What does TLC really mean when used in Real Estate

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If you’ve ever spent some time on sites like Realtor.com or Zillow.com you’ve probably come across a house listing or two that states, the property needs some “TLC”. We aren’t talking about the all women rap group or a TV station, but Tender, Loving, Care. In other words, the property needs some repairs. How much work is needed? Well, there’s no definitive answer, but it could be a lot. Most homes that state they need TLC, or a little elbow grease typically need more than just a coat of paint or new carpeting.

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How to negotiate the buying price of a home after inspection

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When you buy a house, a home inspection is highly recommended. You aren’t just buying a high-end kitchen, or cozy family room with a fieldstone fireplace, you are also buying any problems lurking behind the walls. The home inspector will look at structural issues and other potential problems that could make the home a bad investment. After the inspection is completed, you usually have about 10 days to pull out of the sale.

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Foreclosure sales – how do they work?

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When it comes to house hunting, you are bound to come across a foreclosure sale or two. It can be a great way to score a good deal on the home of your dreams, but it’s important to know how the process works.

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Advice from Millennials on How to Buy a House in Your 20s

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If you’ve been paying attention to the real estate trends, you may have heard the Millennials just aren’t buying homes at the same rate as their previous generations. Aside from the simple fact that it’s just not affordable for most, many site reasons like high student debt and low loan availability. Studies show that only 37% of millennials owned homes in 2015 – that’s 8% lower than Gen Xers and Baby Boomers at the same age.

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Selling your home? What you can and can’t take with you

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If you are planning to list your own home for sale or will be buying a new home, you may be wondering what should be left behind. There are 2 ways to find out what is included. Continue reading “Selling your home? What you can and can’t take with you”

Why selling your home in the Winter may be a WIN!

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If you’ve thought about selling your home recently but assumed that you missed the Home Hunting Season – think again. While in the past, the Winter may not have been the best time to sell your home, there are actually a few BIG reasons why selling your home in the Winter is a WIN! Continue reading “Why selling your home in the Winter may be a WIN!”

How to save money when moving

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The process of moving is stressful enough without factoring in the added costs of packing supplies, truck rentals, mover fees, etc. even if you are just moving across town. Knowing what you’ll need to spend, where you can save and being able to budget appropriately can help keep the stress down and keep some dollars in your pocket. Continue reading “How to save money when moving”

5 tips for getting your first mortgage

You’re ready to realize your dream of homeownership. You spotted the perfect neighborhood, the one with the tree-lined streets, tidy houses, and well-manicured lawns. The next step is to get a mortgage.  It can become overwhelming very quickly!  Take a deep breath and relax – although there is a fair amount to do – we can get you through the process fairly pain free!

Here are 5 tips to help you secure your first mortgage and make the process easier.   

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5 tips for first time homebuyers

House Hunters and other HGTV shows can make home buying seem so breezy. Spend the day with a fun, sassy real estate broker, check out a few fabulous properties, relax with a glass of wine, and decide on your dream home.

But for first-time homebuyers who aren’t living in a “reality TV” fantasy, the process can be stressful and overwhelming. So much to think about and so many options!

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