Things to Know

To sell your home quickly for top dollar in today's market, the best move you can make is to price the property at its current market value. When you set the right price on your home, you have an edge on your competition.

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Here's how setting the right price helps you:

  • You tap the pent-up demand of buyers who have already seen everything on the market and are waiting for new home listings.

  • You target the right group of prospects—the ones who can afford your home and are looking at similar properties.

  • Your home will compare favorably with other homes potential buyers see because yours will look better than overpriced home...

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Many DIY projects can be a lot more complicated than they appear on the popular home improvement shows. One of the things that isn't often mentioned is that there are a lot of projects that require a permit before you get started creating a magazine-worthy space.

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A building permit provides you with protection. It ensures that your work is up to code and no laws are being broken in the process. Permits also spell out who has liability if there are issues experienced by the municipality or your neighbors. Additionally, unpermitted work (like plumbing or electrical) can result in a denied homeowner's insurance claim if the...

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For just a few hundred dollars up to a few thousand, depending on how much you are willing to spend, you can make these fantastic upgrades that add value to your home and quality to your lifestyle.

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Outdoor Outlets

Whether you want to be able to hold outdoor parties in your backyard or use an electric grill for summer barbecues, adding outdoor outlets increases your home's entertainment value. When you hire DJ's or put up holiday lights, you don't need yards and yards of extension cords. These handy outlets provide you with your outdoor electricity needs.

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Radiant Heating

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Even if you are a strong loan candidate on paper – you have good credit and lots of savings – this still might not lead to an approval. Sometimes, it may be as simple as timing that is not right, or you could be working with the wrong lender. Don’t seek out a home loan without reading these six industry secrets to boost your chances of approval.

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Your loan officer doesn’t approve your loan

Although the banker is the one you meet with face-to-face and give all your documents to, he or she is not the one who makes the final decision on whether or not you get approved for a loan. That’s the job o...

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LUXURY HOME EXPERIENCES YOU WILL LOVE

Courtesy of Institute for Luxury Home Marketing - March 5, 2018
In a world of smart devices and technology, our living spaces have stepped up to the plate in order to keep up with the emerging trends and needs of the luxury consumer. While minimalism has certainly had its moments over the last decade, we are seeing a shift in more indulgent home decor and amenities.

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Luxury experts say we can expect high-end elements of nature and new waves of smart home technology to be main features affluent buyers will be willing to spend more money on and in the world of luxury real estate, could be serious game changers when selling a home.

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Purchasing a rental property can be a great way to diversify your investments while still building wealth. Most people who go this route choose to buy a rental home or a multifamily duplex, quadplex or apartment building, all of which have the potential to be extremely profitable down the road.

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However, owning multiple properties and entering into a tenant—landlord agreement can open you up to all sorts of financial problems down the road. Because of this, it is important to take steps towards protecting both yourself and your new investment property. Keep reading for tips on how to keep yourself safe.

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It is easy to get discouraged when trying to save for a home. Even if you secure a mortgage that allows you to put as little as 3 percent down, this is most likely one of the biggest purchases you will ever make. That being said, many people get overwhelmed with the prospect of saving for a down payment.

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You might be wondering where you would even begin. Luckily, we’ve compiled a list of simple life changes you can make today to help you save for a home. Implement these tips and you will be well on your way to home ownership.

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Withdraw money only from your bank’s ATM

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Expanding your living space beyond the walls of your home can give you additional room to spread out and connect with the world around you. Here are some easy ways you can decorate your outdoor space to make it an inviting extension of your home.

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Entertainment:

A covered deck or veranda makes a great outdoor space for entertaining. Use comfortable outdoor furniture that matches your tastes to invite people to gather. There are many inexpensive options for furniture that can transform a space. Use outdoor fabrics to avoid damage from the weather.

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Outdoor cooking:

One of the best ways to brin...

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Moving is never easy, but sometimes it is necessary. If you think you may be on the cusp of a move, take a look at these telltale signs it's time to put your home on the market and move to a new home!

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#1: Lack of Space

Have you outgrown your home? Are you tired of constantly bumping into family members trying to make it to the bathroom or sharing an office with a newborn? One of the top reasons people sell their homes is because of lack of space to accommodate a growing family. As your children grow up, they will want more space of their own and sometimes this requires making a move into ...

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