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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.

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