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House Away from Home: Pros and Cons to Owning a Vacation Home

Summer is the best time for a little getaway. Whether you’re packing up the family for a cross-country road trip or heading out to the lake with friends, it’s always nice to kick back, relax, and get away for a little while. While you’re laying out by the pool, sitting around the campfire, or otherwise … Continue reading “House Away from Home: Pros and Cons to Owning a Vacation Home”

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Protect Yourself: Home Showing Safety Tips

Selling your home is an exciting endeavor. In most places, the real estate market is pretty crazy right now so there’s no time like the present to make a move. Between picking up the clutter to make a great first impression to deciding what the list price should be, there will be a lot going … Continue reading “Protect Yourself: Home Showing Safety Tips”

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Stuck in the Middle: Real Estate and Divorcing Clients

Divorces are like marriages: none of them are the same. Where some couples amicably split and go on to be cordial or even friendly, others threaten litigation at so much as a sideways glance. When divorcing couples are on good terms, the agent’s job is much easier, but if the divorce is not a mutual … Continue reading “Stuck in the Middle: Real Estate and Divorcing Clients”

Not So Move-in Ready: How to Get the Ick Out of Your New Home

In many cases, when a home is purchased it is in “move-in ready” condition. While the walls might need painting or the kitchen needs updating, the home is in generally good condition. There are no glaring defects and while it might be a fixer-upper project, it’s still good enough to live in. There are also … Continue reading “Not So Move-in Ready: How to Get the Ick Out of Your New Home”

Mission Impossible: Creating Your Best Chance to Sell Tough Listings

Some listings seem to almost sell themselves. If you’ve got a charming, reasonably priced 3 bedroom ranch it’s likely to get multiple offers in the first day on the MLS with how strong the market is in most places, but what about the other listings? While selling a defunct multi-million dollar warehouse or an enormous … Continue reading “Mission Impossible: Creating Your Best Chance to Sell Tough Listings”

Inexpensive DIY Home Improvement Projects to Tackle this Weekend!

Home improvements are a revolving door process. As soon as the roof is replaced, the kitchen is outdated or the floors need a facelift. When buying a previously owned home, it’s more or less expected that repairs, upgrades, or improvements are going to be needed, but most homeowners (especially first-time homeowners) are completely unaware what … Continue reading “Inexpensive DIY Home Improvement Projects to Tackle this Weekend!”

#winwithrealtyhive: Northwoods Luxury

While many homes, especially starter homes, can fly off the market in a matter of days (sometimes hours!), others take a little longer. In fact, sometimes selling a home is a years-long process. Homes that are farther away from cities, bigger or more luxurious than average, or higher priced than other homes on the local … Continue reading “#winwithrealtyhive: Northwoods Luxury”

Trains, Planes, and Barns, Oh My! How to Sell a Unique Home

Everyone has a different idea of the perfect house. Some people envision a quaint ranch home with the perfect little white fence while others dream of a classic Victorian filled with character and charm while others like a clean, modern esthetic or prefer the lower maintenance of condo living. While many homes appeal to a … Continue reading “Trains, Planes, and Barns, Oh My! How to Sell a Unique Home”

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Appraisal, Assessment, Inspection: What’s the difference?

There are a lot of terms in real estate that are very industry specific. Whether you’re working with an agent or buying/selling on your own, it’s wise to have at least a basic knowledge of the process and terminology. Among the terms that cause the most confusion for homeowners is home appraisal, property assessment, and … Continue reading “Appraisal, Assessment, Inspection: What’s the difference?”