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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.” Simple shaker-style cabinets grace this San Francisco kitchen by designer James Marzo. Mary E. Nichols source

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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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September 2, 2017 Posted by: admin

g-stockstudio/iStock By the time home buyers make it to the closing, it’s smooth sailing, right? Wrong. For home buyers, the adage “loose lips sink ships” is pretty darn spot-on as a best strategy at settlement. In fact, “there are things that home buyers could say that could stop the closing entirely,” warns Jennifer Baxter, associate broker at ReMax Regency in Suwanee, GA. Moreover, if settlement gets delayed on your account, there can be major repercussions. Related Articles The Worst Mortgage Advice Home Buyers Actually Believe How Much Are Closing Costs? What […]

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Today’s Mortgage Do….

August 30, 2017 Posted by: admin

Loans can be tricky! Don’t put your contract and dreams of home ownership in jeopardy by making a misstep. I can put you in touch with one of my trusted lenders that will walk you through every step of the loan process and give you the “ins and outs” of the “do’s and dont’s”.  

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What’s it going to cost me?

August 28, 2017 Posted by: admin

It’s rare for homeowners to dust off their hands and say, “There! Our home is complete!” There’s always something we feel we can do to make our spaces better, more efficient, more comfortable or just more visually appealing. With that in mind, we’ve pulled the most bookmarked stories from our Great Home Projects series to show you high-impact changes you can make to improve your home. Each story contains useful tips and things to consider, including whether you need to hire a pro, get a permit and more. We’ve included […]

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July was HOT and I’m not talking tempreture…

August 26, 2017 Posted by: admin

In Catawba County alone 145 properties gained new owners with an average sales price of $176,606 after being on the market an average of 120 days in the month of July. How do some of the towns shape up? Conover, NC     24 sales with average closed price $193,570 Newton, NC      24 sales with average closed price $163,629 Hickory, NC     96 sales with average closed price $173,864 (information from Catawba Valley MLS)   Housing prices are soaring across the United States.  Check out what is happening in Portland, Oregon. Bidding wars […]

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Today’s Mortgage do…..

August 23, 2017 Posted by: admin

Loans can be tricky! Don’t put your contract and dreams of home ownership in jeopardy by making a misstep. I can put you in touch with one of my trusted lenders that will walk you through every step of the loan process and give you the “ins and outs” of the “do’s and dont’s”.  

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Chair Rail….. You’re probably doing it wrong!

August 20, 2017 Posted by: admin

Chair rail molding is a nice touch that adds a sense of refinement and proportion to rooms, especially if you’re planning to add crown molding, too. But many folks make the mistake of putting the chair rail at the wrong height — a mistake that can make a room feel lopsided and out of proportion. “Moldings are sending you messages,” says Brent Hull, an author and molding expert. “Their purpose is to establish the scale and proportion of a space. And no molding does this job better than chair rail […]

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Long term relationship….. You + real estate

August 18, 2017 Posted by: admin

According to Bankrate’s latest Financial Security Index Poll, Americans who have money to set aside for the next 10 years would rather invest in real estate than any other type of investment. Bankrate asked Americans to answer the following question: “What is the best way to invest money you wouldn’t need for 10 years or more?” Real Estate came in as the top choice with 28% of all respondents (3% higher than last year), while cash investments – such as savings accounts and CD’s – came in second with 23% […]

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