How to Keep Your Home Safe and Secure During the Holidays

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

With all of the decorations, shopping, parties, and fun coming up with the holiday season, it’s important to be safe while also having fun. The best thing SafeWise can suggest for home safety during the holidays, as well as the rest of the year, is to have a monitored security system. But there are several other things you can do in addition to that to help keep your home and family safe. Here are five tips to help you do just that.

5 Tips to Keep Your Closing Date

Posted by: Jordan Pickering on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 6:00:00 am Comments (1)

5 Tips to Keep Your Closing Date

Even the most well-intentioned buyers and sellers can have closing delays pop up seemingly out of nowhere. As a buyer, you're ready to get into your new home, and sellers are equally (if not more) ready to reap the financial benefits of their sale. Together, the buyer and seller will settle on a closing date with the help of the buyer's real estate agent and the seller's listing agent. But sometimes, this date has to be pushed back.

I experienced this personally, and the reason was literally one for the record books: The city where I live was covered in inches snow for the first time in 30 years. The weather fiasco meant the roof replacement that was supposed to take place before closing—a repair contingency the seller was required to take care of—couldn't happen. It also meant I had to negotiate with the tenants taking over my lease where I was renting and beg them to let me stay a little bit longer. In the end, it all worked out. And while, in my case, there probably wasn't anything I or the sellers could've done to keep our original closing date, there are ways in which a homebuyer can maintain control and get the keys on time. Here are a few tips:

What is Escrow?

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

What is escrow?

You don’t have to live in Portland to appreciate this highly relatable “Portlandia” sketch. Here, the show’s main characters Fred and Carrie watch a fictional video called “Escrow 101” where the try to understand the origins and meaning of this word to frustrating (and hilarious) effect.