, there’s no reason you have to leave 100% of the inspection up to someone else. There are areas you can review for yourself (or hire an outside party to review).

 

Before you sign off on a house, don’t neglect to review these commonly overlooked areas:

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Posted in Buy a Home
Sept. 1, 2020

Maintaining the Air Quality in Your Home

Maintaining indoor air quality is an extremely important, but often overlooked, component of living happily in your home. It’s an invisible problem, but the costs can add up— from high energy bills to unpleasant health issues.

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Posted in Homeowners