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Cash-Out Refinance: Pros & Cons

Cash-Out Refinance: Pros & Cons

Cash-out refinances have been in the news lately, and you may be wondering what they are and if one would be appropriate for you. Simply put, a cash-out refinance allows you to refinance your current mortgage and borrow more money.…

Why Fixer-Uppers Are So Popular

Why Fixer-Uppers Are So Popular

If Chip and Joanna Gaines have taught us anything, it’s that fixer-uppers can be downright appealing. Many buyers love the idea of buying an old home and making it their own. But just what is it about these older homes…

Preventing Homebuyer’s Remorse

Preventing Homebuyer’s Remorse

The real estate market is hot, and buyers know they need to act quickly in order to get an accepted offer. Unfortunately, that may lead some buyers to rush into an agreement, only later to regret their decision. So how…

What is Earnest Money?

What is Earnest Money?

When you’re buying a home, you will often make an earnest money deposit to the seller after they have accepted your offer. While they are not always required, this good faith deposit can give you an edge in a competitive…

How to Compete as a Buyer

How to Compete as a Buyer

Today’s real estate market is competitive for buyers. We’re currently experiencing a shortage of houses for sale. This coupled with high demand means that buyers may face many obstacles when making an offer on a home. As a buyer, it’s…

How To Stage a Closet

How To Stage a Closet

When many people think of staging a home, they focus on the bedrooms, living rooms, and kitchens. While these are important areas to address when staging your home to sell, there is one space that is often overlooked – your…

Neighborhood Amenities To Look For When Buying

Neighborhood Amenities To Look For When Buying

When you’re buying a home, you’re not just buying the house itself. You’re also buying the neighborhood. The community you live in has a big impact on both your quality of life and the value of your home. That’s why…

Why Curb Appeal Matters

Why Curb Appeal Matters

First impressions are important. That’s why your home must have great curb appeal when you’re selling. The outside of your home is the first thing that potential buyers will see. It can help them decide whether or not they’d like…

Hidden Costs of Owning a Home

Hidden Costs of Owning a Home

When you’re preparing to buy a home, you know to expect certain expenses like mortgage and insurance payments. But there are many other costs associated with buying and owning a home that can derail you financially if you aren’t prepared.…

Spring Clean In One Weekend

Spring Clean In One Weekend

Hooray, spring is finally here! Did the winter feel like it was a year long? It’s time to shake off those cold-weather blues and start getting your home ready for warmer weather. While spring cleaning may seem like a daunting…

Buying a Home With Big Trees

Buying a Home With Big Trees

There’s no denying that a home with mature trees in the yard can be very appealing. They provide shade on a hot summer’s day or beautiful foliage in the fall. Mature trees add a sense of sophistication and permanence to…

Living In Your Staged Home

Living In Your Staged Home

Staging your home gives it an extra edge when you’re selling. It makes it more attractive to potential buyers and easier for them to see how they can live in the space. But it often requires decluttering, depersonalizing, and deep…

Most Common Home-Buying Contingencies

Most Common Home-Buying Contingencies

When you’re buying a home, it’s common practice to include “contingencies” in your sales contract. These are conditions that need to occur for your purchase to move forward. Many different contingencies can be included depending on your unique situation. Let’s…

Is Your Home a Turn-Off?

Is Your Home a Turn-Off?

When it’s time to sell your home, you must get it ready to put on the market. That means sprucing it up to make it appealing to prospective buyers. But if you’ve become blind to some of the issues in…

Packing for a Long-Distance Move

Packing for a Long-Distance Move

Is a long-distance move in your future? While packing up to move down the street can feel like a hassle, moving across the country can be a major undertaking. You need to take extra steps to ensure that nothing is…

What Do Real Estate Attorneys Do?

What Do Real Estate Attorneys Do?

In some states, you are required to have a real estate attorney in order to buy or sell a house. And while in other states having an attorney is optional, it can actually be a real benefit. Spending money on…

How to Vet a Real Estate Agent

How to Vet a Real Estate Agent

Buying or selling a home is a huge financial transaction — one of the biggest you’ll make in your lifetime. It can also be one of the most complicated transactions you tackle. That’s why it can be so beneficial to…

Appraisal Vs. Home Inspection – What’s the Difference?

Appraisal Vs. Home Inspection – What’s the Difference?

Whether you’re buying or selling a home, an inspection and an appraisal will be part of the closing process. They are both important steps that help to evaluate your home before the transaction is finalized. If you’re new to the…