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Posted on 01/23/2021
Title Searches: How to Conduct Them & Why You Should
Photo by Gerd Altmann via Pixabay There are many title companies available to complete a title search for you. However, if you’re trying to reduce some of the costs associated with buying a property, you can complete a title search on your own and potentially save hundreds of dollars. 1. Identify the Property Start by gathering as much...
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Posted on 01/16/2021
Prepare for a House Search
Before you launch a home search, it helps to prepare for the property buying journey as much as possible. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to get ready to find your dream house. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you prep for a home search. 1. Establish Homebuying Criteria If you know you...
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Posted on 01/09/2021
How to Settle In to Your New City
Photo by Alexas Fotos via PixabayMoving to a new city is an exciting time, but it can also be stressful. Getting the lay of the land, especially if you don't have contacts in the city, is intimidating. From figuring out your transportation options to learning where the most affordable grocery store is, you have many things to tackle...
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Posted on 01/02/2021
Set Your Priorities When Searching for a New Home
When you decide to make an offer on a home, your mind may be flooded with dozens of questions and concerns -- several of which may involve money matters, while others are about the condition of the house. However, if you've had the house professionally inspected and made sure your income is sufficient to absorb monthly expenses, than you've...
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Posted on 12/26/2020
Will Climate Change Impact Real Estate Values?
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay Natural disasters including flooding, hurricanes, mudslides and wildfires affect real estate values. Some recent examples of real estate transactions being influenced by these increasingly intense and frequent events include: A Charleston, South Carolina, homeowner deciding to demolish her house after three years of flooding caused by hurricanes that led to 11 failed...
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Posted on 12/19/2020
4 Expenses New Homeowners Don't Think About Before Closing
Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay Purchasing a new home is an exciting and life-changing event. While you likely know that you'll need to be able to afford to pay your mortgage each month, there might be other expenses that you aren't as familiar with. 1. Maintenance Costs It makes sense that you'd need to include money to...
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Posted on 12/12/2020
The Market: Is it Ready for My Investment?
Photo by Edar via Pixabay You’ve been considering an investment in real estate but are you really ready? Putting your money into something you haven’t done your homework on could be detrimental. You may even have all the tools, but are still straddling the fence. How will you know it’s time? Here are a few signs that indicate...
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Posted on 12/05/2020
Influencers in Millennial Homebuying
Photo by Tatiana Chekryzhova via Shutterstock As more millennials leave consumer and student debt behind, they enter the housing market. Being savvy researches in the information age, this demographic has begun to fuel the housing economy. Many purchase homes as singles, with a partner or even a friend or group of friends. Where is Preferred? Unlike past generations...
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Posted on 11/28/2020
How Much Time Should You Spend Trying to Sell Your Home?
There is no set amount of time that you will need to allocate to sell your residence. In certain instances, a seller can generate lots of interest in his or her house and receive an offer to purchase within one day of listing a home. On the other hand, a seller sometimes requires many weeks or months to stir...
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Posted on 11/21/2020
Dress Up Your Walls with these 3 Easy-Chic DIY Wall Decor Pieces
Photo by Jasmin Schreiber on Unsplash If you have a little extra time and a few craft supplies, creating something impressive for your home is not as hard as it sounds. Check out three simple DIY wall decor pieces that no one would ever guess are homemade. Popsicle Stick Shelf You can pick up popsicle sticks in bulk...
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Posted on 11/14/2020
Should You Try to Negotiate with a Home Seller?
For those who want to buy a home, it generally is a good idea to remain open to negotiating with a seller. That way, you can acquire your dream residence without delay. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you streamline a negotiation with a home seller. 1. Be Flexible There is no telling how a...
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Posted on 11/07/2020
Gardening 101: Sprinkler Systems
Image by AxxLC from Pixabay After you invest your time and your creative design skills in setting up a lush garden to surround and complement your home, it may only take a few missed watering sessions for crackly brown edges to appear on once healthy flowers and bushes. Life gets busy, but your haven can still stay nourished...
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