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Holiday Gifts for First Time Homebuyers

Holiday Gifts for First Time Homebuyers

Do you have any first time homebuyers on your holiday gift list this year? Show them how much you care and celebrate their big achievement by giving them something perfect for their new home. Here’s our list of some of…

What To Do When Your Home Sale Falls Through

What To Do When Your Home Sale Falls Through

Having your home sale fall through can be extremely disappointing. After months of preparing, accepting an offer and having your house under contract, it can be crushing to see the deal crumble in escrow. And a recent report from Trulia…

Best Books About Home Buying And Selling

Best Books About Home Buying And Selling

It never hurts to load up on information, especially when you’re preparing to enter the real estate market. And while there’s tons of information online to get educated about buying and selling real estate, sometimes you may want to go…

Avoid These Red Flags When Buying a Home

Avoid These Red Flags When Buying a Home

Purchasing a home is one of the biggest financial transactions you’ll make in your lifetime. It’s important that serious buyers do their due diligence before making any commitments on a home. If you’re buying, there are several warning signs you…

Get Ready to Buy in 2018

Get Ready to Buy in 2018

Is 2018 the year you’ll finally realize your dream of buying a home? If you’d like to make that dream a reality, start planning now so you’ll be ready in the New Year. Here’s what you need to do to…

Holiday Staging Tips

Holiday Staging Tips

Selling your home during the holidays can present a dilemma. Should you deck the halls? Or should you leave the wreaths, lights and nutcrackers for next year? On one hand, it might not feel like the holiday season if you…

Mortgage Rates and Housing Prices Expected to Rise in 2014

Mortgage Rates and Housing Prices Expected to Rise in 2014

Even though 30-year fixed rates dropped in the first half of January, many analysts expect fixed mortgage rates to go up somewhat in 2014, but to top out at around 5%. What this means for buyers is that while higher…

Wanting to Sell Your Home but Not Quite Ready to Move?

Wanting to Sell Your Home but Not Quite Ready to Move?

You know that you need to move, and the market is right to sell, but you’re not quite ready to pack up everything. After all, you still have to live in your home until it sells. So how do you…

Do I Need to Paint the Whole House White?

Do I Need to Paint the Whole House White?

You are getting ready to paint a home you know you will sell within a couple of years. Chances are, a helpful family member or friend reminds you that to sell, everything should be painted white. After all, a buyer…

Basketball Themed Home Makeovers for March Madness

Basketball Themed Home Makeovers for March Madness

With NCAA Final Four Basketball finals coming up, basketball themed bedrooms, game rooms, theater rooms and garages stoke dreams of future champions. Give a makeover to a space in your house and score big time with March Madness fans and…

Real Estate Terminology: Abatement, the First in a Series

Real Estate Terminology: Abatement, the First in a Series

Every industry has its own vocabulary, and real estate is no exception. If you are newly in the home-buying market, you may find yourself stumped by the lingo, acronyms, abbreviations and jargon commonly used in real estate sales materials, online…

What Gen Y Looks for in a Home to Buy

What Gen Y Looks for in a Home to Buy

If you’ve lived in your home for some time, you notice when the neighborhood around you is changing to a younger demographic. Thinking this might be a good time to sell, you wonder what was so appealing about the house…

Add a Romantic Touch to Your Open House

Add a Romantic Touch to Your Open House

When staging your home for an open house, consider connecting to the season, holiday or local events to give your home that memorable “I see myself living here” quality. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, consider adding a vase…

Credit Score No-Nos

Credit Score No-Nos

An important part of buying a house is getting your financial life in order. One reason is that the higher your credit score, the better rate you’ll secure for your mortgage. Mortgage lenders look at your credit score to determine…

Use Social Media to Sell Your Home

Use Social Media to Sell Your Home

Twitter, Instagram and Facebook aren’t just great ways to keep in touch with friends and family – did you know they could also be powerful tools to help you sell your home? While you’re catching up with high school friends,…

Hanging Curtains 101

Hanging Curtains 101

Hanging curtains seems like a no-brainer, right? Install the curtain rods, pop on the window treatments, and you’re done. While it really can be that easy, there are some tricks and tips to keep in mind if you want your…

Should You Buy an “Almost Perfect” Home?

Should You Buy an “Almost Perfect” Home?

Buying a home is one of the biggest purchases you will ever make in your life (if not the biggest). It’s understandable and normal to feel worry and doubt about whether you’re making the right decision. Chances are, you’ll look…

How to Decorate with Thrift Store Finds

How to Decorate with Thrift Store Finds

Whether it’s the thrill of the hunt or the satisfaction of scoring a real bargain, thrift stores can be the most exciting places to find interesting and one-of-a-kind décor for your home. There are some tricks, though, to finding those…