Local Real Estate News & Market Trends

You’ll find our blog to be a wealth of information, covering everything from local market statistics and home values to community happenings. That’s because we care about the community and want to help you find your place in it. Please reach out if you have any questions at all. We’d love to talk with you!

Oct. 15, 2021

Understanding Buyer Contingencies

While sales price is important when selling your house, so are the contingencies attached to the offer. Understanding what these contingencies mean can help you choose the right offer for you. 

Here are the 5 Most Common Contingencies 

  1. Home Inspection Contingency – This allows the buyer the right of a professional inspection to determine the condition of the home. Generally, this must be performed within 10 to 15 days and removed. The inspection will address structural and system condition issues. 

  2. Appraisal Contingency – A professional appraisal will be ordered to ensure the price offered is fair market

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Oct. 8, 2021

Considering Refinancing?

Tune in to your favorite TV show, check anything on the internet or listen to the car radio and you’ll be bombarded with commercials offering incredibly low interest rates to refinance your home. These rates may sound enticing, and you may be wondering if it’s time to refinance your home loan. While refinancing can make financial sense in some situations, not everyone will benefit. 

Most people consider refinancing to lower their interest rate. Even a slight change in the interest rate may add up to

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Posted in Homeowners
Oct. 1, 2021

Tips For Organizing Your Garage

Don’t wait for spring to do some deep cleaning. Winter is coming and fall is a great time to prepare your home against the harsh winter conditions and hazards it can bring. A clean garage will not only help you store outdoor items from the cold, wet weather but can provide insight into your home’s condition.

Here are a few great reasons why you should clean out your garage this weekend:

  • Organize Things You Need – Over the year, some things may have been moved or covered up. Find the tools

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Sept. 24, 2021

Amenities for Landlords to Consider Offering

The increase of pricing in the housing market and lack of inventory has left some potential homebuyers renting instead of purchasing. As a result, these renters are viewing rentals as just a temporary steppingstone to homeownership and expect their rentals to have nicer amenities than in previous decades. 

If you’re a landlord, there are 8 amenities your rental should consider including: 

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Posted in Homeowners
Sept. 17, 2021

Essential Tools for Your Home Tool Kit

A well-equipped home tool kit is not just for weekend warriors and do-it-yourself types. Hanging a picture, tightening a cabinet door, or assembling a Swedish-built cabinet are all moments when one might reach for a tool kit. If your toolbox consists of duct tape and a hammer, a quick, inexpensive trip to the local hardware store can save you lots of

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Sept. 10, 2021

House Hunting Tips in a Seller's Market

House hunting has become a contact sport over the past year. The idealized vision of a leisurely Sunday morning reviewing open houses and plotting the day’s tours over lattes and croissants is a thing of the past. While popping into the local open house might be fun for the casual looker, if you are serious about finding your next home, this climate

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Posted in Home Buyers
Sept. 3, 2021

What Are Your Real Estate Goals

Invariably, the first time you meet or speak to your real estate agent, the same prompt starts the conversation: “tell me about yourself and your real estate goals.” Seems simple enough to answer. “I need more space” or “I’m ready to downsize” are common answers. 

While these answers may be at the heart of the decision for change, they neglect to provide the concrete data your

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Posted in Home Buyers
Aug. 30, 2021

Top DIY Projects Gone Wrong

The pandemic has had one unexpected result, a huge increase in home projects. From complete remodels to deferred maintenance projects, and everything in between, homeowners have taken advantage of their time at home by improving their property. Unfortunately, not all projects went as planned. Many homeowners bit off more than they

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Aug. 20, 2021

Title Search Explained

Sometimes, it feels like there are hundreds of steps to the closing process when buying or selling a home. A title search is just one of the many steps and title problems may account for about 10% of closing delays. So, what is a title search and what does it disclose? 

In the simplest form, a title search identifies who owns the property. This may obvious, but surprisingly, sometimes the party selling the home may not actually have the legal right to do so, at least on paper. For example, in the case of a

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Aug. 13, 2021

Concrete Landscaping Ideas For Your Yard

Concrete was once a not so attractive alternative to a more expensive landscaping hardscape. Modern techniques have brought this versatile material back in vogue. While still an affordable alternative, concrete can add excitement to your front yard while still maintaining the low-maintenance advantage it’s always had. 

Fresh Concrete Ideas for Your Front Yard:

  • Concrete Walkways – Because concrete is poured wet, it can take any shape you like. Adding color, stain, or

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