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You Love Your House, Others May Not

You’re ready to put your house on the market so you call us to come over and determine what you need to do to get your house ready. Don’t be offended when we advise you to make changes to your house to sell it. Please remember that we live in a house differently than we sell it so don’t take it personally. Here are some action items to consider: Expose the floor When we are living in a house, we tend to round corners with furniture to make our space feel cozy. To sell it, we want spaces to appear…

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4 Reasons You Shouldn’t Use Zillow to Sell Your House

There are many sites available that claim to give insight into your home’s market price.  While a site like this may be helpful for some things, we are going to discuss four major reasons it may not be quite the help you need. It’s a matter of public record The first thing to remember is that these sites use public records as a way of developing information on your home. This means it may only be as accurate as it was at the time the house was last sold. So, if you’re looking to compare your home to another, and…

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Keep Your Family Safe by Screening for Radon

According to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) about 1 out of every 15 homes in the United States has some level of radon that needs to be reduced.  If your level of radon is high, there are steps you can, and should, take to fix it. What is it? Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas.  Radon is emitted through uranium that is found in soil, often that is rich in limestone. You cannot see Radon and there is no smell or taste, so there is no way to know it’s there unless you test. How…

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Houses Are Like Perfume

When you go to the store and try on a new perfume, after about the third scent, they all start to blend together and smell the same.  Houses aren’t much different. When you schedule a day and look at twelve different houses, they all start to meld together in your mind. You may get your favorite house mixed up with a house that wasn’t even a contender. We are going to share some tips on how to keep your perspective AND your houses straight. If you have time, take time If you can schedule multiple days to view houses, this is…

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Score with These New Construction Opportunities

Are you considering a move to Frederick County, MD?  There are many new areas being developed and new homes are being built daily.  We’ll share a bit about some of the neighborhoods, the builders and how you can score in our wonderful county. When you are looking for mountain views, minutes to downtown Frederick, paths to ballfields, picnic pavilions and boat launches on the Monocacy River, Tallyn Ridge at Pinecliff Park would be well suited for you.  The builders in this area are Drees Homes and Miller & Smith. Westview South – You’ll have terrific amenities like a pool and…

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Get Top Dollar for Your Home In 2018

Placing your home on the market can be a bit overwhelming so it’s important to have a real estate agent who can help you get prepared for the sale. Below we share some ideas we’d like you to consider to get top dollar for your home in 2018.   Timing When the inventory is low, it is always the best time to put your house on the market. We typically recommend being one of the first homes on the market in January. In our area, January and February are the coldest months of the year, and inventory is low. However,…

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Are Your Neighbors Affecting Your Home Sale?

The time has come to place your house on the market. You’ve done all the proper preparation such as updating the bathroom and replacing that old carpet, and your property is in pristine condition. It should be a piece of cake to sell at or above asking price, right? After all, you have done everything you needed to do in order to sell your house. In a perfect world, all the factors that go into selling would be within your control. However, sometimes we must look to those close to us, like our neighbors.  How they care for their home…

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Age Matters

After intense shopping, you have found the house you want to write an offer on. Have you looked at things like the appliances and major fixtures? Everything has a life expectancy and could potentially cause you some serious out of pocket expenses in the first few years after your purchase. It’s important to consider the age of items like the furnace and roof before submitting an offer. After all, age matters. How old is too old? Even though an appliance is working well, we know it’s not going to last forever. Let’s take a look at the most common household…

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4 Reasons Why Your Home Didn’t Sell the First Time

Was your house on the market and you had to take it off because it didn’t sell? We’re sure you’ve heard the terms “seller’s market” or “buyer’s market” and either of those could have something to do with why your home didn’t sell. However, there are many other potential reasons your house didn’t sell:  here are the top four. Staging Home staging is preparing your home and property for sale. The goal is to make your home more appealing to potential buyers by minimizing your personal items and allowing the buyers to imagine their own family living there.  This most…

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5 Things You’ll Be Thankful You Asked Your Real Estate Agent

When you’re buying or selling a home, there are numerous questions that you and your agent will be asking one another. Some could make or break your buying or selling experience. Either way, it’s important for both of you to ask as many questions as possible to make sure that your needs are being met. While there are many possible questions, here are five you’ll be thankful you asked. Do you have the time to devote to me and my search? It’s important to find an agent who devotes their full time to real estate full time. Agents who are…

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