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For the 3rd year in a row, our team will be collecting Thanksgiving Meal baskets and/or monetary donations toward making the meal baskets, for those less fortunate within our local community. 

We are asking that you either provide the items listed below OR donate $40 so that our team can shop for & create the meal baskets to hand out. 

Who will these baskets be donated to? 

We reach out to school counselors, local churches and shelters and other community programs who have direct contact with those that are in need. We then hand out the baskets from our office and/or we deliver them to those who have no way of reaching our office. 

If you'd like to help us this year, please preview the information below and let us know if you have any

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When thinking about selling their house, homeowners have many options. A relatively new option is using an “iBuyer.” What is an iBuyer?

According to Jovio, the definition is:

“A company or investor that uses Automated Valuation Models (AVMs) to make instant offers on homes. It allows sellers to close on a property quickly. Once sold, the company then turns around and resells the home for a profit.”

Today, there are many iBuyer companies such as OfferPad, Zillow Offers, Knock, Opendoor, and Perch. Even some more traditional companies offer the same or similar services (ex. Keller Williams, Redfin, Realogy). Ivy Zelman reported in her ‘Z’ Report that some traditional brokers are partnering with some of the larger iBuyers too:

“Keller Williams

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If you are like most home sellers, you know of one or more present issues with your home that could impact the sale price. Every seller is forced to balance the desire to make money off of the home with the need to disclose known issues.

Sometimes there is a balancing act that can be surprisingly difficult. Over the years many owners have asked me “what do I have to disclose when selling my house?”

You do not have to be dishonest to worry that listing every little problem may make the sale harder. Like every home seller, you will need to determine what is important to disclose – and legally mandated – and what you can avoid talking about unless you have to.

What things you have to disclose when selling a house depends on the state you live in.

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The U.S. Census Bureau recently released their 2019 Q2 Homeownership Report. Some began to see the sky falling, believing the report showed Americans may be stepping back from their belief in homeownership.

The national homeownership rate (Americans who owned vs. rented their primary residence) increased significantly during the housing boom, reaching its peak of 69.2% in 2004. The Census Bureau reported that the second quarter of 2019 ended with a homeownership rate of 64.1%, which is down from the 64.8% rate for the fourth quarter of 2018. Based on this news, some started to question the consumer’s belief in the idea of homeownership as a major part of the American Dream.

Everyone Calm Down…

It is true the homeownership rate did fall. However,

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There’s no doubt that today’s housing market is changing, and everything we see right now indicates it is time to sell. Here’s a look at why selling now is likely to drive the greatest return on your largest investment.

Home values have been appreciating for several years now, growing at a strong, steady, and impressive pace. In fact, the average annual appreciation rate since 2012 has nearly doubled the average rate from the more normal market of the 1990s (think: pre-bubble).

 

Appreciation, however, is projected to shift back toward normal, meaning home prices will likely keep climbing over the next few years, but they are not projected to continue to increase at such a high rate.

Here’s What That Means for Homeowners:

As noted in

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It can be quite upsetting to find out that an appraiser thinks the home you want to buy is not worth what you thought it was. And a low appraisal can be more than just upsetting – unless you are a cash buyer, a low appraisal can make it impossible for you to purchase your dream home.

Lenders will only give you enough money to buy a home at fair market value. If the appraisal comes in low, you may have to come up with the difference.

Having an appraisal come in low is of course just as upsetting to a seller. When something like a low appraisal comes from out of left field, it can leave everyone disturbed.

Considering what an impact a low appraisal can have on the home selling and home buying process, it is a good idea to educate yourself on what

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Selling a house takes, well, salesmanship. In other words, you have to prep your house so it looks its best. You have to open your door to strangers who'll traipse through your home, open closets, and ask all kinds of questions. And, you have to do all of this without getting annoyed or overly emotional!

To help clue you in to some moments that might test even the mellowest home seller, here are five home-selling etiquette rules that often trip people up. Keep these in mind to ensure that you don't annoy your listing agent, or scare off that special buyer.

1. Don't take offense when your listing agent says your house 'needs work'

Your listing agent might actually recommend that you make some preliminary fixes or tweaks before you even list the

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Whether you plan to renovate a house before moving in or are preparing to remodel your current abode, we know budgeting for a home renovation can be a tough process. First, you’ll need to determine what it is you really need versus what you simply want. Next, you’ll have to figure out how you’re going to finance the renovation in the first place. Once you have a general idea of how much money you have to spend on renovations (and where that money is coming from), you should be able to make better decisions on finishes, appliances and other renovation features.

Remember: most renovations end up costing more than originally thought, so be sure to have a money cushion set aside in case of emergencies. This is especially true if you plan to tear down walls

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When choosing new roofing many homeowners focus mainly on color and what their shingles will look like next to their existing siding or brick. Naturally, aesthetics and curb appeal are important. But an even more crucial element of your new roof is the attic ventilation system.

Clearing The Air 5 Facts To Know When Choosing New Roofing

If your roofer doesn’t install a well-designed ventilation system through your attic. Your home could be subject to problems ranging from moisture damage. To irreversibly warped shingles to hazardous mold on your walls and insulation.

Not only can smart choices in ventilation have a positive effect on your wallet. A well-conceived roof replacement can produce an ROI of some 68% when you go to sell. They can significantly impact the beauty of your home and help you

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