When should you offer over asking price for a home?

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No one WANTS to pay more than the asking price for a home. In fact, most of us cringe even just thinking about the idea. But the fact is, especially in certain markets, paying above the asking price is a reality. So when should you aim high and offer over the listing price? Here are a few scenarios:

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How to Make the Most of Your Garden to Save Money

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Can you really save money by growing your own fruits and vegetables? Yes, of course you can if you plant your garden and grow the right things. In fact, an average plot provides an estimated 300 pounds of fresh produce worth $600, according to a study by the National Gardening Association (NGA). That estimate is based on an average gardener’s investment of $70 – so $530 is a pretty nice return!

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The New Way of Home Buying

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Remember the days when on any given weekend there would be at least 10 open houses taking place? You could bounce from home to home, maybe having a snack set out by the buyer or realtor as you perused the home? When it came to open houses – the more traffic through the door the better!

But now, finding an open house being advertised has become a little harder to find, and in some cases, non-existent. During 2020, the way we bought and sold homes drastically changed – and some of those trends are sticking around. 

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How COVID Has Changed What We Look for in a New Home

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There’s no denying that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we live our lives, and even as restrictions and mandates continue to ease across the United States, the effects of this experience will have a lasting effect.

With many sheltering in place for weeks and months, it’s made people think about the concept of their home in a new way. Homebuyers who entered the market during and even after the height of the pandemic are shifting their priorities from the status quo.

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Is now the time to buy a home or keep renting?

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This is a common question no matter what the real estate market looks like, and one that doesn’t always have an easy answer. With today’s seller’s market white hot and little inventory to choose from, it has many potential buyers wondering if it’s the right time to buy.

One of the biggest benefits to being a homeowner is building equity with each mortgage loan payment that you make vs. just giving money to a landlord for rent. However, that doesn’t mean buying is always the best choice. As a renter, you have more flexibility and can avoid many costs that come with owning your own home.

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Decluttering? Items You Shouldn’t Put in the Donate Pile

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Spring cleaning season is here – and everything in your house is fair game. If you are like many people, your purges fall into two piles – trash/recycle or donate. While you might have the best of intentions with you decluttering donations, your local thrift store may not actually want everything that you are eager to get rid of.

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Green Ways to Improve Your Home and Save Some Money

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It doesn’t matter if you are a renter, homeowner, or even still living at home with your parents, it’s safe bet to assume that you care about protecting the environment, and also saving money because who doesn’t want to save money? Here are some simple tips to protect or improve your home, while also saving you some green!

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How to Make Your Home Sale go Smoother

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Even though 2021 is starting off as a seller’s market, everyone involved in the sale of a home wishes for a smooth transaction. So what can you as the homeowner and seller do to make the process easier?

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Red Flags potential buyers will notice

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When you’re buying a home it’s hard to notice everything during your walk-through, after all, it’s why you pay for an inspection. Often, it’s the little things that can add up to big costs after you sign the closing papers – and buyers will be looking for those little red flags.  

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Most Profitable Home Remodeling Projects to Tackle in 2021

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With more people spending time at home this past year, many families have decided to tackle some long overdue home projects and renovations. But how do you know what projects to tackle that will give you the most return on your investment or increase your home’s property value the most? Therein lies the biggest debate with your budget!

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