Renovations and Homeowner’s Insurance

If you are considering a major addition or renovation of your home be sure to notify your home insurance company of your planned changes. While home improvements may or may not increase the cost of your homeowner’s insurance, it is always in your best interest to be upfront with your insurance company. For example, if

Reasons Why Some Home Sales Fall Apart

A real estate contract isn’t a sure thing. There is a period of time prior to the closing that the transaction can fall apart. Here are some of the most common reasons why. Home Appraisal Issues: Most lenders require an appraisal prior to lending and the loan is based on the appraised value of the

Selling Your Home in A Seller’s Market

Selling your home during a seller’s market means it’s a great time to sell! Here are some tips that will help you take advantage of a seller’s market in your area: First, hire a knowledgeable REALTOR®. A REALTOR® is an essential tool to help you get the best possible price. Next, prepare your home for

What is a Home Warranty

    Today’s topic… Home warranties… A great way to give you protection and peace of mind. A home warranty is different than homeowner’s insurance, which covers your house and personal items from things like fire or theft. But what if one of your home’s major components needs repair or replacement? Things like plumbing, electrical,

What is Your Home Worth?

  A variety of websites have emerged in recent years that attempt to estimate what your home is worth. If you intend to sell your home, it is important that you understand how these estimates are determined before you use them to set an asking price. These websites use something called automated valuation models (or

What are Comparables?

Comparables (or “comps”) is a real estate appraisal term that refers to properties with characteristics similar to a subject property whose value is being determined. If you are purchasing a home or using your home as collateral for a loan, your lender will ask a licensed or certified appraiser to determine the current market value

Five Key Reasons a Home Sells

There are five key reasons a home sells: Price. The right price is one that is in tune with what similar homes in the market are selling for. If your home is priced higher than competing listings, it simply won’t attract as much buyer attention when it hits the market. Location. The number one rule

Tips for First Time Home Sellers

  If the time has come to sell your home and you’ve never been a seller before, here are some tips for getting it right the first time: Make sure your property is in “tip-top” shape so it creates a great first impression. Thoroughly clean your home and make sure all mechanical systems are in