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Posted on 02/28/2021
What Home Buyers Want in 2020: Key Features and Selling Points for the New Decade
Photo by Gerd Altmann via Pixabay Energy Efficiency As home buyers become younger and younger, energy-efficient structures become more popular. According to the National Association of Home Builders, the most sought-after green features in a home include: Energy-Star rated windows and appliances. Toilets that conserve water. Tankless water heaters. Solar panels. Extra insulation. Triple-paned glass in windows and...
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Posted on 02/21/2021
First-Time Home Seller Guide
Photo by Pexels via Pixabay If you do not know the process for selling a home it can raise your stress level some. It can also be a very unpleasant experience. During the process, you will have to endure a lot of opinions and suggestions that can either help you or end up hurting your efforts when the...
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Posted on 02/14/2021
Home Staging: How to Breathe Life Back into Your Home
Photo by p_kennedy123 via Pixabay You don't have to be an interior designer to bring color and life into a home when you put it on the market. And you certainly don't have to drop thousands of dollars to hire a professional stager, either. For most properties, a few staging basics can make all the difference between a...
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Posted on 02/07/2021
Short on Outdoor Space? Try a Vertical Garden
Photo by Alex from Pexels Have you been fantasizing about giving your green thumb free rein but are dealing with a limited amount of room in your outdoor living space? Perhaps you've got active children in the household who need backyard space to work off all that energy, or maybe your yard is just small. If so, you'll...
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Posted on 01/31/2021
Home Upgrades Baby Boomers Seek
Photo by Sidekix Media on Unsplash Downsizing appears to be a common theme among Baby Boomers as they transition from family life and professional pursuits to retirement. Not all members of this generation are willing to give up the spacious and beautiful homes to which they've grown accustomed, however. As some downsize, others are on the hunt for...
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Posted on 01/24/2021
Key Differences and Terms: 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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Posted on 01/17/2021
What Does It Really Cost to Sell a Home?
Believe it or not, selling a home may prove to be expensive if you are not careful. However, if you understand the costs associated with selling a house, you can budget accordingly. Now, let's take a look at three expenses that home sellers commonly encounter. 1. Home Repairs Cracked siding, floor damage and other home issues are worrisome, particularly...
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Posted on 01/10/2021
Pros & Cons of Buying a Zombie Property
Photo by Daniel Tuttle on Unsplash Buying a home, especially for the first time, might feel a little scary—notably if you've learned the home you’re considering for purchase is a zombie property. Even a pro at buying property may flinch when they initially hear this term. No worries, a zombie property is not as frightening as it sounds....
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Posted on 01/03/2021
What Can a Seller Learn After a House Showing?
Let's face it – a showing can be a stressful experience for a house seller. If a seller makes even a single mistake planning for a showing, a buyer may be turned off by his or her residence. And as a result, a seller's home may linger on the real estate market for many weeks or months. Ultimately, each...
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Posted on 12/27/2020
Reduce the Time It Takes to Sell Your Home
Enjoying a quick, easy home selling journey is ideal. Yet many problems may arise that could make it tough for a property seller to streamline the home selling journey. Lucky for you, we're here to teach you what it takes to reduce the time it takes to sell your house. Now, let's take a look at three tips to...
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Posted on 12/20/2020
Tips on Protecting Floors, Furniture, and Foundations
In many ways, the quality of your life is determined by the condition of your home. If it feels like your home is in disrepair, messy, or cluttered, you're not going to feel comfortable or satisfied with your living situation. While perfection is an unattainable standard, there are a lot of simple things you can do to keep your...
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Posted on 12/13/2020
Moving to an HOA Community
Photo by Curtis Adams from Pexels Are you considering buying a home with a Home Owner's Association (HOA)? Living in an HOA community can be very rewarding. But if you're accustomed to living without one, it can bring some challenges. Know in advance what to expect with HOA living. Checking out the biggest pros and cons HOA homeowners...
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