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Eight last-minute tips to prepare your home for winter

Posted by Coldwell Banker River Valley on November 14, 2013 in  Maintenance and Repair
Here in the upper Midwest, winter can be unpredictable but it virtually always brings some ice and snow. While homes here are built to handle it, there are still some smart steps you can take to make sure it’s ready for winter. 1. Clear leaves from gutters. It’s a dirty but important job, especially when the leaves drop. You’ll need a place for melting snow and ice to drain properly. Not only will it protect exterior walls, it will also protect your basement. It’s also wise to be sure any d... read more
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NAHB Study Finds What’s In, What’s Out for New Homes

Posted by Coldwell Banker River Valley on October 23, 2013 in  Buying and Selling
A study published this year by the National Association of Home Builders reveals what today’s home buyers across the nation really want … and what they don’t. What do you think? Does this hold true for the River Valley region? What’s hot on your list? What’s In Energy-Star rated appliances Laundry room Energy-Star rating for whole home Exhaust fan in bathroom Exterior lighting Bathroom linen closet Energy-Star rated windows Ceiling fan Garage storage Table space for eati... read more
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Do you really need a professional real estate agent?

Posted by Coldwell Banker River Valley on October 18, 2013 in  Buying and Selling
For most of us, our money is hard-earned, so we understandably want to be thoughtful about how we spend it. That’s especially true when it comes to buying and selling the biggest asset most of us will ever own: our homes. When contemplating a real estate transaction, some people are tempted to forgo the help of an agent to save on commissions. What those consumers often don’t realize, however, is that a qualified agent can actually help save them the cost of commissions and then some. If you’re ... read more
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See-saws and rollercoasters: navigating the emotional ups and downs of home buying

Posted by Coldwell Banker River Valley on September 30, 2013 in  Buying and Selling
Buying a new home is an exciting prospect. But the fact that it’s the biggest purchase many of us will ever make can make it daunting, even emotional. The highs and lows of buying a home are real and common, and it’s important for buyers to understand that just because they may have some reservations doesn’t mean they’re making the wrong choice. It does mean they need to get to the bottom of their feelings. If you’re riding the ups and downs of an impending real estate transaction, t... read more
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Why bother with a pre-sale inspection?

Posted by Coldwell Banker River Valley on September 30, 2013 in  Buying and Selling
I’m getting ready to sell my home, and my agent recommended that I have a professional home inspection before I put it on the market instead of just having the buyer do it prior to closing. Are there advantages to doing it up front? Many times sellers resist pre-sale inspections because they fear the inspections will turn up issues that the sellers then must disclose. It’s a case of ignorance being bliss — but only temporarily. Most buyers will (and all should) complete a home inspection before ... read more
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