Does That Come With The House?

Does That Come With The House?

When touring a beautifully staged home, it’s easy to admire both the layout and the furnishings. While certain furniture like sectional sofas may seem perfect for the space, they typically don’t stay with the home once sold. However, the inclusion of other items in the 

What the New Credit Score Models Mean for Homebuyers

What the New Credit Score Models Mean for Homebuyers

Starting in 2025, new credit scoring models will be used by lenders to determine the creditworthiness of potential homebuyers. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will mandate the adoption of the new FICO Score 10T and VantageScore 4.0 by the end of the year. For those 

Contractor Requirements – What to Expect from a Potential Contractor

Contractor Requirements – What to Expect from a Potential Contractor

Most homeowners do not have the expertise or interest in tackling a large home project, so they find a contractor to handle it for them. Hiring a contractor is very different from finding a handyman or gardener. A contractor must adhere to strict guidelines set 

Benefits of Downsizing After Retirement

Benefits of Downsizing After Retirement

Retirement is an exciting new phase of life, and one most people look forward to their entire working life. For those ready to make this change, downsizing their home is an important decision. While the thought of leaving the family home can be emotional, there 

Basics and Importance of Title Insurance

Basics and Importance of Title Insurance

Title insurance is a critical component of the home selling process, yet many homeowners do not fully understand what it is or its value. Simply stated, title insurance protects both buyer and seller from any potential issues with the property’s title. When selling a home, 

What to Expect From a Listing Agent

What to Expect From a Listing Agent

You already know that the best way to sell your home, and for the most profit, is to hire a listing agent. The fact is that people who sell using a real estate agent make more profit and have a smoother transaction than those who 

Understanding the Difference Between Interest Rate and APR

Understanding the Difference Between Interest Rate and APR

One of the least understood aspects of obtaining a home loan is the difference between the interest rate and the APR (Annual Percentage Rate). At first glance, they sound like the same thing, but while they both impact the cost of the loan, they are 

Do You Really Need to Hold an Open House?

Do You Really Need to Hold an Open House?

Once a staple of real estate marketing, open houses are no longer as effective in selling a home as they once were. According to recent data from the National Association of Realtors®, only 7% of homebuyers found their home through an open house. Of those, 

Weekend Projects That Will Change the Feel of Any Dining Room

Weekend Projects That Will Change the Feel of Any Dining Room

Winter is here, and with it comes cozy evenings and comfort food. Your weekend plans are more likely to include movies on the couch than a picnic in the park. This is the time of year when everyone takes a closer look at their home 

Home Search Frustration? How to Refocus and Keep Going

Home Search Frustration? How to Refocus and Keep Going

The best part of buying a new home is going out and touring homes. This is especially true for first-time home buyers. As time goes on, however, it can be frustrating when each home falls short of expectations. While it’s important to be realistic about