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!

April 30, 2021

Avoid "Yes" Agents

We all know the type. The person who just says “yes” to anything, never challenging or questioning an opinion or strategy. These people-pleasers agree with anything suggested; while they may be nice friends, in real estate a yes-man or yes-woman can actually cost you money. Often a lot of money. 

No one likes to leave money on the table, but having an agent who doesn’t challenge unrealistic expectations is not

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April 23, 2021

Fresh and Eclectic Design Trends

Recent interior design trends have focused on one primary era or design scheme. Mid-century modern furniture and accents have dominated the magazine covers and home shows as decorators have worked with their clients to bring this trend into their spaces. 

Yet, what to do about the beautiful antique chest from your grandma or the dining room table you inherited from your

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April 16, 2021

Buying a Home Together

It used to be that couples first got married, and then bought a home together. No more! Modern couples no longer consider marriage a prerequisite for buying a home together. Buying a property together can complicate either a breakup or a divorce if not considered upfront.

No one likes to think about the end of a relationship, but buying a home is a huge investment – not only in the

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April 9, 2021

Can You Sell an Outdated House?

It seems that everywhere you turn there are companies who advertise buying ugly houses. These messages offer to quickly buy any house, regardless of the condition. The problem is that their offers are often significantly below market value. 

If you’re a seller whose home needs some attention, you might think these companies are your only option. Some of

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April 2, 2021

Special Benefits of the VA Loan

 

Our military veterans have given so much to this country. To make it easier for these special families to qualify for and purchase a home, Veteran Affairs has a unique loan offer reserved only for retired and active military. 

The VA loan offers mortgage options unavailable to the general public:

  • No Down Payment – While zero down loans disappeared in the real estate bubble of the last decade, VA loans
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March 26, 2021

Selling The Family Home

 

Family is important, and your decision to sell your home may be difficult for those closest to you. Moving can create mixed emotions, and it’s important to help your family understand how and why you made your decision. Including family members in the process can prevent strong emotions from potentially sabotaging the sale. 

As soon as you decide to sell your home, set aside time to have a serious conversation with the rest of your family. If

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March 19, 2021

5 Tips to Create a Home Bar

So many businesses have been affected by the events of 2020, causing permanent and temporary closures of many of our favorite spots—including the corner bar. The local watering hole has always been a great place to meet friends, watch sports, and unwind after work. 

Many homeowners have used this time at home to work on home improvement projects. Why not consider adding or

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March 12, 2021

Starter Home Tips

New homebuyers often tell their agents that they are looking for their “starter home.” Several factors go into this approach. These are typically younger buyers, often without children. They may be looking for a maintenance-free home, like a condo, or they might assume that starter homes are more budget-friendly. There are plenty of good

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Posted in Home Buyers
March 5, 2021

Avoid These Common FSBO Mistakes

There are many reasons homeowners decide to forgo the real estate agent and list their home for sales as an FSBO (For Sale by Owner). FSBO sellers can utilize many of the same national real estate websites used to showcase property online. 

Most homebuyers start their house search online, so the online listing must showcase the home to generate offers. To sell quickly, one must avoid the common mistakes home sellers make online:

  • Cell Phone Photos – Invest in professional photography. Pictures are the first thing buyers notice and poor-quality shots will prevent the buyer from noticing the home, or even setting up a showing.
  • Responding Slowly – When a potential buyer reaches out, they expect a prompt response. Catching buyers
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Feb. 26, 2021

Mid-Century Modern vs.-Contemporary

There has been a great deal of excitement in the design field concerning the Mid-Century Modern style. This ’50s and ’60s home décor trend is evidenced in every furniture store as more brands are incorporating the vintage look with modern lines. Yet what differentiates a Mid-Century Modern style from one that is merely Contemporary? 

Both styles tend toward the minimalist look, but Mid-Century often features more color. Colorful carpets, walls, and

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