Blog Tips for Buyers

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 … Continue reading “Not So Move-in Ready: How to Get the Ick Out of Your New Home”

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 As soon as the roof is replaced, the kitchen is outdated or the floors need a facelift.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 … Continue reading “Inexpensive DIY Home Improvement Projects to Tackle this Weekend!”

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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 … Continue reading “Appraisal, Assessment, Inspection: What’s the difference?”

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Things They Don’t Teach in School: Home Loans 101

    Before you start looking at what’s on the market and dreaming of paint colors, it’s important to figure out how you’re going to afford a new home. When it comes to getting financing, there are a ton of case-by-case scenarios so it’s important to talk to a professional about how much you can … Continue reading “Things They Don’t Teach in School: Home Loans 101”

How big of a home do you really need?

    According the the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2016 Characteristics of New Housing, of the 738,000 new single-family homes completed in 2016 the median home was 2,422 square feet, nearly 1,000 more square feet than a home built 50 years prior! Homes in the United States have been getting larger and more spacious, but all … Continue reading “How big of a home do you really need?”

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New Hope for Home Ownership Through Land Contracts

    In some places in the U.S., land contracts are common. Land contracts, a form of seller financing, are written legal agreements used to purchase real estate. These agreements work similar to a standard mortgage, but rather than borrowing money from a bank or lender to buy the property, the buyer makes payments to … Continue reading “New Hope for Home Ownership Through Land Contracts”

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Top 5 reasons you NEED an Agent when buying a home

    Thanks to the internet, you can learn almost anything, however, there’s a huge difference between knowing how something works and knowing how to do it well. Looking for proof? Check Youtube for haircut fail videos–you’ll quickly see the difference between knowing how to do something versus having the expertise to do it well. … Continue reading “Top 5 reasons you NEED an Agent when buying a home”

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Big Changes Ahead: Why to Consider Moving before Baby

    When you’re living in a house without children, you take certain things for granted. No food in the fridge? Chinese takeout or pizza it is! Have a sharp corner on a table or counter? Just avoid it (or swear at yourself when you stub a toe, your choice)! When you find out you’re … Continue reading “Big Changes Ahead: Why to Consider Moving before Baby”

#Adulting: Landscaping for People Who Kill Everything

    There’s usually no defining moment that stands out as “The Day I Learned to Landscape” so it’s typically long and arduous process filled with errors, aha! moments, and usually a handful of dead plants. When you first buy your home it’s easy to envision how it will look with window boxes filled with … Continue reading “#Adulting: Landscaping for People Who Kill Everything”