Real Estate

Cool Home Feature: Dog Washing Station in Mudroom

At this point, I don't think custom dog washing stations at home are just a trend. Whether in your garage, laundry room, or mudroom, having a dedicated space to wash, brush, and groom your beloved furry baby (or babies) is becoming a common feature in many homes, and not just in luxury homes in Raleigh, North Carolina. It sounds pretty self-explanatory, but what is a mudroom...

The Great Disruption: How the Pandemic Shook the Real Estate Market and Changed the Home Buying Process

For generations, the homebuying process never really changed. The seller would try to estimate the market value of the home and tack on a little extra to give themselves some negotiating room. That figure would become the listing price of the house. Buyers would then try to determine how much less than the full price they could offer and still get the home. The asking price was generally the ceiling of...

How to Make a Winning Offer on a Home

Today’s homebuyers are faced with a strong sellers’ market, which means there are a lot of active buyers competing for a relatively low number of available homes. As a result, it’s essential to understand how to make a confident and competitive offer on your dream home. Here are five tips for success in this critical stage of the homebuying process. 1. Listen to Your Real Estate...

How To Achieve Financial Independence Through Real Estate

FIRE Goals. (Financially Independent Retire Early) This is not a dream. It’s an attainable goal. If you aren’t already on this path, hop on.  Retiring early does not mean five o’clock dinner specials, bingo, and canasta. Unless that’s your jam--then you do you. Retiring at an early age is not something only the wealthy get to enjoy. It does require you to work smart and put your hard-earned...

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Does a Pool Add Value to a Home?

If you asked for my opinion on whether installing a pool on your property would increase the valuation of your home in 2019 or prior, my answer most likely would have been "It depends. The cost to install and maintain can outweigh any increase in value".  My opinion today is in stark contrast to my pre-pandemic professional opinion. Back then, space, layout, community, and amenities were prioritized...

Will the Housing Market Bloom this Spring?

Spring is here, and many are wondering what it will bring for the housing market. Even though the pandemic continues, it’s certain to be very different from the spring we experienced at this time last year. Here’s what a few industry experts have to say about the housing market and how it will bloom this season. Danielle Hale, Chief Economist, realtor.com: “Despite early weakness, we expect to...

5 Reasons to Sell Your House This Spring

When selling a house, most homeowners hope for a quick and profitable transaction that puts them in a position to make a great move. If you’re waiting for the best time to win as a seller, the market is calling your name this spring. Here are five reasons why this is the perfect time to sell your house if you’re ready. 1. There’s a high demand from homebuyers. Buyer demand is strong right now, and...

Owning a Home is Still More Affordable Than Renting

If spending more time at home over the past year has made you really think hard about buying a home instead of renting one, you’re not alone. You may be wondering, however, if the dollars and cents add up in your favor as home prices continue to rise. According to the experts, in many cases, it’s still more affordable to buy a home than rent one. Here’s why. ATTOM Data Solutions recently released...

P P P

No, not THAT PPP. Pandemics, Priorities, and Privacy.  Pandemics To name just a few of the many important takeaways from this crazy year, it's been that pandemics command a serious priority reassessment. This pandemic ground our wheels to a screeching halt and sadly, in other cases,  the wheels came right off. These past 10 months have certainly been a time to reflect, rebound and reaffirm a new...

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