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How to Make Your Home Look Fresh for Summer

Summer is an exciting time. It is a great opportunity to bring people together in your new home. If you are a first time home buyer who has just moved in, redecorating your home each season could feel like a hassle. However, there are a few easy things you can do to give your home a fresh look for summertime.

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Home Buying

5 Things Buyers Often Overlook

It’s easy to overlook red flags when house hunting, especially as a first-time home buyer. We’re not just talking about the little things like chipped paint, broken doorknobs, or missing smoke detectors (although these are hassles), we’re talking about the big ticket issues that are going to cost a pretty penny after you close. Forgetting to consider the age of major appliances or the state of the roof can cause major headaches down the line. That is why it is important to go into the home buying process with a trusted and experienced realtor who will keep these things top of mind. Here are five common things buyers often overlook (but we don’t).

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Home Buying

When Is the Best Time to Buy a House?

You’ve been driving around for months, your eyes drawn to every “For Sale” sign. You obsessively check the online realty listings every morning when you wake up and every night before you go to sleep. You think you might be ready to finally take the plunge, but where to start, and when?

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Decor

How to Decorate Your New Home for the Holidays

For many people, the winter holidays can present a confusing mix of excited joy and anxiety. The joy almost goes without saying, but “the most wonderful time of the year” is often also the busiest – presents to buy, trips to take, guests to entertain, expectations to meet. It can be overwhelming.

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Home Buying

Buying a House Doesn’t Have to be Scary

Buying a home for the first time can stir up a lot of fears and anxieties, some of them rational, and some unrealistic. For instance, you probably don’t need to worry about a hurricane destroying your home if you live in Eastern Iowa, but sometimes there’s no controlling the imagination.

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Home Buying

How to Avoid Buyer’s Remorse

A recent survey by Trulia showed that 44% of homeowners are saddled with regrets, either about their current property, or the process they went through to purchase it. Your home should be an oasis where you can enjoy peace and solitude, or the company of your loved ones, not a cauldron of anxiety.

Let’s look at the main reasons buyers experience remorse when purchasing a home, and some strategies for avoiding those negative feelings.

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Veteran Home Buying

Veteran Home Buying – Advantages of VA Loans

Home ownership is a huge investment, and also a key element in the American Dream. Since the introduction of the GI Bill, signed into law by President Roosevelt in 1944, the US Government has made home ownership a realistic possibility for the men and women of the Armed Forces, the people who have invested so much in protecting the American way of life. A VA loan provides some great advantages for buyers, compared to conventional loans and FHA options.

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Empty Nesters

5 Downsizing Tips for Empty Nesters

Downsizing Tips
Moving can present a series of both emotional and practical obstacles. These issues can be compounded when empty nesters opt to transition out of a home where they raised a family, full of a lifetime worth of memories. As you address this intersection of past, present, and future, empty nesters should take the following into consideration.

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