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Popular Home Design Styles

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 10/13/17 4:30 PM

Popular Home Design Styles

As you drive through neighborhoods you can likely recognize different home designs. Whether it be from watching HGTV specials or playing the Board Game of Life as a kid; there are some iconic styles that are easy to spot. But when it comes down to it, could you explain what it is that makes a home a Cape Cod or a Tudor? Yep, me neither! Let’s look at what makes each style unique:

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Topics: First Time Home Buyers, Housing, Home Buyer, Home Building

Are Millennials Mainstream?

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 10/6/17 4:30 PM

Are Millennials Mainstream?

Maybe it’s time we stop picturing millennials as skinny jean wearing, mustache toting hipsters…. Okay maybe they do wear skinny jeans and keep a pretty good looking stache but according to a study done by the National Association of Realtors, in 2017 millennials were the largest group of homebuyers for the 4th consecutive year. And they aren’t just buying up the hip downtown lofts or the bungalows in the center of the city—nope, they are moving out to the suburbs! 

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Topics: First Time Home Buyers, Home Buyer, home buyers, Home Building, Buying, homebuying, home buying, homebuyer, House Buying

A Whole Different Animal

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 10/2/17 7:30 AM

A Whole Different Animal

Being a millennial and working in the mortgage industry, I have grown to love reading articles that discuss why we are or are not buying homes like future generations. Everyone has an opinion about our “enigma” of a generation but the latest (and I’ve heard this before) is that we buy homes so our dogs can live happier lives. Well if that is true then this blog post is going to be super helpful for those selling to the millennial dog owners or those who want to be dog owners! 

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Topics: First Time Home Buyers, Home Buyer, home buyers, Home Building, home buying

Are You Ready To Be A Homeowner?

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 9/22/17 5:30 PM

Are you ready to be a Homeowner?

Buying a home is such an exciting time! You start day dreaming about the kind of home you want, where you will look, and find yourself asking questions like, “will there be room for my tomato garden?”. These things are so much fun to think about but there are some other questions we should be asking ourselves before we land on homeownership. It is the American Dream but you don’t want that dream of yours to turn into a nightmare.  Here are some questions to ask yourself if you think you are ready.

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Topics: First Time Home Buyers, Home Buyer, home buyers, Home Building, homebuying, home buying, homebuyer, House Buying

Best Colors For Selling

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 9/21/17 7:00 AM

Best Colors for Selling

When selling your home, it is no longer just about your preferences but instead about trying to appeal to your buyer. Unfortunately, you can’t appeal to everyone’s senses but you can follow these rules outlined by Debbie Drummond when it comes to the exterior of your home. She states, “the color scheme of a house should be appropriate for its architectural style and allow it to be comfortable in its community.” When you update your home’s exterior with a fresh coat of paint, you are setting it apart from others on the market and will give your home a polished and clean look that will appeal to buyers.      

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Topics: Home Buyer, Sellers, home buying, selling, Home Selling

My landlord Is Selling... Now What?

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 9/8/17 6:00 PM

My landlord is selling... now what?

While renting can have its perks… home maintenance is handled, you can move without having to try and sell a home… it certainly has some downfalls, as well. One of the biggest is that since you don’t own the property, should your landlord choose to sell, they can—even if you live there. 

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Topics: First Time Home Buyers, Rent, Home Buyer, Buying, home buying, House Buying

Comparing Your Home Loan Options

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 9/7/17 7:15 AM

Comparing Your Home Loan Options

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Topics: Finances, First Time Home Buyers, Home Buyer, Home Building, Buying, homebuying, home buying, homebuyer, House Buying

Don’t Lien On Me

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 8/31/17 6:55 AM

Don’t Lien on Me

For the first thirty or so years of my life I thought there was only one way to spell lean; as such, L-E-A-N. But, let me tell you, I learned quickly how to spell lien; unfortunately, it was due to all the emails and conversations with our realtor. Here’s what happened; while house shopping with my now husband, I found the cutest little house in a great neighborhood that, this is the best part, it was listed $20,000 below it's last appraised value. Of course, we put an offer on it right away and the process started… until it stopped. It didn’t stop with a closing or a great story like, we came into a bunch of money and bought a horse farm. It stopped with a lien. The house was bank owned, as you can imagine with a price like that! They were just trying to get the home sold. However, due to the lien against the house, nothing and no one was moving.

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Topics: Mortgage, Home Loans, Home Buyer, home buying

Educating First Time Homebuyers

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 8/25/17 6:30 PM

Educating First Time Homebuyers

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Topics: First Time Home Buyers, Home Buyer, Buying, House Buying

Homebuying In Your 20s, 30s, 40s

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 8/24/17 6:30 AM

Homebuying in Your 20s, 30s, 40s

Buying a home, you can grow into, versus something that fits you now, is smart planning. Trulia has advice for homebuying, no matter what age or stage of life you might be in.

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Topics: First Time Home Buyers, Home Buyer, home buyers, Buying, home buying, House Buying

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