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The Best Housewarming Gifts for New Homeowners. By Laura Mueller

A new home is a big reason to celebrate, and what better way to do it than with a thoughtful housewarming gift? Whether your friend just finished moving in to her new apartment or your cousin recently turned the key on his first house, everyone appreciates a small sentiment that shows you were thinking about them during such a momentous time. When it comes to the perfect housewarming gifts, it really is the... Read more...


Should I Buy Home Warranty?

Should You Buy a Home Warranty When You Move? By Marian White

Should you buy a home warranty when you move? For many buyers, home warranties offer peace of mind when it comes to budgeting for home expenses. For others, home warranties are simply a waste of money. Whether or not you need to purchase a home warranty depends on your specific needs, finances and the... Read more...


How Tax Reform Affects IRS Moving Deductions. By Marian White

Moving for work? You may want to brush up on the latest tax rules and regulations regarding moving expenses. Under the previous law, those moving for work could deduct the cost of movers, travel and other moving expenses from their federal income taxes. Now, thanks to tax reform, the majority of taxpayers will ... Read more....


8 Curb Appeal Tricks That Will Bring Buyers to Your House. By Sally Forster Jones

After investing a considerable amount of money in your home, you certainly want it to always look its best. This is especially the case if you're thinking about putting your house up for sale. Curb appeal is crucial when it comes to conveying a sense of taste and style for your home and is conducive to supporting a more premium price tag. There are eight exterior home improvement tactics that you need to seriously consider to enhance the curb appeal of your home. Many of the strategies presented here can be undertaken as relatively ...Read more....


Types of Property Deeds: Warranty, Grant, and Quitclaim. By Elizabeth Weintraub

Property deeds are legal instruments that assign ownership of real estate and transfer title to land and its improvements such as a house. Words used to convey property transfer can include grant, assign, convey or warrant, but they basically all do the same thing: They transfer the interest of the person relinquishing or selling the house to the person who's ...Read more...


11 Ways to Save for a Down Payment. By Laura Mueller

On the path to home ownership, few tasks seem more insurmountable than having to save for a down payment. The median asking price for U.S. housing in 2018 was just over $206,000, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. For that price, competitive buyers are expected to put down between $20,600 and $41,200—no small chunk of change for most people. Stagnant wages and student loan debt have made it more difficult than ever before to save for a down payment, but plenty of ...Read more...


A Checklist for Home Inspections. By Maryalene LaPonsie

Even in a seller's market, smart homebuyers aren't going to make a purchase without having a property professionally inspected first. "Today's buyers are really very savvy," says Robin Kencel, associate broker with the Robin Kencel Group of Compass Real Estate in Greenwich, Connecticut. That's why it's important for sellers to know where their house may fall short of a buyer's expectations. "The more we can head off anything that can...Read more....


Why Buying & Moving to a New Home Is So Expensive. By Marian White

Just when you thought your down payment was the last big check leaving your bank account, you’re hit with more fees at the end of the home buying process. From closings costs to moving expenses, the amount of money often required to actually buy and move to a new home can be downright staggering. Purchasing a new home is only half the battle. The other half is figuring out how to...Read more...


Want to Buy a Home? Here’s Why You Should Establish Good Credit First. By Marian White

Hoping to buy a home? You’ll likely need a strong credit score first. Establishing good credit is crucial to building a solid financial foundation in your everyday life. Without it, banks likely won’t lend you the loans necessary for... Read more....


Ready to Buy? Advice for First-Time Homebuyers. By Laura Mueller

Buying a home can be a tricky process. For first-time homebuyers, it may seem like the most complicated aspect of a home purchase is finding the perfect property, but that’s really only half the equation (and the fun half, at that). There’s a lot to manage on the .... Read more....


What’s More Important: The Size of a Home or Its Location? By Marian White

When it comes to purchasing a home, what’s more important: the size or the location? While both are crucial factors, the one that’s most important to you will depend on your specific needs. Realtors will be the first to tell you that it’s all about the “location, location, location.” However, empty nesters looking to downsize and growing families..... Read more....


Condo versus Townhouse: What's the Difference? By Laura Mueller

There are so many decisions you have to make when buying a home. From location to price to whether or not a horribly outdated kitchen is a dealbreaker, you’ll be forced to consider a lot of factors on your path to homeownership. One of the most important ones: what type of home do you want to live in? Read more...


Tips for Winning a Bidding War on a House You Really Want. By Laura Mueller

Ever found that perfect house only to get out-bid on your offer? In seller’s markets, when demand is high and inventory is low, buyers often have to go above and beyond to make sure their offer stands out from the competition. Sometimes, multiple buyers vying for the same property can end up in a bidding war, both parties trying to sweeten the deal just enough to edge out the other. And while there’s no..... Read more....


10 Things to Do the Week Before Listing a Home for Sale. By Laura Mueller

If your home is about to go live on the market, you’re probably feeling a mix of nervousness and excitement—and possibly a bit of stress about whether you will sell quickly. Selling your home is as much as a mental exercise as it is a real estate transaction, and it’s totally normal to be facing a bit of jitters. On the bright side, there is plenty that you can do in the week before listing a home for sale that can help ease your mind, and that may even help your home get under contract faster...Read more...



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