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Rent-to-Own Real Estate: The Pros and Cons

Rent-to-Own Real Estate: The Pros and Cons

The concept of rent-to-own allows the buyer the option of purchasing the home in the future for a predetermined price. Unlike traditional home sales where the transaction is concluded immediately, arent-to-own agreement arranges for the buyer to pay an “option fee”...

4 Ways to Instantly Upgrade Your Mudroom

4 Ways to Instantly Upgrade Your Mudroom

The original purpose of a mudroom was to ensure that the dirt and grime of the outdoors never made it inside your home, where visitors could see it. Believe it or not, the modern mudroom is often the first thing your guests see, as more formal entries are shunned in...

5 Tips for Buying a Home When You Have Student Loans

5 Tips for Buying a Home When You Have Student Loans

Most college students require some kind of financing to complete their degrees. Student loan debt is a serious commitment, one which can take up to 20 years to repay. But having a student loan does not mean you will be unable to buy a home, in fact, lenders are...

Say What? Home-Buying Lingo You Should Know

Say What? Home-Buying Lingo You Should Know

If you are a first time home buyer or even a repeat buyer, you quickly realize that real estate has a language all its own. Understanding some of the lingo can help you navigate the process a little easier. By learning a few critical terms, you will be in a better...

Tips to Pay off Your Loan Faster

Tips to Pay off Your Loan Faster

For generations, homeowners would buy a home for life. Working over the years to make the payments and celebrating the end of the 30-year mortgage were great milestones in the family. Today, few homebuyers expect to be in their home for longer than 7 years on average....

Maximizing Your Home Value

Maximizing Your Home Value

Are you ready to list your home for sale? One of the first questions you might have is, “how can I maximize my home value?” Every seller wants to get the best possible price for their home; fortunately there are ways to make sure your potential buyers see the true...

Foreclosures – What is a Foreclosed Property?

Foreclosures – What is a Foreclosed Property?

Unfortunately since the mortgage meltdown, foreclosed properties have become more common. Many home buyers see this as an opportunity to find a great home for a bargain price. While foreclosures can offer some nice discounts, understanding how foreclosures work and...

Choosing the Right Offer

Choosing the Right Offer

Congratulations, you have multiple offers on your home listing. It’s exciting to hear that you have a choice in buyers. Yet how can you make sure that you choose the right offer? With varying sales prices and terms, comparing offers might be harder than you expected....

Negotiating for Top Dollar

Negotiating for Top Dollar

Selling your home? Every seller wants to make sure they sell their home for the best possible sales price. Getting top dollar for your home is not as complicated as you might think. By using a simple negotiation strategy, you can make sure receive the best price for...

Tips for Selling in Summer

Tips for Selling in Summer

Summer has traditionally been the best time to sell a home. Not only do many families take advantage of moving when the kids are out of school, but in climates where winter weather is unpredictable or severe, the warmer months make it easier to be away for showings....

Latest Kitchen Backsplash Trends

Latest Kitchen Backsplash Trends

Summer is upon us and home designers are hard at work showcasing the upcoming trends for 2020. This year, kitchen design shows are filled with new materials, patterns and colors as enthusiasts look for the latest trends and styles. As we leave the dark granite...

Contingencies Explained

Contingencies Explained

What are Contingencies on a Contract? Contingencies are commonplace in contracts of all kinds. A contingency allows for one party or another to legally back out of a contract in the event of some specific condition occurring. They are protection against the unknown....