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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…

Current Color Trends — Sophisticated Gray

Current Color Trends — Sophisticated Gray

Did you know that one of our team members, Holly Higgins, is a professional stager as well as remodeler. Here’s Holly’s advice about color trends: Out with the old … beige, cafe au lait, pale mocha, bone … favorite neutrals…

Spring Means Servicing Your Air Conditioner

Spring Means Servicing Your Air Conditioner

I know, I know–this is BORING, but you’ll thank me later.  It’s time to have your air conditioner serviced. We all know that if we keep putting it off, the AC will be more costly to run and will deliver…

Real Estate Terminology: Closing Costs

Real Estate Terminology: Closing Costs

Closing costs include all of the fees and costs associated with completing the sale or purchase of a home using a mortgage, that are in addition to the actual cost of the property itself. These costs are due at the…

Easy Curb Appeal Upgrades You Can Do On a Weekend

Easy Curb Appeal Upgrades You Can Do On a Weekend

    Sometimes the idea of getting your home ready to sell can seem daunting. Adding some curb appeal, however, will help your home sell faster and for more money. We’re talking about changing that visible first impression value without…

Appraisal vs. Assessment vs. Market Value–WHAT!

Appraisal vs. Assessment vs. Market Value–WHAT!

There is a LOT of confusion trying to understand real estate vocabulary. But since so many people are concerned about the true value of a home, whether you’re the buyer or the seller, I thought I would try to cut…