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Staging Strategies

Posted by Kristina Fore on April 26, 2016 in Decorating and Staging
Staging Strategies that Work for Everyone When it comes to loving a house, buyers are looking for some common themes: functionality, space, and comfort. Show off your home in ways that enhance all three using a few simple staging strategies. Functionality Assign a single purpose to each room. If you have an office in your bedroom or a play corner in the living room, try to either minimize the look of the added function or get rid of it altogether while your home is on the market. Buy a st... read more
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Five Hidden Spots to Clean This Spring “Spring” and “Cleaning” go together like “Cute” and “Kitten.” When you think of one, you think of the other. The sun comes out, the world turns green, we open our windows and bust out the dusters. As you work through your spring cleaning routine, remember these hidden spots. #1 Rain Gutters. It’s amazing how much flotsam and jetsam can gather in your gutters over the winter: leaves and twigs can block down... read more
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A healthy tax refund can elicit dreams of momentary luxury. A massage-of-the-month club or a nice trip to Aruba may come to mind when you picture a couple thousand extra dollars in your bank account. One route you might consider, though, is investing your tax return in a smallish update to your home. While you won’t be able to do any major remodels, you can make some important changes that will put a smile on your face and add some value to your home.Replace your water taps with low-flow showerheads and fauce... read more
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Can I Buy a Home Without a Down Payment?

Posted by Annette Mikat on March 31, 2016 in Financing
Buying a home without a down payment can be done, but it’s not as easy as it used to be. Zero down payment mortgages were pretty popular a decade ago, but the housing bubble burst brought with it stricter lending guidelines. It’s virtually impossible to get a conventional loan without a down payment of at least 3 to 5 percent of the home price.To qualify, you’ll need to have a good credit score and adequate income along with a lender that will work with you. Outside of credit unions, best bets can... read more
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Inventory Continues to Lag Behind Buyer Demand

Posted by Annette Mikat on March 31, 2016 in Buying and Selling
The spring and summer 2016 housing market continues to be challenging for residential home buyers but positive for sellers. A lack of housing inventory is expected to continue, particularly at the bottom end of the pricing spectrum, while buyer demand remains strong. Several factors will affect this year's housing market: Millennials will continue to be major players in the market, according to Realtor.com; last year they represented nearly a third of total housing sales in the country. As a generation, t... read more
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