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5 Questions to Ask Your Real Estate Agent Before Moving Forward

Posted: December 14, 2017


Picking a real estate agent is simple, right? There are ads everything, images on each “for sale sign” and they all have the same qualifications…at least that would be easy to assume.

That’s not always the case.

Before you jump to work with the first agent you find online, take the time to consider – and ask – the following questions. Your real estate agent could make the difference between a smooth sale or purchase (or both!) and is responsible for helping to move the many processes involved in buying or selling a home forward efficiently. As such, extensive experience and knowledge are important!


Winter Home Maintenance

Posted: November 22, 2017


You can feel it in the air. Temperatures have begun to drop and winter is clearly on the way. While preparing your wardrobe, pulling out the snowsuits and taking the snow shovels out of the basement, why not put a little extra attention into your home this season?

Maintenance is critical to your home, whether it’s 50 years old or brand new. Regular, preventative maintenance makes your home a safer place to live, increases the lifespan of common appliances and systems and ensures comfort inside, regardless of what’s happening outside.


New Home Facts to Consider

Posted: October 12, 2017


When debating between a new and existing home, many potential buyers focus solely on purchase price

But, there’s more to the equation that’s worth considering. Check out the New Home Facts, provided by New Home Source’s Start Fresh Buy New campaign:


Is Your Home Priced to Sell?

Posted: September 21, 2017

Your home may be beautiful…it may have all the features you think buyers will be interested in, in the right location and everything. But, if it isn’t priced to sell, the process may be slower than you’d like.

On the contrary; if your home is priced to sell, your listing process may be quick and painless – allowing you to move on to the next phase of your life without trouble!


Listing your home to sell so that you can move into the NEW home you’ve always wanted?

Posted: August 17, 2017

So, you’re going to list your home with a real estate professional because you’ve selected the NEW home of your dreams. Here’s how to ready your home for a quick sale.

First, make all necessary repairs and thoroughly clean the house from top to bottom (this includes baseboards, paddle fans and other areas of the home which may not be cleaned on a regular basis). Make sure that the landscaping is trimmed and add color with flowers if possible.


Use hardwood floors in your NEW home

Posted: August 1, 2017


You will have many flooring choices to consider for your new home. If your budget permits it, consider hardwood floors as an option.

Hardwood floors have the potential to boost the comfort level in your new home and may have the potential to boost your home value when it comes time to sell. Hardwood flooring has timeless appeal and is an incredibly durable product.


Need more reasons to buy a NEW home?

Posted: July 13, 2017

When touring "USED" homes, keep your eyes open for a few warning signs or red flags. Normal wear and tear is to be expected but obvious areas of poor superficial maintenance should give you "pause" about areas of the home which are not readily visible that have also been poorly maintained. Those candles which are burning and the deodorizers which are in use are just an attempt to make the house smell nicer, right? Maybe not! Is it pet odor or mildew or smoke or any number of odors which are being masked.


Thinking about selling your home without a real estate agent? Don’t and here’s why.

Posted: June 19, 2017

One seemingly minor mistake could open you up to legal action, Experienced real estate agents are familiar with disclosures and the mountains of paperwork required with real estate sales and although agents can make mistakes, they have errors and omissions insurance to protect them. Also, you may not have the exposure for your property in order to receive showings and offers and an experienced agent can help "weed out" the merely curious and find motivated and qualified buyers.


A smaller NEW home is an GREAT option:

Posted: May 27, 2017


Sure, you’d like to have that larger new home but the budget just doesn’t allow it. That’s OK! New homes come with HVAC systems, better insulation, new appliances, new roofs and warranties so the benefits of a new home far outweigh a used home. The ten-year-old home you buy today will be twenty years old in ten years. The new home you buy today will still, with proper maintenance, look new in ten years.

So opt for the smaller NEW home and make the spaces feel larger with these tips:


Summer is just around the corner. Boost your home’s curb appeal:

Posted: April 30, 2017


Curb appeal is one of the most important in the home sales process. It impacts the first impression that potential buyers have about the property. It’s easy and affordable to improve the curb appeal of your home.

First, spruce up the front door. Restraining or repainting the front door will give the impression that the home is being well maintained. Consider replacing the front door mat and hardware for improved results.


Staging your home for sale:

Posted: March 11, 2017


Home staging is a highly effective way to make your home sell faster and an experienced real estate agent can help. Here are a few staging tips:

First, use neutral colors and pride ample lighting. Take out any dark curtains and heavy drapes. Swap out your duvets and covers in the bedrooms with white or neutral items and add some colored throw pillows for contrast.