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Fresh to the Neighborhood: Dealing with Your Neighbors
Posted on 01/19/2020
Fresh to the Neighborhood: Dealing with Your Neighbors
Photo by Ricarda Mölck via Pixabay Moving to a new neighborhood brings with it, well, the new neighbors. Although you may be an exceptionally private person — others, by nature, are naturally curious. They want to know who’s moved in next door. This is particularly true when your house is just a few feet or a few inches...
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Mortgages for the Self-Employed
Posted on 01/12/2020
Mortgages for the Self-Employed
Photo by Free-Photos via Pixabay When you’re self-employed, it’s difficult to decide whether you are ready to buy a house. After all, your income might come in spurts instead of having a regular check every week or two. Being prepared for the mortgage process increases the chance that your application will be approved. Self-employed people have more hurdles...
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Reduce the Time It Takes to Sell Your Home
Posted on 01/05/2020
Reduce the Time It Takes to Sell Your Home
Enjoying a quick, easy home selling journey is ideal. Yet many problems may arise that could make it tough for a property seller to streamline the home selling journey. Lucky for you, we're here to teach you what it takes to reduce the time it takes to sell your house. Now, let's take a look at three tips to...
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What to Expect If You Submit a Lowball Offer on a Residence
Posted on 12/29/2019
What to Expect If You Submit a Lowball Offer on a Residence
A "lowball" homebuying proposal is unlikely to do you any favors, particularly if you want to acquire your dream residence as quickly as possible. In fact, after you submit a lowball offer, it may be only a matter of time before you receive a "No" from a home seller. When it comes to buying a house, it helps to...
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Is An Escrow Account Necessary?
Posted on 12/22/2019
Is An Escrow Account Necessary?
You may have heard the term “escrow” in your experience with real estate. You might know it’s an account, but what exactly does it do for you as a buyer? An escrow account is what your lender uses to make payments on things like property taxes, insurance, and more. The lender collects your monthly mortgage payment, and part of...
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Top 10 Home Improvements Under $100 to Boost Your House Value
Posted on 12/15/2019
Top 10 Home Improvements Under $100 to Boost Your House Value
Boosting the value of your home doesn’t have to require huge renovation projects, thousands of dollars, and months of planning. Making small, tactful home improvements can do the trick just as well. The key to making desirable home improvements is to follow well-established building and design principles. Don’t worry about the latest trends or trying to reinvent the wheel....
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How Big Businesses Affect the Real Estate in Rural Towns
Posted on 12/08/2019
How Big Businesses Affect the Real Estate in Rural Towns
Photo by Vit Ducken via Pixabay There has been a lot of concern about the state of rural America and how it's being affected by large businesses. Big box stores like are said to destroy local businesses, causing an economic drought in small towns. But despite the statistics, there's a bigger picture to consider. We'll look at how...
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3 Reasons to Narrow a Home Search
Posted on 12/01/2019
3 Reasons to Narrow a Home Search
If you plan to purchase a house soon, you may want to narrow your home search. In fact, there are many reasons why you should hone your house search, and these include: 1. You can seamlessly navigate the homebuying journey. The homebuying journey may seem tough to navigate, regardless of whether you're a first-time or experienced property buyer. Thankfully,...
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Tax Breaks and Deductions Every New Homeowner Needs to Know About
Posted on 11/24/2019
Tax Breaks and Deductions Every New Homeowner Needs to Know About
Buying your first home is probably one of the biggest purchases you’ll make in your life. But, it does come with its advantages. Among them are tax breaks and deductions that you can take advantage of to save money if you play your cards right. In today’s post, I’m going to cover some of the tax breaks and deductions...
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How to Get a Leg Up on the Home Selling Competition
Posted on 11/17/2019
How to Get a Leg Up on the Home Selling Competition
Selling a house may prove to be difficult, particularly for those who are competing against dozens of rival sellers in the same city or town. Fortunately, there are lots of things that you can do to gain a competitive advantage over rivals in a fierce housing market. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you get...
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110 West Brooks St, Howell, MI 48843 now has a new price of $168,000!
Posted on 11/15/2019
110 West Brooks St, Howell, MI 48843 now has a new price of $168,000!
This older home in the heart of downtown Howell offers large open rooms, a large partially fenced lot, a covered side porch 8x16 and a detached shed 12x16. There is also a paved driveway for off street parking. The location is only a few blocks from all of the parades and festivals happening in Howell. Access to Thompson Lake through the City Park and Boat Launch is available. The house is neat and clean and ready to move in. Priced to sell. Land contract terms may be negotiated. Seller is a licensed...
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Key Issues to Address Before You Sell a Home
Posted on 11/10/2019
Key Issues to Address Before You Sell a Home
If you're planning to sell your house soon, you should prepare for the property selling journey. This can mean identifying potential home selling obstacles so that you can address these issues right away. Now, let's take a look at three issues that house sellers commonly face, along with tips to address these problems. 1. Exorbitant Initial Asking Price You...
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