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Preparing to Buy a Home in 2020

Preparing to Buy a Home in 2020

Is your 2020 New Year’s resolution to buy a home? Congratulations! Buying a home is a major lifetime achievement. Resolving to make it happen brings you even closer to your dream of home ownership. If you want to put yourself…

Improving Your Credit Score

Improving Your Credit Score

Are you hoping to buy a new home in 2020? Then you probably already know how important your credit score will be when applying for a home loan. Your score will help determine the terms you’ll get on a mortgage…

Hosting Holiday Guests in Your New Home

Hosting Holiday Guests in Your New Home

Did Santa bring you an early Christmas gift in the form of a new house? Congratulations! That’s a wonderful way to end the year. If you’re getting ready to host holiday guests in your new home, then it’s time to…

Buying a Home with a Fireplace

Buying a Home with a Fireplace

Is there anything more inviting at this time of year than a roaring fire? If you’re buying a home, then you may be looking at properties that have fireplaces. Perhaps you’re daydreaming about winter afternoons cozied up with a cup…

Holiday Decorating for Home Sellers

Holiday Decorating for Home Sellers

Decorating your home for the holidays is one of life’s big pleasures. But if you’re selling your home this time of year, then you may want to rethink your usual décor. While it isn’t necessary to banish all your decorations…

Moving During the Holidays

Moving During the Holidays

You’ve sold your house – congratulations! Signing those closing papers and handing over the keys to new owners can be a great relief. But that means that it’s time to move – during the holiday season, no less. While it…

Giving Thanks to Your New Home

Giving Thanks to Your New Home

Buying a new home is such an exciting – and stressful – experience. It’s one of life’s major milestones, and frankly, it deserves celebrating. You did it! Since this is the week where we here in America give thanks for…

Celebrate Thanksgiving in Your New Home

Celebrate Thanksgiving in Your New Home

Closing on a new home is certainly something to be thankful for this holiday season. But if you’ve just moved in, you may be wondering how you can possibly get it together in time to celebrate Thanksgiving this year. Moving…

What Does an Escrow Agent Do?

What Does an Escrow Agent Do?

If you’re buying a home for the first time (or even the second or third time), then you may be a little confused about who does what exactly. For example – what does an escrow agent or escrow company do,…

Buying a Vacation Home

Buying a Vacation Home

With the holiday season approaching, your mind may be daydreaming about getting away to a vacation home. In fact, maybe buying a vacation home is on your holiday wish list this year. While purchasing a home away from home can…

Selling During the Holidays

Selling During the Holidays

Are you selling your home during the holiday season? While putting your home on the market right now may have you feeling like Scrooge, it can actually be a great time to sell. The trick is to put yourself in…

9 Common Title Problems

9 Common Title Problems

Every home sale will include a title search. This is a process that helps to discover who legally owns the house, and thus, who has the right to sell it. While it may seem pretty straightforward, a title search can…

How to Make an Offer on a House

How to Make an Offer on a House

Making an offer on a house can be a very exciting – and very nerve-wracking – experience. Finding a home you love can be a challenging process. Waiting to hear back about your offer can have you on pins and…

Heating a Basement

Heating a Basement

Finished basements can add a significant amount of living space to a home. But most basements can be more than 10 degrees colder than the other floors of your home. If you’re planning to use your basement as functional space,…

Common Reasons for a Low Appraisal

Common Reasons for a Low Appraisal

When you’re buying or selling a home, getting an appraisal will be part of the closing process. A professional appraiser will inspect the home to determine its fair market value. This will establish how much money a lender is willing…

Save on Your Heating Bill

Save on Your Heating Bill

With the temperature dropping, you may be wondering how to save on your heating bill over the next few months. Nobody wants to spend too much on their energy costs, especially with the holidays around the corner. If you want…

Selling a Haunted House

Selling a Haunted House

Everyone loves a good scare on Halloween. And while it’s fun to visit a haunted house in October, most people don’t want to live in one all year. If you think your house is haunted, or it has some other…

Avoid a Renovation Nightmare

Avoid a Renovation Nightmare

Are home renovations in your future? Whether you’ve just bought a house or are considering putting yours on the market, chances are you’ll need to make some repairs or updates soon. Without proper planning, your project could quickly derail and…