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Considering Moving To The Suburbs

Living in the city means there is always a new restaurant or boutique to explore. Despite these amenities, the suburbs may be luring you out of the urban core. Think about the following points

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What Are New Trends In Floor Plan Design

Interior design styles come and go, but when it comes to floor plans, homeowners prefer designs that meet their needs and endure the test of time. Over the past 18 months, the cultural shift to 

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Living Room Updates

Consider these design trends for a stylish makeover.CURVY LINES - gone are the days of stark, angular furniture. Homeowners and designers are adding coziness with rounded-edge sofas and tables,

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Granny Flats An Update On The Mother In Law Suite

A granny flat is a mini Apartment or stand-alone dwelling adjacent to a house that provides a home for an aging relative, nanny or other family member. Here are five benefits of providing

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What Does Each Generation Look For In A Home

Different generation have distinct preferences and priorities when it comes to Lifestyle choices. Discover how these can impact their home-buying decisions. MILLENNIALS - They tend to

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Planning For Unexpected Maintenance Issues

Unexpected home maintenance costs have the potential to derail your budget and deplete your savings account. Following are three tips to help you prepare for these unexpected expenses. Add home

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Selling Your Home During The Holidays

Here are three points to consider when listing your home late in the year.Some buyers need to make a quick purchase before the end of the year due to a job transfer, estate settlement or other tax

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Will Remote Work Increase Home Sales

Throughout the pandemic, approximately half of U.S. employees worked remotely at some point. The monumental task of migrating the workforce to home office was remarkably smooth. Overall, little work

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Understanding The Current Housing Shortage

As the 2021 rea estate boom continues with bidding wars and record-selling prices, it's common to wonder how we got to this point. The pandemic and lockdown forced us to accept personal changes that

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Transition Your Landscape From Summer To Fall

The long days of summer are beginning to fade, but that doesn't mean your landscape has to. You may be ready for cooler days and all-things-pumpkin-spice, but it's not quite time to put away

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Selling The House You Love

Recognizing that the process will be stressful. If you understand from the beginning that selling your beloved house will be challenging, you will be more prepared to make tough decisions. 

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Amenities Buyers Want In 2021

Whether you are building or selling a house, it's important to understand current trends in a home.  Sellers want top dollar, and buyers want a home with conveniences that meet their family's

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Protect Yourself From Low Appraisal

In the current real estate market, home are selling in a matter of hours, with multiple offers over list price. While this is great news if you are selling, it can be tricky for the buyer. 

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5 Top Home Improvements

Looking into home renovations?here are improvements that will reward you the greatest ROI, according to RISMedia.comAs an eye-catching feature, garage door replacement boast the best ROI (94% of the

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Get Crative In Staging Your Home Office

Over the past year, more than 40% of the U.S. workforce telecommuted at some point, but what do you do with home office space when it's time to sell? You will need to get creative with home

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The Value Of Using An Agent In Today Market

Many people have embraced a DIY lifestyle but when it comes to real estate, it's better to leave it to the pros. While savings commissions may seem appealing, you could end up losing time,

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4 Reason That Downsizing Makes Sense

If you are considering making a move to a smaller home, now  may be a great time to list your property. Here's why.It's a sellers Market - The real estate market is hot right now in most areas

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Houses In Metro Or Spillover Markets Are Sellling Fast

As a result of remote work options and virtual learning over the past year, many buyers are eager to purchase properties just outside of big cities. These "spillover" housing markets tend to

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Do You Need A 20 Percent Down Payment

Here is what you need to know about the benefits of making a 20% down payment. LOWER INTEREST RATES - A larger down payment indicates the buyers' financial stability to lenders, so you are more

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Consider Your Options When Building A Home

If you are thinking about building a new home, here are some important points to keep in mind. NEW VS. RESALE: The inventory of newly constructed homes on the market has been declining along

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Mid Year Market Review

As we reach the midpoint in the calendar year consider these current facts about the housing market.40% fewer homes are on the market now than during the same time last year, according to a recent

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Is It Time To Upsize Your Home

Increased square footage can make life feel more comfortable, especially if you have a growing family. The following signs could indicate that you are financially ready to upsize your home.YOU

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3 Keys To Low Maintenance Landscaping

An inviting yard or outdoor living space at home gives you the daily opportunity to reap the benefits of fresh air and sunshine. However, sometimes your lawn and landscaping can seem more like an

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How To Personalize Your Home

adding personal touches to your home can increase your own satisfaction and enjoyment as well as draw the interest of future buyers. Try some of these simple ways to add character to your interior.

