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.

Choosing Siding For Your Home

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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.

How to Evaluate Schools When Moving

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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?

The Home Buying Process for Veterans

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I think we can all agree that the home buying process is nothing short of confusing. Between applying for a mortgage, working to find the right home, putting in an offer, and then all the paperwork that comes once that offer is accepted, keeping everything straight can be next to impossible. Now on top of all that, factor in applying for a VA home loan. The VA program offers many advantages compared to a standard Conventional mortgage. While the process for obtaining VA financing is unique, it will be a quick and easy experience as long as you work with a Realtor and a lender who understand the program thoroughly.

A Buyer’s Market: When is the Best Time to Buy?

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“We’re in a buyer’s market.” You hear this phrase all the time when talking real estate, but what does it really mean and how does this apply to your house buying experience? Let’s first look at what a buyer’s market really is. Defined it’s a market where supply exceeds demand. Basically, it boils down to there being more homes for sale than people looking to buy.

Buyer or Seller: What Closing Costs Look Like for All

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With all the excitement that comes from purchasing or selling your home, it can be easy to forget about all the additional fees that are added to your final cost. These closing costs are an assortment of fees that are associated with your home purchase and paid at the closing of the transaction or when the title of the property is transferred. They include the title search, home inspection, appraisal, credit report, attorney fees, and more. While both the buyer and seller have to pay closing costs, the amount and type tend to be a little different. Take a look from both perspectives, so you’re not surprised the next time you purchase or sell your home.

Buying vs. Renting: Which is Right for You?

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Deciding if you want to rent your next home or buy can be a daunting task. It may feel like the logical next step, or you may just be sick of dealing with rent payments and moving every year.

Either way there are some important things to consider before you make your decision. There are pros and cons to both renting and buying. The best thing is to know what’s best for you, and what fits into your future.

5 Things Buyers Often Overlook

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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).