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How Much Money Do You Need to Buy a Home?
Posted on 02/16/2020
How Much Money Do You Need to Buy a Home?
The amount of money you will need to ensure you can purchase a house varies based on a number of factors. For example, if you want to purchase a house in a big city, you may need to save more money than you likely would require to buy a residence in a small town. Meanwhile, your decision to choose...
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How Long Does It Take to Craft a Home Listing?
Posted on 02/09/2020
How Long Does It Take to Craft a Home Listing?
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to craft an effective property listing. Instead, a seller needs to allocate the necessary time and resources to ensure a house listing hits the mark with buyers. In fact, failure to do so may make it tough for a seller to generate interest in his or her home. Perhaps even worse, an ineffective home...
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Home Security Tips to Increase Your Peace of Mind
Posted on 02/02/2020
Home Security Tips to Increase Your Peace of Mind
There are a lot of effective ways to keep your home safe, secure, and free from intrusion, but those techniques are of little use if you don't consistently use them. Technological solutions are well worth considering because they can be activated and monitored from almost any location. Whether you're at a restaurant across town or comfortably lying in bed...
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Luxury Upgrades For Your Home
Posted on 01/26/2020
Luxury Upgrades For Your Home
Photo by Chauhan Moniz on Unsplash Whether you want to sell or just want to live in a more luxurious environment, understanding some of the key details that make a luxury home what it is can help you make the most of a new purchase or even your current dwelling. High end homes are about more than just...
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Property Insurance vs. Homeowners Insurance
Posted on 01/19/2020
Property Insurance vs. Homeowners Insurance
Photo by Steve Buissinne via Pixabay Often used interchangeably, the terms “property insurance” and “homeowners’ insurance” sometimes confuse new homebuyers. Homeowners’ insurance is a specialized form of property insurance. By “property” the insurance industry means anything that you own. Under that category come homeowners’ insurance and even renters’ insurance. These products cover single-family houses, condominiums and a renter’s...
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What to Look for in a New Home
Posted on 01/12/2020
What to Look for in a New Home
No matter what your age, buying a new home symbolizes the beginning of a new chapter in your life. It's an exciting event, whether you're a first-time home buyer or a retiree looking to downsize. When you stumble upon a house in your price range that has the features and characteristics you've been searching for, it can be a...
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Benefits of Being Part of a Neighorhood Community
Posted on 01/05/2020
Benefits of Being Part of a Neighorhood Community
Whether you've just moved into a new neighborhood or have lived there for decades, there are many advantages to maintaining friendly relations with neighbors. If, on the other hand, you adopt more of an isolated lifestyle, then the experience of home ownership may be a lot less fulfilling. Taking the time to have a friendly chat with your neighbors,...
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Preparing your Home to Sell
Posted on 12/29/2019
Preparing your Home to Sell
Image by LightField Studios from Shutterstock When you've owned your house a long time, getting it ready to sell may seem like a daunting task. If relocation is on the horizon for you, get an early start and organize your spaces. Ideas to help you get organized right away! Resist the temptation to add items to your home...
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Are You Ready to Conduct a Home Inspection?
Posted on 12/22/2019
Are You Ready to Conduct a Home Inspection?
A home inspection enables a buyer to examine a residence and identify any underlying structural issues. Plus, the assessment allows a buyer to receive a report that details a home inspector's findings to help him or her determine how to proceed in the homebuying journey. Ultimately, it helps to prepare as much as possible before you conduct a home...
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The Basics of Staging
Posted on 12/15/2019
The Basics of Staging
Photo by ProgrammingIBC via Pixabay One of the most important things you can do before you list your home for sale is to stage it. Home staging refers to arranging the home’s furnishings and decor so it looks as good as possible. In other words, you use the decor and furnishings to make the home look like a...
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Reasons to Counter an Offer to Purchase
Posted on 12/08/2019
Reasons to Counter an Offer to Purchase
After you receive an offer to purchase your residence, determining the best course of action often can be difficult. Because if you make the wrong decision, you risk missing out on an opportunity to sell your house and maximize its value. Ultimately, it may prove to be beneficial for a home seller to submit a counter-offer. There are many...
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How Do Assessed Value and Fair Market Value Differ?
Posted on 12/01/2019
How Do Assessed Value and Fair Market Value Differ?
Two terms that you may have heard when talking about real estate is fair market value and assessed value. These two terms are not the same or even interchangeable terms. The assessed value of a home can often be higher than the price the house is being sold. These properties can often be seen as a “bargain” in the...
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