Blog for Homeowners

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.



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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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7 Qualities of a Good Idaho Neighbor

Posted by Caitlin Smart on Oct 1, 2018 9:14:36 AM

Win and woo your next-door friends with a little neighborly know-how.

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Don't Believe These 5 Myths About Real Estate Agents

Posted by Caitlin Smart on Oct 1, 2018 9:13:34 AM

Do you need one? Do they pocket the whole commission? Let’s set the facts straight.

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Prepare for Selling Season with an Edge Above the Rest

Posted by Caitlin Smart on Oct 1, 2018 9:11:11 AM

If you're looking to sell your home during prime house-shopping season this spring, you'd better get cracking now. After all, it's not as easy as slapping an ad on Craigslist; if you want your humble abode to stand out from the competition here in Idaho, it could take months to do right. So, here's how to whip your place into shape by fixing any problems and upgrading the eyesores. Because like it or not, your home has sustained some wear and tear over the years. Here's how to assess the damage and find out which renovations will pay off down the road and get you top dollar here in the Treasure Valley.

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