Tips on how to keep your house clean with pets

We love our furry friends; many of us consider our pets to be members of the family, not just animals. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, more than 36% of American households have a dog while another 30% have a cat. While we may love our pets, not everyone does. This can lead to […]

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Questions to expect from mortgage lenders

Applying for a mortgage can be stressful – and lead many buyers to feel as if they’re being interrogated. The following are six questions you can expect to be asked by your lender during the loan application process. What is your credit score? Checking your credit score is a fast and easy for lenders to […]

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How to buy a home if you have student loan debt

More young adults than ever are leaving college with student loan debt; an estimated 44 million Americans collectively owe nearly $1.5 trillion in college loans. While traditional wisdom says not to buy a home until you are debt free, this may not be an option for those with lots of years left to pay on […]

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A checklist for cleaning your house for guests

The busy holiday season is almost here, and with the holidays comes out-of-town guests. Get your home ready for visitors with this cleaning checklist. Start in their sleeping space. Whether they are staying overnight or for a few weeks, guests appreciate having their own space. In the guest bedroom: Remove excess clutter or storage. Guests […]

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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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