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How to Enjoy a Seamless Home Selling Journey
Posted on 02/23/2020
How to Enjoy a Seamless Home Selling Journey
Selling a house may prove to be a long, complex and stressful process. Fortunately, there are lots of things you can do to increase your chances of enjoying a seamless house selling experience, such as: 1. Craft an Engaging Home Listing A home listing allows you to make a positive first impression on prospective buyers. Thus, you should spend...
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Outdoor Get Away Place in Your Own Backyard
Posted on 02/16/2020
Outdoor Get Away Place in Your Own Backyard
Photo by Tod Franklin via Pixabay What makes you happy? Do you love to sit and read? Or are you more of a hang-out-with-friends kind of homeowner? Regardless of what moves you, there's a way to create space for it in your own backyard. Even better -- you can increase your home's resale value in the process. Use...
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Tips for House Sellers: Identify Your Target Buyer
Posted on 02/09/2020
Tips for House Sellers: Identify Your Target Buyer
For those who want to enjoy a successful home selling experience, identifying your target buyer is key. Because if you understand why buyers may choose your residence over other available houses, you can promote your home to the right groups of buyers. And as a result, you may be better equipped than ever before to streamline the house selling...
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What Does It Really Cost to Purchase a Home?
Posted on 02/02/2020
What Does It Really Cost to Purchase a Home?
The cost of buying a house extends beyond a seller's initial asking price. In fact, there are many "hidden" costs that buyers need to consider as they decide whether to purchase a house, such as: 1. Closing Costs There are various closing costs that a buyer may encounter before he or she finalizes a house purchase, including survey, appraisal...
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Selling Your Home: Let Your Neighbors Know
Posted on 01/26/2020
Selling Your Home: Let Your Neighbors Know
Photo by Bilanol via Shutterstock You’ve heard all the sayings: “Location, location, location,” and the line in Robert Frost’s poem, “Good fences make good neighbors.” You’ve even made Abraham Lincoln’s saying your motto, “Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can.” Yet here you are, trying to sell our home, and the neighbors simply are not...
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Bring Your A-Game to the Homebuying Journey
Posted on 01/19/2020
Bring Your A-Game to the Homebuying Journey
The homebuying journey may be long and arduous, regardless of whether you're pursuing a house for the first time. However, if you bring your A-game to the homebuying journey, you can speed up the process of finding and acquiring your dream residence. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you bring your A-game to the homebuying...
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Selling Your Home when You Have Water Damage
Posted on 01/12/2020
Selling Your Home when You Have Water Damage
Photo by Monkey Business Images via Shutterstock After a significant storm or catastrophic event, you may determine that moving to a different climate is right for your household. The question becomes, do you repair all the damage to your home before you sell it, or do you offer it “as is” so that the buyer takes on that...
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Homebuying Tips: Purchase a House at a Low Price
Posted on 01/05/2020
Homebuying Tips: Purchase a House at a Low Price
You know you want to make your homeownership dream come true sooner rather than later. At the same time, you still have no idea about how you'll acquire a great house at a budget-friendly price. Navigating the housing market can be tricky, especially for those who are operating with limited finances at their disposal. Lucky for you, we're here...
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3 Reasons to Remove Clutter Before You List Your Home
Posted on 12/29/2019
3 Reasons to Remove Clutter Before You List Your Home
Let's face it – clutter can be a problem, particularly for those who intend to sell a home in the foreseeable future. But if you allocate time and resources to remove clutter from your home now, you may reap the benefits of your efforts during the home selling cycle. Ultimately, there are many reasons for a home seller to...
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Speed Up Your House Selling Timeline
Posted on 12/22/2019
Speed Up Your House Selling Timeline
The process of selling your house may seem endless at times. Fortunately, there are many things that you can do to speed up your home selling timeline, and these are: 1. Conduct a House Inspection Although a home inspection usually is requested by a buyer after a seller accepts an offer to purchase a house, you may want to...
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Tips for Purchasing a Foreclosure
Posted on 12/15/2019
Tips for Purchasing a Foreclosure
Photo by Alex D'Alessio on Unsplash Purchasing a foreclosure property is a great opportunity to own a home at an extremely affordable price. While many people successfully buy foreclosed homes and are happy with their decision, before making this large financial commitment, it’s a good idea to understand what you might be walking into—before you buy. Homeowner Left...
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Key Differences and Terms: Property Insurance vs Homeowners' Insurance
Posted on 12/08/2019
Key Differences and Terms: Property Insurance vs Homeowners' Insurance
Photo by Steve Buissinne via Pixabay Often used interchangeably, the terms “property insurance” and “homeowners’ insurance” sometimes confuse new homebuyers. Homeowners’ insurance is a specialized form of property insurance. By “property” the insurance industry means anything that you own. Under that category come homeowners’ insurance and even renters’ insurance. These products cover single-family houses, condominiums and a renter’s...
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