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How Much Money Do You Need to Buy a House?

By Katie Hollar on Mar 9, 2022 3:53:46 PM

When you reach the phase of your life where you’ve settled on a place you want to live for the next few years, buying your own house gives you financial freedom and peace of mind that’s difficult to attain while living in a rental property. No more stressing over the ever-increasing rent prices or moving houses every so often, searching for the ideal rental!  

Topics: featured buying a home first-time buyer pre-approval
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9 Tax Benefits of Owning a Home

By Christy Murdock on Feb 21, 2022 8:15:00 AM

Changes in the last few years have shifted the tax picture for homeowners. Find out how your purchase may impact you this tax season.

Topics: finding an agent buying a home first-time buyer mortgage
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25 Effective Ways To Increase Property Value Before Selling Your Home

By Christy Murdock on Feb 20, 2022 9:34:00 AM

As a homeowner, you want to get top dollar for your property, but how can you afford the updates and upgrades you need? We have all the information you’re looking for about pre-sale home improvements.

Topics: home selling tips home trends open concept selling checklist home inspection
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How Long Does It Take To Sell a House?

By Christy Murdock on Feb 19, 2022 10:45:00 AM

Whether you’re thinking ahead or working under a time crunch, here’s what to expect when you’re selling your home.

Topics: sell first time seller home selling tips home seller selling checklist
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The 5 Reasons Why Open Houses Are Still Worth It in 2022

By Christy Murdock on Feb 18, 2022 9:24:36 AM

You may think COVID has made them a thing of the past, but open houses can still pay dividends for sellers.

Topics: sell home home selling tips home seller home trends selling checklist
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How To Buy a House While Selling Your Own

By Christy Murdock on Feb 17, 2022 9:21:13 AM

Back-to-back real estate transactions may sound stressful, but they’re not unusual. Here’s how to streamline the process.

Topics: sell home selling tips finding an agent dwellful
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The 22 Best Ways To Increase Home Value on a Budget

By Christy Murdock on Feb 9, 2022 8:45:00 AM

If you’re thinking of selling your home, you may be wondering how to ensure a top-dollar sale. After all, today’s active real estate market provides a unique opportunity to experience a significant return on investment (ROI) for updates and upgrades that you make to your space. Here then are the 22best ways to increase home value, no matter how much you have set aside for home improvements.

Topics: home selling tips home value finding an agent home trends selling checklist
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How to Find Probate Properties

By Christy Murdock on Feb 8, 2022 10:15:00 AM

Whether you are a first time home buyer looking for an affordable starter home, a bargain hunter trying to save money on your next home purchase, or a real estate investor looking to optimize your ROI, probate real estate may check off all of the items on your wishlist. 

Topics: finding an agent first-time buyer home buyer cash back
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Appraisal vs Market Value: What’s the Difference?

By Christy Murdock on Feb 7, 2022 4:23:36 PM

When we talk about a home’s valuation, we sometimes talk as if there is one agreed-upon number at which we can arrive. However, the final sale price can be impacted both by a home’s tangible properties – square footage, fixtures and finishes – and intangible properties like location and the state of the market. In some cases, the market will assign a higher or lower value to your property than a more objective evaluator will assign. This is the difference in home appraisal vs market value.

Topics: sell home selling tips finding an agent home seller cash back
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Who Pays for a Home Inspection: Buyer or Seller? | Dwellful

By Christy Murdock on Jan 12, 2022 11:16:28 AM

You’ve found the home of your dreams. It’s within your budget, and you’ve successfully put together a winning offer. Now it’s time to pop the champagne, right? Well, not quite.

The home buying process leading up to closing is filled with additional information-gathering and due diligence, including one or more home inspections. After your offer has been accepted, your buyer’s agent will schedule a home inspection as one of the first items to be completed during the contract period.

Topics: buying a home first-time buyer home buyer home inspection