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4 Reasons to Go to Open Houses (Even If You’re Not Looking to Buy)

Some people just can’t get enough of that ‘fresh-baked cookie’ smell. After a seller has staged their home and listed it on the market, it’s likely their real estate agent will recommend holding an open house. Home buyers flock to these events for a chance to get a peek inside the closets and stroll through the rooms. But not everyone who attends open houses is looking to buy. Here are four opportunities open houses present if you’re willing to devote your weekend afternoons to them. Learn from listing agents Would-be sellers and nearby homeowners represent a large portion of open house traffic. You can use the open house not only to see what’s for sale and the price of comparable homes, but also to learn about the market. Pick the brain of the listing agent to get his or her take on what’s happening in your area. Real estate agents tend to be … Read more »

Working With a Design-Build Team to Create Your Dream Home

What do the experts say you need to do and know for a smooth build out? Building your dream home from scratch is a daunting task, especially if you’ve never worked with an architect, builder, and design team before. To make the project a little easier to wrap your head around, here’s some advice from construction professionals. Do your research The building process isn’t short, so make sure you are happy with your team — you’re stuck with them for a long time. This requires doing a little homework. To start the building process right, you’ll want to do the following: Conduct extensive online research to make sure you’re using a reputable builder Get referrals from friends and family Look at examples of the builder’s current work Nikki James, studio manager at Ashton Woods, a builder and design studio constructing homes in the South and Southwest, recommends visiting a builder’s model homes and … Read more »

The Answer Book for Buyers

The Answer Book for Buyers  Click and the botton above and download a collection of how-tos, checklists, and worksheets to help your buyers and sellers understand what to expect during the real estate purchasing experience.

Preparing Your Property for Fall

Fall officially began this week and cool, crisp air and changing leaves are not far behind. Along with apple picking, pumpkin carving and Halloween, fall is also a time when homeowners should complete some key maintenance tasks in order to prevent structural damage, save energy and keep their home’s systems running properly during the colder months ahead. By completing these tasks now, you will allow plenty of time to sit back and enjoy all the fun fall festivities: Spend some time outdoors picking up around your property. Put away gardening tools, summer toys, patio furniture and pool supplies. To help prevent water damage, you should also check regularly that your gutters are clear of falling leaves. Inside, remove your screens and install storm windows which will helpkeep heat in on cold days. Change your air filters, too, to reduce allergens. Have your heating unit serviced, and drain your hot water … Read more »

Never a bad time to sell your home.

While it’s never a bad time to sell your home, many owners put their homes on the market in the spring. Current conditions in the real estate market may make this spring a particularly advantageous time to sell a home. That’s because we are in a seller’s market in which buyers are competing for the limited number of homes for sale. If you do choose to sell your home this spring, here are some tips for a successful home sale:  Spruce up your yard by clearing any remaining winter debris and putting in new plantings. This will give potential homebuyers a good first impression. Along these lines, purchase a new welcome mat to help set the tone right at the front door.  Inside, do some spring cleaning to make your house as clean as possible and more appealing to buyers. In addition to actual cleaning, you should de-clutter your closets … Read more »

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