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Most Popular Retirement Locations

in 2020, more baby boomers retired than ever before.  According to Realtor.com, the number of retirees in the third quarter of 2020 was 28.6 million, roughly a 3.2 million increase year-over

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Red Flags That Buyers Observe

When Buyers tour houses. most are on the lookout for properties that have been well-maintained and don't show signs of serious issues. If you plan to sell your home, walk through your property and

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Mortgage Rates Still Low Compared To Historic Averages

According to HousingWire.com, the Federal Open Market Committee made it clear that they will wait for more substantial economic recovery before making any significant decreases in bond

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Key Differneces Between A Second Home And An Investment Property

The terms second home, vacation unit, rental house, and investment property are often used interchangeably. However, there are some key differences not only in the primary purpose behind the

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How The Current Market Differs From 2008 And 2009

While today's real estate market is highly competitive, it is unlikely that we are nearing a "housing bubble" similar to what occurred in 2008-2009, when lenders lowered their qualifications for

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HOW TO AVOID HOME BUYER TURNOFFS

Covid-19 has limited the number of in-person showings, making each visit from a potential buyer even more crucial. Optimize each and every scheduled showing by avoiding these common buyer turnoffs.

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Projected Top Markets Of 2021

A look back at some of the strongest real estate markets in 2020 provides a reasonable projection of which metro areas will continue that momentum throughout 2021. Many of the nation's top 10

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Affordability And Optimism Drive Gen Z Buyers

While real estate experts have long been focused on the current cohort of millennial buyers, a new generation is quickly arriving on the scene. The oldest members of Generation Z will turn 24 in,

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How Will The Vaccine Affect Home Sales

After COVID-19 contributed to an unparalleled hot housing market in 2020, many are wondering what the impact will be on real estate now that vaccines are being rolled out in phases. While our world

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Eco Friendly Upgrades For Your Home

Purchase reclaimed Wood. If you're installing wood beams, mantels or accent walls, find a company that offers wood salvaged from distressed properties. Not only are you limiting deforestation, you

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Competing For A Home In A Sellers Market

Much of the country continues to face a real estate imbalance with more potential buyers than listing inventory. If you find yourself looking to buy in a hot seller's market, the following tips can

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Owning Can Be More Affordable Than Renting

Renting a 3 bedroom property is more costly than owning a home of the same size in 63% of U.S. markets, according to a recent study by ATTOM Data Solutions. These findings may seem counter

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3 Moving Tips To Ease The Headache

It is no secret that moving can be a tedious process, so use these tips to cut down on the stress.  Get rid of the excess - It's obviously easier to move and unpack less stuff. so be

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Design Trends For 2021

Even with a new year beginning, interior design continues to be influenced by the events and emotions of 2020. Many people spent extra time at home and craved a space that was more calming and

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Home Buying Wont Go Entirely Virtual

Covid-19 has drastically increased the importance of digital technology like 3D virtual walk-throughs for real estate listings, taking them from a bonus feature to nearly essential. While some home

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Before Listing Updates To Make Your Home More Move In Ready

Most buyers are looking for a home that won't require major updates or renovations immediately, so they can take their time personalizing the space. Before putting your home on the market, try these

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Creating A Functional Entry Area

While a mudroom may have once been considered a nonessential bonus area, the pandemic has changed how we think about entering and leaving our homes. Some industry experts are now referring to

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Why For Sale By Owner Tent To Fail

While a lot of people think selling your own house will save a lot of money, it could actually delay the sale and create more stress. Consider these common reasons why For Sale By Owner (FSBO)

