Blog Entries in September

“Howdy Neighbor!” and Other Ways to Be a Good Neighbor

“Howdy Neighbor!” and Other Ways to Be a Good Neighbor

Taking care of your pets while you’re on vacation; helping you shovel out from a deep winter snow; or, just being there at the end of a long week with a good listening ear or a glass of wine—There is so much to be said about having good neighbors. Since today is National Good Neighbor Day, we couldn’t help but share a few tips on how you can help spread the love to your neighbors

Five Tips to Get Your Home in List-Ready Condition—Fast!

Five Tips to Get Your Home in List-Ready Condition—Fast!

Relocating for a job, taking care of a family member, changing marital status or simply finding the home you know will be yours forever… these are all reasons that someone may need to list their home for sale in a short amount of time. If you are finding yourself in a situation where you need to list your home in a hurry, we’ve got some help for you. Here are five quick and easy wa

10 Things to Consider Before Investing in a Rental Property

10 Things to Consider Before Investing in a Rental Property

A second income based on a property you own sounds great, but how do you get there, especially if you’re barely more than a first-time homebuyer? Very carefully, of course! Rental properties can have certain payoffs, but they also come with certain costs—and, we’re not just talking about financials here. If you’re interested in buying a rental property, you should consid

10 Tips to Help Renters Save Money to Buy a Home

10 Tips to Help Renters Save Money to Buy a Home

In many real estate markets across the nation, buying a home makes more financial sense than renting one. However, if you’re currently renting an apartment or home, you may have some major concerns about taking the plunge into home ownership. One of those concerns is likely the financial aspects of being a homeowner. Take the down payment for instance. Many lenders require buyers to put d

Can You Make the Grade? 10 Reasons Real Estate Agents Fail

Can You Make the Grade? 10 Reasons Real Estate Agents Fail

Many students are still getting back into the swing of things this fall semester, but we’re ready to hand out some grades—and, failing ones at that! It may sound harsh, but today we’re taking a look at some of the reasons that agents just don’t make the grade in the real estate industry. Here are 10 of the top reasons that real estate agents fail: 1. They don’t

Before You Kickoff the Home-Building Process, Check this List!

Before You Kickoff the Home-Building Process, Check this List!

With all the hype surrounding the start of football season, a home team win may have you feeling a bit antsy about a personal project kickoff. If you’re about to tackle the task of building a new home, you may want to consult a professional’s playbook before facing off against the home-building process. Building a home can be a difficult task, whether it is your first time or your f

Decades of Difference: Buying a Home at 20, 30, 40 and Beyond

Decades of Difference: Buying a Home at 20, 30, 40 and Beyond

With age comes… different priorities—and nothing could be truer when it comes to buying a home. What a first-time homebuyer wants and needs is likely far different from what a veteran homeowner, who has decided to downsize, is looking for. Of course, any potential home buyer needs to take things like their credit score, savings and debt-to-income ratio into consideration when they

Don’t Fail this Fall! 5 Home Improvement Projects to Never DIY

Don’t Fail this Fall! 5 Home Improvement Projects to Never DIY

The start of September signals the end of the summer travel season and the beginning of a new school year. This fall, you can count on spending cool weekends enjoying pumpkin-spice-something, watching a little football and possibly completing a few DIY projects around the house. When it comes to home renovations, there are those that are definitely D-I-Y and some that are simply D-I-Don’t

Fall for These Five Budget-Friendly Autumn Décor Ideas!

Fall for These Five Budget-Friendly Autumn Décor Ideas!

It’s fall y’all! There, we’ve said it and we promise it won’t happen again. In the spirit of the autumn season, it is time to add a little pumpkin spice to your home’s décor. However, just like stores will soon replace their scarecrows for Santas, we know that the fall season may quickly be replaced by holiday cheer in your home, too. So, how can you decorate y

Low-cost ways to improve your curb appeal

Low-cost ways to improve your curb appeal

Everyone knows that curb appeal is critical for making a great first impression.  And Sellers are often most aware of the need to spruce up their curb appeal when trying to attract buyers.  There's a direct link between good-looking properties and quick real estate sales, so owners may want to undertake a few of these little do-it-yourself projects to increase curb appeal without bre