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November 18, 2018

Great Time to Sell or Buy in the Winter

by Melissa Stevenson

‘Tis the Season: 5 Reasons Why Winter is a Great Time to Buy or Sell a Home It’s a common misconception that you shouldn’t try to buy or sell a home during the fall and winter months. This is generally considered the “offseason” in real estate. Many sellers mistakenly believe that the cold weather will…

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September 18, 2018

Are You Covered? Homeowners Insurance Guide

by Melissa Stevenson

No one likes to think about disasters. Severe weather, fire, theft—or even a seemingly small issue like a broken pipe—can wreak havoc on your home and result in thousands of dollars in damages. Fortunately, a good homeowners insurance policy can offer you peace of mind that you and your family will be financially protected if…

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August 26, 2018

What’s the Best Use of Your Investment Property?

by Melissa Stevenson

Renters for a Weekend or a While: What’s the Best Use of Your Investment Property? The residential rental market is now the fastest-growing segment of the housing market. In the United States, the demand for single-family rentals, defined as either detached homes or townhouses, has risen 30 percent in the past three years.1 And in…

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July 22, 2018

Avoiding Home Inspection Mistakes

by Melissa Stevenson

How to Avoid the Top 8 Home Inspection Mistakes It’s easy to get swept up in the excitement of buying a home. Once you’ve had an offer accepted on your dream house, you’ll probably be anxious to move in. However, before you make a significant financial commitment, it’s best to know exactly what you’re buying.…

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June 13, 2018

7 Steps to a Seamless Move

by Melissa Stevenson

Real Estate Relocation Guide: 7 Steps to a Seamless Move Whatever your reasons are for relocating to a new area, the process can feel overwhelming. Whether you’re moving across across town or across the country, you’ll be changing more than your address. Besides a new house, you may also be searching for new jobs, schools,…

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May 20, 2018

Staging Secrets

by Melissa Stevenson

10 Staging Secrets From the Pros for a Quick Home Sale at Top Dollar According to the National Association of Realtors, staging a home prior to listing it can result in a faster and more profitable sale.1 In fact, the Real Estate Staging Association estimates that professionally staged properties spend 73 percent less time on…

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April 13, 2018

Seasonal Home Care Guide

by Melissa Stevenson

HOUSE CARE CALENDAR: A Seasonal Guide to Maintaining Your Home From summer vacations to winter holidays, it seems each season offers the perfect excuse to put off our to-do list. But be careful, homeowners: neglecting your home’s maintenance could put your personal safety—and one of your largest financial investments—at serious risk. In no time at…

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March 13, 2018

Getting Mortgage Ready

by Melissa Stevenson

The Home Buyer’s Guide to Getting Mortgage Ready Don’t wait until you’re ready to move to start preparing financially to buy a home. If you’re like the vast majority of home buyers, you will choose to finance your purchase with a mortgage loan. By preparing in advance, you can avoid the common delays and roadblocks…

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January 11, 2018

Real Estate 2018: What to Expect

by Melissa Stevenson

As we head into a new year, the most common question we receive is, “What’s the outlook for real estate in 2018?” It’s not just potential buyers and sellers who are curious; homeowners also want reassurance their home’s value is going up. The good news is that a strong U.S. economy, coupled with low unemployment…

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December 16, 2017

Last Minute Gadget Gift Ideas

by Melissa Stevenson

20 Home Gadget Gift Ideas to Fit Any Budget Looking for the perfect present for a loved one this holiday season? We’ve rounded up 20 of our favorite gift ideas. And since we work in real estate, we focused on items that add enjoyment, comfort and, in some cases, major value to your home. From…

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6 Things Your Mortgage Lender Wants You To Know About Getting a Home Loan During COVID-19 By Lauren Sieben | May 28, 2020 Getting a mortgage, paying your mortgage, refinancing your mortgage: These are all major undertakings, but during a pandemic, all of it becomes more complicated. Sometimes a lot more complicated. But make no mistake, home buyers are still…

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