Real Estate Tips

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Real Estate Tips This Waterfront Home is a Deal This waterfront home is a Deal!  It’s located in Niceville and is ready for a new owner.  The current owners have put a lot of time and money into this home. Their goal was to make this home all about relaxation and enjoyment with as little needed maintenance as possible.  It was going to be […]
Real Estate Tips Assuming a Low Interest Rate Mortgage Sounds Good – Is it? Assuming a Low Interest Rate Mortgage Sounds Good – Is it?  My mom always said, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is”.  If it works for all parties involved it can be great.  A lot of homeowners were able to secure interests rates below 3% on their home loan.  I know […]
Real Estate Tips Tax Benefits of Owning a Home What are the tax benefits of owning a home? Homeownership comes with many financial advantages and perks.  These advantages include the ability to build home equity, leverage your borrowing power, and numerous tax benefits.  Let’s talk about the tax benefits. Deductions:  There are a few deductions you can claim on your tax.  In order to […]
Real Estate Tips Are Mortgage Rates too High? Are mortgages rates too high?  Apparently, a lot of buyers think so.  As a result, many are sitting the sidelines waiting for them to drop.  Let’s first look at some quick mortgage rate history. Mortgage Rate History Freddie Mac provides mortgage rate history going back to 1971 when rates averaged 7.5%.  In the 1980’s the […]
Real Estate Tips Important Things to Know about your New Home Congratulations, you just purchased a new home!  Once you get unpacked and settled in, there are some important things you should know about your new home.  Take some time to get acquainted with how your new property operates. The more you know, the less caught off guard you’ll be when problems arise and the faster […]
Real Estate Tips Should you Paint your Home Before Selling? Should you paint your home before selling?  If it needs it, yes! Exterior Let’s first talk about the exterior.  Any painted surfaces such as siding, trim, exterior doors, should be painted if they are chipped, faded or dirty beyond cleaning.  The exterior of your home is the first impression for a potential buyer along with […]
Real Estate Tips Are Homeowners’ Associations a Good Thing? Are Homeowners’ Associations a Good Thing?  I would say that answer depends on what is important to you. Let’s first talk about what a Homeowners’ Association is.  A HOA, or Homeowners’ Association, is a private organization typically established within a residential community or neighborhood to manage and enforce certain rules, regulations, and standards for the […]
Real Estate Tips How Much is My Home Worth? How much is my home worth?  How does a Realtor determine the Market Value of your home?  Realtors determine the market value of a home through a combination of factors, data analysis, and their expertise in the local real estate market.  Of course, many people like to check out the Zillow estimate – to find […]
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Real Estate Tips Does Your Garage Count as Living Space? Does your garage count as living space?  Well, some might think so because their spouse seems to “live” in there.  However, most people don’t think so.  What about a garage that is heated & cooled or one that’s been “converted”.  Typically, your garage is not counted in the square footage of your home.  If your […]
Real Estate Tips It’s Picture Day! I don’t know about you, but the words “picture day” bring back memories of school pictures. Oh, the stress of what to wear, hoping for a good hair day and praying for no bad acne! Yikes! Picture day for your home is an important step for selling. As I’m sure you know, most buyers decide […]
Real Estate Tips What is an Estate Sale and When Should you do one? What is an Estate Sale and when should you do one?  Most people think of an estate sale as the selling off of all of a homeowner’s possessions after they pass away.  That is certainly when a lot of estate sales happen.  Estate sales also may happen when the homeowner moves into assisted living or […]
Real Estate Tips What’s keeping you from buying a home? What’s keeping you from buying a home?  If lack of funds for closing costs and/or a down payment are the issue, I may have a solution for you.  The Hometown Heroes Housing Program (HHHP) was created in 2022 to provide down payment and closing cost assistance to first-time, income-qualified homebuyers to help them buy a […]
Real Estate Tips The Most Expensive Home for Sale on Florida’s Emerald Coast Let‘s find out what is the most expensive home for sale on Florida’s Emerald Coast and some other fun real estate facts. As of June 19, 2023, the most expensive house listed for sale along the Emerald Coast is listed for the mere price of $25,000,000. That makes it’s 8,200 sq ft of living space […]
Real Estate Tips Should you get in a Bidding War for a Home? Should you get in a bidding war for a home?  Wait, why am I writing about this now?  There aren’t still bidding wars happening on homes are there?  Yes, believe it or not, we are still seeing multiple offers on some homes.  Not as many as 2021 and 2022, but still plenty.  This is mostly […]
Real Estate Tips Home Inspections are Important Home inspections are an important part of the home buying process.  The purpose of a home inspection is to provide buyers with an overview of the property’s condition and identify any potential problems or safety issues that may need to be addressed.   I always recommend that buyers have a professional home inspection conducted.  While […]
Real Estate Tips Mistakes to Avoid when Selling your Home When selling your home, certain mistakes can negatively impact the process and potentially reduce the selling price. Here are 5 mistakes to avoid when selling your home. The first one, overpricing your home, is always tough.  Setting an unrealistic or inflated price for your home is a common mistake that can deter potential buyers. A […]
Real Estate Tips Mistakes First Time Home Buyers Make There are several mistakes that first time home buyers often make.   You can avoid them by using the following tips and advice. Mistake # 1:  Insufficient Financial Preparation Many first-time home buyers fail to save enough money for a down payment, closing costs, and other expenses associated with purchasing a home. It’s important to have […]
Real Estate Tips Which Front Door Color Adds the Most $ to Your Selling Price? Which front door color adds the most $ to selling price?  The impact of front door color on home selling price is not well established, and there is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. However, certain colors have been shown to be more popular than others and may create a positive impression on potential buyers. […]
Real Estate Tips Things to Know Before Installing Solar Panels So, you are thinking about installing solar panels.  Here are things you sold know before installing solar panels.  Solar panels typically cost between $15 – 30K.  On average, solar panels save 10- 30K over the lifetime of the system. Installing solar panels is a great way to generate clean and renewable energy for your home […]
Real Estate Tips Staging – What is it and Why do it? Staging is often thought of as placing furniture and decor in a vacant home.  Staging is more than that.  Staging is using a homeowner’s belongings to maximize the home’s space and appeal to sell for the most $ and in the shortest amount of time.  Data shows that staged homes in the Okaloosa/Walton area sell […]