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 Surprising Factors Affecting Your Home’s Value

Hidden factors that can hurt your home's value

It is common knowledge that factors such as location, neighborhood schools, and the age of the house itself will affect the overall value of your home. When it comes time to consider selling, it is important to keep these in mind as well as making the necessary appliance upgrades and infrastructure updates. What many don’t know, however, are the hidden factors that can oftentimes negatively impact your home’s value. Below are five such surprising kickers. Continue reading

How to Prepare to Sell Your Home

Aside from finding the right Realtor, you will need to follow these steps outlined in order to best prepare to sell your home.

It’s time to move. That means it’s time to get your home ready for the housing market. You’re going to need to do some work both inside and out to make it the most desirable and sought-after listing among all buyers who are looking for a home. 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

8 Important Questions You Should Ask Your Realtor

how do you find that needle in a haystack? Ask the right questions and you'll find out everything you need to know about a potential candidate.

Finding the right real estate agent can be a real challenge. There are plenty to choose from as it seems everyone is a real estate agent these days, but getting the one who will work hard and get you the best deal possible isn’t always so obvious. Realtors are your teammate in this game we call the housing market and you’re hiring an individual to provide you with their expertise, advice, and unquenchable zeal to find an amazing deal that keeps more money in your pocket on a sale or purchase. 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

How to Avoid Seller’s Remorse After You List Your Home

Hiring the best real estate agent will ensure you don't feel seller's remorse both before and after you successfully sell your home.Seller’s remorse. It can be much tougher to reverse than if you are on the other side of the transaction. If a buyer gets cold feet, there are often stipulations in a contract to allow for the sale to be voided. But what if you’re the seller and you’re feeling like you’ve made a big mistake? 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

Is the Tiny House Movement Just a Trend?

More and more people are willing to make the switch to tiny homes. Is it just a trend, though, or will this movement continue to grow?
Like most movements, tiny houses started small…pun intended. These homes are characterized by a square footage of less than about 400-500 square feet, although there are no formal parameters for size.

Small homes are considered to be under 1,000 square feet, with tiny homes coming in around half that size. In truth, the average single family home now clocks in at upwards of 2,500 square feet, so anything significantly smaller could be considered insufficient, depending on the buyer. 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