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Whether you’re a first-time home buyer, serial renter, or real estate veteran, here are the questions you should ask—and the answers you should look for—to help you purchase the perfect home at the perfect price. Happy hunting!

3 Reasons Why Bigger Houses Aren’t Always Better

Buying a home is a monumental event in your life and investment in the future. While you may have narrowed down your list of must-haves and the location of your dream home, the decision to purchase a sizable home may have you feeling uncertain. A greater amount of square footage may certainly be attractive but […]

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What is Home Staging?

We’ve all seen pictures of gorgeous homes when paging through glossy magazines or perusing decorating websites. Potential buyers expect to be “wowed” when they walk through a home that they’re thinking about buying, just like we want to be wowed when we’re scrolling those home decor sites. Buyers don’t want to see baskets of pet […]

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Financial Literacy: Teaching Kids How To Buy A Home

Homeownership has become a hard-to-reach goal for many young adults. The rising costs of houses coupled with high student loan debt mean some young people don’t have the same buying power as their parents did. And with COVID-19 continuing to disrupt our economy, it could make it even harder for young adults to save money […]

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Experts See A Real Estate ‘Frenzy’ Once COVID-19 Regulations Lift

Prior to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, the U.S. housing market showed signs of a red-hot spring season. Historically low mortgage rates and high demand birthed a healthy, thriving seller’s market at the beginning of 2020. New home sales surged in January to an almost 13-year high, setting the stage for further economic expansion.

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How to Buy a Historic Home

Historic homes are an amazing glimpse into our country’s past. They are unique, structurally stunning, and foster a sense of pride in saving a piece of yesteryear. A historic home is undeniably an investment. Our one-stop guide for everything you need to know about buying a historic home will help ease this life-changing decision. For […]

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Realtor vs. Real Estate Agent: What’s The Difference?

Unlike most professions, the real estate industry has names and titles that can, at times, be confusing. Titles such as realtor vs real estate agent are often used interchangeably. However, apart from being different in terms of their educational qualifications, both professions require varying skill sets. In this post, we take a deeper look at […]

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10 Things That Fail a Home Inspection And How to Prevent Them

A home inspection is a top-to-bottom evaluation of a home, completed by a licensed inspector. Home inspections are usually paid for by the buyer when purchasing a home. The role of the home inspector is to provide the buyer with a comprehensive report detailing problems with the home—both big and small. A buyer typically reserves […]

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A Renter’s Guide to Navigating The Coronavirus

The coronavirus has put many Americans in a complicated situation. Strict orders to shelter in place are in effect for most of the nation, leaving millions unemployed and stuck at home — even if they can’t afford the rent.

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How to Find a Realtor When Selling Your Home

No matter the reason, making the decision to sell your home is stressful, emotional, and overwhelming. Choosing the right real estate agent can make all the difference in your selling experience. Equipped with our seller’s guide, you will learn the essential steps in how to find a realtor that is an expert in their line of work, can meet your needs, and successfully sell your home.

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How to Negotiate Inspection Repairs

Most residential real estate contracts today include a clause that gives the buyer a chance to hire a home inspector before closing the deal. A home inspector is a licensed professional who will evaluate the subject property from top-to-bottom and identify any parts of the home that are out of code, or in need of repair or replacement.

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Watch Out For These ‘Red Flags’ When Choosing A Real Estate Agent

If you’re in the market for a new home or selling your old home, one of your biggest concerns may be how to choose a realtor. Most real estate agents are committed to helping their clients find the home of their dreams or get the best possible price for their existing home. Like any profession, […]

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Buying a House With Cash: Pros and Cons

Although the majority of homebuyers finance their home purchase, around 14% pay cash. Buying a house with cash makes your offer more attractive to sellers and can give you an edge in a competitive housing market, especially since so few buyers pay cash. But forgoing a mortgage has some downsides.

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How Much Does it Cost to Build a House?

Finding an existing home that checks all the boxes and fits your budget can be a huge challenge. If your house hunt has been unsuccessful so far, you may be wondering, how much does it cost to build a home?

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Everything You Need to Know About Buying a Condo

or most aspiring homeowners, condos are typically cheaper than stand-alone houses and require less upkeep and maintenance. But before buying a condo, make sure these units are the right option for you. Here’s what to know when buying a condo.

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Real Estate Commission: How Does It Work?