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Rebound Of Housing Market Is Above Preditions

The housing market in 2020 were predicted to rise by a moderate 1% compared to 2019 before anything about the pandemic was known. However, once the 4th quarter numbers are finalized, these

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Why Is The Holiday Season A Good Time To Sell

Serious buyers - Buyers that are taking the time to look at homes during this busy season are usually serious buyers and about moving forward. They are likely on a time crunch to find a new home and

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Staging During The Holidays

When listing your home during the holiday season, its important to be mindful of how you decorate and stage your space. Make your home look bright and inviting this season with these few tips from

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What Impact Does COVID19 Have Where Young Adults Live

Pew Research Center analysis of monthly census bureau data provides surprising insight into the impact Covid-19 has had on the living patterns for young adults ages 28-29.young adults have been hit

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Bachyard Home Offices On The Rise

As more people have started working from home this year, families are looking for solutions that provide private office space. Some homeowners have opted to remodel an existing area into

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Second Half Report Of The Market For 2020

We have had a dazzling second half of 2020The summer housing market was something to behold. Experts point the three factors to explain why the market is booming:historically low interest rates, the

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Moving Trends

Thousand of Americans have moved in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, and experts who monitor real estate activity have reported many unique market trends this year.Here are 3 worthy of noting

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How Important Is DAYS ON MARKET These Days

Days on market (DOM) has historically been a deciding factor on how buyers view the value of a listed property. Longer sitting listing are considered "stale" and receive fewer and lower offers.

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Home Ownership Provides Comfort And Security

The uncertainty of recent events (COVID19) has reinforced a fact that has long been true of Americans - we care deeply about homeownership. A survey conducted at the beginning of this year by The

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Shifting From Mobility To Stability

People ten to flourish when they experience a sense of control in their daily lives. Over the past few months, the majority of Americans have faced times of feeling insecure and uneasy about

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Electronic Closings

New real estate apps and electronic mortgage resources are being rapidly developed and expanded, according to HousingWire.com.The traditional paper-and-ink closing is now known as a wet closing,

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Hidden Real Estate Opportunity 2020

Whether you are a first-time or move-up buyer, here are some ways you may benefit from the recent economic slowdown. First of all, the most knowledgeable are the ones who will rebound quickly

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Real Estate Prospective 2020

This new decade began with a real estate market that was overwhelmed by buyer demand and underwhelmed by new listings. The economic forecast was sunny and bright. Then the dark cloud of COVID

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What Is To Come For Buyers And Sellers

Even though some people are putting their home buying dreams on hold until later this year some sellers have decided to do the same so the prospective buyers may think they have an advantage but the

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Common Buyers Mistakes

Here a few mistakes buyers often make when starting the home purchase. 1. Getting a pre approval and being ready once you find the house you love. You want to be prepared so your offer is

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How To Market Your Home To Millennials

Here a few thinks to keep in mind when marketing to millennial buyers.Most millennials are looking for a home that is in good condition, clean and move-in ready. They will take on some cosmetic

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Listing With Long Days On Market

In today's market it is very important for buyers to look at how long a Property has been sitting on the market (DOM). In many cases, higher-than- average DOM may indicate the property either has

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Discount Points And Interest Rates

Mortgage discount points are calculated as a percentage of the loan amount. Paying for lowering your points up front will allow you to pay less interest over the lifetime of your loan. One

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2020 Prediction And Trends

Real Estate expert share their prediction and trends for the year to come:Most economist see a stable leveling of the housing market for the year to come while some fear an inevitable economic

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Low Appraisal Can Stall Mortgage Approval

What happens when seller and buyer agree on a price but the appraisal come in lower than the agreed-upon amount? The deal can fall through if the financing is not completely approved. This is

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Return On Investment Of Home Improvements

Not every home improvement give you the same return. The most important factor to consider is the"ROI", return on investment. The National Association of Realtors said these 3 projects will add

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Is It Possible To Paint Brick

