Things a Home Inspector CANNOT Do

Posted by Stephanie S. Schade on January 01, 2021 in  First Time Homebuyers  Real Estate Advice
Recently chatting with a home inspector he expressed that Buyers are often surprised to discover the many things that home inspectors cannot do. Especially first time home buyers were often caught off guard that actions they took for granted would be part of the inspection were actually not covered. (Not my clients of course who are always perfectly prepared.) Just to be clear about definitions: A home inspection is defined as a non-invasive, visual examination of a residential property that is desig... read more
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5 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home – Hello 2021!

Posted by Karen A. Johnson on January 01, 2021 in  DIY  Real Estate Advice
Thank goodness we can all look at 2020 in the rearview mirror. In 2021 you might be ready for some changes to the home that has been work, school, movie theater, gym and salon. Hopefully this autumn we are going to be busy with activities out of the house – while we are waiting let’s make some resolutions to accomplish things inside the house! Declutter: You have read the articles, you have seen the advice on HGTV, your realtor has probably even told you – this is the year you actually do it! To ... read more

Big Kid-Small House

Posted by Stephanie S. Schade on July 08, 2020 in  Real Estate Advice
Your home used to be big enough. When your kid was small, even though his toys were everywhere, they were small toys. His room was big enough for reading and sleeping even six months ago. But somehow in the last few months your home has shrunk. There just isn’t enough room for everything that has to happen in it and moving is NOT an option. Your teenager is working on schoolwork, yes, but he is also working on developing a sense of identity, exploring who he is as an individual and maintaining friendships ou... read more

Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment

Posted by Jay L. Ginsberg on March 27, 2020 in  Buying a home  Real Estate Advice
The February 2020 National Housing Survey was conducted between February 1, 2020 and February 22, 2020. Most of the data collection occurred during the first two weeks of this period. The most detailed consumer attitudinal survey of its kind, Fannie Mae’s National Housing Survey (NHS) polled approximately 1,000 Americans via live telephone interview to assess their attitudes toward owning and renting a home, home and rental price changes, homeownership distress, the economy, household finances, and ... read more
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Can I sell my house if it needs work?

Posted by Karen A. Johnson on February 18, 2020 in  Real Estate Advice  Sell your home
For one reason or another you need to sell your house NOW and all those projects you have been putting off will just never get done. What can you do when your home needs work or is dated or even just not-trendy? 1.    Call your agent. Your home might not be as bad as you think! Or if it really is “that house”; the one with the dead grass or the beat up wood flooring or the original kitchen your agent can talk through some strategies. She may tell you that you shouldn’t touch a thin... read more
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