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The Essential First Steps for First-Time Homebuyers

brian-babb-256298 Buying a home for the first time can be a stressful, albeit exciting, rite of passage. Knowing what your first few steps should be can tremendously lower the amount of stress you’re probably already feeling. Without any further ado, here’s how we tell people they should start: Get Your Finances in Order When you’re about six months out, you need to start organizing your finances. First, this means checking your credit score and making sure your score is maximized. Creditworthiness is a huge...Continue Reading >

What to Look for When Buying a House as an Investment Rental: It’s a time and money investment

for-rent-real-estate-sign-in-front-of-house Buying a home as an investment, and becoming a landlord, can seem like an easy way to rake in some extra money, but it’s still an investment of your time and money. It’s important to be prepared and know what to expect. Know Your Limitations First and foremost: if you’re going to get a mortgage, make sure you can handle the monthly payments if the property is vacant. I've known too many people start to build a portfolio only to have sell...Continue Reading >

5 Questions to Ask If You’re Buying a Flipped House: Some extra due diligence will save you some headaches

happy-couple-after-buying-house Buying a house for a great price, fixing it up, and then reselling it sounds pretty exciting, which is why there are so many shows on HGTV about doing just that. In Miami, there is certainly a cottage industry of people that dedicate their time and money to flipping homes. If you’re thinking of buying a flipped house, you may need to do a little extra homework before making an offer. Before you buy a flipped house, be sure to ask these...Continue Reading >

What’s the Difference Between Market Value and Assessed Value?

home-values-represents-selling-price-and-building When you’re trying to put a price tag on your home, determining its value is a given. But, what is value exactly? Two types of “value” will come up in the conversation around selling your home: assessed value and market value. They may seem similar but the numbers can be different, and they’re used in distinct ways. Understanding the two will give you an advantage as you sell your home. What Is Market Value? Market value refers to the likely price that...Continue Reading >

Moving Revelations: How to Purge Some of Your Stuff

portrait-of-a-smiling-couple-packing-boxes If you’re like most people, you’ve probably accumulated a mass amount of stuff over the years. So, when it’s time to move, just thinking about transporting it all might bring on a panic attack. Moving is the best time to do a major clean-out of closets, drawers, and your entire space. The more you can purge, the better you’ll feel. Downsizing makes the move a lot easier, but it’s also freeing. Think About Your New Space Are you moving to a bigger or...Continue Reading >

What to do After the Storm

hurricane irma Getting Back to Normal After a Hurricane Everyone talks about preparing for hurricanes: making sure you have enough water, batteries and lots of lanterns for when the power goes out, and all of your important documents safe and ziplocked. But not enough attention is given to what happens once the storm passes. With any luck, Irma just left you with some debris and a few hot nights without power. But even if that’s the case, it’s still important to check your property...Continue Reading >

A Checklist for Home Sellers: What to do before you list your home

Drew Kern Real Estate When you’re listing your home, there is so much to do that it can be easy to forget something. You’ll probably remember the big things like making some quick repairs and staging your home. But smaller things may get overlooked. This checklist will help you remember everything you need to tackle as you get ready to sell your home. Review Your Online Listing Google your address and see what comes up, and be sure to look over your online listing. Make sure...Continue Reading >

Bathroom Staging Tips That Will Sell Your Home

masterbathroom_700 A beautiful, spa-like bathroom is alluring to buyers. You want them to envision themselves enjoying its luxuriousness every day of their lives. The reality is that most of us don’t have perfect bathrooms. So, if you’re selling your home, you need to do a little work to get buyers to fall in love with yours. Before you get too concerned: we’re not talking about a major remodel. Instead, you can really maximize and capitalize on the space you have. These staging tips...Continue Reading >

9 Things to Know About Home Inspections

inspection blog pic So, you’ve found your dream home, and your offer was accepted. Congrats! Now, it’s time for the home inspection. A home inspection might seem worrisome. But, it’s a necessary step in the home-buying process, ensuring that you know exactly what’s going on within the bones of the house. Not all homebuyers fully understand how inspections work. Here are nine things you should know about them: Inspections Are (Technically) Optional.  It may come as a surprise, but home inspections are not a required part...Continue Reading >

How to Buy Your First Home Like a Pro

exchange of keys Buying a home is a huge commitment. If you’re a commitment-phobe or just new to the process, it can seem incredibly overwhelming—maybe even terrifying. The most important first step is finding the right realtor to help guide you through the process. You can rely on your realtor’s expertise, but you also need to educate yourself on the home-buying process so that you understand what’s happening at every stage. These tips will help you get through the process of buying your first...Continue Reading >