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Considerations for Predicting the Market

 Is it actually possible to time the real estate market? Let’s discuss.   People often buy or sell homes due to major life changes, such as an expanding household or a change in finances, but they don’t think seriously about timing the market. Today I’d like to discuss what timing the market looks like…

I’m Buying and Selling at the Same Time Too

   I’m going through the simultaneous selling and buying process right now.   Have you been thinking about selling your home and buying another? Today I’ll talk about what that process looks like because I’m going through it myself right now.   My husband and I decided that now was the time to buy…

2 Exclusions That Help With Capital Gains

 Here are a few exclusions that can help with the capital gains tax.   If you’re thinking about selling your home, you may be worried about the capital gains tax on the sale. The market has appreciated a lot, so there’s good reason to be concerned. Home prices have appreciated by about 20% just…

What is the Color of the Year for 2022

You may not be aware of it, but many paint and pigment companies choose colors that they think will be hot in the coming year. Shades of green seem to be an overwhelming favorite for 2022, with almost every company choosing some green hue as either their top pick, or part of their overall range…

A Giveaway for the Holidays

 Enter into the giveaway to win some prizes this holiday season.   I hope you had a great Thanksgiving. I’m starting the holiday season now with a giveaway on December 17th, live on my Facebook page. All you have to do to enter into the drawing is like and tag someone in the Holiday…

Our Market Is Better Than the 2007 Market

Here’s why today’s market is nothing like the 2007 market.   People keep asking me, “Is the market going to crash?” Every market goes up and down, and our real estate market has been going up for a while now. It can’t sustain this forever, right? Wages haven’t been increasing along with home prices, and…

Health Benefits of Houseplants

Health Benefits of Houseplants Having greenery in your home isn’t just aesthetically pleasing. There are a lot of great health benefits as well. Even if you don’t have a natural green thumb, a plant here or there can still deliver the following benefits. Reduce Stress Who among us couldn’t do with a little less stress…

Earnest Money vs Down Payments

Earnest Money vs Down Payments There are two terms you might hear if you’re in the market to buy a house – earnest money and down payment. The two are not interchangeable, but sometimes there’s confusion between what they are, what they aren’t, and how they compare. Understanding both earnest money and a down payment…

How Important is a Home Inspection?

The Importance of Home Inspections Being aware of any issues before purchasing a home is important, as it can help you budget what needs to be fixed or make the decision to rescind an offer. With a competitive housing market, buyers are forgoing home inspections now more than ever. While this can provide an edge…

Rolling a Credit Card Balance into a Cash-out Refi

Rolling a Credit Card Balance into a Cash-out Refi There’s certainly no shortage of articles about when and how to refinance. Whether or not to refinance a mortgage is a good thing or not is less about the actual interest rate and more about the monthly savings compared to the closing costs associated with getting…

What Happens When a Contractor Bails

                      If you hire someone to do work on your home and they don’t complete that work as agreed upon, it can be incredibly stressful, especially if you already paid them. Whether it’s a small or large project, it’s not as uncommon as you might…

The Difference Between a Vacation and Investment Home

                    If you’ve ever considered buying a second home, it’s important to understand the mortgage rules are a bit different from that of your primary residence. There are also key differences between buying a second home and an investment property, and you should be aware of…

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