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The Real Story Behind Square Footage

The Real Story Behind Square Footage

Have you started shopping for your next home? If like many, you use the Internet as your primary source for additional information on the homes you are interested in, you need to understand the truth about how square footage is represented in MLS. While you aren’t searching direct in MLS, the data input in MLS systems is most likely the syndicating source for the website you are using to search for homes.

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Your Guide to Understanding Real Estate Agencies

Your Guide to Understanding Real Estate Agencies

When you are ready to buy a new home or sell a property you currently own, you need to understand real estate agency. Agency relationships (the relationship between real estate agent and client) are created any time you choose to work with a licensed real estate agent. Agents have certain obligations to their clients that they are expected to honor when they are helping you buy or sell real estate. This is an overview of the different types of agencies.

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Enhance Your Home with Outdoor Living Areas

Enhance Your Home with Outdoor Living Areas

Summer is almost here, and warmer days are upon us. If you have big plans for outdoor gatherings this summer, now is the time to get busy making plans to reinvent your outside space so you can spend the upcoming warm days and nights with friends and family enjoying your backyard. Like any changes you want to make to your home, it’s hard to know where to begin. Let’s work through this together and get your backyard ready for your next soiree.

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What’s the Ideal Size for the Down Payment on Your Home?

What’s the Ideal Size for the Down Payment on Your Home?

If you are planning to buy a house, there is so much you will need to figure out before you start looking at homes and ultimately make an offer, sign a contract and close on your new home. Just one thing to consider is the amount of down payment you will make on the home you buy. Many people will tell you that you need a minimum of 20% of the purchase price of the home to put down before you even consider buying a home. While a 20% down payment is common, there are low down payment mortgages available meaning you may be able to put as little as 3 or 5% down and still qualify for a mortgage.

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Avoid These Home Improvement Mistakes

Avoid These Home Improvement Mistakes

With people spending more time at home and the rising competitiveness of the real estate market, home renovations have been rising. Whether you’re a homeowner looking to sell or just tired of the same design of your home, remodeling is the way to increase value and get the look you want. However, many people make the same mistakes when they start a remodeling project. Here are three of the biggest.

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A Guide to Selecting the Perfect Neighborhood

A Guide to Selecting the Perfect Neighborhood

If you’re moving to a new location, one aspect of finding a new home is choosing the right neighborhood. You may be concerned about a short commute or good schools, but you’ll also want to find an area that fits your personality and family. Here are three tips to help you in your selection.

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