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March, 2018

Tips for Selling Your Home While You Still Live in it

Tips for Selling Your Home While You Still Live in it
Selling your home can be difficult, and for most of us, living there while it's on the market can be even harder. Trying to schedule showings around your work and home schedule can drive you crazy, even with a gay real estate professional working with you.
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February, 2018

Twelve Projects to Add Value to Your Home and Make It Easier to Sell

Twelve Projects to Add Value to Your Home and Make It Easier to Sell
It's the beginning of the year, the time many people make resolutions that they may or may not successfully keep. If one of your resolutions is to sell your home, there's no better time than the present to start adding extra value to your house. Even if you're not planning to sell until summer or even until the end of the year, doing these small projects slowly will help you avoid the rush in the days and weeks before you sell. Best of all, you can do many of these projects at any time of the year. While we're setting these twelve projects at one per month, you can rearrange this calendar to fit your particular needs or compress it by doing one of these projects every two weeks.
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January, 2018

Mortgages with Little or No Down Payments

Mortgages with Little or No Down Payments
One of the most daunting things about buying a house is coming up with the down payment. It used to be that you were expected to have twenty percent of the asking price ready to go when you bought a house. Today, that's not always the case. In fact, there are a number of mortgages that actually require a very low or even no down payment at all. Individuals and couples looking to buy a home, find these mortgages especially attractive since they may have had little time to save up such a large amount of money.
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December, 2017

Important Tips for Homebuyers

Important Tips for Homebuyers
Thinking about buying a home? For many, the idea of owning their own house is very exciting. It's a huge purchase, though-it's probably the most expensive thing you'll ever buy. That means it's not a purchase you want to make on a whim. You'd be surprised, though, at how many people buy a house without truly knowing what they're getting. Someone who may take days comparing and contrasting different cell phones or printers may jump right into buying a house without doing much investigating at all. If you're buying a house, here are a few important tips to remember so that you not only get the best deal financially, you also get a property that will be your home for years to come.
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November, 2017

The Best Renovations to Make if You Want Your Money Back When You Sell Your Home

The Best Renovations to Make if You Want Your Money Back When You Sell Your Home
When you plan on selling your home in the near future, and want to get the most out of it when you do, then it is important that you plan out what renovations you want to do before listing your home. Some renovations will not move the price you get for your home up very much. However, other renovations can increase the asking, and receiving price that your home sells for. Consider some of these renovations if you want to boost up what you ask for, and get, for your home.
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October, 2017

Tips for Your First Open House

Tips for Your First Open House
While some real estate agents say open houses are a waste of time, there are still a good number of homes that do sell at these events. In fact, about 20 percent of all homes on the market sell at an open house, which definitely makes it worth the time. However, don't make the mistake of assuming that your agent is going to handle everything. In fact, you'll have to put in some work for the open house, yourself. If you're not working with an agent, this task will be all on you.
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September, 2017

Things that May Turn Off Potential Buyers

Things that May Turn Off Potential Buyers
Selling your home is a challenge, but there are some things about your house that can make selling it more difficult. You may not even realize that you have these things in your home. However, potential buyers will see them and, in many cases, won't be amused. While a really nice feature or bonus space may help convince buyers to make the purchase, one little negative thing can be all it takes to make a buyer cross a home off their list. Here are some of the latest things that can make an excited potential buyer turn around and walk out the door.
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August, 2017

Things to Do Before Listing Your Home

Things to Do Before Listing Your Home
Are you preparing to sell your home? If so, you probably have a dollar amount that you need to get in order to pay off your current mortgage or to purchase your next home. Ideally, though, you'll get more than that. In order to get your asking price or more, you need to make certain your house is in the best condition possible. Before you list your home, here are a few things you can do to improve your chances of getting your asking price.
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July, 2017

Securing Your First Mortgage

Securing Your First Mortgage
Are you ready to take the plunge into homeownership? Whether you're a couple ready to purchase a home, a same-sex couple who has married after years of partnership, or an individual who is tired of renting, the draw of putting down roots and owning property is often very alluring. But before you can proudly put out your welcome mat, you have to first find a great property you love and secure a mortgage. While it was once fairly easy to get financing for purchasing your first home, the housing market crash of 2008 has led to financers being a bit more cautious. They won't lend to just anyone now, so you need to be prepared for what's to come.
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May, 2017

Is It Time to Move?

