How to prepare to buy a home when self-employed

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there are more than 15 million self-employed workers in the country. For many Americans, being self-employed is the ultimate dream: breaking free of the 9-to-5, setting their own schedule, and becoming their own boss. “If you’re self-employed, you have to acknowledge that the reality is you’re starting […]

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Strategies to stay safe as a real estate agent

While realtor safety is rarely talked about, it is an extremely important topic that should inform how you approach all showings and open houses. When working odd hours, meeting strangers in isolated hours, and oftentimes working alone, it is imperative that all real estate agents practice precaution. The following strategies can help real estate agents […]

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What to know when researching home prices

With online calculators, city and county appraisals, broker opinions, and more, there are a number of ways to determine the value of a home. But how much is a house really worth? The short answer is simple: a house is worth as much as someone will pay for it. The long answer is more complicated; […]

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Questions to ask before hiring a contractor for your remodeling project

Finding a good contractor can make – or break – a home remodeling project. Meeting with a contractor and asking the right questions can help ensure your project is done well, finishes on time, and minimizes both emotional and financial stress. The following are a few examples of questions to ask when meeting with a […]

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Tips on preparing your home for the fall

The kids are back in school, temperatures are dropping, the sun is setting earlier, and pumpkin spice can be found everywhere – fall has finally arrived! With the arrival of autumn comes a laundry list of fall chores that need to be done before temperatures cool even further. The following tips can help you prepare […]

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How to prepare for home emergencies

  When disaster strikes, the last thing you want to worry about is hunting down bottled water or spare batteries for the flashlight. Preparing your home for emergencies in advance can ensure you and your family are ready for any situation. The following tips can help you prepare your home for a variety of emergency […]

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What to know about the pre-approval process

The first stop of your home buying journey should be in a lender’s office, not in an open house. There are a number of benefits to getting a letter of preapproval before searching for your dream home; the preapproval process is an important first step in your home buying journey. What is the difference between […]

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Tips on how to choose a mortgage lender

Purchasing a home is full of decisions; one of the first decisions buyers make is their mortgage lender. With the advent of the internet, there are now more lenders than ever before ready and willing to accept your loan application. However, this can make it even more difficult to decide which lender is right for […]

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Tips to avoid renting nightmares

There are a number of benefits to renting, including protection against fluctuations in the housing market, not having to worry about maintenance, and the freedom and ease to move when you want. However, renting also comes with its own set of challenges – some of which can turn into nightmares. The following tips can help […]

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Tips on how to avoid seller’s remorse when selling your home

Whether you’ve been in your home for two or 20 years, the decision to sell can be a difficult one. No matter the reasons for listing the home, sellers are sometimes left with negative feelings or emotions after the sale. These feelings of regret can lead to seller’s remorse. What is seller’s remorse? Most of […]

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