Spring Home Maintenance

Spring Home Maintenance

As winter comes to an end, your home will need a checkup—both inside and out–whether you are planning to sell your home or not. Routine home maintenance is an essential step in avoiding costly repairs further down the road, and spring is the perfect time to spruce up your property and keep it looking and performing at its best.

Strategy During a Seller’s Market

Strategy During a Seller’s Market

Spring and summer are certainly busier than fall and winter in the real estate world, but the fluctuations within the market actually have a lot more to do with supply and demand than they do with the time of year. This is why we have the terms “buyer’s market” and “seller’s market”. Right now, we are in a seller’s market, but what does that mean for you? Let’s look at the basics, and we’ll share some tips for both buyers and sellers.

Tips for Selling Your Home in Winter

Tips for Selling Your Home in Winter

There’s no denying it–the real estate market peaks in the spring and summer months. However, no matter the weather outside, home buying and selling remains an all-season activity. If you find yourself needing to put your home on the market during the winter months, here are some tips for staging during the cold, snowy winter.

Simple Staging Tips for the Holidays

Simple Staging Tips for the Holidays

Many homeowners these days are wanting to find homes outside the hustle and bustle of city life, while still leading a productive and connected modern lifestyle. Increasingly, people are finding exactly what they’re looking for in rural communities. We take great delight in serving the smaller towns and rural areas in eastern Iowa, so today we’re sharing some of our favorite benefits of living in a rural community.

6 Things to Love About Rural Communities

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Many homeowners these days are wanting to find homes outside the hustle and bustle of city life, while still leading a productive and connected modern lifestyle. Increasingly, people are finding exactly what they’re looking for in rural communities. We take great delight in serving the smaller towns and rural areas in eastern Iowa, so today we’re sharing some of our favorite benefits of living in a rural community.

Home Inspections 101: What The Buyer Needs to Know

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Siding is likely the single most noticeable part of your home. Not only does siding offer your home’s first impression visually, but it’s also the physical protection your home needs to keep out the elements. In short: it’s important. So how do you choose which material is best? What colors and styles are trending right now? Let’s chat.

Rural Development Loans Can Help You Buy

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Jane Austen wrote that “There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.” Thanks to the US Department of Agriculture, that comfort is available to many people who might not otherwise qualify for a traditional mortgage. The USDA Rural Development Guaranteed Housing Loan program served over 100,000 families in 2017 with the goal of enhancing the quality of life for citizens living outside of urban centers.

How to Calculate a House Payment

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Many homeowners turn to online tools to determine whether or not they can afford payments for a particular property, but online mortgage calculators are too often unreliable.

5 Items to Add to Your Home Selling Checklist

5 Items to Add to Your Home Selling Checklist

Many reasons could lead to putting your house up for sale: a job forced you to relocate; the arrival of a new child; or one leaves for college. Whatever the reason, it’s nearly impossible to remove emotion when it comes to selling your home. That’s why it’s important to have a detailed blueprint to help guide your process. Here are 5 items you can’t afford to overlook when selling a house.

How Does the Home Buying Process Work?

Home Buying Process

Are you sick of paying rent every month and having nothing to show for it? Buying a house can be intimidating, but being well educated on the various stages will help you ease through the home buying process. So, here is your step by step guide to home buying! Take a Look at Your Finances First […]