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4 Little Things to Do When Selling Your Home

Posted by Courtney Hackensmith on May 31, 2016 in  uncategorized
Sometimes people are hesitant to sell their home because they don't want to put a lot of money into a home they are about to sell. But in reality you don't always have to spend big to get big results. In fact, it is the little things that can help make a home "look" more attractive to a buyer. The message you want your home to communicate is "I have been well cared-for." Here are 4 little things you can do to make your home feel more crisp and clean: Replace the switch plates: For about $1 each, switch out those o... read more

Is Your Grill Ready to Sizzle this Summer?

Posted by Courtney Hackensmith on May 26, 2016 in  uncategorized
Many believe that Memorial Day marks the arrival of summer, but maybe it's firing up the grill! You may have all of your secret spices and rubs all ready for your chicken and burgers, but is your barbecue ready for them? Here are a few ideas on how to get your grill in shape for the summer. Safety first After a long winter, all sorts of things can happen to your grill.  Take a close look outside and inside for any debris that may have worked its way into the nooks and crannies of your grill.  It&r... read more

How to Keep Your Relationship Strong When Moving

Posted by Courtney Hackensmith on May 23, 2016 in  uncategorized
Whether you’re moving in together for the first time, or just moving into a new home, we know the process can be a test on your relationship. From choosing the perfect place to divvying up the responsibilities of packing and unpacking, we’ve got some tips to make it a less stressful time. Make a list of wants and needs Choosing a house together can be tough. You might be lucky and both fall in love with the same one, but chances are it’s going to take some compromise on both ends. Take a moment... read more

Boost Your Credit Score with this Simple Trick

Posted by Courtney Hackensmith on May 17, 2016 in  uncategorized
If you need a boost your credit a little in order to get pre approved for a home loan, one of the quickest and most efficient ways to increase your credit score is a very simple one. First, obtain all the current balances on all of your credit cards. Now look at the maximum credit line for each. The 30 percent trick: Make sure your outstanding balance for each line of credit is no more than 30 percent. So if you have a $10,000 line of credit on your Visa card and the balance is $6,000, you are using 60 percent of... read more

When is the Best Time to Go House Hunting?

Posted by Courtney Hackensmith on May 16, 2016 in  Buyers
When you think of house hunting, most people think that spring is the busy season. But is it the best time to buy? Summer might actually be the best time. Why? First you often have less people out looking because it's vacation time. That often means there's less competition. Second, and more importantly, houses that have been on the market for the past couple of months, may be ready for a drop in price. Summer is a great time to go house hunting. So let's grab a glass of ice-cold lemonade and get started. I'd lov... read more
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