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April 2016

Found 6 blog entries for April 2016.

It’s not just about lowering your monthly utility bill – there are many reasons, and many ways, to make your home more energy efficient. Sure, a lowered utility bill every month is a nice perk, but there’s more to energy-efficiency than that! We’ve collected 3 great reasons to make your home more energy efficient; check them out below!

Improve your resale value

Many home buyers are looking for homes that are energy efficient, so one of the best ways to set your home apart from others for sale in your area is to make energy efficient improvements. That can be done through increasing insulation in your attic or crawlspace or by replacing aging appliances with energy efficient ones. Many energy efficient home improvements also look great (new

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How Long do Home Appliances and Features Last

When Should Things be Replaced?

As time goes on, things around your home, such as appliances and furniture, wear down and lose their strong functionality. Each of these things around the house have different life expectancies. As a homeowner, you may wonder when the time will come to update or replace them, especially if you plan to list your home for sale in the near future. We have provided a room-by-room guide of how long each thing will last after first purchased. 

Bathroom

In the bathroom, shower components are going to last the longest, as the bath tub lasts anywhere between 25 and 50 years and the shower head will last a lifetime. The toilet will last a very long time as well at 50 years. Depending on how long you own your home, you

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Advantages of Selling With a Real Estate Agent

Selling Solo or With an Agent

Many people looking to sell their home try to sell it on their own as a For Sale by Owner listing. It often is stressful enough trying to get your home ready to go on the market, let alone trying to sell it by yourself. When you hire a realtor, you are hiring somebody who is licensed to sell homes and handle marketing efforts to effectively get your home in front of those looking to buy a home. Once your home sells, you will be paying your realtor commission for the work they've done, but it will be well worth it considering how quickly and efficiently they will get the job done for you. Here are some important facts to keep in mind when contemplating hiring a realtor.

The Stats

  1. Generally, homes sell for
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Buying a home is likely to be one of the most exciting (and stressful) times of your life. In order to help minimize your stress, arm yourself with knowledge about the home buying process. The wealth of information available can be overwhelming, so we’ve pulled together our top 5 tips and must-do items for prospective first-time homebuyers!

  1. Determine your budget. There are many online calculators available that can help you to get an idea of what your monthly mortgage payments should be, based on how much money you are looking to borrow. Don’t forget to include property taxes though – property taxes in many areas can significantly change what your actual monthly total mortgage amount will be. Also look at what your income, debts and assets are. Your
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First Time Home Buyer Statistics

Selling to a First Time Home Buyer

As a seller, have you ever wondered who the potential buyers are in today's market? Have you ever thought about how many of those ready to buy a home are first-time buyers? We have provided some statistics to help you learn more.

Buyer Statistics

Each year, first-time homebuyers make up about 40% of the market. At 60%, the majority of this group says the biggest factor in deciding to buy is the desire to own a home. Most people in the last 30 years that have bought a home for the first time have been between the ages of 30-32, with age 31 being the average in 2013. 

Real Estate Knowledge

New buyers have different levels of experience when it comes to being informed of the market. A vast majority of

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Improving Your Front Door

Home Improvement: Making a Great Entryway

We all know that first impressions are always key. This applies in the real estate world, and if your home is lacking in curb appeal, it might not appeal as much as a whole to the potential buyer searching for a new home. In fact, the inside of your home, now matter how amazing it may look, might not even be given a chance if the front entrance isn't in great shape. This week, we have some simple and inexpensive tips to upgrade the front entrance of your home!

Painting

An always easy and affordable way to update any part of your home is to re-paint. Consider re-painting your door, the trim around it, or even the exterior of the house itself. Choose a color scheme that will serve as a complement to the

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