Is It Time to Move?
Are you starting to feel as if your home just isn't quite right for you anymore? There could be a number of different reasons why you feel that way. Sometimes, all you need to do is remodel a couple of rooms or change things around a bit. Other times, it may be time to start the house-hunting process. How can you tell the difference between when it's time to start looking at the housing market and when you should start looking for an interior decorator? Here are a few signs that likely indicate it's time to move.
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The Most Valuable Home Improvements

The Most Valuable Home Improvements
Some people decide to sell their home almost spontaneously. They will decide they want to move, put their home on the market, and sell it, more or less, as it is. They might paint and do a few basic repairs, but overall, they don't do anything to majorly change the value of their home. Other people, though, purchase homes with the intention of increasing their value. They may plan to live in the home for a certain period of time before selling it at a profit. Others buy homes for as little as possible, upgrade them, and put them back on the market.
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February, 2017

How to Increase Your Home's Value Before You List It

How to Increase Your Home's Value Before You List It
Everyone wants to sell their home for more money than they bought it for, but that's not always easy. In some cases, your property value may actually decrease after you buy your home due to the value of the properties around you decreasing. Since you have no control over that, you have to look at what you do have control over: the state of your own house. If you make your house a wonderful, inviting home that potential buyers can imagine themselves settling down in, you're likely to get your asking price and perhaps a bit more.
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Should You Bring in a Professional Stager?

Should You Bring in a Professional Stager?
When you and your real estate agent are preparing to sell your home, one of the most important tasks is to make sure it looks amazing. Potential buyers are going to start making snap judgments about your home the instant they pull up, so you have to make certain everything from the front yard to the back fence looks great. Many sellers work with their agent to make their home look great. However, there's a new trend that's becoming very popular and is getting better results: working with a professional stager.
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December, 2016

Congratulations, You Bought a House! Now What?

Congratulations, You Bought a House! Now What?
Buying a house does take a lot of time and effort. The first step is going through the long and sometimes frustrating pre-approval process to secure your financing. Then you have to look for a home. You may have spent weeks or months working with a real estate agent to find the perfect home. Even after you find a home, you then have to negotiate the price, deal with anything the inspection reveals, and more. In the end, it can be exhausting, but you now own your dream home!
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November, 2016

Buying the Perfect Home for Your Needs

Buying the Perfect Home for Your Needs
If you're ready to take the plunge into homeownership, one of the first things you need to do is to determine your housing needs. Buying a home without knowing what you need would be like buying new clothes without ever looking at the size. You might get lucky and move into a house that's going to offer you everything you want, but more than likely, you'll find yourself moving in a few short years. In order to avoid this, you'll want to make a list of all of your housing needs before house hunting. But if you've never looked at homes before, how do you know what to think about? This list will help you create your list of needs
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October, 2016

Your Real Estate Agent Matters

Your Real Estate Agent Matters
Buying or selling a home can be a long and difficult process. Sometimes there's a snag in your financing or the entire sale falls through due to some minor detail. Dealing with lenders, inspections, and all the paperwork involved in the purchase of a home can also be confusing, especially for those who have never bought a house before.
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September, 2016

Don't be Wowed - Little Details to Look for in a Potential Home

Don't be Wowed - Little Details to Look for in a Potential Home
When you walk into what turns out to be your dream home, you're blown away. It might be the color scheme or the vaulted ceilings or the massive fireplace that does it, but you're going to notice something right away that really wows you. Every room after that will make you more and more excited. You might be ready to make an offer after only seeing a few rooms! But wait!
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July, 2016

Staging Secrets - Make Your Home Irresistible During Showings

Staging Secrets - Make Your Home Irresistible During Showings
Selling your home is a process, and one vital part of that is making the home look warm, cozy, and inviting. If you're going to continue living in the home while it's up for sale, one important part of the selling process is what's known as staging. Many sellers think of staging as simply cleaning up their home and making sure it always looks nice for potential buyers, but it's much more than that. Listings that are properly staged will be much more appealing to buyers and are more likely to receive serious bids.
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June, 2016

Curb Appeal - Making Your Home Attractive to Buyers

Curb Appeal - Making Your Home Attractive to Buyers
Once a homeowner has decided to sell their home, one of the first things they do is start to clean up the property. Making basic repairs to the interior of your home, such as putting down new flooring or painting the walls, is a start, but if potential buyers never get inside your home, they will never see these improvements. That's why real estate professionals stress curb appeal, or the view of your home from the curb. Those listings that have great curb appeal are much more likely to bring in more potential buyers, which in turn results in a greater chance of selling your home quickly. Some potential buyers will walk away if they see an exterior that appears to be in disrepair, even if the interior of the home is amazing.
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