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!

Aug. 21, 2019

Is Vacation Rental Ownership For You?

Investment properties used to be homes and multi-family properties used for full time rentals. Over the past decade, we’ve seen a new crop of investment properties emerge, the short term rentals. But what’s involved in owning a vacation rental? Is it worth the work? 

A short term rental is a great investment for a number of reasons. In addition to creating annual income for the

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Posted in Home Buyers, Homeowners
Aug. 16, 2019

The Number One Feature Home Buyers Want

Home sellers and listing agents across the country spend a great deal of time and energy trying to determine what home buyers want. They pour over magazines and read blogs to learn what is the #1 feature they can add or enhance to ensure home buyers find their home irresistible. 

The National Association of Home Builders’ released a 2019 home trend and buyer preferences report which cited a

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Aug. 9, 2019

The Most Popular Inexpensive Hardwoods

Most people have thought about installing hardwood floors at one time or another. The natural beauty of wood brings a soft, elegance to any home. Today, hardwoods are not just for floors. Modern homes feature hardwoods for counters, back splashes and even entire walls. Traditionally an expensive material to work with, there are inexpensive hardwoods

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Aug. 5, 2019

Writing An Offer That Stands Out

 

If you’ve been looking for a new home, finding the right one is exciting. Now that it’s time to write the offer, however, you might be wondering what you can do to make sure the seller is impressed with your offer. Of course the easiest way is to offer cash significantly over asking price, but fortunately in the real world there are still great ways to ensure

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July 26, 2019

What You Need To Know About Appraisals

Appraisals are one of the most confusing aspects of buying or selling real estate for the consumer. When a buyer and seller agree on a sales price, it can be frustrating to hear that the appraisal came in with a value too low. It’s not enough for the principals to agree to the price, the appraisal is the lender’s way to ensure they are not loaning money over the actual market value of the property. 

The appraised value is reached by a licensed professional who looks at the real estate market in which the target

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July 19, 2019

Should You Offer a Buyer a Home Warranty?

If you are selling your home, one of the most common requests with the buyer’s offer is to pay for a home warranty. As a seller, you might be wondering if it’s something that’s worth the expense. Some agents suggest that the seller purchase a listing warranty as well as part of the sales process. Understanding the benefits of a home warranty is the first step in deciding if it’s worth the cost to you, the seller. 

A home warranty is a policy which covers the cost of repairs to a number of critical systems in the home. While

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Posted in Home Sellers
July 18, 2019

Rosso on Real Estate 039 - 4 Tips To Sell Your House Faster

On Rosso on Real Estate 039, I share 4 tips for getting your house sold quickly

 

July 15, 2019

Is Flipping Houses Right for You?

There are a wide variety of ways to invest in real estate. To be successful in real estate investing, it’s critical that you identify what skills you have and your tolerance for risk. Flipping homes is one of these ways to invest in real estate, but not every investor is prepared for what house flipping involves. Understanding the model for flipping can help you determine if this is the right investment strategy for you. 

Investors can make great profits by flipping properties. But before you decide on flipping properties as an investment,

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Posted in Home Buyers
July 9, 2019

Kitchen Backsplash Trends for 2020

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 countertops behind, kitchens are getting lighter, brighter and more streamlined looks. These new backsplashes are design statement pieces in their own right, creating a uniquely modern feel to the space. With a focus on sleek surfaces and natural elements, here are the latest trends for kitchen backsplashes.

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June 28, 2019

Tips for Selling in the 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. With more homes on the market, how can you maximize your potential for a great

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