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10/02/2015 - 3:47pm | buying a home, first time buyers

If you've never owned your own property before, there are some costs you should prepare yourself for ahead of time. Should you take out a mortgage, you'll have your monthly mortgage payment, but often there are additional costs and fees added that a new homeowner will not... READ MORE >

09/02/2015 - 8:52am | Buy a Home, Home For Sale, Sell My Home, Realtor

Buying or selling a home seems to be a way of life for a lot of people in today's world. When you buy, you definitely want to get the most for your money. Many people think they can go it alone when it comes to buying or selling a house, and it's definitely true that some people are able to... READ MORE >

08/04/2015 - 9:48am |

We are smack dab in the middle of home buying season, and while some properties are off the market before they're even on it, others haven't had such luck. A great way to boost your home's selling power is to make small and affordable updates throughout the home. These quick... READ MORE >

07/06/2015 - 10:17am |

Throughout the United States, the summer months are those months where millions of Americans find themselves enjoying the outdoors or chilling in the backyard. With summer comes barbecues and evenings outside, sitting beside the fire pit. It's important to remember that... READ MORE >

06/04/2015 - 8:47am | Sell My Home, Repairs, For Sale
Curb Appeal

88 percent of homebuyers begin the process online, looking at pictures on the listing site. Good photos and real curb appeal help entice buyers to check out your house in person. You want to make a great first impression, so don't feel scared to make a statement -- you want... READ MORE >

05/05/2015 - 9:26am |

Vacations are a time to relax and escape from regular life. When you're miles from home, the last thing you want to worry about is the safety of your home. If you plan on taking a vacation this summer (or any time this year), here are some simple tips on prepping your home for a vacation.

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03/31/2015 - 10:43am | Sell My Home, Selling, style, List My Home
Home Staging

Spring has arrived, which means real estate season is upon us. When selling your home or property, attracting full price offers is always top priority, and a properly staged home can be your number one asset in drawing as many offers as possible. Here are staging tips to help you prepare your... READ MORE >

03/10/2015 - 9:34am | open house, Selling, For Sale

What is the true purpose of an open house? If you said, “To sell my house,” then guess again. The real answer is not what you think—and the truth is one of the best-kept secrets in the real estate business.

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03/03/2015 - 8:52am | Home Owners, Home Buying, Selling, preparation

The list of new responsibilities can seem overwhelming when you buy a home or become a first-time homeowner. One responsibility that tends to get overlooked until it becomes a larger issue is that of household pests. A household pest is "a destructive insect or other animal that attacks" your... READ MORE >

02/17/2015 - 9:27am | Buy a Home, Home Buying

The thrill of the hunt gets your blood pumping every time. You get butterflies in your stomach just thinking about it.

You know your perfect match is out there; you just didn’t expect the search to take so long. Every time a new contender catches your eye, another obstacle rears its ugly... READ MORE >

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