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Spring Home Maintenance
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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.

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Strategy During a Seller’s Market
Home Buying

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.

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Tips for Selling Your Home in Winter
Home Buying

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.

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Simple Staging Tips for the Holidays
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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.

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Home Buying

6 Things to Love About Rural Communities

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.

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Home Inspection Report
Home Buying

Home Inspections 101: What The Buyer Needs to Know

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.

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Choosing Siding For Your Home

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.

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Home Buying

How to Evaluate Schools When Moving

For many families with children, one of the most important aspects of buying a new home is choosing what school district to live in. But what if you’re unfamiliar with the area? How do you know which school or district would be the best fit for you?

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What Color Should I Paint My Front Door?

As the first thing people see when they visit your home, your front door is your first chance to make a good impression. The front entry should serve as a welcome and a greeting for your guests, while displaying a bit of the home’s personality, too. Whether you live in an older home or a newer one, repainting your front door is an easy refresh that can score you major curb appeal points AND catch the eye of potential buyers.

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Home Building

Should I Put In a Swimming Pool?

With many city pools closed this summer, families everywhere are considering whether this might be the time to finally put that pool in the backyard. A swimming pool can be a great investment for some families and some homes, especially if you’re willing to put in the time and effort to maintain it.

But before you jump in with both feet, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons of installing an in-ground swimming pool. How will your home value be affected? What are the hidden costs? How much use will it get?

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