Discovering the Amenities Where You Want to Live

It is all too easy to think of a home as a desirable property. However, no individual or family truly lives in isolation. Even those who chose to reside in the wilderness have essential needs like food, water, tools, and medicine.  The key to shopping smart when it comes to real estate is ensuring you don’t fall in love with the right property in the wrong location. Instead of thinking about making a home, consider becoming part of a community in a way that is [...]

August 26th, 2020|

How to Remodel Property to Use as a Vacation Rental

There are certain features in a home that lend themselves to a vacation rental. Most of your remodeling should focus on aesthetics, comfort, and safety. Whether you are using the property as your own vacation getaway or plan to rent, make it an enjoyable place to stay any time of the year.  Flooring Considerations Although carpet is comfortable and cozy, it can become difficult to keep clean due to a property being out of use for long periods, or from dirt and spills. If there [...]

July 28th, 2020|

Top 3 Home Improvement Upgrades to Increase Property Value

If you’re planning on selling your home, you want to get as much money as possible from the deal. Making a few key home improvement upgrades can significantly boost your home’s value and help it sell faster. What enhancements can you make that will bring the most value? Here are the top upgrades you may want to invest in before putting your home on the real estate market. Landscaping Your property’s curb appeal is the first thing that affects potential buyers’ perceptions of your home. [...]

June 30th, 2020|

What to Consider When Buying a Fixer Upper

Buying a home that needs some work can be a savvy move to help you save money. If you don’t have experience flipping houses, you’ll need to be careful not to go over your budget with repairs. There are things you should keep in mind to decide if the house you’re considering will be worth the time, money, and effort you’ll need to invest. Here are factors you should consider when buying a fixer-upper. Location Picking the right location for buying a fixer-upper can create [...]

June 25th, 2020|

Buying a House Sight Unseen? Avoid These 8 Mistakes

From grocery shopping to home buying, it seems like almost everything can be done completely online now. The idea of buying a house without seeing it is less daunting these days with all the new technologies and ways to buy a home virtually, and it’s becoming more common. In fact, 20% of homebuyers recently made an offer sight unseen, meaning they made an offer on a home without ever seeing it in person.  Maybe you’re currently living in a condo in Chicago, but have to [...]

May 5th, 2020|

Relocating After the Loss of a Loved One: Saying ‘Yes” to Your Future

Losing a loved one is at the top of the most stressful events you’ll ever experience, according to the Holmes-Rahe Stress Inventory. Moving to a new home is another stressor, but some find it to be a constructive way to move toward healing. While there is no escaping from the grieving process, moving can offer a sense of renewal along the way.   Below are some of the benefits of moving, along with tips to manage the actual move itself.   Moving On   An [...]

April 23rd, 2019|
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