When a business or individual needs to buy or sell property, it’s not uncommon for them to work with a realtor during every stage of the process. As you work with a realtor, they share their expertise regarding the market price of the property and what you can expect during the buying or selling process.

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Is ‘For Sale by Owner’ A Good Idea?

Selling your home is a significant life decision. If you’re considering leaving a realtor out of the equation, an important starting point is knowing exactly what’s involved in the For Sale by Owner (FSBO) process. In this article, we answer your common FSBO questions and give essential tips for a successful sale.

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What You Need to Know About Building Your Own Home

Building a house is a dream for many people. The ability to choose the exact layout and finishes when you build your own house is an exciting and rewarding process. But a new build isn’t for everybody.

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How to Prepare For a Home Inspection in 6 Easy Steps

Hiring a home inspector is a must for any buyer before they sign contracts or make deals. The typical real estate contract includes a contingency clause that permits the buyer to back out of the deal without losing their earnest money if, for any reason, the home inspection uncovers problems. Buyers can also choose to renegotiate the terms of the contract based on the findings of the home inspection. That’s why, as a seller, it’s essential to learn how to pass a home inspection so that the closing process can go off without a hitch.

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How to Rent-to-Own a House

Rent-to-buy homes can be a more affordable path for prospective buyers. If you’re interested in the process, read on to learn how to rent-to-own a house, so you can know all of your options while house hunting.

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5 Home Improvements That Add Value

As you prepare to sell your home, you may want to complete a bunch of home improvements in hopes of increasing your home’s list price. However, not all improvement projects are worth the time and investment. For example, while you may feel the addition of an upscale master suite will create a real estate bidding war, it’s essential to remove personal opinions from your home improvement equation.

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Questions to Ask When Touring a House or Apartment Virtually

Even though virtual apartment tours were popular among long-distance movers before the pandemic, there has been a huge uptick in virtual tours of apartments and homes due to the spread of COVID-19. For now, it’s much safer to take a virtual apartment tour instead of physically going to several different locations to look at them […]

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How Much Does A Mobile Home Cost?

Mobile homes have come a long way since their inception in the 1870s. While these early versions were fairly popular, the current automobile-pulled mobile homes first appeared in America in 1926. At the time, they were referred to as “Trailer Coaches” and were used for recreational purposes as an affordable way of camping or touring […]

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How to Save for a House: 10 Essential Tips

Homeownership is not only a real estate investment but an investment in your life long-term. Saving a large sum of cash can seem impossible at the start. However, knowing and planning for how to save for a house will help you reach your dream home goals.

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Condo vs. Townhouse: What’s the Difference?

If you’re considering a condo vs. a townhouse, it’s helpful to understand the key differences. A condo, or condominium, is a large structure, typically set up by a real estate developer that divides the property into smaller units and sells them. As “condos” tend to have a lot of units in one large building, they […]

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How to Sell Your House

Whether you’re relocating, downsizing, or backpacking across Europe for a year, selling your house is a major step you have to take before beginning a new chapter in your life. While this may seem overwhelming, you can keep your stress level in check by following a few straightforward steps for how to sell your house. […]

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How Will The Coronavirus Impact Spring Real Estate?

Sweeping COVID-19 restrictions impact industries across the board, as travel comes to a halt and brick and mortar stores close. People who were planning to buy or sell a home this spring are likely wondering what type of impact the coronavirus will have on real estate.

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Buying vs. Renting Your Home: Which Is Right for You?

We know we all have to live somewhere, but the question is always, where? City or country? House or condo? And of course, there’s the buying vs. renting debate. For some past generations, buying a home was a right of passage: It was proof you were grown up. Things are a bit different these days. […]

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What You Should Expect from a Home Inspection

If you’re buying a new home, then sooner or later you’ll need to have a home inspection done. While not usually required, obtaining a home inspection is common practice in real estate and is almost entirely done for the benefit of the purchaser, even if they’re paying for it out of their own pocket. A […]

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Steps You Can Take to Snag That Dream Home

An often-overlooked step in the moving process is the one that comes first — finding a place to go, particularly when you’re moving to a house. Just any old house will never do — you’re looking for your dream home.

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Comps 101: How Comparables Can Help You Sell Your Home

So you want to sell your house. You know there are some key things you need to do like stage the interior and work on your curb appeal. You might think, especially if you’re hiring a real estate agent, that everything else is handled. But that leaves out one of the trickiest parts of home […]

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