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Quick and Easy Tips for Determining Your Home’s Value

Quick and Easy Tips for Determining Your Home’s Value

Of course, if you are thinking of selling your home, one of the first items on your agenda is determining its current value. But knowing the value of your home isn’t just important for the purposes of selling, it can also bring you peace of mind and give you a clearer sense of your financial health. Likewise, it can help you to determine how much you can afford if you are thinking of buying elsewhere, if you need to tap into your home’s equity for emergency funds or an important desire or life event (a wedding perhaps?), or if you’d potentially like to refinance to try and get your interest rate and payments lowered.


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That word recession is being thrown around: what current and potential homeowners need to know

recession and Homebuying

With economists predicting a recession in the first quarter of 2020, you may be wondering what to do, especially if you were planning on selling your home. While economists don’t see real estate being a cause or a major target of the rumored recession, it will be impacted.  According to Investopedia, “weak productivity gains and (mass) retirement” from baby boomers, along with trade policy, stock market upheavals and geopolitical problems according to U.S. News and World Report, will be the leading factors in the downturn. Regardless of the causes, it is important to understand the effects and how a recession could impact the sale of your home.


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Home Resale Hacks

Home Resale Hacks

Simple and inexpensive ways to increase the value and sale price of your home

Reselling your home is a stressful time.  You want to make it attractive to home buyers, but you don’t want to break the bank doing it.  You want your home to appeal to a large amount of people, but you likely don’t have an overabundance of time or energy to make it perfect.  Here are a few DIY hacks that will help you get your home ready to sell, appeal to a larger number of buyers, get a higher rate of return, and get it on the market asap.


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Why a Real Estate Agent is Worth the Commission

Why a Real Estate Agent is Worth the Commission

With all the ways to get your home sold through social media and networking, it’s not surprising that an alarming amount of people are “going it alone” to sell their homes. While the For Sale By Owneroption is, at first glance, tempting (especially for your wallet) the reality is, your agent earns his/her commission in a number of ways that you may not even realize.  


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Four Mistakes to Avoid When Preparing to Sell Your Home

Four Mistakes to Avoid When-Preparing to Sell Your Home

It is summertime–time for sailboats, cocktails on the patio, and vacations with the kids. It is also a great time to sell your home! Selling your home is a big deal. Often times, there is a lot of pressure, whether it is time or money, or potentially both, selling your home can be difficult. These four tips will help you to avoid the most common mistakes, and hopefully, instead of being difficult, it will be smooth sailing.
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Home DIY Projects For A Nice Return On Investment When Selling

Home DIY Projects For A Nice Return On Investment When Selling

Getting ready to sell your home can be a big challenge.  Not only do you have to clear a lot of your belongings out, and find a new home if you already haven’t, but you have to determine what improvements you need to make in order to sell your home for the highest price possible.  While there is a lot of information on larger projects that yield higher returns on investment, this blog focuses primarily on the smaller, quicker projects that you should add to your punch list before putting your home on the market. Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report for 2016 claims that the return on investment for remodeling is around 65% (of course there are a ton of variables based on location, type of project, and budget).  But, if you are doing your own small projects with no labor costs, you can bet you will get a decent, 65% (or likely better) rate of return.  


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Positive Real Estate Market Trends for the Summer of 2019!

Real Estate Market Update May 2019

Summer is almost here, and it is the perfect time of year to explore the many open houses that sprout up all throughout your favorite neighborhoods!  Likewise, it is a lovely time of year to get your own home on the market and have your own open house!  The housing market has been quite healthy so far in 2019, so it is a fair market for both buyers and sellers.  Reasonable interest rates, low unemployment, smart lending practices, and healthy consumer financial practices makes for a good market.  


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5 Tips For Choosing the Best Real Estate Agent

5 Tips for Choosing the best real estate agent

Selling your home is both exciting and stressful. Likewise, finding your forever home is thrilling but exhausting. Not only is sentimentality in play, but so is the sheer magnitude of such a large and long-term purchase. Therefore, it is extremely important that the real estate agent that is going to be taking care of buying and/or selling your home is the right agent for you. He or she needs to be someone that you trust and someone who truly understands you and your needs. You may be wondering how exactly you find that ‘just right’ person. Using our simple tips will help ensure that you are finding the best real estate agent to meet your needs.


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