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Which Digital Communication “Page” Are You On?

Everybody has a phone in their hands these days, but we are not all on the same “page” digitally. Even with smartphones and virtually-instantaneous messaging, effective communication is far from effortless or automatic. With so many aps, social media platforms, technologies, and digital tools in use, ensuring communication compatibility on many levels with target prospects and…

Halloween 2019 Home Décor Trends

It’s no secret that Americans love Halloween, and they’re showing their appreciation for the holiday more now than ever. Halloween spending is expected to reach $8.8 billion this year, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics.  A whopping $2.7 billion of that haul is expected to be spent on decorations. Clearly,…

5 Bathroom Ideas for Your New Home

Since bathrooms are spaces that we use every day, their importance is far greater than we give it credit for. This where we start and end our day.  Thus, organizing to make sure that everything is in place in your bathroom is a task we should not take for granted. Here are five ideas that might…

Fall Renovations to Try (and Why)

Autumn is a great time to do home renovations. Summer’s over. There aren’t as many celebratory events to fill up weekends. The cool air invigorates you out of slumbrous summer laziness and makes you want to accomplish something before winter hits. New renovations will make your place feel fresh and exciting all through the winter,…

Can Someone Achieve a Perfect Credit Score?

It’s possible but in all my years in the industry I’ve never seen a perfect score. Credit scores, commonly referred to as FICO scores, the acronym for the Fair Isaac Corporation which developed the algorithm, are three digit numbers ranging from 300 to 850. Most conventional loan programs today will approve an application with a…

Tips for Selling Your Home in Autumn

Just because the wave of summertime homebuyers seeking to be settled in time for the start of school has receded, it doesn’t mean sellers have lost their big opportunity! In fact, with its turning leaves and traditional family get-togethers, autumn not only embraces the concept of “home,” it marks a period of market opportunity for…

New Appraisal Rule: What Does It Mean for You?

A new home appraisal rule just went into effect—the first time in 25 years that “federal regulators have increased the property value limit of the homes that require an appraisal as part of the selling process,” said REALTOR® Magazine. The rule exempts some home sales priced at $400,000 and below from requiring an appraisal. That…

Trend Alert: Socially Conscious Real Estate on the Rise

If you’re feeling the pull to be more socially conscious, you’re not alone. A Cone Communications study on corporate social responsibility (CSR) found that “76% of those surveyed said they would decline to do business with a company if it held views and supported issues that conflicted with their beliefs,” said Forbes. In addition, “78%…

The Basics of Mortgage Fraud

By the time the housing bubble burst in the mid-2000s, the real estate industry had started calling some mortgages “liar’s loans,” and a study from CoreLogic in 2018 reports that mortgage fraud may be making a comeback.  In the interest of protecting the typical consumer, we put together a brief post about the basics of…

Effective Social Media Strategies for Realtors

Like in any modern organization, real estate agents can utilize social media channels to effectively conduct their day-to-day business. Indeed, recent research conducted by the National Association of real estate agents® tells us that this is already happening, with 77% of real estate businesses using social media to market their portfolio or conduct business in…

4 Ways to Save When Selling Your Home

Selling your home can be a thrilling and very lucrative experience. But for the first-time home seller, it can also be nerve-wracking and deflating.  That’s because selling the largest investment of your life can be counterintuitively expensive. Getting your home ready to be scrutinized by strangers takes a lot of cash and elbow grease. As…

5 Questions You Should Ask About Senior Apartments

Moving to a retirement residence could be the answer to senior housing thata you’re looking for. Older seniors who are considering the next stage of their retirement have a lot of reasons to downsize into a retirement residence. Today, housing options like these offer benefits such as: >> Active living & social lifestyles >> More…

How to Solve an Ant Problem

Ants can be small in size and potentially harmless, but it can create a lot of problems in your house. They can invade your house if they find a good source of food and water in your house. You need to get rid of the ants to keep your home and foods safe. The ants…