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3 Serious Dangers of Buying Without a Real Estate Agent

How many times do you plan to buy a home during your entire lifetime?

For most of us, the number is somewhere between 3 and 5. It certainly doesn’t happen often enough to make us experts on the process.

Real estate agents, on the other hand, may handle 3-5 purchases per month. This experience makes them an invaluable resource to homebuyers.

Before you think about handling your purchase on your own, consider these 3 serious dangers of buying without a real estate agent. Continue reading

What Exactly Do I Need to Qualify for a Home Loan?

Year after year, home buyers continue to make the same mistake…

They wait until they find their dream home to start the process of qualifying for a home loan.

Getting pre-approved for a home loan should actually be the very first step in your house hunt! Pre-approval: Continue reading

REALTOR® Safety Month: Safety Tips and Tricks for Real Estate Professionals

Working in real estate may seem like a safe and secure career to most, however, those who have careers in the real estate industry know there are many dangers to the job. Real estate agents are susceptible to robberies, attacks or even kidnappings. Most of an agent’s work does not give them the security of an office, making them easy targets. Continue reading

Red Flags to Look for While Home Shopping

It can be so easy to get caught up in things like curb appeal and low prices while searching for a new home. While these things are definitely enviable qualities for any new home, they also tend to distract potential home owners from other, more unworthy elements a house on the market might be hiding. Buyers should always be mindful of these red flags: Continue reading

DIY: Building Your Backyard Fire Pit

Autumn is in full swing and there are so many incredible changes happening. The kids are back to school, football is on TV, the leaves are changing color and you get to enjoy the crisp, cool air of the season. With everyone’s schedule jam-packed, the weekends become more meaningful when the entire family can get together. With the great weather outside, you don’t want to get caught sitting on the couch. Why not spend a night with the family sitting by the fire? Don’t have a fire pit? Good thing they’re cheap and easy to build! Here’s how you can build one by yourself: Continue reading

Improving The Energy Efficiency of Your Home

Unfortunately, many homes, especially the older ones, were not built with energy efficiency in mind. Today, however, more and more people are becoming aware of just how much damage we are causing to the environment by being careless with electricity and heating, and just how much could be saved by living in an energy efficient house.  This interesting infographic  shows just how much we energy we can save by optimizing our household for energy efficiency.

A truly energy efficient home will not only reduce unnecessary energy consumption, but will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide significant savings.  The good news is, if you are living in a home that is not up to date with the latest energy saving features, there are a few things you can do yourself without having to spend a great deal of money:

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Social Media: An Impactful Tool For Real Estate Professionals

Social media has become an indispensable tool for real estate professionals. It enables brokers and agents to connect with their clients on a regular basis in a scalable way. And social media is a place where they can find a majority of their customers; 77% of Americans have at least one social media profile and worldwide, social media users has reached 2.34 billion. Furthermore, 44% of all buyers searched online for properties before exploring other options. Social media can be used as a helpful tool for a real estate professional to learn from and follow trends. Here are a few tips and facts as to how different social media outlets can be used in real estate: Continue reading

Protecting your Home against Fall Pests

With fall around the corner, you are happily saying goodbye to the bugs of summer, but don’t be fooled: there are still plenty of creepers sticking around for fall.

One of your top priorities at the beginning of the new season should be insect and rodent control. As the temperatures change, pests will be looking to migrate to warmer temperatures. The last thing you want is for these tiny creatures to find their way into the confines of your home. Fortunately, there are many ways to prevent these unwanted guests without emptying your bank account. Here are a few tips for keeping falls pests out of your home. Continue reading