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Entertain at home

January 11, 2018 Posted by: admin

Is your goal in 2018 to spend more time with family and friends?  Are you looking at putting a “she-shed” in the back yard … or maybe a “man – cave” is right up your “alley”…   Whichever suits your needs, be sure to choose what best reflects your personality and matches the space you have to dedicate to it.  These rooms are a direct way for you to express your individuality while still being functional for daily living.

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January 9, 2018 Posted by: admin

  A home warranty is a great idea when purchasing a home because often, big ticket items, such as hvac, water heater, and electrical malfunctions can be covered and repaired/ replaced at a fraction of the cost.  You can purchase one at closing or in some cases after the sale (how long after the sale depends on the company).  The image shows a typical replacement cost on some of those pricey home repairs.

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January 5, 2018 Posted by: admin

Don’t judge a house by the photos!  I’ve visited some really great homes that didn’t project an ideal image in some of the photos online.   You may not realize that rooms are bigger than they appear, the layout isn’t fully understandable, or the possibility for expansion isn’t obvious in the provided pictures.   Don’t overlook a “diamond in the rough” before you have had a visit!

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Unusual Uses for Everyday Items

January 3, 2018 Posted by: admin

Unusual Uses for Everyday Items  Your house is full of useful objects if you know where to look! Find new and unusual uses for the following everyday items. Ice cubes are great household cleaning tools. Throw a few in your drain before running the garbage disposal to dislodge any stuck food bits. Combine ice cubes with salt to scrub the bottom of coffee pots/carafes—the salt will stick to the ice and act like sandpaper to remove coffee stains. To skim fat off the top of soups, place a few ice cubes […]

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Should you, or Shouldn’t you…..

December 6, 2017 Posted by: admin

When in doubt, ask your lender if certain spending decisions can cost you the home of your dreams.

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No Money Down Loan Options….

December 5, 2017 Posted by: admin

I met with Ruth Shrader of People’s Home Mortgage and Equity to give us a brief run down of what your options are if you are looking for a No Money Down or Low Money down programs to help you purchase a home. Contact Ruth at 828-291-0562 to get pre qualified today, then give me a call at 828-320-2323 and we will work to find you your perfect home.  

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Deck the Halls?

December 1, 2017 Posted by: admin

You don’t have to go all Clark Griswold to show your holiday spirit. Decorations can be subtle, tasteful and inviting when a house is up for sale during the holiday months. Sure, there are two sides to this: Some staging and real estate professionals assert that you shouldn’t decorate at all during the holidays, careful not to offend those who don’t celebrate the holiday. Others argue you should definitely decorate and that a festive house can welcome buyers. How much or how little you decorate may be open to debate with […]

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What home finishes are trending now….

October 12, 2017 Posted by: admin

Raised panel or painted cabinets?  Wood finishes or painted? Architecural digest lends some insight on what is popular and what is fading…. “Raised panel cabinet doors still dominate new home kitchens—at least in single-family homes—but this share is declining,” says Hudson. “Doors with a flat panel in a frame are on the rise in single-family kitchens. In multifamily kitchens, flat panel doors without frames are the most popular—they tend to provide a more modern, urban look.”

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No down payment? You might be in luck!

October 9, 2017 Posted by: admin

The USDA loan program is a 100% financing option that you MAY qualify for.  A few of the loan requirements are…   Qualification Requirements Must meet regional income requirements as specified by the USDA here. Available in areas designated and approved for rural housing by the USDA. Find out if your property qualifies here. Minimum credit score of 640. Buyer must personally occupy the dwelling as primary residence To see if you qualify click here to get started!

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Vacation where you live….

September 5, 2017 Posted by: admin

realtor.com Imagine your favorite theme park. The sights, the sounds, the distinctive little details that leave visitors in awe no matter how many times they’ve walked through the gates. Now imagine living there. That’s the reality for future owners of this Arizona mansion in Paradise Valley. The locale is appropriate, because this house is simply paradise. Spread over 4.5 acres in the Phoenix suburbs, the property features its own theme-park-sized lazy river. It’s on the market for $18 million. “It’s one of a kind. It’s jaw-dropping,” said listing agent Christopher Karas. Related Articles The Force Is Strong in These 4 ‘Star Wars’-Themed […]

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