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    Thursday, September 17, 2020   /   by Jeff Stoffel

    The Advantages and Disadvantages of Different Types of Homes

    Wouldn’t it be nice if homes came as “one size fits all” to save you from the decision-making process? Unfortunately, you can’t try on different living spaces as you would jeans or shoes. To help out, we’ve created a list of the advantages and disadvantages of different homes.


    Apartment or Condo


    An apartment or condo is one unit of a larger building. The difference between them is that you rent the former and buy the latter. Deciding which option is better for you is an entirely other conversation — check out our renting vs. buying calculator for more. Regardless, both options offer some pros and cons regarding physical living space.


    Advantages:


    – Maintenance and repairs are covered.– Utility bills can be lower because you may not be responsible for heat or water.– Amenities, such as security and fitness centers, may be included.


    Disadvantages:


    – Privacy isn’t promised — soun ...

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    Thursday, September 17, 2020   /   by Jeff Stoffel

    5 Moving Day Mistakes That May Slow You Down

    Congratulations! You’ve found a new home. Now it’s time to move in. One of the most important components of a successful move may be staying organized. Avoid making these common moving mistakes and you are likely to have a smoother move. Packing boxes haphazardly


    You may think that putting everything into boxes as fast as you can is easier, but in reality it is likely to make unpacking a headache. How will you find your silverware without opening up every single box? Pack items by room and label them accordingly so movers can drop them off in the appropriate rooms. Hiring movers without researching


    Do your research before choosing a moving company. Read reviews and ask for referrals from friends to decrease the likelihood of lost, stolen, or damaged belongings. Forgetting to set up utilities beforehand


    Call your providers a month before your move. Schedule to have your utilities set up in advance so you don’t have another task on your to- ...

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    Thursday, September 17, 2020   /   by Jeff Stoffel

    Selling Your Home? ..Real Estate Strategies for Fall and Winter

    A good agent should expect the unexpected, but CENTURY 21® Real Estate can make your life a little bit easier by helping you to prepare for what you know is coming. This time of year, it’s fall and winter is around the corner. The approaching new season will bring in a new set of seasonal changes that may affect how clients view or feel about your open house. Here, we’ve outlined a few tips to help you strategically welcome fall with open arms.





    Maintain Curb Appeal





    Monitor the outside of your open house consistently, since fallen leaves may make a home appear sloppy or unkempt. While you can certainly grab a rake or leaf blower and get to work, consider hiring a lawn care service to come by on a regular basis to take away debris when you’re not available. After all, potential home buyers may be taking a look at the home during off hours.





    Brighten the Space





    Natural light becomes rarer as the days get shorter. Wheneve ...

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    Thursday, September 17, 2020   /   by Jeff Stoffel

    7 Creative and Quick Dining Room Updates

    With so many dining rooms being converted into part of the living room or kitchen these days, dining room design has kind of fallen by the wayside. But if you’re one of the lucky homeowners to have hung on to a formal dining space, you’ve got an opportunity to make some amazing modern updates. Here are 7 affordable ways to breathe new life into an old dining room:


    #1 Perk things up with paint.Are your dining room walls still the same color they were when you moved into your house 10 years ago? If so, there’s a good chance the color’s a little past its prime. In fact, it may also be doing an injustice to your furniture and the updates you’ve made in adjoining rooms as well. Refresh the walls with a paint shade that makes you feel comfortable and cozy. The room will reflect that feeling.


    #2 Modernize the lighting.Are outdated chandeliers and lamps gathering dust in your dining room? Consider sending them packing and installing some recessed lightin ...

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    Thursday, September 17, 2020   /   by Jeff Stoffel

    What to Expect During the Closing Process

    Congratulations, you’ve found a home that is ideal for you and your family. It has all your wants and needs, and it’s even in your price range. You’ve placed a bid and the buyer accepted it! You are finally getting ready to sign your name on the dotted line and buy your home.


    You’re not quite done yet, there is another step that you have to go through — the closing process.


    Here are some things you should know before going into your closing.





    Read everything: Ask your lender and attorney for the documents prior to the closing. It’s important to have the documents beforehand so you can make sure everything is correct. Not reading your documents before the closing can hurt you because there may be a typo or two, which can set back the entire process. Double and triple check everything. Review your loan and mortgage documents and get everything in order.








    Bring a check: Your documents will show how much you ...

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