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Surviving Your Long Distance Home Purchase

Surviving Your Long Distance Home Purchase

Buying a new home can be stressful. But when you have to do it from across the country, it can be doubly so. If you’ve recently gotten a new job, committed to a new relationship or just need a change…

10 Signs That It’s Time to Move

10 Signs That It’s Time to Move

While moving can be a real drag, sometimes it’s obvious that it’s time to go. A move can be just the thing you need to jumpstart your life and invite positive change. If you’re unsure whether or not you’re ready…

Home Buyer Pet Peeves

Home Buyer Pet Peeves

We know that selling your home can be a stressful and challenging process. Why would you want to make it doubly so by irritating potential buyers? Here’s what you want to avoid when putting your home on the market. Not…

When Interest Rates Go Up

When Interest Rates Go Up

The Feds have been pretty indecisive about moving interest rates up, but the down-low is that they plan to make the move upwards in December. No matter where you are in the market, whether you’re buying or selling, or just…

New FHA Leeway for Approvals

New FHA Leeway for Approvals

What is a FICO score? That is the  number lenders look at that essentially determines the likelihood that you will pay all of your (debt) obligations on time for the foreseeable future. Having a low FICO score usually means there is no…

The Best Place to Raise a Family

The Best Place to Raise a Family

We all have our own idea of the perfect place to raise a family. We want our kids to grow up with all the opportunities available to them. That might mean a large backyard or nearby parks, great schools, sports…

Capturing Clutter

Capturing Clutter

Whether you’re preparing your home to sell, or your packing up to move to your new home … clutter can be your worst enemy. But, getting chaos under control isn’t always easy. Take it from me: I used to be the…

What a Credit Score Really Means

What a Credit Score Really Means

As one of the least understood numbers homebuyers deal with, their credit score confuses many would-be buyers. So, what does your credit score really mean? First, understand that a credit score is not a credit score is not a credit…

How to Avoid Being House Poor

How to Avoid Being House Poor

Buying a home is exciting! If you’re young, it gives you the sense of finally stepping into the adult world. If you’re at some other life change (marriage, starting a family, empty-nester) the idea of a larger (or smaller) space of…

Your True Colors

Your True Colors

Much of the fun of owning a home is decorating it to your taste and personality. Even on a low budget, subtle or dramatic changes to color can make your home truly yours. Holly (our chief stager/decorator/guru), is pretty busy…

Tax Tips for New Homeowners

Tax Tips for New Homeowners

Don’t you just LOVE tax time! If this is the first year you’ll be filing your taxes as a homeowner, there are a few things you need to know to take the most advantage of your new status. Before filing…

When to Get Pre-Approval for a Mortgage

When to Get Pre-Approval for a Mortgage

A lot of people ask me about getting pre-approved when they’re just thinking abut buying. Here’s what I tell them: Get your pre-approval NOW! Why so early?  While you don’t want to actually apply for the loan until your are…

2015 Programs for Home Buyers

2015 Programs for Home Buyers

Although the federal government has offered homebuyer programs in the past, for Tax Year 2015, most of the available home buyer programs will be at the local and state levels. State and local agencies, along with lenders and non-profit organizations…

Do I Want to Buy with Cash?

Do I Want to Buy with Cash?

According to Market Watch, Realty Trac, and Forbes, nearly half  of homebuyers in 2014 so far have purchased with all cash. Can you believe that!!! Highest percentages were in Florida, Georgia, Nevada, and Michigan.While some analysts believe that the cash-buying…

How to Sell for Full Price

How to Sell for Full Price

Often, homeowners try to “test the market” with a higher than fair-market price when first listing their home. That can be a poor marketing strategy. I will do everything I can to talk you out of that! Setting “too high a price”…

Three Home Safety Features You Should Keep Up To Date

Three Home Safety Features You Should Keep Up To Date

In the midst of all the summer activities, there are a few things you should add to your to-do list to keep you and your family safe in your home. Here are three: Fire Extinguishers If you don’t have a…

How Does a Pool Affect My Home Value?

How Does a Pool Affect My Home Value?

My husband Trey and I had a pool at our former home for YEARS, and we, our kids, the neighbors’ kids, and the neighbors loved it. But if you’re thinking about putting in a pool and you know that someday…

Are there Holes in Your Homeowner’s Insurance?

Are there Holes in Your Homeowner’s Insurance?

Many homeowners are surprised to learn that their insurance does not cover everything. In fact, it may not cover several things that you assume it does. Flooding Your home can experience flooding from several sources. Flooding from heavy rains, tropical…