Blog Tips for Buyers

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”

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5 Things to Ask About Homeowners Associations BEFORE You Buy

    According to the Community Associations Institute, approximately 63 million Americans are a part of a Homeowners Association (HOA), a number that is expected to rise in the coming years. While these HOAs govern nearly 25 million families, many first time homebuyers have never lived in an area controlled by the rules of a … Continue reading “5 Things to Ask About Homeowners Associations BEFORE You Buy”

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Home Field Advantage: The Best MLB Cities in the US

    America’s favorite pastime officially kicks off the 2018 season today with all 30 teams playing on the same day–for the first time in 50 years! While other major league sports have relatively short seasons, basketball and hockey each have 82 games in the regular season. While the NFL has a paltry 16 per … Continue reading “Home Field Advantage: The Best MLB Cities in the US”

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New Home, New Friends: Tips for moving with elementary aged kids

    For adults moving to a new home can come with a lot of emotion, but for kids, it can be an absolutely earth-rattler. Kids crave consistency and structure and moving to a new home tends to turn everything they’re used to upside down. The positive to this is that kids are also very … Continue reading “New Home, New Friends: Tips for moving with elementary aged kids”

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Flipping Crazy: What to know before getting into property flipping

    From Fixer-Upper to Flip or Flop reality television is filled with shows that make real estate investment look like a breeze. You just find a sad looking home, swing a hammer a couple times, have an open house and Viola!– a nice profit appears and you’re ready to start the process again. Unfortunately, … Continue reading “Flipping Crazy: What to know before getting into property flipping”