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!

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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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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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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Aug. 6, 2021

3 Pricing Strategies in a Seller's Market

Real estate markets across the country are experiencing a strong seller’s market right now. For potential sellers, this may be a golden opportunity to get top value for their property. While it may be tempting to aim for the sky when setting the listing price, that may not be your best option. 

Here are 3 pricing strategies to consider before deciding on your asking price:

  1. Listing at Market Value Buyer’s love “realistic sellers.” After considering the market data for your area, choosing

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July 30, 2021

Pitfalls of Removing Buyer's Contingencies

Typical real estate offers include a wide variety of standard contingencies. These can include home inspections, appraisal, and loan approval. In a fast-moving, seller’s market, one of the ways to make an offer more appealing is to remove contingencies.

Real estate contingencies are intended to protect the buyer from unforeseen issues. Once these contingencies are

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July 23, 2021

10 Design Trends for 2021

Interior design has a fresh look! After years of subtle trend changes, this year style gets a complete makeover. Spaces are being lightened, softened, and eclectic merging of styles encouraged. If you’re ready for a change, the good news is

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July 16, 2021

Homebuyers - Would You Buy It Anyway?

This “seller’s market” has been the craziest and most stressful I have ever been through. A seller’s market is created when there are more homebuyers than inventory from which to choose. The anxiety this causes many potential buyers causes them to write offers on anything and everything, just to hedge their bets on having one accepted. 

This year, I have had to counsel many of the homebuyers I worked with that it is important to slow down and consider

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