Make your Yard & Home Bug-Free

Be the home on the block that bugs run from. A lush spot for outdoor entertaining? Great. Perfect. A constant swarm of insects that invade your patio and home? No, thank you. Here’s how to keep bugs away from your patio and yard, and from getting inside your house. #1 Install Patio Fans Mosquitos may [...]

Make your Yard & Home Bug-Free2022-04-25T14:37:31-05:00

Real Estate Investing

I was recently asked about real estate investing. What are the investment types, the pros/cons, and if it made financial sense.  So, let's go over some of these items taken from https://www.clevergirlfinance.com/blog/real-estate-investing-for-beginners/   by Katie Braun, Feb. 2022. Here are four of the main methods of real estate investing:  Owning Rental Property You can buy [...]

Real Estate Investing2022-02-23T13:55:19-06:00

Do you Qualify as a First-Time Home Buyer?

You qualify as a first-time home buyer if you haven't owned or co-owned a home within the past three years. First-time buyers still have to meet mortgage lender qualification requirements. The lender may be more flexible, but it will still look at your credit score, debt-to-income ratio, and available down payment.  You can qualify [...]

Do you Qualify as a First-Time Home Buyer?2022-02-15T13:00:21-06:00

2022 Building & Design Trends

As we begin to close out this year, we start to look forward to what the next year might bring.  It can be a time of  ditching the past and embracing the future. So, let's delve into some building and design trends that may influence your choices.   5 Home Design, Building Trends to [...]

2022 Building & Design Trends2021-11-30T18:40:51-06:00

Vacant Staging Times Two

Premiere Stagers & Realty staged a vacant house in an Oregon, Wisconsin subdivision. It had three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a family room, a nice-sized fenced-in backyard, a two-car garage and an unfinished full basement.  It sold within days of listing. The Seller said they had another vacant house coming on the market, [...]

Vacant Staging Times Two2021-11-26T18:14:45-06:00

What Do Buyers Want?

I have been working with a buyer couple who don't have location restrictions.  They just want a single-family house they can afford in a decent neighborhood for a reasonable price.  Sounds like what most people want.  However, when it comes to actually choosing a house, an emotional connection is what they are waiting for.  [...]

What Do Buyers Want?2021-09-08T13:34:05-05:00

Short Sales & Foreclosures

I recently earned a designation through the National Association of Realtors to be a Short Sales & Foreclosures Resource (SFR) agent.  So what is a short sale and how does it differ from a foreclosure? [Note: the following is not to be construed as legal advice] Short Sale A short sale is when a [...]

Short Sales & Foreclosures2021-06-28T20:19:57-05:00

A Garage Make-Over

It is advantageous and more valuable if a property has at least a one-car garage. The norm for homes built within the last 50 years is to have a two-car garage.  This property was built in 2002 and has a four-car garage.  One side is tandem with a higher garage door to store a [...]

A Garage Make-Over2021-06-09T15:27:21-05:00

Vacant Staging = Over-Asking

I recently worked with an investor couple on staging their vacant income property.  They knew they could get more money for the property if it was staged rather than left vacant.  However, we were surprised just how much over-list price an Offer came in at.  Yes, it is still a Seller's market, which means [...]

Vacant Staging = Over-Asking2021-04-07T13:27:46-05:00

What to Expect in a Seller’s Market

Because housing inventory is so low, there are a lot of buyers who have lost out on their next home even with strong offers.  Even cash offers, over-asking, short closing dates, and an inspection for educational purposes are being rejected.  So what can a real estate agent do? According to Cara Ameer of Inman, [...]

What to Expect in a Seller’s Market2021-03-09T13:18:04-06:00
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