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Where should I invest my home improvement dollars?

Posted by Coldwell Banker River Valley on January 01, 2014 in  Decorating and Staging
I have $500 to spend on my home before I put it on the market. Where should I invest it? Homeowners are often surprised at what some minor improvements can do to increase appeal as well as value to prospective buyers. Even $500 can go a long way. But the best way to invest it will vary from home to home. The best advice is to take a critical look at your home and ask yourself where does it show the most wear? Is it outside or inside? Is underneath or overhead? The majority of homeowners usually find that $500 is ... read more
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Local region expected to buck national housing trends in 2014

Posted by Coldwell Banker River Valley on December 30, 2013 in  Buying and Selling
Real estate experts around the country are expecting continued but slowed growth in the national housing market in 2014. But they’re also expecting the upper Midwest to buck that trend. That’s because lenders will be operating under new regulations designed to prevent the loose loan practices that created the housing bubble in the 2000s, the bubble that burst disastrously in 2008. The regulations are expected to affect consumers’ ability to borrow, particularly in areas where lending practices we... read more
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If a New Year Means a New Home

Posted by Coldwell Banker River Valley on December 17, 2013 in  Buying and Selling
New years often bring new goals. It’s a time when people promise to lose weight and exercise more, take better care of themselves and the planet, get out of debt and save more. And oftentimes the latter marks a much bigger goal: buying a new home. If this is the year for you to make your move, here are five steps to get you started.1. Contact your agent. Agents know the housing market and various neighborhoods and have the resources and negotiating skills to get you the best deal and do it more quickly than ... read more
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Our top ten gifts for new homeowners

Posted by Coldwell Banker River Valley on December 08, 2013 in  Uncategorized
With Christmas just days away now, it’s time to finish up your shopping. If a new homeowner’s on your list then our list of top 10 gift picks for new homeowners can help.1. Tools — You can’t always predict when you’ll need them, so it’s a good idea to help the homeowners in your life get stocked up. Start with the basics: a wrench set that includes an adjustable wrench, slip-joint and needlenose pliers, a claw     hammer, screwdrivers and wire cutters.2. Toolbox or tote... read more
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Bring the outdoors in this Thanksgiving

Posted by Coldwell Banker River Valley on November 25, 2013 in  Decorating and Staging
If you’re looking to add some Thanksgiving flair to your decor this week but are short on time, you need look no farther than out your own window. Some of the most beautiful fall displays are just a few steps outside your door (or, if you’re like this brown-thumbed writer, at your local produce aisle). 1. Pumpkins and gourds. These have been used for years to dress up homes for fall. Take it up a notch by arranging them on platters, mixing in a few vines or oak branches and tossing in some acorns. 2. ... read more
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