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Sunday, July 29, 2018

The Most Common Rent-to-Own Scams—and How to Not Get Taken for a Fool

Posted by: Jordan Pickering on Sunday, July 29, 2018 at 6:00:00 am Comments (0)

On the surface, rent-to-own deals can seem like a great idea. If you have shaky credit or lack sufficient financing, a rent-to-own plan can allow you to work toward homeownership. 

The premise is simple: You pay monthly rent toward the purchase of the home, and at the end of the set term, you’ll own the property. Sounds perfect, right? But beware: The rent-to-own landscape can be a minefield of scams and deceptions designed to take your money—and leave you in the dust.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

A Disaster of Epic Proportions? 6 Things You're Buying That Are the Wrong Size

Posted by: Jordan Pickering on Sunday, July 22, 2018 at 6:00:00 am Comments (0)

Of course you buy queen sheets for your queen bed, even though you yearn for a king. And you don't have eight chairs at your kitchen table for four—that would just be crazy.

You started learning about size and scale when you were a tot, trying to wedge those round wooden pieces into square holes. But scale—especially as it applies to interior design and decor—is more than an elementary concept. And if you screw it up? It'll look as if you live in a circus funhouse. (Which isn't as much fun as it sounds.)

Don't beat yourself up—even the pros struggle a bit with scale. And furniture store showrooms are part of the problem, making it hard to imagine how that Pinterest-perfect sofa will actually look in your not-so-Pinterest-perfect living room

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Fact or Fiction? Six Down Payment Myths You Should Stop Believing Immediately

Posted by: Jordan Pickering on Sunday, July 15, 2018 at 6:00:00 am Comments (0)

If you're thinking about buying your first home, that pesky down payment has probably kept you awake more than a few nights. We get it—while a pre-approval is crucial for determining your buying power, it's the down payment that shows you mean business.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

How to Be a Savvy Open House Guest

Posted by: Jordan Pickering on Sunday, July 8, 2018 at 6:00:00 am Comments (0)

Anyone who has taken a super-posed selfie knows that a picture doesn’t always tell the whole truth. Professional listing photos can make small rooms look spacious, make dim rooms bright, and mask other flaws of a home — but you don’t know any of that until you actually see the house yourself.

So, before you start viewing, follow these tips to get prepared. 

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Why choose a REALTOR®?

Posted by: Jordan Pickering on Sunday, July 1, 2018 at 6:00:00 am Comments (0)

This is a #flashbackfriday to a post our very own Lacey Everett authored back in 2014 because we think it's pretty darn important topic. What's the value of a REALTOR®? We can tell you (and then you can see it for yourself) !

Most individuals looking to buy or sell a home know that the first step in the process is securing a trusted REALTOR® to act as their expert guide along the way. For over a century, REALTORS® have subscribed to the National Association of REALTORS® Code of Ethics. They are constantly continuing their education on the complex and always-changing world of real estate laws and regulations and have the connections to help make your dream a reality.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Six Organic Lawn Care Myths That Could Be Destroying Your Yard

Posted by: Jordan Pickering on Sunday, June 17, 2018 at 6:00:00 am Comments (0)

You buy organic food. You opt for all-natural cleaning products. You favor herbal remedies over any kind of prescription meds. So it stands to reason that you’ll apply this same “keep it real” philosophy when it comes to your yard. You want to treat it like nature intended—i.e., without harsh chemicals.

But just how well do all of those easy-peasy, chemical-free lawn care strategies actually work? Let’s break down the myths you've heard—and talk about what's true instead.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Five Effective Strategies for Selling a Home of Any Value

Posted by: Jordan Pickering on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 12:00:00 pm Comments (0)

Selling a home is almost like a science, with sellers using different tactics and strategies to get the top prices from buyers. While homes across the country may have different price points ranging from hundreds of thousands to hundreds of millions, here are a few tips to create a successful home sales “formula” that applies to both modest and luxury markets.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

10 Upgrades Under $1,000 that Increase Home Values

Posted by: Jordan Pickering on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 6:00:00 am Comments (0)

A clean, well-maintained home in tiptop condition will yield maximum profit when it comes time to sell. However, you don’t have to shell out the big bucks to make sure your house is in mint condition. There are a number of upgrades you can do for under $1,000 that will impress buyers and prompt strong offers.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Make an Offer Like a Boss

Posted by: Jordan Pickering on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 6:00:00 am Comments (0)

These 10 money- and time-saving steps can help you craft a winning bid.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Open House Tips for First-Time Buyers

Posted by: Jordan Pickering on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 6:00:00 am Comments (0)

While open houses seem pretty casual, savvy buyers know that checking out a home isn’t just about aesthetics or a quick view. In today’s hot market, you might not get another look before making an offer.

If you aren’t totally sure about how the open-house process works, you aren’t alone. Sometimes homebuyers visit an open house to window shop instead of taking full advantage of the opportunity to get important details about the home. When you visit an open house, you should have several questions prepared for the seller’s agent and you should have already conducted some research, too. You want to leave this process feeling that you have enough information to make a well-informed decision. 

Here’s what you need to know about the open-house process:

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Surviving a Seller’s Market: The Ultimate Cheat Sheet

Posted by: Jordan Pickering on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 6:00:00 am Comments (0)

Surviving a Seller’s Market: The Ultimate Cheat Sheet 

House hunting is challenging at any time; shopping during a seller’s market is a whole additional difficulty level – and that’s what would-be buyers are seeing across the country. The supply of homes is low, demand is high, and sellers are in control. If you’re not careful, you’ll be left drying your eyes with the broken shards of your rejected bid. Sound painful? It is.

