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The hidden costs of home buying

Are you buying a home for the first time? Congratulations! Without a doubt, this is one of the most exciting moments in life. To help you get ready for the process, check out our home buying guides. Through all the thrill of home shopping, it’s important to keep in mind that the cost of homeownership… Read More

The downside of selling your home by yourself

Quite a few homeowners in Cleveland and beyond are opting to sell their properties on their own, without the help of a Realtor. Homes for sale in this manner are tagged, “For Sale by Owner,” or FSBO, on listings and other advertising materials. FSBO home sellers often start out thinking they can get more money… Read More

Five mistakes that hurt first-time homebuyers

Planning on buying your first home? While it may seem tedious and daunting, house hunting can also be an exciting experience. As a buyer, your primary goal is to find a home you love at a price you’ll be able to afford. Unfortunately, there are many first-time buyers who tend to commit mistakes, making it… Read More

Five ways to make your offer stand out

Making your offer stand out may seem like a tough task, especially if you’re competing with cash buyers in a highly competitive market. As a buyer however, you need more than just cash if you want to successfully land the home of your dreams – you need to give sellers more reasons to choose your… Read More

The right way to list and sell your home

When you’re a home seller, one of your main objectives is to sell your home fast (for a great price, of course). While there is no fail-proof recipe, there are plenty of ways you can list and sell your home to attract more offers from prospective buyers. Set the Best Price When it comes to… Read More

How to buy a home in your 20s

Most millennials think homeownership is something that’s unattainable at a young age. Twenty-somethings are likely foregoing homeownership for two simple reasons. The first one is they’re staying put until marriage, since they believe that at that point, they’ll have a much better idea of where they want to settle down, what type of career they… Read More

Five housing and mortgage trends to watch out for in 2018

Thinking about buying or selling a home this year? One of the best ways for you to prepare is to gather information on some emerging trends in today’s real estate market. Here are five significant real estate trends you should know about: 1. Soaring home sales According to a report from the National Association of… Read More

Furnish your New Home with these Essentials

Moving to a new home, especially if it’s your first, is always an exciting event. To help you make the process easier, I’ve collated the essentials you need that will truly make your house feel like home. To get you started, I’ve divided the items into segments, based on their specific use and the room… Read More

Buying and Selling Guide: Signs You Should Change Your Realtor

Is your Realtor looking out for your best interests? You should consider changing Realtors if you notice the following: 1. You don’t see eye to eye You find yourself in constant disagreement with your Realtor. Your viewpoints are on opposite ends of the spectrum and it’s impossible to meet halfway. If you and your Realtor… Read More

Childproofing Your Home

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Is your home safe enough for your small child to roam around in? These simple home fixes will help you make sure: 1. Keep harmful items out of reach These are just some of the easiest ways to protect your children from accidents inside the home: Put away small choking hazards such as loose change,… Read More

6 ways to green your home

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Greening your home offers numerous benefits. It will not only give you considerable cost and energy savings, it will also help enhance your home’s value. Sustainable homes are fast becoming the norm in the US, including in Cleveland. According to the National Association of Home Builders, by the year 2020, the majority of their projects… Read More

Reasons to buy a home this year

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For many people, figuring out the right time to buy a home can be a paralyzing decision. This does not have to be the case for you. Buying a home is a good, long-term investment, no matter when you buy. You can consider yourself ready as long as you have a stable income flow, good… Read More

How marriage can impact your home loan

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Getting married and buying a home often go hand in hand. The home is a major piece in building a new life with a partner, after all. In fact, your marital status has implications on your ability to buy the kind of home you and your spouse dream of. 1. Working spouses can qualify for… Read More

What to look for in a Realtor?

It’s easy to think that you can buy or sell a home without the help of a professional. Indeed, the internet gives you fast access to listing sites where you can advertise or search for a property on your own. However, when you’re about to embark on what is perhaps the single biggest transaction you’ll… Read More

7 Websites to Use on Your Next House Hunt

There’s a lot you can do to prepare and research your house hunting process. While your Realtor has access to Realtor-only websites and databases to help them find you the perfect home, you can also do plenty of planning to ensure a productive search.   Zillow.com One of the most popular home-viewing websites out there,… Read More

What you should know about home selling or buying contingencies

While not required in every transaction, home sale contingencies are very important in minimizing your home buying or selling risks. Contingencies can help protect you from any unexpected event that could put you at a financial disadvantage. Contingencies are typically included in a purchase contract, but should be presented to both the buyer and seller… Read More

Why spring is a good time to sell your home

Spring is traditionally a hot season for the real estate market, and 2017 is no exception. In fact, this year might prove to be even busier than usual, thanks to the highly dynamic events that are shaping the industry and the US today. In addition to nationwide real estate trends, a few local factors can… Read More

10 Spring Cleaning Tips

Spring cleaning has become a yearly ritual that you simply can’t skip. Not only does it help make your home feel and look fresh, it also gives you the perfect chance to get rid of old, outdated stuff and make room for brand new ones. While you’ve probably been doing it for years, there’s always… Read More

Preparing and planning for a household move

Moving house can be very exciting – but also very stressful. You need to make the right preparations in order to avoid unpleasant surprises down the road. Here are some pointers to help you keep your chill. 1. Update your information You need to change your utility bill address to your new location and ensure… Read More

Revitalizing your Home after Winter

It’s a great time of the year when the gray of winter gives way to the subtle colors of spring. And as the weather starts to warm up around Cleveland, it’s also time to revitalize your home and capture the freshness of the new season. Here are some tips on how to get your home… Read More

7 Ways to Pick a Great Neighborhood

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When you first start looking for homes in a new city, it can be overwhelming to try to choose a neighborhood. There are tons of factors to consider: property values, what school zone your home is in, commute time to and from work, desired level of community involvement, and more. It is just as important… Read More

This Year’s Biggest Design Trends

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In architecture and home design, a trend is no fleeting, transitory thing. It represents a shift in mindset, a response to changing needs and realities. This year, we’ve been seeing a number of trends take hold and we’ll probably see more iterations of these in the years to come. Reclaimed Materials Once an emerging trend,… Read More

The Moving Checklist: A Relocation Guide

Checklist for Home Relocation

Moving homes can be a real chore that may even take a few months to complete. Some cram during the last minute and attempt to prepare a few days before the big move, while some take their time and start early to make sure everything is covered. If you’re unsure of what to do, take… Read More

Architecture Guide for First-Time Homebuyers

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When you’re searching for a new home, you may start to notice different architectural details: dormer roofs versus gable roofs, round columns is some houses and square columns in others, wood or composite siding, and so on. Having some basic knowledge of architectural styles can often make the home search easier for many buyers. Having… Read More

10 helpful tips for choosing the perfect luxury home

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Buying a high-end property is certainly no easy task. There are many things to consider, and tons of different options to choose from. How do you find a luxury property that meets all your needs and preferences? Below are 10 helpful tips to keep in mind: 1. Narrow down your options Considering specific amenities or… Read More

Seller’s Checklist: Things to Do Before Selling Your Home

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Selling your home is not an easy decision to make, but once you’ve made up your mind then you’ve actually overcome the hardest part of the process. The road ahead can be an emotional rollercoaster, so it’s best to be prepared. For starters, check out our seller’s guide for more advice on the home selling process…. Read More

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