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Pros and Cons of Buying a New Construction Home

For the past year or more, those desiring to buy or build a new home have been met with many frustrating challenges. From the delay of goods due to supply chain issues to the cost and availability of building supplies, options for new construction homes have been riddled with complications and problems.  However, as the …

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Are Open Houses a Thing of the Past?

Historical Context According to some historians, real estate open houses, or similar concepts date back as early as the 1910s. Then called an “open for inspection,” event, buyers would open their homes to the public so that interested parties could step inside and inspect the home’s features. Over the next 20-30 years, a variation of …

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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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Commuting and the Home Buying Decision

There are a variety of considerations when purchasing a home and one that is becoming increasingly important is the commute time and distance to and from work. Whether you are taking your personal vehicle, riding public transit, or carpooling with neighbors, a commute can have a significant impact on your quality of life.  The past …

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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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5 Tricks for Getting Your Offer Accepted in a Competitive Market

The housing market has gone through many changes as a result of the pandemic and its economic consequences. Seemingly gone are the days when home prices were reasonable and buyers had the luxury of taking their time to really weigh the pros and cons of a property and linger with their offer-making efforts.  These days …

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Newlyweds: A Checklist for Buying Your First Home

Whether you are planning an upcoming wedding or have recently tied the knot, these are exciting times all around. Everything feels new from name changes and establishing new rhythms as a married couple, to learning the art of compromise and teamwork in most decision making.  One such area that will require the ultimate exhibition of …

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How Buying the Right Home Affects Work-Life Balance

According to Qualtrics, work-life balance involves the minimization of work-related stress, as well as establishing a stable and sustainable way to work while maintaining health and general well-being in your regular life. While it is true that absolute perfect balance and boundaries within your personal and professional lives at all times may be unattainable, it …

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The Best Advice from Real Estate Investment Pros

Whether you consider yourself a real estate investor or simply consider yourself a homeowner, many people find that homeownership can be a jumping-off point for considering their home beyond a primary residence.  In fact, some military families initially purchase their homes to live in during a duty assignment but realize soon that upon PCSing, they …

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