Category Archives: Tips & Advice

Don’t forget your 2017 Homestead Exemption

Homeowners may need to provide their Warranty Deed book and page, proof of residence, social security numbers, driver’s license and car tag information.  In most counties, to be eligible for the current year, you must have owned and occupied the property as of January 1. If the property is located within city limits, the homeowner may be required to file with the city as well. 

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Tips to get the house ready for Halloween

If you’ve already begun prepping for those little Halloween ghosts and goblins, it’s important to remember that making things as safe as possible is just as important as buying the right candy. Aside from the fact that you certainly don’t want to see anyone get hurt, much like making sure your walkways stay ice-free during the winter, it’s wise to protect yourself should a mishap occur.

Therefore, consider the following tips for making sure your trick-or-treat experience runs smoothly.

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Sure you want that in a house, but do you need it?

We’ve all watched enough “House Hunters” to know there are many opinions on what a new home should include. Remember, your agent is there to help you tease out a want vs. a need but it helps to have an idea going to that first meeting.

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Beware the ‘flipped’ house on the market

Some people think real estate is a tried-and-true, little-changing industry. That’s not the case. I’m constantly seeing new trends in design, neighborhood construction and sales tactics.

You need an agent that’s a student as well as an advocate.

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Deal with a Home that’s Not Move-In Ready

lkjAfter months—and possibly even years—of planning, searching, and organizing, you’ve finally done it—you’ve signed the paperwork and left with the keys to your new home; however, unless your purchase is totally move-in ready, you’re just getting started.

If you’ve decided to close on a house that could use a little bit of TLC, it’s important to understand the amount of money and effort it will take to make your home something you are truly happy with.  At the very least, a little paint will help spruce things up; however, in all reality, if there’s updating to be done, it may take more than a new color scheme.

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