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Selling a Home

Checklist for Putting Your Home on the Market

May 5, 2017
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Your dream home’s calling your name, but first, you have to sell your current residence. Not sure where to begin? Not a problem! Our handy checklist outlines seven simple steps to take before listing your house, townhome or condo. __ 1. CHOOSE AN AGENT. If you’re planning on buying a new construction home, ask your homebuilder if they have a program to help you sell your current home. If not, it’s time to choose an agent. Ask friends and family members for referrals and take…

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Packing & Moving

Preparing for a Move: How to Declutter & Minimize

April 13, 2017
Couple packing in the living room

It pays to know the difference between your treasure and your trash, particularly when it comes to moving. No sense in hauling what’s effectively dead weight, right? But the process of determining—and purging—what doesn’t hold personal worth can carry a fair degree of murk and uncertainty. Does this have lasting sentimental value? How much of something is too much? Won’t I need this someday? After all, you’re not just organizing random objects; you’re organizing your life. But rest easy. Many have emerged from the decluttering…

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Selling a Home

What Are House Hunters Looking for in 2016?

September 9, 2016

From dedicated laundry rooms and outdoor living spaces to eat-in kitchens and walk-in pantries, here’s a look at the top structural items on homebuyers’ wish lists—plus a few more desirable features like exterior lighting, garage storage and hardwood floors. Check out our handy infographic and feel free to share it!   If you like this post, don’t miss our other home-focused infographics: Tips for coordinating your home’s color scheme and A simplified guide to mortgage options.   

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Selling a Home

Prepare a House for Sale (Despite Kids & Pets)!

August 23, 2016

You’re ready to buy a new home. But first, you have to sell your existing one, which can be a bit of challenge if you have young children and/or pets. You love your kids, but prospective buyers may not appreciate your human and fur babies quite as much as you do—especially if it looks and feels like they have hijacked your home. The key to staging a home for sale is neutralizing it so house hunters can picture themselves and their belongings in the space.…

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Buying a Home, Selling a Home

4 Things a Real Estate Agent Can Do for You (Other Than Show Homes!)

April 13, 2016
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If asked to describe the role of a real estate agent, most people would probably say that it’s to help clients rent, buy and/or sell property. Although technically accurate, this description fails to convey the breadth of a typical agent’s responsibilities. From initial consultation to final transaction, real estate agents often perform countless tasks on behalf of their clients. Following are four things an effective real estate agent can do for you (so you won’t have to!): Research. It’s always wise to do a little…

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