Painting brick is an extremely doable project when you keep in mind these pointers. You need to plan carefully and do your research first, according to Sherwin-Williamsavoid painting new and porous

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No Regrets About The Move To Homeownership

The majority of renters that have purchased a home said they have no regrets in doing so, according to a newly released data from Bank of America. They also reported that 93% of participants

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Baby Boomers And Millennials Competing For Similar Homes

Baby Boomers and Millennials are competing in this market for similar sized and priced homes, according to the National Association of Realtors. Baby Boomers ages 55-75 and Millennials age

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Should I Paint My Walls White

Here are points to consider before painting your walls white, according to Houzz.com    white will expand the space: white walls make a room appear larger and lighter. Closet,

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Length Of Homeownership Has Increased

A recent research by the National Association of Realtors has shown that american home sellers who closed their sale during the 1st quarter of this year had owned their property for an average of 8

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Credit Score Changes Increases Your Scores In 2019

There are 2 major changes on how credit scores are calculated coming out this year. It is anticipated that it will better anyone scores, according to Realtor.com.One credit score company is viewing

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Millennial Buyers Opting For Nice Sized Yard

Millennial buyers said having a lawn is the most important feature when purchasing or renting a home. According to a recent research from National Association of Landscape they said 82 % of

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Tips To Reduce Household Maintenance Cost

Regular upkeep on your home is key to avoid big problems in the future. Here are 5 costly mistake a homeowner could be making around the house and what you can do to save money, according to.

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Pets And Homeownership

The American Pet Products Association reports 68% of families own pets. Home-buyers are keenly aware of how the properties they view will fit the needs of their pets.  The top 3 remodeling

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Selling A Tenant Occupied House

Selling a property with tenants creates different sets of challenges.  You want to give your tenants the privacy they deserve and pay for and also have your investment look good for

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Checklist For First Time Home Buyers

Here some tips to help you with the purchase of your first home and avoid making these 5 common mistakes. Choosing a home that is too small: Maybe you are not planning to have children in

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Moving In To Your New House What Is Next

For the safety of your family and pets these are important reason to complete  the following tasks as soon as possible after moving in1. Change locks and garage door entry code. You never know

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Interior Design And What Is In And What Is Out

Interior designer agree that interior style is all about mixing it up for a bold contrast of whatever you like. Taupe is the new gray:  The cool gray palette is being replaced slowly with

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Market Update

(Feb. 21, 2019 – Columbus, OH) There were 2,181 central Ohio homes and condos added to the market during the month of January, almost 55 percent more than the previous month and up 13.1

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Ways Homeowners Save On Utility Cost

Use timers and motion sensors to turn lights off and onLower hot water tank heater to 120 FAir-dry dishes, sheets and lightweight clothing, whenever possibleSeal gaps around pipes, chimneys, lights,

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5 Ways To Add Attractive Value To Your Home

These 5 improvements can enhance your own enjoyment, as well as increase your property's value at resale time, according to HouseLogic.com. Crown Molding - it can make a room feel bigger,

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Popular Color Trends 2019

Here 6 ColorMix interior palettes created by Sherwin-Williams for its color forecastRaconteur: Black, beige, mauve and taupe provide a restful color combo of desert-inspired shades and hues:

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How To Price Your Home In A Sellers Market

It is very critical to ask the right asking price for your home. In a strong sellers market it can be tempting to overprice your property with the hopes to pocket more money. On the other

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Create A Family Friendly Rental Property For You Tenants

Location of the rental property is a big factor on how appealing your rental property is to potential tenants. Here some factors to consider when investing:SafetyMake sure all the hardware is

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Money Saving Tips On Renovations

There is always a project or new updates you like to make to your house. Save money on your remodel with these tips. Online Shopping: This also comes with risk -  product could look

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Smart Homes

Most American (70%) wish they could control something in their house without getting out of bed or off the sofa. Lowe's 2014 Smart Home survey found that 44% of us would like to adjust the,

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Purchasing An Old House Or New House

