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.

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.