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What sellers can expect from their realtor

Selling a home can be an extremely stressful experience. Preparing a home for showing, keeping it constantly clean and organized, affording repairs or upgrades that need to be made, and even negotiating buying a new home at the same time can leave sellers stressed out and in need of assistance. This is where a good […]

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What homebuyers can expect from their realtor

When purchasing a new home, a realtor should be the buyer’s most important ally. A good realtor can help potential buyers navigate the local market, advise them when making offers and counter offers, and guide them through escrow to an on-time closing. While all realtors have their own unique style, there are several things that […]

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Tips on introducing pets to a new home

Moving can be stressful for the entire family, but it can be particularly difficult for our four-legged friends. When preparing to move, there are a number of ways to make the transition as seamless and easy as possible for pets. The following are six tips on how to successfully introduce pets to their new home. […]

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Tips on how to make your room a healthy sleep environment

Good sleep is about much more than simply laying down and closing our eyes. In fact, our bedroom environments can have a significant impact on the quality of our sleep. Because of this, it is important to create a calm, restful, and relaxing space to unwind at the end of the day. The following are […]

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What to know about down payments

Conventional wisdom tells buyers that they need to be able to afford a down payment of at least 20% before purchasing a home. However, this is not always the case – particularly for first time home buyers. According to the National Association of Realtors, in the last five years more than 70% of first-time buyers […]

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Ongoing homeowner expenses to keep in mind

While first time buyers are prepared to budget for their monthly mortgage payments, many are shocked at the hidden costs of homeownership that come long after closing. With no landlord or super to call when things go on the fritz, homeowners can be on the hook for hundreds – if not thousands – of dollars […]

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How to prepare to get a mortgage preapproval

Many homebuyers think that finding their dream home is the most difficult part of the homebuying process. However, more focus needs to be placed on getting preapproved for a mortgage. In addition to helping new buyers understand how much home they can afford, mortgage preapproval can also show sellers that you are serious about purchasing […]

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Tips to make a home stand out for virtual tours

While the novel coronavirus may have changed how showings take place, people are still buying and selling homes! Sellers and their listing agents have had to get creative about how to show a home to prospective buyers; one of the most effective ways to do so is through a virtual tour. Virtual tours are an […]

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Ideas for organizing your kids’ bedroom on a budget

Children’s rooms are notoriously cluttered and difficult to organize. From tiny toys and plastic pieces that seem to multiply on their own, to closets full of clothes and shoes that are quickly outgrown–it can be difficult to keep everything in its place. However, it is possible to have a clean house and kids! Strategic storage […]

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What to know if you’re moving during the pandemic

  Moving is – even at the best of times – a complicated process. Whether you do it all yourself or hire professionals, packing and unpacking for hours on end can be frustrating. Unfortunately, the novel coronavirus has made the moving process even more complex. While quarantines and stay-at-home orders have put some moves on […]

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