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.

A Seller’s Market: When is the Best Time to Sell?

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When looking to buy or sell your home, it’s important to remember that real estate markets are fluid. They’re always moving and changing. While it might have been a buyer’s market two months ago, supply and demand could have easily transformed it into one that is ideal for those looking to sell. But what exactly is a seller’s market, and what does that mean for you when looking to sell your home?

What Makes Your House A Home: Small Projects That Sell

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Whether you’re planning on putting your home on the market within the next week or looking to sell further down the road, there are simple home improvement projects you can complete in order to help it sell faster. Here’s a list of five DIY projects that can improve the look of your home while adding value at the same time.

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.

The Pros and Cons of an Open Floor Plan

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First time home buyers don’t have to watch many episodes of Property Brothers or any other HGTV hit to understand that these days an open floor plan is all the rage. Statistics back up this claim, with a 2015 survey from the National Association of Home Builders indicating that 70 percent of recent and prospective home buyers prefer a kitchen-family room arrangement that is at least partially open.

There’s nothing wrong with following a trend if you understand the benefits and drawbacks of jumping on the bandwagon. Let’s take a closer look at the biggest pros and cons of an open floor plan.