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Decluttering isn’t just for selling and moving

One of the best things about a change of address or moving are the boxes and boxes of unused stuff that you pack up and ship off to Goodwill. If feels like you are unloading hundreds of pounds that have been weighing you down without you even knowing it. What if we decluttered before we had to? Not only will decluttering your home make moving easier, it will make showing and selling your home easier, too. But, the best part, decluttering will positively affect your mental and physical health. The Mayo Clinic states that clutter causes a lack of focus, makes your brain less able to process information, contributes to sleeplessness, and can increase cortisol levels which are very unhealthy for your body. Now that you know why you should declutter, here is the how to get you started.
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Why You Should Do A Walkthrough and How To Do It Right

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Doing a walkthrough before closing on your new home/property is very important. It is the very last step before you head to the title office to seal the deal. Considering that this purchase is most likely the biggest purchase you have made to date, it is something you absolutely want and need to get right. The walkthrough allows you to check out the property to make sure that any agreed upon updates and repairs have been completed and that the condition of your new home is even better than it was when you made the offer.
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Top Questions to Ask Potential Real Estate Agents Before Signing on the Dotted Line

A really good real estate agent wants to be as good a fit for you as you are for him/her. In order to determine whether you will all work well together, you have to ask some important questions. A professional and experienced agent will be expecting you to do your due diligence and welcome the opportunity to answer your questions.

Here are some important questions to ask before committing to an agent:
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Simple DIY tips for staging your home

Sure, you can pay for staging, but if you are still living in your home, it is nice to keep some semblance of normalcy while you are trying to sell your home (not to mention you can save money). The main goals as you stage your home need to be centered around making your home look and feel clean, bright, and cared for as well as roomy and open (including the inside of closets and drawers). Here are some simple DIY tips for staging your home that will go a long way in making a good impression on potential buyers.
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Relationship savers for when you are buying a home

Buying a home with your significant other can be a wonderful bonding experience, but it also has the potential to put a lot of strain on your relationship. Fortunately, there is power in knowing. If you and your loved one can navigate some of the issues and come up with compromises before the search begins, you just may forego many of the hardships other home buyers go through.
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Location is everything: Finding the right location for you!

Location is everything

Everyone says the key to real estate is location, location, location. Often times THAT location (the one with beach access or a mountain view) is too expensive for us average Joes. Still, you want to find a location that meets your needs and your budget. So, how do you determine the best location? Here is a list of criteria for choosing a home that is just right for you.
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Understanding Closing Costs

Understanding Closing Costs

Closing costs are often daunting and undefined for home buyers and sellers. And when I say undefined, I just mean very little explanation is given and they are difficult to comprehend when you are in the middle of closing and signing papers so quickly that your head about spins off. Because not knowing something is often the greatest source of fear and stress, it is a great idea to know what the costs are so that you can relax and get excited about buying your home.
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