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April 18, 2024

Tips for Buying a Home in a Tight Market

 

 

It really is no secret that the housing market is tough right now. My whole family is in real estate in some way or another, so I get all the scoop on when the housing market is doing well and vice versa. Buying a house is a big deal, and it can be quite intimidating in a tight market for sure. Here are a few tips for buying a home in those tough market times.

 

 

The biggest piece of advice I can give to anyone looking to buy a home is to determine a specific budget and stick to it. I think many people end up getting in way over their heads and can have some disappointment when not sticking to a clear-cut budget. If you cannot afford it, do not look at it, and do not try to buy it. Buying a home is an investment, and you need to be smart and strategic.

 

 

Part of being strategic and getting the home you want is laying out exactly what you want. This means identifying neighborhoods, home features you must have versus those you want. Unfortunately, we sometimes cannot get all our wants, but if you play your cards right you can get pretty close and perhaps put in those upgrades in the home you buy!

 Especially in tight markets where houses come and go quickly, you need to be assertive in your decisions and make those decisions quickly. Buying a home is a huge deal and requires a lot of thought, but we recommend being swift, succinct, and confident in those decisions on whether or not you will put an offer on a home.

 

 

Speaking of offers, you want to bid competitively. This goes back to the first tip which was sticking to your budget. Bid on houses that are within your budget so you can make solid offers that are sure to be taken.

 

Lastly, work with a trusted realtor! Your home search will be much easier and reap better awards (aka better houses) when working with a professional

Posted in Buying a Home
March 14, 2024

Mistakes to Avoid When Selling Your Home

 

 

In the real estate world, there are many “dos and don'ts” of the industry. I grew up around this industry for the majority of my life because of my family’s own involvement in quite literally every aspect of the industry. In my family, we do not only have agents but also real estate brokers, contractors, someone who specialize in title work, an appraiser, and everything in between. Let’s just say that I knew more about real estate at the age of 6 than any child should ever dream of knowing.

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Posted in Selling Your Home
Feb. 19, 2024

Tips for Selling a Home in Winter

 

With dreary weather and grey days in the winter, it might feel like an impossible time to sell a home. However, I must say, the only way selling a home is impossible is if you bring on those negative vibes. That being said, I do have some solid tips for selling your home in the winter that will make your home a real winner and a super seller.

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Posted in Selling Your Home
Jan. 14, 2024

Benefits of Becoming Preapproved when Buying a Home

Being preapproved can make your life easier if you are looking to buy a home. There are many reasons why you should consider getting preapproved for loans, and today we are looking to talk about a few of them!

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Posted in Real Estate News
Dec. 15, 2023

Holiday House Prep for Faster Sales!

With Christmas right around the corner, now is the time to spruce up your home that is for sale to attract more visitors and showcase what makes a house a true home for the holidays.

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Posted in Selling Your Home
Nov. 29, 2023

Make Your Home More Sellable

How to make your home more sellable? Well, glad you asked. Here are some of the easiest ways to get your home ready to sell and more appealing to buyers.

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Posted in Selling Your Home
Oct. 20, 2023

Ready to Sell? Tips for Home Showings

If you are looking into selling your home or already have it on the market and want some tips on how to get your house showing-ready, you have come to the right place. Unless you. Keep your house magazine-clean all the time (I know I do not), then chances are you might need a few reminders on areas of your house you don’t clean as regularly. If I know anything about selling a house, everything needs to be cleaner than clean to impress potential buyers!

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Posted in Selling Your Home
Oct. 2, 2023

What Exactly is a Brokerage?

If you are currently in the process of buying a house or about to start the process, you probably have heard the term “broker” or “brokerage.” This is a huge part of the real estate world and in a few other realms of business. However, let us just focus on the real estate aspect of a brokerage.

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Posted in Real Estate News
Aug. 31, 2023

How to Reach Your Down Payment Goals

Many of us dream of owning a home one day but do not know how to start! Look, it isn't easy. In this economy, we all understand the difficulties of buying nearly anything! However, with some hard work, determination, and strategic saving, you can reach your down payment goals before you know it.

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Posted in Real Estate News
Aug. 1, 2023

Buying Art for Your New Home

It is exciting when you buy and move into a new home! It often feels like a fresh start, one that allows you to make your dream home come true once and for all. However, thinking about how to decorate your home can be stressful and overwhelming to know where to start. I think this is what happens with most people, especially if you are rushed in your moving process. It gives you no time to think about the look you want for your new place.

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Posted in Buying a Home