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!

Jan. 27, 2023

Buying a Home With IRS Debt

Owing money to the IRS is unsettling for anyone. It’s also very easy to find oneself in that position. Many people are shocked to discover that they inadvertently miscalculated the amount of taxes owed either at the end of the year or from a previous year. There are also unexpected events that can cause a tax event such as a windfall profit or

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Jan. 18, 2023

Tips on Buying New Construction

A brand-new home! Who hasn’t dreamed of creating the perfect home from scratch and moving into a space that no one has ever lived in before. There’s something special about a fresh home, but remember, new doesn’t mean perfect. And it certainly does not mean that there won’t be imperfections, small or large, to contend with.

One of the most important things to understand up front is what does your warranty cover? A builder’s warranty covers

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Posted in Home Buyers
Jan. 12, 2023

Tips To Maximize Garage Space

If it seems that new homes these days have included garages better suited for a Tonka truck than a real one, it’s not your imagination. With land at a premium, home builders can maximize the living space square footage by skimping on the garage size. As a result, many homeowners are lucky to fit one car in their two-car garage. But there are ways to make the most of the space you have by employing a few simple tips.

Maximize the Space in a Small Garage

  • Use the wall space by adding brackets, hooks, or shelves.
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Jan. 6, 2023

Now is Still a Great Time to Sell

Sellers all over the country are confused and worried they may have missed the best time to sell their house. Prices are dropping, mortgage rates are rising, and the pace has slowed but the impact on any individual seller is unclear.

While the days of any home selling for any price are behind us, the current housing market is still strong. The biggest

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Dec. 30, 2022

2023 Design Trends

A common regret around taking down the holiday decorations is how bare the home looks suddenly. Fortunately for anyone ready to upgrade their design in 2023, new trends are offering more comfort and coziness than we’ve seen lately.

For the past few years, home designers have created a blend of minimalism and simplicity in their home styles. This

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Dec. 23, 2022

Is it Time to Consider an Adjustable Rate Mortgage?

Homebuyers have had a rough time lately. First, the frenzied housing market stymied so many offers and caused frustration due to lack of inventory. Now that the pace and prices are starting to drop, interest rates have ticked up to alarming levels. 

While some buyers are postponing their purchase, those still in the market are starting to consider more creative

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Dec. 16, 2022

Using the Right Comps to Price Your House Correctly

The most important aspect of listing your home for sales is the asking price. Unlike many other items we purchase, home prices are based on what a willing and able buyer would pay for the property. Sounds complicated, right? This is why real estate agents bring comps (short for comparable properties) information with them to the discussion. Yet are you using the right comps to successfully sell your home?

The idea is to gather information about comparable properties that have sold recently that are similar to your own. The

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Dec. 9, 2022

5 Realities for Seller's in Today's Market

 

Over the past few years, most of the US has been in a strong seller’s market. Historically low interest rates coupled with rising incomes resulted in buyers who were ready and able to buy a new home. It was a crazy time when sellers needed to do little more than put a sign in the yard to attract multiple offers.

However, today’s housing market is quite different. The uncertainty in the economy has slowed the pace and rising interest rates have caused a shift in the market. As a result, sellers must go back to the tried-and-true methods of

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Dec. 1, 2022

How To Make A Room Cozy

In previous decades, a warm, cozy home required dark colors and heavy materials. One can envision sitting in front of a roaring fire in a dark room filled with pillows and wood paneling. Contemporary homes are brighter, with clean lines and light colors and textures. The challenge is how to create an inviting, cozy space that everyone wants during the cooler months. Fortunately, it’s not necessary to choose between the claustrophobic styles of the past and warm inviting rooms.

The first tip is lighting. Soften the lighting and consider swapping cold, metal fixtures for ones using natural materials,

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Nov. 25, 2022

HOA and Pets

Most homebuyers know to review the HOA (Homeowner’s Association) documents provided by the seller during disclosures to ensure the rules will not interfere with their lifestyle. Yet, once they become homeowners, often these same people do not pay attention to bylaw changes over the years.

So, when they find themselves in violation of a bylaw, they are caught off guard. When this affects a beloved pet, this

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