Check out the seller’s market survival tip below to stand out from the competition and get that edge.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

8 Cheap & Easy Ways to Add Color Back into Your Kitchen

Posted by: Jordan Pickering on Sunday, April 1, 2018 at 6:00:00 am Comments (0)

It’s no secret that neutral kitchens continue to reign with class white, basic beige, and grays leading the pack. They are timeless, sleek, and match most décor styles. But if you’re feeling a little blah about your mind-numbing neutrals, here are 8 ideas for adding a little life back into your kitchen.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018


Posted by: Jordan Pickering on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 6:00:00 am Comments (2)

New housing data released last week shows a decrease in pending sales of 1.2 percent but an increase in closed sales, up by 8.2 percent in February.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Styling Tips to ‘Wow’ Spring-Time Home Buyers

Posted by: Jordan Pickering on Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 6:00:00 am Comments (0)

Spring is finally here! Now it’s time for sellers to prepare their house for the springtime homebuyers. Read on for some spring décor styling tips to help sellers prep their property to stand out among the sea of new listings.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

What to Expect During a Home Inspection

Posted by: Jordan Pickering on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 6:00:00 am Comments (0)

First things first – you will be feeling ALL the feels. Excitement, anxiety, impatience, you name it and the home buying process will elicit it. But take a deep breath; you’re nearing the end of the process. Read on to know what to expect during the home inspection stage of the home buying process.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Market Review for January 2018

Posted by: Jordan Pickering on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 6:00:00 am Comments (1)

New housing data released last week shows an increase in pending sales of 3.1 percent as well as an increase in closed sales, up by 5.3 percent in January.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

6 Tips for Moving Your Valuables

Posted by: Jordan Pickering on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 6:00:00 am Comments (0)

Nothing takes away the thrill of moving to a new home quite like discovering that something you love was damaged in the process – especially if that thing was also very expensive to repair or replace. Accidents happen, however, there are a few precautions you can take for your next move to prevent a mood-killer like this from happening. Read on for advice on safeguarding your most precious items on moving day.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

7 Tax Benefits of Owning a Home

Posted by: Jordan Pickering on Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 6:00:00 am Comments (1)

We’ve all heard about great tax benefits of owning a home, but what are they exactly? Homeowners and prospective homeowners might be wondering what breaks might be headed their way as they’re filing away this tax season. Well, look no further than this complete guide to all the tax benefits of owning a home – for this filing year (2017) as well as the next (2018).

Sunday, December 10, 2017

4 Tips for Selling Your Home During the Winter

Posted by: Brent Lyle on Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 7:00:00 am Comments (0)

Thinking of selling your home sometime soon? Why wait until spring? Selling during the holidays doesn’t have to spell disaster. Read on for more!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Protect Your Home on Holiday

Posted by: Brent Lyle on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 11:00:00 am Comments (0)

With the holidays on approach, there are safety measures you should take to make sure your family and your home stays safe.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

10 Important Thoughts About Moving in Colder Months

Posted by: Brent Lyle on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 7:00:00 am Comments (0)

A winter moving experience may sound, at first, like an idea full of stress and discomfort, but these 10 tips below will help warm you up to the idea.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

10 Things You Should Do in the Fall to Prep for Winter

Posted by: Brent Lyle on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 12:45:00 pm Comments (0)

Summer heat is a faint memory, and you’re pulling out your hoodies more than your shorts. It’s time to tackle a few simple chores that’ll make winter more pleasant and prevent some nasty surprises next spring.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Selling Your Home? Check These Items Off First

Posted by: Jaime Barb on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 6:00:00 am Comments (0)

Selling your home is a big move (pun intended), and as with any big decision, you should be prepared to help the process go smoothly.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Understanding Down Payment

Posted by: Jaime Barb on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 6:00:00 am Comments (0)

Most buyers will admit that one of the biggest concerns when buying a home is when to have the money for the down payment. At what point in the process are you to have the full amount?

Monday, September 25, 2017

Pros and Cons of Homebuying in Each Season

Posted by: Brent Lyle on Monday, September 25, 2017 at 8:00:00 am Comments (0)
Fall Home

Is there a best season to buy a house? Read on as we weigh in on a few helpful thoughts to keep in mind as the weather begins to change.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

4 Curb Appeal Projects to Max Out Your Home’s Value

Posted by: Brent Lyle on Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 8:00:00 am Comments (1)
Lawn + Curb Appeal

The yard of your dreams just might be more achievable than you thought.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

8 Home Projects with a High ROI

Posted by: Brent Lyle on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 6:00:00 am Comments (1)

These eight projects can add value to your home, without breaking the bank. Tackling them now will make your home more comfortable for the coming months, while ensuring that you can get maximum ROI when the time comes to sell.

Friday, August 18, 2017

How Millennials Are Changing the Housing Market

Posted by: Brent Lyle on Friday, August 18, 2017 at 6:00:00 am Comments (0)

Millennials are changing the housing market. They are better informed about their housing options than any other generation before them. Read on for a few tips on how to prepare for the new experiences they may bring.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

How to Make Buying A Home More Manageable for Seniors

Posted by: Brent Lyle on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 4:00:00 pm Comments (0)

Times are changing; the home buying process is too. It can be smart to have wise help for the big decisions - at any age.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Solar Power Can Have A Big Payoff for Indiana Homeowners

Posted by: Brent Lyle on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 6:00:00 am Comments (0)

Solar power can have a big payoff for Indiana homeowners. Read on to find out how it could work for you.

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