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The 5 Ps of Starting the Home Buying Process


Every homebuyer should make sure to follow the five Ps. Here’s what to keep in mind.

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If you’re thinking about buying a home now or in the future, you’ll find the process to be much easier if you follow the five Ps. Here’s what you should know:

1. Choose a professional. A real estate expert will help you find the resources you’ll need throughout the home buying process.

2. Know your price.
When buying a home, you either pay in cash or get a loan. You’ll need to know how much purchasing power you have before buying a home.


3. Know your preferences
. Draw a line between what you need in a home and what you want. Focus on your needs first before seeking out your wants.


4. Find some perspective.
Learn more about the neighborhoods you’re thinking about moving into. You can get a feel for the neighborhood by simply driving through it, but your agent can help you learn much more about the area’s market
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Focus on your needs first before seeking out your wants.

5. Be prepared to act. After you’ve acquainted yourself with the neighborhood, your preferences, and your price, you should be ready to act when the right home comes along.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the buying process, feel free to reach out to me. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Make Sure to Do These 6 Home Maintenance Tasks This Winter


Will your home be able to withstand the freezing cold of winter? Learn about six home maintenance tasks that will help your house stay safe this season.

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Winter is here, which means it’s time to prepare your home for whatever the season may throw at you! Here are six home maintenance tasks that will ensure your home stays protected this winter:

1. Protect your pipes. When temperatures go below freezing, unprotected pipes can burst. In southern areas, pipes are less likely to be insulated from the cold. Make sure those pipes are sufficiently protected!

2. Give your oven some lovin’. Ovens that are improperly sealed can cause heat loss. This leads to lost energy and longer cooking times. 

3. Check your insulation. You can improve your home’s efficiency by checking your attic’s insulation. If you get it insulated properly, you could save up to $600 each year in heating costs.

4. Find and prevent potential fire hazards. Trees are incredibly flammable, so make sure that you remove any fire risks in your home. Monitor lit candles, sweep up your chimneys, throw out old space heaters, and get rid of faulty Christmas lights.



If you get your attic insulated properly, you could save up to $600 each year in heating costs.

5. Prevent ice damming. Ice can form at the edge of your roof, causing leaks and damage to your home. Make sure water is able to enter the gutters and flow away from your house.

6. Get secure. Burglaries occur often during the holiday months, so be especially vigilant during the winter. You could invest in a home security system or at least let neighbors know when you’ll be out of town.

If you have any questions or would like more information, feel free to reach out to me. Until then, have a very merry Christmas!

5 Holiday Splurges to Avoid


Here are my five major splurges you should avoid if you’re selling your home around the holidays.

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I want to give all you future sellers out there some tips for selling during the holiday season:

1. Don’t use decorations that could damage your home. Present your holiday spirit, but avoid holes in the walls, marks on the floor, and screws that mar the side of the house. If you have a live Christmas tree, be careful not to let any spilled water sit on hardwood or laminate floors. Water can warp and stain floors and it takes tons of money to be repaired. Also, don’t paint any walls vivid colors. Save the winter wonderland mural for next year. 

2. Don’t clutter your home with gifts. Don’t buy a ton of large gifts that will have to be hidden until after the new year. You don’t want your closets to appear to be bursting at the seams; it gives the impression that there’s not enough storage. Consider abstaining from the bulky gifts this year. Remember, you’re going to have to move all those items after you sell the home. You’ll thank yourself later. 

3. Don’t buy appliances or furniture unfit for your home. Don’t buy something that specifically fits your current home’s layout. For example, that elegant new couch may not fit correctly in your new home. Also, appliances often stay with the home.



Save the winter wonderland mural for next year.

4. Don’t take on much holiday debt. This is not the year to live out your “new car with a giant bow” fantasy. Taking on debt can harm your chances of getting approved for a mortgage when you buy your next home. A lender will take note, and it could work against you. If you’re in doubt, give us a call and we’ll let you know if it’s a splurge or if you can go ahead. 

5. Don’t get a new pet. The holidays are a common time for families to get a new pet. However, selling your home is not the right time to be house-training a puppy, for example. Showing a house with a pet is challenging enough, even when it’s not new. It makes much more sense to wait until after you move to get a dog, cat, capybara, and so on (...especially the capybara).

If you have any questions about holiday splurges or any other real estate topic, give us a call or send us an email. We would be glad to speak to you.