Home Buying Tips

5 Tips for Creating a “Dream Home” Wishlist

If you have spent any amount of time thumbing through decor magazines, creating aspirational home boards on Pinterest, or have ever saved images on Instagram into your home ideas folder, then the concept of creating or curating the perfect “Dream Home” might exist in your mind. For families like those in military service who have …

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Pros and Cons of Renting vs. Buying

When it comes to making major life decisions, especially those when one could make an argument for or against the decision with plenty of evidence, sometimes making a good, old-fashioned pros and cons list can bring some clarity to the decision.  In an unprecedented housing market over the past 12-18 months, prospective homeowners and renters …

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What You Need to Know About Rural Housing Programs

Rural Housing Programs Defined According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Rural Development’s purpose is to provide, “Well built, affordable housing [that] is essential to the vitality of communities in rural America. Rural Development’s Single Family Housing Programs give families and individuals the opportunity to buy, build, or repair affordable homes located in …

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Commuting and the Home Buying Decision

There are a variety of considerations when purchasing a home and one that is becoming increasingly important is the commute time and distance to and from work. Whether you are taking your personal vehicle, riding public transit, or carpooling with neighbors, a commute can have a significant impact on your quality of life.  The past …

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The Small House Movement: Is Less Really More?

According to PropertyShark, over the past 100 years, homes in the United States are now 74% larger and personal living space went up 211%. On average, today, the typical U.S. home boasts around 2,430 square feet as opposed to that of our grandparents’ generation at around 957 square feet.   Whether your current home falls above …

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What You Need to Know About Homeowners Associations

Just hearing the name, Homeowners Association (HOA) may conjure images of grown adults huddled together in folding chairs in the pool house, arguments ensuing, and that one neighbor on the board who has let a little too much power go to his head, rapping the wooden gavel trying to maintain order in the ranks over …

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5 Tricks for Getting Your Offer Accepted in a Competitive Market

The housing market has gone through many changes as a result of the pandemic and its economic consequences. Seemingly gone are the days when home prices were reasonable and buyers had the luxury of taking their time to really weigh the pros and cons of a property and linger with their offer-making efforts.  These days …

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Could a Multi-Family Home Be Right for You?

With the current inflationary costs continuing to surge in the real estate market, many buyers are thinking “outside the box” when it comes to creative ways to purchase and own a home. One option you may not have considered is how a multi-family home might be right for you.  What is a Multi-family Home?  For …

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