Wednesday, January 30, 2019 / by Leon Zhivelev
CONTRIBUTED BY JIM MCKINLEY
Becoming a homeowner for the first time is incredibly exciting — and incredibly confusing. There’s a lot that first-time buyers don’t know about the home buying process, and that lack of knowledge can lead to big, expensive mistakes. If you want to avoid the most common mistakes that first-time homebuyers make, read this before you start house hunting.
Planning Ahead Saves a Ton of Stress
It’s tempting to dive into open houses and showings as soon as you decide to buy, but it’s not wise. There are a lot of logistics to figure out when buying a home, from your budget to your must-have criteria. If you shop before having a frank discussion with your spouse, one of you could get your heart set on a home that doesn’t fit. This is a recipe for stress and disappointment, so know what you want and what you can afford before you start looking.
Don’t forget to include ancillary costs like moving expenses in your bud; ...
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 / by Leon Zhivelev
8 Strategies to Help You Sell Your House Faster
Article Contributed by Kay Carter
Whether you’re looking to make a quick move, or your house has been sitting on the market for what seems like forever, there are a few things you can do to help you sell your house faster. Follow these eight strategies to get your house off the market quickly and efficiently.
1. Make simple home improvements
Investing in a few home renovations can increase your home’s resale value and make it more attractive to potential buyers. Though big renovation projects are often prioritized, there are a few smaller moves you can make to add resale value to your house:
- Declutter your home and get rid of items you haven’t used in over a year.
- Add trim to major rooms in the house, like your kitchen or living room.
- Re-grout bathroom tiles and caulk showers and tubs.
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Wednesday, January 16, 2019 / by Leon Zhivelev
5 Ways to Avoid Debt When Shopping for Your First Home
Contributed by Kay Carter
Shopping for a home can be an overwhelming experience for anyone. The entire process, from finding listings in your area to successfully obtaining a mortgage loan, is a complicated one that always seems to take a lot longer than we’d like. Buying a home can especially be confusing for first-time home buyers who just want to find their perfect starter home without going into a lot of debt in the process. Luckily enough, that’s not an impossible task. Here are five ways you can avoid debt while shopping for your first home.
1. Create a Budget
Before you start looking for a home, consider creating a strict budget and looking at properties that cost less than the amount you were approved for. What can you afford? Be realistic with this budget and stick to it. Make sure that you also have money set aside for closing costs, home insurance, a home warranty, and any repairs you’ll ha; ...
Monday, December 31, 2018 / by Leon Zhivelev
Essential Tips for Selling Your Home During the Colder Months
It’s no secret that most people prefer to sell their home during the spring or summer months. This makes sense because buyer demand tends to be higher during this time. However, the fall and winter can also be a great time to sell your home.
Not only will there be less competition as a home seller in the colder months, but buyers will also be more serious about closing on a home. Also, the slower season means that real estate agents, home improvement contractors, and lenders will have more time to respond to your situation, which can make the selling process smoother and faster. If you decide to put your home on the market during the colder months, there are ways to help you succeed.
Purge and Declutter
Going on a purge and decluttering each room of the home is one of the first things you should do to prepare for showings. Whether you’re selling in the warmer or colder months, it’s essentialy ...
Wednesday, December 26, 2018 / by Leon Zhivelev
It was another night for the record books!
We want to thank everyone, from our Clients, friends, and family, that came out to enjoy the magical night with us! The amazing food, killer DJ with the tunes to make you move your feet and all the amazing food!
It was a night to remember and we will never forget all the laughs, hugs and all the love felt at this years Julie's Realty Holiday Party.
There could not be a better way in the world to close the door on an amazing year for us and open the door that leads to an even better 2019!
Check out all the photos from the magical night at the link below, and to all those that missed out.... there's always next year! :P
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