What buyers and sellers should know about credits

You agreed on a price, the earnest money has been paid, and the contracts have been signed; congratulations, you are officially in escrow! Unfortunately, negotiations may not be over yet. Many buyers and sellers wind up in a second round of last-minute negotiations after the home inspection. When this occurs, buyers often ask the sellers […]

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Tips for adding landscaping to your home

Landscaping is one of the easiest ways to add instant curb appeal to their homes; in real estate, a well-maintained exterior can help improve a home’s value by as much as 10 percent. However, many homeowners feel lost when it comes to choosing plants or designing gardens. The following tips can help you choose landscaping […]

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How to save on your energy bills over the summer

The long days and warm temperatures of summer are a welcome change after a long winter. Unfortunately, this shift in the seasons often comes with a significant increase in energy bills. According to the United States Energy Information Administration, in 2015, the average American family spent $405 on electricity during the summer.   Cooling costs […]

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How to maximize a small kitchen space

If your kitchen is small on square footage, lacking in counter space, or missing sufficient storage, it can feel too cramped to cook. No matter how small it is, there are a number of ways to squeeze the most space out of a tiny kitchen. The following six tips can help you be creative and […]

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What do mortgage lenders review?

  When preparing to apply for a mortgage, many potential buyers believe nothing is more important than their credit score. While a good credit score is important, lenders will look at a buyers full financial profile before deciding whether or not to approve them for a loan. What do lenders look for? Lenders are concerned […]

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Tips for caring for your lawn in the drought

Many homeowners view green grass as a sign of a healthy lawn – and a way to improve the curb appeal of their home. Drought-like conditions and restrictions on water usage, however, can leave grass brown and brittle. While it may not be possible to have a lush, green lawn during a drought, there are […]

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Learn about down payment strategies

  “How much should I put down?” Many home buyers – especially those applying for a mortgage for the first time – have questions about how much money they should put down on their new home. While traditional advice tells us 20% is the minimum amount for a down payment, modern lending practices and a […]

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How to get rid of toxic mold in the home

A major mold infestation can lower your home’s value, damage furnishings and building materials, lead to costly repairs, and negatively impact the health of your family. While serious mold problems often require professional removal, there are ways homeowners can get rid of toxic mold in their homes – and prevent it from coming back. Identify […]

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Packing hacks to help you in your next move

While the prospect of moving into a new home is exciting, moving – and packing in particular – can be a headache-inducing hassle at even the best of times. The following packing tips can help make your next move easier and as stress-free as possible. Hold a garage sale ASAP As soon as you know […]

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Mistakes to avoid when buying a home in the summer

As families prepare to move or relocate before the new school year, summer is a popular time to buy or sell a home. However, there can be some disadvantages to buying at this time of year. The following are three mistakes to avoid when buying a home during the summer. Mistake #1: Not researching the […]

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