It is a big decision for a buyer when purchasing a home weather to choose a newer home or an older "fixer upper."The correct answer reflects your personal preferences. Here is what you should

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Guide To Mortgage Process

When getting ready to buy a home, it can be surprising how much paperwork is required to be approved for a mortgage. These terms will provide you with a basic understanding of what happens between

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5 Helpful Maintenance Skills For Homeowners

It's no secret that hiring professionals to fix even the most basic household issues can be costly. to save time and money, here are a handful of basic maintenance skills that homeowners may want to

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Mid Year Real Estate Review

The 2018 real estate market was predicted to be more of the same as last year. Low inventories of homes for sale in 2017 meant 2018 would be another booming seller's market at the expense of wanna

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Your Offer Has Been Accepted What Comes Next

This is the greatest news one can receive when purchasing a home. Your offer has been accepted, but now what?that excitement can be short-lived if you are not prepared for what comes next. here are

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Open House Questions To Ask

If you are in the market of purchasing a home and are attending an open house, here a few  ideas to help you get the information you need. Be discreet about your own finances and interest in

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How To Spot The Next Hot Neighborhood

Location, location, location: Location is one of the most important elements - if not the most important element to consider in a home search. While it's easy to find markets that are already.

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Tips For Taking Listing Photos

Great pictures go a long way towards selling your home. Many Realtors offer to take the listing photos for you, but if you prefer to do it yourself, here a few suggestions to follow:Opt for a

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Buyers Need To Act Fast To Submit An Offer

In the current seller's market, most buyers have to act fast to make an offer on a home. Often the sellers may receive several offers above their asking price. A trusted real estate professional by

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Reasons For A Final Walk Through When Purchasing A Home

Some buyers are so busy coordinating the details of their move that they might opt to skip the final walk-through. Here are some reasons why you want to prioritize this in your countdown to moving

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Why Use A Realtor

In part one of a three-part series, learn how to explain to prospects and clients that your specific real estate knowledge is worth the money they’ll pay for your services. MAY 2018 | BYTONYA

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Deciding Between A 15 Year And A 30 Year Loan

One of the biggest benefits of a 15-year mortgage is the ability to pay off your house quickly, according to moneycrashers.com. In addition, you'll save thousands of dollars on interest expenses

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Columbus Voted The 4th Hottest Market

Columbus ranked No. 4 last month on Realtor.com's list of the nation's hottest housing markets based on how many hits each home listing gets as well as how quickly homes are selling.The national

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Central Ohio Housing Report April 2018

Columbus ranks 4th hottest marketColumbus ranked No. 4 last month on Realtor.com's list of the nation's hottest housing markets based on how many hits each home listing gets as well as how quickly

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The Danger OF Love At First Sight When Buying A Home

The Dangers Of Love At First Sight When Buying A HomeWRITTEN BYJAYMI NACIRIPOSTED Facebook just announced they are getting into the dating app game, giving

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How To Increase Curb Appeal

A Buyer's first impression sticks. Think about what attracts you to a property when looking at homes online and what is the first thing you notice when attending an open house. Prospective buyers

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Home Buying Lingo For Beginners

Buying a home means a new world filled with unfamiliar terms. Here's a short list to help you increase your real estate vocabulary.Appraisal: Estimated value of the property,

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ACT NOW Buying A Home Will Be Getting More Expensive

World financial events are conspiring to make it more expensive to borrow money to buy a house. In fact, mortgage interest rates are on the increase, according to BankRate.com, while housing prices

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Solar Panels Should I Lease Or Buy

If you've been considering installing solar panels in your home to save on energy costs, you might be wondering if you should lease the panels or buy them. here are some pros and cons of each to

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5 Pitfalls Of For Sale By Owner And Why It Is Important To Use A Realtor

Selling your home is complicated enough without trying to do it yourself. Plus, there are some serious pitfalls associated with marketing your home as "For Sale By Owner".1. Liability - The

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For many first-time Home buyers, 2017 was tough. It was a year in which many baby boomers stayed put in their larger homes, investors sank money into rental properties, and new construction remained

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