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Are You Getting a Good Deal on Your Home Purchase?

These days, it can feel difficult to determine whether or not you are getting a good deal on your home purchase. Over the past two years, the United States has seen unprecedented trends within the housing market. From over asking price cash offers and homes selling merely hours after hitting the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) …

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5 Tips for Winter Curb Appeal

During the winter months, most people struggle to find motivation to keep their outdoor spaces in the same condition that the spring, summer, and autumn seasons inspire. Whether you are attempting to sell your home, or are simply looking to enjoy the pride of ownership in your home this winter, here are five tips that …

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How Do Real Estate Agents Get Paid and Who Pays Them?

Whether you have ever bought a home, sold a home, or simply seen an advertisement for a real estate agent, you may have wondered, exactly, how a real estate agent gets paid and who pays them.  There are actually a number of ways real estate professionals can use their training and license to earn a …

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Winterizing Your Home: Systems & Utilities

Now that it seems like cooler temperatures and rising utility costs are here to stay, what could you or should you be doing to help winterize your home? Below are 10 suggestions on how to stay warm and make sure your house isn’t costing you extra dollars to run efficiently. 1. HVAC Some would argue …

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How to Know When It’s Time to Lower Your Listing Price

Within the last 12-18 months, the national real estate market has experienced historic, nearly unprecedented trends. Home buyers have foregone inspections and appraisals. Sellers have gotten multiple offers even before a multiple listing service (MLS) link goes live. They have offered over asking price, putting large sums of cash to cover a sale beyond what …

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Is a Vacation or Income Generating Property Right for You?

If you have ever considered putting your existing home to work for you as a rental or income-generating property or if you’d simply enjoy owning a vacation home for personal use or also as an opportunity to earn passive income from a property, then there are four main considerations you must keep in mind.  Vacation …

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5 Tips for Creating a “Dream Home” Wishlist

If you have spent any amount of time thumbing through decor magazines, creating aspirational home boards on Pinterest, or have ever saved images on Instagram into your home ideas folder, then the concept of creating or curating the perfect “Dream Home” might exist in your mind. For families like those in military service who have …

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What is Earnest Money?

Earnest Money Defined If the word “earnest” is defined as showing sincere and intense conviction, then “earnest money” can be considered the good faith deposit in a real estate transaction that shows a buyer’s sincere and intense conviction (interest) to purchase the home upon agreement of a signed contract.  Essentially, earnest money is a deposit …

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