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15 Things You’ll Need for Your First Home

15 Things You’ll Need for Your First Home

Now that you’ve signed on the dotted line, it’s time to get ready for the big move. If this is your first home you might be surprised at all the things you need that don’t come with your wonderful new house. To make sure you’re not caught unaware, we’ve put together this handy guide full…

6 Good Reasons to Buy a Home in 2016

6 Good Reasons to Buy a Home in 2016

Is it really 2016 already?  For those of you who happen to be planning on buying a home in the new year—or even just trying to—there’s a whole lot to celebrate. Why? A variety of financial vectors have dovetailed to make this the perfect storm for home buyers to get out there and make an (winning) offer. Here are six…

What to Do FIRST When You Move Into a New Home

What to Do FIRST When You Move Into a New Home

So you’ve closed on a new house and you’re holding the keys. It’s all yours! Now what? To make sure you’ve covered all your bases, here are two definitive checklists to make sure your move goes as smoothly as possible. One is what to do before you actually move in, and the other is what…

Save Tons of Money on Your Home in 2016

Save Tons of Money on Your Home in 2016

It’s New Year’s resolution time—when we vow to drop 18.5 pounds, start training for a triathlon, cut back on sodium, and maybe even give up our crippling HGTV addiction. What’s that you say? You want to make a resolution you might actually keep?  OK, try this on for size: Resolve to save buckets of cash by making simple changes around home, sweet home….

10 Tips For First-Time Apartment Renters

10 Tips For First-Time Apartment Renters

So, you are looking for your first real apartment, huh? Time to start paying the rent? Yea, it stinks, I know – I have been paying rent now for 13 years. And although I want to buy a house, in this market in my neighborhood, it’s just not going to happen! So rent I do,…

11 Tips for First-Time Homebuyers

11 Tips for First-Time Homebuyers

Here are some things for first-time homebuyers be aware of when looking for a new house: Consider location. How far is the house from where you work? Can you handle the time/money involved in the commute? If you have young kids or are planning to have them, how far are the grandparents from the house? (They…

What’s Different About Buying New Construction

What’s Different About Buying New Construction

If you have begun your search for a new home and you’re faced with the decision about buying new or buying an existing home, there are a few big differences in the process to think about. Below is a general summary of differences in the purchase of new construction! Do Your Homework There are variety of…

How Does a Landlord Best Manage Rental Properties

How Does a Landlord Best Manage Rental Properties

Owning rental  properties is a great investment, but they have to be managed well to make money. Some people think of rental properties a passive income source, but if you manage properties yourself they are not truly passive. It takes time and work to make sure your tenants pay on time and take care of…

Homebuying Mistakes to Avoid

Homebuying Mistakes to Avoid

1. Using the wrong real estate agent. Just because your sister’s college roommate’s friend just got a real estate license doesn’t mean she’s the right agent for you. We suggest vetting agents and looking for someone who does real estate full time and knows the local inventory. “You can lose an offer if you’re not responsive in…

Home Buyer Checklist

Home Buyer Checklist

The excitement of buying a home can leave your head spinning once you’ve signed a sales contract. There are so many things that happen after the seller accepts your offer. Most home buyers will have a full property inspection performed once they have a home under contract. Some of them will feel that the inspection report…

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