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November 7, 2017

Condominiums: Are They Right For You?

Condominiums can offer the lifestyle you’ve been dreaming of, the location you’ve fantasized over, or just may appear to be the best bang for your buck. You may also find yourself fearful of condominiums; special assessments, common areas, amenities, and condominium associations — oh my! Whether you’re looking to downsize, renovate and flip, or you’re making the leap into your very first home, the tips below will help answer whether condominium living is right for you and the pitfalls to beware of along the way. But what is a condominium? It can get confusing real quick but to simplify — a condominium is a type of real estate divided into several units that [...]

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September 27, 2017

Fall Maintenance Checklist – Your Home’s Defense Against Winter

In January we all make resolutions to get our bodies in better shape for the upcoming summer months. Well, consider fall the best season to get your house in shape for the rough winter months ahead. Winter weather can deliver some fierce blows to your home by way of high winds, ice dams, cracked pipes, and ice damage to just about anything that allows water intrusion including your foundation and siding. From 1996 to 2015 winter storms resulted in $30 billion in insured catastrophe losses according to Insurance Information Institute. Take advantage of the longer days and moderate temperatures of fall to prepare your home for the impending havoc winter brings. Our guide is not just [...]

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September 15, 2017

Marketing Playbook: Market a Home and Sell Like a Winner!

Wondering why your home has not sold? Considering selling your home as fall approaches? Correctly marketing your listing can be the difference between it being stale and forced to negotiate below market value, or selling quickly at top dollar. Compiled below is a list of some of the most popular marketing techniques in real estate and the statistics that support these methods so you can be the savviest seller on the block.

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According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR,) over 90% of all buyers searched online and 51% of buyers located the home they purchased by searching online. With so many buyers searching for listings online, the importance [...]

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September 1, 2017

Does Your DIY Need a Building Permit?

Many homeowners choose to tackle their home improvement projects themselves rather than hiring out. According to’s survey, 65 percent of 1,882 homeowners described their upcoming home improvement projects as do-it-yourself (DIY). Although DIYs are more popular and affordable, they can also require permits that you may not be aware of. Determining what projects require a permit depends on the local building code and this can vary from county to county. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when starting your next DIY project:

1. Before You Get Started: Know What You Need

Before starting your DIY project, make sure you know what you need for obtaining your [...]

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August 17, 2017

What Your Property Inspection Does Not Cover

The property inspection may feel like one of the last lines of defense when purchasing a home. While a property inspection does protect and prepare you for upcoming life as a homeowner, it is important to know all the items your property inspection does not cover so you may stay protected during this critical step of a transaction. The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) was founded in 1976 and formed a standards of practice that has become the standard to follow in many states now. These standards help add consistency and keep the inspection focused on major home systems such as the heating, cooling, electrical systems, and plumbing systems. This may leave you to believe [...]

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July 31, 2017

Vacation Without Worries

Ensure Your Home Is Safe While You’re Away

Summer is here and that usually means your long-awaited vacation is rapidly approaching. But your vacation may provide an opportunity for a burglar to target your home while you’re away. To avoid worrying about your home becoming an easy target for criminals, there are a few simple steps you can take before you leave to protect your home and your belongings.

Lock your house

In the frenzy of packing and rushing out the door to leave for vacation, it is often the simple things that get overlooked. Double check to make sure all your exterior doors and windows are locked and secure. Advanced: A home security system that can [...]

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