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Ideas for Accent Walls

Posted by Caitlin Smart on Nov 20, 2018 10:44:00 AM
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How to Check Your Home for Air Leaks

Posted by Caitlin Smart on Nov 13, 2018 9:44:00 AM
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5 Household Secret Weapons for DIY Projects

Posted by Caitlin Smart on Nov 6, 2018 9:35:00 AM
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5 Negotiating Tactics That Kill a Sale

Posted by Caitlin Smart on Oct 31, 2018 9:21:29 AM

Negotiation is a subtle art in real estate, but skilled negotiators can usually find some common ground that satisfies all parties. On the other hand, using the wrong negotiation tactics can sink a deal pretty quickly. Here are some negotiation tactics buyers (and real estate professionals) should avoid:

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5 Criteria For Pricing a Home

Posted by Caitlin Smart on Oct 30, 2018 9:31:19 AM
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5 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Sell Your House Without An Agent

Posted by Caitlin Smart on Oct 1, 2018 9:22:40 AM

In today’s market, with home prices rising and a lack of inventory, some homeowners may consider trying to sell their home on their own, known in the industry as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). There are several reasons why this might not be a good idea for the vast majority of sellers.

HERE ARE THE TOP FIVE REASONS:

 

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Tips for Touring Model Homes

Posted by Caitlin Smart on Oct 1, 2018 9:18:35 AM
If the homeowners have done their job, a home for sale has been cleaned up, gussied up and put on display to entice potential buyers to make an offer to purchase. Never is this more evident than in model homes in new housing developments. Carefully staged by interior decorators, every element — from the wall color to the appliances and every decorative accent — is chosen for its ability to appeal to a buyer’s emotions. If you plan on spending a weekend touring model homes, it’s a good idea to go into the process with as much information as possible. Let’s take a look at some of what you should think about before taking those tours.
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10 Ways to Make a Small Bathroom Look Bigger

Posted by Caitlin Smart on Oct 1, 2018 9:17:27 AM

A little design magic can make even the tiniest bathroom feel spacious.

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Getting Help With Your Down Payment

Posted by Caitlin Smart on Oct 1, 2018 9:16:21 AM
It’s frustrating to have a decent-paying job, a bright earnings future and acceptable credit and still not be able to buy a home because you lack the thousands of dollars in cash needed for a down payment and closing costs. 

The dreaded down payment stops more potential homeowners cold than any other aspect of the loan process. To read articles about down payment headaches one would think it’s only millennials who have trouble coming up with the funds. In reality, most would-be first-time homebuyers, regardless of age, find saving up 20 percent of hundreds of thousands of dollars challenging. 

Sure, you may qualify for a loan with a lower down payment, but do you really want to add to your monthly house payment by purchasing the mandated private mortgage insurance policy?

Today, we’ll explore ways you can get help with the down payment on your new home.
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Why Renting in Idaho is Costing You Money

Posted by Caitlin Smart on Oct 1, 2018 9:15:32 AM

Owning a home has great financial benefits, yet many continue to rent! Today, let’s look at the financial reasons why owning a home of your own has been a part of the American Dream for as long as America has existed.

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