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Your Home For Sale – Does It Need A White Picket Fence?

Your Home For Sale – Does It Need A White Picket Fence?

Many of us grew up hoping we’d one day own the perfect American suburban dream, a home with a white picket fence. And, there is a certain charm and warmth that comes with a house lined with pickets. However, when…

Political Signage and Your Home

Political Signage and Your Home

As we get closer to the next election, political opinions are being a little more freely discussed no matter where you live in the U.S.  Issues and debates are sure to bring out even more exposure to political discussion and…

Decorating Your Home For Fall

Decorating Your Home For Fall

There’s a crispness in the air as autumn approaches, pulling to the mind images of goblins, ghosts and ghouls and memories of sweet and wholesome treats. This time of year is one where cobwebs on your home, be they spun…

New FHFA Policy Benefits Military Families

New FHFA Policy Benefits Military Families

Military families received some good news this week when the Federal Housing Finance Agency introduced a new guideline allowing for speedier short sales. Under the new policy, military families can relocate more rapidly without the need for a default on…

Consider Hiring a Handyman for Your Home

Consider Hiring a Handyman for Your Home

Perhaps you have some home projects you just can’t find the time (or inclination) to start. With the holidays coming up, it may make sense to hire a handyman for smaller tasks. Do you have someone you already use or…

Good News for New Home Buyers – Builder Confidence on the Rise

Good News for New Home Buyers – Builder Confidence on the R

If you’re buying a new home, you are not alone! According to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), September marks the highest level for builder confidence for newly built, single-family homes since June of 2006.…

Your Home – Involving the Family in DIY Projects

Your Home – Involving the Family in DIY Projects

School is back in session, and if you have kids, you’re probably more concerned with providing the necessary signatures to syllabi and helping with homework than you are with the condition of your home. Still, those do-it-yourself projects lurk in…

What it Takes to Get Your Home Sold

What it Takes to Get Your Home Sold

Trying to sell your home but not getting the foot traffic and interest you expected? Chances are your home is not priced correctly or not available at the right hours. Pricing to sell is a very individual process and may…

Fannie Mae Reports Optimism in Home Buying

Fannie Mae Reports Optimism in Home Buying

You may have noticed more “for sale” signs around your neighborhood of late and that is a sign of change – of positive change – according to Fannie Mae! The housing market is showing definite signs of improvement which is…

Open House Success Begins with Trust

Open House Success Begins with Trust

When you are buying a home or listing your home for sale, you have a lot to consider. If you are buying, you will no doubt be viewing and walking through many houses in search for the one that makes…

If a Lender Pulls My Credit, Won’t it Lower My Credit Score?

If a Lender Pulls My Credit, Won’t it Lower My Credit Score

Are you pre-approved for your home purchase? If not, you need to be, and no, it won’t affect your credit rating. In today’s real estate market, serious buyers know that the home buying process cannot begin in earnest until they…

Deciding Between Buying a Home or Buying a Condo

Deciding Between Buying a Home or Buying a Condo

In your search for the right home, you will likely be doing a lot of footwork and analysis. Before you begin looking at actual homes, it is wise to determine how much home you can afford and the level of…

Buying a Home?  Don’t Forget the Inspection!

Buying a Home? Don’t Forget the Inspection!

You’ve finally found the home that is just right and made an offer and it was accepted. Now you just wait for escrow to close, right?  Wrong. Now is the time to have the home inspected to make sure you…

How Buying a Home is Like Finding the Perfect Shoe

How Buying a Home is Like Finding the Perfect Shoe

The adage “one shoe fits all” does not work when buying home.  It doesn’t work when shoe shopping, either, for that matter!  Homes, like shoes, are very personal, and often emotionally-based purchases. Try as they might to create a home…

Consider Safety When Showing Your Home For Sale

Consider Safety When Showing Your Home For Sale

When a potential buyer considers a home for sale, they are looking for more than a home that “feels” good, they also want to make sure their needs and wants now and in the future can be met. One of…

Home For Sale? Time to Spring Clean

Home For Sale? Time to Spring Clean

Spring is in the air, making it a great time to focus on sprucing up your home.  Whether you have just purchased a home or are planning to sell, a little bit of effort spent and a few quick cleaning…

Getting the Best Appraisal When For Your Home For Sale

Getting the Best Appraisal When For Your Home For Sale

A key aspect of the home buying and selling process is obtaining a home appraisal.  A home appraisal is secured to estimate market value and can be quite complex. Recently there has been a change in the home appraisal process,…

Items to Consider When Buying a Home with Historic Value

Items to Consider When Buying a Home with Historic Value

Have you thought about buying a historic home? Maybe you have entertained the idea of owning your own bed and breakfast or just find the architectural aspects of such homes intriguing. Perhaps you have inherited a beautiful home that has…