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Buying in a Flood Zone

Buying in a Flood Zone

It can be disturbing to realize that the beautiful home you’ve fallen in love with is in a flood zone. While it’s not necessarily a deal-breaker, there are some serious considerations to understand before moving forward. Flood zones are defined by the Federal...

ABC’s of Construction Loans

ABC’s of Construction Loans

Building a home might sound like something reserved for the rich and famous, but the truth is, it might be easier than you think to get a construction loan. What is a construction loan? Construction loans are short-term, higher-interest-rate mortgages that cover the...

Fresh Design Trends for 2021

Fresh Design Trends for 2021

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...

Can You Sell An Outdated House?

Can You Sell An Outdated House?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...

Are Barn Doors Still In?

Are Barn Doors Still In?

For the past several years, it seems every design magazine or home décor center featured barn doors. These doors offered a warm, rustic charm to the space and offered a focal point for the home. As time went by, however, many designers and homeowners realized that...

Starter Home Tips

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...

Benefits of a VA Loan

Benefits of a 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...

Expired Listing – Now What?

Expired Listing – Now What?

Listing agreements all have an expiration date. No one wants to think about what happens when the listing expires; both the seller and agent hope the home will sell long before that time. But it does happen. An expired listing means two things; first, the home is now...

Color Blocking

Color Blocking

Repainting a room is one of the easiest ways to freshen the décor while changing the feel of the room. The hottest design trend this year takes this to a whole new level. Color-blocking techniques are dominating magazines and social media with vivid color palettes and...

Understanding the Backup Offer

Understanding the Backup Offer

“When can I consider my home sold? This is one of the most common questions real estate agents are asked. While the laws vary in different states, generally the contract is binding once both parties sign the offer. At that time the closing process begins. This is also...

5 Refinancing Mistakes to Avoid

5 Refinancing Mistakes to Avoid

Mortgage interest rates are the lowest they’ve been in years and perhaps you’re wondering if it’s time to refinance your loan. Lenders advertising their refinancing services make it sound as easy as filling out a form and paying less each month. While refinancing does...

Inspection Red Flags

Inspection Red Flags

Most homebuyers realize that they can’t expect a perfect home inspection report when buying a resale home. Cosmetic flaws and minor repairs are easily managed and shouldn’t be dealbreakers. That said, there are some issues that are more serious and should give the...