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Buying a House in 2018

It's 2017 and that means it's a GREAT time to start preparing yourself for buying a house in 2018!

A lot of the people who are currently reaching out to us about buying a home, in our local market of Raleigh, are preparing themselves for a purchase in 2018. These folks are the inspiration for this article and my hope is you will be well prepared by the end of it.

In Real Estate it's not uncommon for people to keep their eye on the market long before they become serious buyers and thus we are writing a how to guide for buying a home in 2018.

Buying a house requires preparation and the more prepared you are the more confident you will be heading in. Real Estate is one of the safest investments you can make, especially if you're buying in a

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Are you preparing your home for sale and wondering what home improvements add the most value?

We put together a list of the best home improvements for resale!

There are ways in which you can force equity back into your home, and make it more appealing to buyers. Just be careful not to overdo it and improve your house outside of the neighborhood price range!

The tips we will discuss in the article are low-cost ways to net your more money on the sale of your home. If you’re preparing your home for sale you’ll want to be sure to pay attention to the tips in this article that will help you maximize the return on your investment!

Without further ado, here are…

Home Improvements to Increase Value for Resale

Home Improvements to Sell for More Money Infographic

Cleaning your Home Before

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Preparing Your Home for Real Estate Photography - 8 Tips!

Here is how your home should look when you list it for sale!

Want to make the most money on the sale of your house? Real estate photography preparation is one of the major keys. In this article, you will find home staging photography tips and a real estate checklist that is going to help you market your property. Any seller who puts the effort into reading this article and incorporating everything into your real estate photography prep list will likely make thousands of dollars more on the sale.

So how do you prepare your home for real estate photos?  

Real Estate Photography Checklist - How to Prepare your Home to Sell!

Overview: Real estate photography checklist

Real Estate Photos Checklist: How to Prepare your Home to Sell

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Should you Buy or Build a New Construction Home?

One of the largest investments most people will make is a home purchase. Undoubtedly, home buying is wrought with paperwork, inspections, contingencies, and that ever-looming escrow process. Each step along the way can feel like it’s dragging on into infinity. But, does buying an already existing home differ greatly from building your own home?

Buying an Existing Home: Pros and Cons

There is a definitive upside to purchasing a home that’s already built: you don’t have to wait for it to be constructed. Also, depending on if you’re interested in one of the fully constructed homes in a new neighborhood, most neighborhoods are already established. As such, you can readily see how others maintain their homes.

One nice thing about mature

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How to Choose a Mortgage Broker

There are many moving parts when it comes to buying or selling real estate. Financially speaking, most buyers will need to find a mortgage broker who can facilitate the mortgage process based on individual considerations. Use online mortgage calculators to assist you in how much house you can afford.

The first step is understanding the differences between a mortgage broker versus a mortgage lender. Quite simply, a mortgage broker matches the buyer with an appropriate lender. Meanwhile, the lender is the institution who is providing the funds for the buyer to finalize the home purchase. Mortgage brokers are not loan officers. Yet, they do work with loan officers, if need be, on your behalf.

While securing the services of a mortgage broker isn’t a

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Wake County Best Schools and Ratings

If you're searching for the best schools in the Raleigh area, here is some great data to help with your home search! Click any school name to search available homes for sale in that school district.

School Ratings in Wake County, North Carolina

How was the data put together? In late 2016 data collection began and a number of Wake County schools were given grades in subjects such as reading, math, and science. Additional information that may be important to anyone searching for school districts or homes for sale is the growth. Here is a little more about what schools have reached their capacity.

One of the best resources of all is a property address lookup feature which you can find here. This allows you to type in an address and find out

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Top Neighborhoods in Garner, NC

Looking for some more information about the great town of Garner in North Carolina. Here are some of the best neighborhoods in Garner. The town, like most of the Triangle, is growing and adding new subdivisions and homes all the time. Click here to view homes for sale in Garner, NC.

Best Neighborhoods in Garner, NC!

Garner, North Carolina

Garner is a small town directly next to Raleigh the capital city of North Carolina. The town has a mix of neighborhoods ranging from subdivisions of older split level homes that in some cases are being completely renovated and updated to brand new subdivisions with large single family modern homes. Neighborhoods such as Heather Hills in the heart of Garner are becoming increasingly popular as fixer uppers or

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The Top Neighborhoods in Clayton, NC - What are They?

The Best Neighborhoods in Clayton, North Carolina!

There are many neighborhoods and homes for sale in Clayton, NC. A lot of these neighborhoods would qualify as the best in town, depending on what type of home and neighborhood you were looking for. As a resident and as a Realtor in Clayton, NC, my years have experience give me a great background on the town! For some people looking to move to Clayton, it may be a golf community or an equestrian community or a planned development with lots of amenities. Some people looking for a home in Clayton don’t want any of the above but would rather find a small subdivision with large private lots and no HOA dues. Whatever the type of subdivision you’re looking for there’s a good chance you’ll find it in

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9 Reasons to Sell Your Home in 2017

If you’ve been on the fence regarding selling your home in 2017, it's time to get out there and actually do it. Here are some of the best reasons why you should sell your home in 2017:

Low Mortgage Rates

if you are familiar with low mortgage rates, simply put the lower the mortgage rate, the lower your monthly cost will be. Because current mortgage rates are still low, many buyers are very interested in making a purchase a lot sooner than later. This is music to a seller’s ears.

Even though rates have been increasing little by little since around October, many of the most popular home mortgage loans have rates that are still at historic lows. According to market experts, they are expected to remain around the 4% level for a bit longer prior

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