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Another New Year Resolution: Use a Real Estate Professional

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With real estate purchases being one of the biggest financial transactions you'll experience in your lifetime, why not let a professional that has years of experience and knowledge help you? 

Today’s age of online information only makes it harder for a buyer to manage what is most likely their largest financial purchase. KCM gives us just a few reasons why using a Realtor will make your home buying experience a good one.

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Get your home ready for Fall!

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During this time when summer is winding down, but Fall hasn’t quite set in, it’s a good idea to take on some home maintenance projects. Fall is a critical a season for preparing your home to withstand the potentially harsh winter weather and temperature conditions that may await you. The steps you take now can help protect your home and property from more potentially expensive damage and emergency repairs in the colder months to come.

Following are some home maintenance tips to help you prepare for the coming winter: 

  • HVAC - vacuum & dust;  shut off, clean, and cover A/C until Spring, have the heating system serviced (always do in Fall)
  • Garden - rake leaves & dispose of mulch
  • Smoke & carbon monoxide detectors - check batteries
  • Range hood fan- check & clean
  • Garbage disposal - crush ice (sharpens), baking soda and citrus fruit rinds (freshens)
  • Plumbing - check for leaks on supply lines to sinks and toilets
  • Weatherstripping & windows - check all caulking for separations & cracks, re-caulk
  • Fridge - test door tightness (use a dollar bill and pull it out of fridge after closing the door on it.)
  • Fireplace & chimney - inspect & clean

We hope you find these Fall home maintenance tips helpful. Most of these tasks typically take just a few hours or less to complete and can help you get your home ready for fall, both inside and out. 

Once you've completed these chores, you'll be ready to enjoy the cool weather, the fall holidays and fun times with family and friends! 

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Housing demand continues to surpass inventory

A recent article published on RISmedia.com tells us that inventory is now at its lowest in 20 years! There are many reasons why, but according to a new survey by realtor.com, 63% of the homeowners polled are happy where they are - whether they have recently purchased their home, have plans to upgrade their current home, or they don't want to give up their current low interest rate. 

Many are also hesitant to sell knowing how few homes are available, even if they stand to make a decent profit on their home. However, 35% of millennial homeowners polled are planning on listing their homes within the next year, which could give the market a healthy boost. 

If you've been thinking about selling your home, now is the time to get it on the market! Contact us for a full market analysis!

 

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Intimidated by buying a home as a single person? [RE/MAX First Flight/Launchpad]

The shift from being a renter to a homeowner as a single person can be challenging since you must rely on yourself to understand everything from finding the right house to actually paying for it. But it is something doable even in today’s tougher lending world.

Are you single and ready to mingle (with some potential dream homes)? This is the guide for you.

Are you looking for information on homebuying? Check out the RE/MAX social magazine, First Flight | Launchpad here. 

 

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What NOT to do when starting your home search [RE/MAX First Flight/Launchpad]

If you're thinking about purchasing your first home, it's tempting to dive right in and start looking at houses. But before you dedicate your Saturday to visiting every open house in the city, you need to know what you're looking for. Otherwise, the process of shopping for a home is likely to be long and frustrating. Ill-prepared and uninformed buyers will find it more difficult to discover the home that's right for them, much less get to the stage where they're ready to make an offer on a property.

Mistakes are great teachers, but they don’t have to be *your* mistakes. Click here for the full article and get the scoop on what not to do when looking for a home.

Are you looking for information on homebuying? Check out the RE/MAX social magazine, First Flight | Launchpad here. 

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Am I ready to buy my first home? [RE/MAX First Flight/Launchpad]

Buying a home can be exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time, especially for a first-time homebuyer -- it's difficult to know exactly what to expect. The learning curve can be steep, but most of the issues can be resolved by doing a little financial homework. As one of the largest financial decisions in a person's life, buying a home requires discretion, sensibility and budgeting.

Click here for some tips that will keep you on the right path as you look to purchase your first place. 
 

Are you looking for information on homebuying? Check out the RE/MAX social magazine, First Flight | Launchpad here. 

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Are you overwhelmed by the home buying process? [RE/MAX First Flight/Launchpad]

Let's say one morning you wake up and realize that you're ready to buy a home. You're tired of paying rent with nothing to show for it, and you figure that it's time to get into a home of your own. But you have reservations.

After all, if it's your first time, you've got questions. You might be a little nervous that you'll mess up, and it's normal to feel that way -- you are probably about to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars and make the most important financial purchase of your life.

So it pays to come into the home-buying process armed with as much information as possible.

And while there is no shortage of lists and how-to articles, there was nothing that pulled together this information in a clear and concise way. So RE/MAX has put together a new online magazine - First Flight - which was created to help first time homebuyers navigate the ever daunting task of buying a home. Click here for an article that explains the process on buying a home, from hiring an agent to closing, and find the rest of the first issue of First Flight, Launchpad, here

 

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