HOA Basics for Newbies

Homeowners Associations (HOA) basics for newbies

When searching for a new home, you may find that many desirable communities have homeowner associations (HOA) in place. This shouldn’t deter you from purchasing a home in your favorite neighborhood—there’s a lot to love about entering a community that features an HOA. Continue reading

5 Ways a Real Estate Agent Makes Your Life Easier

Hiring a real estate agent makes life easier

Buying and selling a home is a big deal – quite literally. In fact, it’s one of the biggest deals you’ll sign, seal, and deliver in the course of your life. That’s why when it comes to listing your home, you want to be absolutely certain you are protecting the value of your property and getting the best bang for your buck. Continue reading

5 Things Real Estate Agents Should Always Do for Their Clients

What real estate agents should always do for clients

Anyone interested in buying or selling property naturally wants the best Realtor on the job. What does this mean though? What separates the best real estate agents from those you’d rather not work with? Continue reading

Deciding Whether or not to Purchase a Vacation Home

When the time comes to decide whether or not to purchase a vacation home, you've got a lot to think about beforehand. Here are a few factors to consider.

Buying a second home is not a decision to be made lightly. A vacation home brings with it a myriad of responsibilities and opportunities in equal measure, all of which come into play simply because of all the components of property ownership.

Your vacation home is a secondary dwelling, not your primary place of residence. That distinction puts the matter of money and budget at the forefront much more so than it does with a primary home. Everyone needs a place to live, but not everyone necessarily needs a vacation home. However, they sure are great to have at your disposal if you can comfortably afford it. Continue reading

Buying a Fixer Upper: 5 Things You Should Know

Before you call your real estate broker to jump in on buying a fixer upper, here are five important things you should know before you finalize the decision.

Buying a fixer upper has many benefits over the purchase of a move-in ready home that might have fewer problems. Every real estate agent will tell you that any home you move into will inevitably require some kind of improvement work. However, fixer uppers typically need a bit more TLC. This can get quite costly, but will offer a number of positive, and potentially lucrative, advantages in the long run. Continue reading

What Millennial Homebuyers Want

A good real estate agent must learn how to evolve to meet the unique demands of millennial homebuyers. Here are a few items they really want from homes.

A couple or individual is in the market to purchase their first home and has a long list of must-haves with an unrealistic budget. Sounds like any other homebuyer, right?

Millennials, young adults in their twenties and early thirties, are unlike any client Realtors have encountered before. Even top real estate agents can find themselves flummoxed as to the most effective methods for providing the best service to millennial homebuyers. Continue reading

What You Should Know Before Purchasing a Historic Home

When you're dealing with a real estate agent, you're going to want to ask questions and do some due diligence before buying a historic home.Buying a home can be a challenge. There are so many steps involved in the process that anyone can get a little overwhelmed and even discouraged as they navigate the many pitfalls lying in wait. But when you’re buying a home that has some type of historic value, that process will undoubtedly grow more complex. It doesn’t even have to be a building with historic value, as purchasing a home that resides in a historic district presents the same potential challenges. Continue reading

5 Factors to Consider When Purchasing a New Construction Home

If you are a new home buyer and are looking to buy a new construction home, these are the steps you will need to take to get the most of your money's worth.Buying a home is a significant milestone in anyone’s life. There are so many factors that come into play when you’re looking to make that first major purchase. One of the more important decisions to be made is whether to buy an older home someone has already lived in or one that is brand new. For those who are opting for the latter choice, it can be exhilarating to know you are the very first person to live in the dwelling. But there are some things to consider before you pull the trigger. Continue reading

How to Make Your Home the One That Buyers Want

How do you make your home the one buyers want? Once you've found a Realtor to help you out, there are a few details you should attend to.Once you’ve purchased a home you are pretty much stuck with the neighborhood, the schools, and the proximity to amenities like shopping, entertainment, and public transportation that are in your area. Hopefully you considered these elements with one of the best estate agents before buying.

When it comes time to sell your home, however, you’ll want to do all you can to ensure that your house is attractive to buyers. This includes not only the appearance of your property, but also what makes it better than comparable properties on the market. Continue reading