by Margaret Heidenry

The hardest parts are over: You’ve found that perfect home in a haystack of listings, negotiated a deal you’re happy with, and secured a mortgage—and you’re now in the home stretch of the home-buying process. Just one more critical hurdle lies ahead: the home closing. Also known as “settlement” or “escrow,” this is a day when all involved parties meet to make this transaction official.

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5 Tips for a Smooth Home Purchase

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

5 Tips for a Smooth Home Purchase

If you’re planning on purchasing a home this year, here are a few tips to keep things moving smoothly throughout the process.

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Buying Your First Home?

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Buying Your First Home? Simple Tips to Keep the Process Running Smoothly

By Keith Loria

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5 Books You Need to Read Before Buying a Home

By Keith Loria

Before jumping into the housing market and looking for a home, many prospective buyers seek advice from friends and family to better prepare themselves for what lies ahead. For those looking for additional perspective, books written for those going through the home-buying process can serve as a valuable tool.

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Q: Do I Have to Be Concerned with Building Codes and Permits

A:  Depending on how your contract is written with the home improvement professional, either you or the contractor will be responsible for securing government approval to perform most remodeling jobs.  Building codes set minimum public-safety standards for such things as building design and construction.  Codes vary from one state, county, city, and town to the next, but specialized codes generally exist for plumbing, electricity, and fire.  Each usually involves separate inspections and inspectors.  In addition, permits are generally required when any structural work is planned or the basic living space of a home is altered.  They generally cover new construction, repairs, alterations, demolition, and additions to a structure.  Some jurisdictions require permits to be posted in a visible spot on the premises while the work is being done.  Besides structural changes, permits also may be needed to cover the installation of foundations for tanks and equipment, as well as the construction or demolition of ducts, sprinkler systems, or standpipe systems. 

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How to Hire a Mover

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

How to Hire a Mover

Moving from one home to another is an arduous task; hiring a mover for the job may be even more challenging. But before you decide to forgo the services of a professional, consider the following:

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House Hunting? Pay Attention to Outdated Wiring

By John Voket

I want to gently remind you that while "curb appeal" may attract you, it's the "guts" that should play a key role in determining whether or not a home is a good buy.

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Green Homes, Going Strong

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

New Study Suggests Strong Outlook for Green Homes

During the prolonged housing downturn, green homes provided support to the ailing residential market and now promise to be an important element of the recovering market as well, according to a new study conducted by Dodge Data & Analytics, in partnership with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and with the support of Ply Gem Industries, a leading manufacturer of exterior building products in North America.

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August 2015 Newsletter

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

HOMESELLING TIPS

Consider a Professional Stager

“You never get a second chance to make a great first impression.”

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July 2015 Newsletter

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Stay connected with market conditions, buyer's and seller's advise and real estate news from your local market expert.

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