Buying Out of State, Virtually, Without Overpaying

By: Agnes A. Gaddis on Oct 26

Man searching for a home to buy out of state, virtually.

Can you believe that it is possible to live in California today, make an offer on your dream home in Springfield, Missouri tomorrow, and close within a month? The prevalence of remote work and state-of-the-art real estate technology has made it easier than ever to search for homes without concern for geographical limits.

Millions of Americans now work remotely, far from corporate HQ, and sometimes from the flurry and fuss of city life. In fact, during the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, one in five Americans moved or know someone who moved, especially from big cities. One of the primary reasons for this exodus was affordable housing. People relocated to suburbs and vacation hotspots in search of larger, less expensive homes as more companies became remote-work-friendly.

Buying a home in one state while living in another, whether it be for more affordable living, work reasons, or as a second home, might not be as straightforward as buying in your current state. It can be challenging to purchase in a place you are not familiar with- housing laws, walkability of the community, home maintenance concerns, etc. can be vastly different from one state to another. This article is a step-by-step guide to follow if you are considering buying out of state.

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Selling an Inherited Home

A for sale sign in front of an inherited house.

Selling an inherited house is challenging on many levels. The first is the emotional impact of dealing with the death of a loved one. Then there’s paperwork, legal responsibilities, and financial considerations to take into account. That’s why we compiled this guide to help you with the process of selling an inherited house.

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Use Landscaping to Increase Home Value

grass, rock, and gravel, representing the how landscaping can increase home value

In the recent years, multiple studies have shown that landscaped homes sell at a higher price than similar homes with poor landscaping. Today this is more accurate than ever, with home sales figures rising 13%, depending on the extent of the renovations to the yard.

Homeowners are developing their backyards and front yards, and the house clean-up boom is driving that engine. However, deciding what to do on your property can be a difficult decision.

Let’s learn more about what improvements are beneficial to increase your home value.

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Create an Amazing Home Office

A stylish home office

Working from home has many advantages, including saving money and time. When the pandemic hit and work-from-home suddenly became the new normal, you simply adapted- working from the couch, the bed, the kitchen… basically, anywhere you could type and make phone calls.

However, these makeshift “work areas” in your home prevent you from maximizing your work output. You may even feel tired, sluggish, or experience physical pain. It is time to design and invest in a proper office inside your home.  Here are 6 tips to setup a home office to create the office vibe needed to boost productivity.

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Which Demographics Are Driving Homeownership in 2021?

a key going into a door, symbolizing homeownership

The past year has been — excuse us — unprecedented for many Americans. With the pandemic still influencing Americans’ ability to work, move and navigate life, it’s no surprise that it is also shaping homeownership trends in 2021. However, other factors, including changing family dynamics and generational shifts, are also making a mark on home purchases this year.

Looking for an overview? Here are some of the top demographics driving the market in 2021.

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There’s a Yard Sign… So Why Are We Driving Past It?

homes on a street with yard signs in front of them

As Realty Executives’ Jeff Ross and Renee Gaun were driving clients around their well-loved city of Flagstaff, Arizona, they were asked a common question:

Why don’t buyers’ agents show every property displaying a yard sign?

It’s a legitimate question from many prospective buyers, and an often-unrecognized service provided by the realtor. Read on to learn why a realtor may skip some homes, and how working with an Executive simplifies your home search.

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Essentials of a Man Cave

A man hanging a mancave sign on the door.

Remodeling your home? Have an extra room in the basement you’re not sure what to do with? Maybe it’s time to create the ultimate man cave! Whether you want a place for Friday night poker or to watch your favorite team take on their rivals, a man cave is the perfect place to sit back and relax. Check out these six essentials for creating a dream room.

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Stove Shopping: Gas vs. Electric

A kitchen with a new stove next to blue cabinets.

As any homeowner will tell you, there’s more to a home than meets the eye. One decision on the horizon is choosing between gas and electric. If appliance choices have got you feeling the heat, know that it’s easier than you think. Here are a few pointers on choosing the right stove for your needs.

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