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    Monday, November 30, 2020   /   by Jeff Stoffel

    These Tips May Speed Up Your Home Sale

    Who doesn’t want a faster home sale? Make a good impression on buyers to increase your chances of a speedy sale. Not sure how to do that? We’ve got tips for every step of the home sale process.


    Optimize Your Listing: A picture is worth a thousand words. Take professional quality images of your home. There is an abundance of online listings — do what you can to make yours stand out (for all the right reasons). Work with a CENTURY 21® Affiliated Sales Associate to write your listing and create a seller marketing plan. Recommended Reading: Picture Perfect: How to Take Great Photos of Your Home, Creating a Marketing Plan


    Upgrade Your Curb Appeal: The outside of your home is the first area a potential buyer will see. Spruce up your yard and exterior. Add a fresh coat of paint, new landscaping, a new mailbox, and more! Recommended Reading: 7 Essential Curb Appeal Tips for Sellers


    Clear Clutter: Getting rid of clutte ...

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    Monday, November 30, 2020   /   by Jeff Stoffel

    STARTER HOME BASICS ...How to own a home

    What comes to mind when you picture your ideal home? A pool? Tennis courts? So many rooms that people FaceTime from opposite ends of the house instead of meeting in the middle? That all sounds great?but before you can live like Beyoncé, you have to start somewhere. We sat down with Trenton Hoggard, a CENTURY 21 agent at Wright-Pace Real Estate in Jonesboro, AR, to get the inside scoop on buying and owning a starter home.


    TIRED OF RENTING?


    Ah, renting. Landlords, roommates, the neighbors who seem to either loudly argue or purposely park in your driveway?it can get old pretty quickly. Here’s the good news, the difference between renting and buying a home may seem huge?especially when you factor things like student loans into the picture?but in reality, the costs are more similar than you would think. Having student debt is “not going to be a deal breaker” when it comes to buying a house, says Hoggard. In fact, Hoggard adds that the ...

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    Monday, November 30, 2020   /   by Jeff Stoffel

    New Homeowner Tips – 5 Do’s and Dont’s

    If you’ve recently purchased a new home, or if you’re about to, you’ve likely given a lot of thought to all of the responsibilities that come with it: mortgages, insurance and — sooner or later — renovations and repairs. While the responsibilities can seem overwhelming, owning a home is exciting and rewarding too. You just need to know what to do and what not to do to avoid unexpected expenses.


    New Homeowner Do’s:


    There are a few home maintenance projects that should top the to-do list of every new homeowner. According to a recent article, these include:





    Checking your HVAC system: If your HVAC system wasn’t serviced before you purchased the house, inspect air filters and other components for anything in need of repair or replacement.






    Inspecting gutters and downspouts: Make sure that your gutters or downspouts have been cleared of debris. If they’re clogged, moisture could build up and leak over into ...

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    Monday, November 30, 2020   /   by Jeff Stoffel

    Home for the Holidays: Your Favorite Holiday Movie Homes Come to Life

    Christmas movies are one of the best things about the holiday season. No matter who you are, you have a favorite holiday movie. There’s a movie for every child, every adult, every mood, and every personality. Holiday movies have a way of getting you in the Christmas spirit faster than you can say, “Santa, I know him!”


    Whether you’re Home Alone or surrounded by family for The Holiday, these homes will surely make you nostalgic for your favorite movie.


    1. This home is reminiscent of the McCallister residence; it’s even located in the same town! We’re sure it comes with its own blueprint plan to ward off intruders, but hopefully you won’t need it. Make sure you have all your belongings (and children) before leaving on any holiday vacations.





     


     


     


     


     


     


    2. The Griswolds could live here. With a light show this hefty, make sure you don’t pull a Clark ...

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    Monday, November 30, 2020   /   by Jeff Stoffel

    Don’t Make These 5 Common Home Buying Mistakes

    It can be easy to get lost and confused during the home buying process. Proper planning is paramount. It’s also helpful to learn from other people’s mistakes. Here are some of the most common errors people make when shopping for a new home.


    Not budgeting for everything: Yes, this sounds obvious, but many people forget about some of the costs of buying a home. There are added costs such as furniture and appliances, DIY projects, moving fees, or your first mortgage payment. This last one is especially important—setting a budget may help you determine how much you can comfortably afford to pay for your mortgage.


    Neglecting your credit score: Your credit score will play a major role in the home buying process. This 3-digit number might be the thing that keeps you from your new home! Credit reports often contain errors or misinformation, so it’s important to retrieve your report ahead of time and fix any errors before sending it out to lenders. Lo ...

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