Wednesday, April 10, 2019
A Tiki Bar in Your Garage?
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Thursday, April 4, 2019
My Dad's Retirement
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We went to Minnesota and celebrated my Dad's retirement last weekend. We had tons of family and friends
help us celebrate. His retirement got me thinking about financial planning and estate planning. Do you have your affairs in
Thursday, March 7, 2019
Daylight Savings Time!
Daylight savings time is this weekend. Along with the standard checking of batteries in your smoke/CO2
detectors, make sure you take a look at your sump pump battery back up and make sure it's in working order. With the snow
we've gotten this winter, you'll want to make sure it's working!
4:35 pm cst
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
A Word on Home Inspections...
I've had a few clients lately who have been upset with the results on the home inspection on the property
they are selling. Just a note to keep in mind: Home inspectors are hired by the buyers. They are there to help the buyers
make an informed decision on the condition of a home before they go forward. Did you do some work on the house yourself that
the inspector points out isn't quite right? Did the home inspection find something that you weren't expecting? Don't take
it personally, that's their job.
3:59 pm cst
Friday, February 22, 2019
Estate Plan - Do You Have One?
Do you have stuff? Do you have kids? Do you have a beloved pet or two? If you have any of these things,
you should have an estate plan. Whether it's a simple will or a trust, make sure your assets and loved ones are protected.
Contact my office today if you're interested in seeing what I can do for you.
2:15 pm cst
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Happy Valentine's Day!
While it's definitely not in the top 5 of my favorite holidays, I know people love Valentine's Day.
Hope that you have an amazing day with loved ones!
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Thursday, February 7, 2019
Spring Market is HERE!
The Super Bowl is over. Were you happy with the results? Unofficially the week after the Super Bowl
means the start of the Spring market. With the weather that we've had, I'm sure it will be a slow start, but if you are thinking
about putting your home on the market, now is the time.
10:24 am cst
Monday, October 1, 2018
Family Pets are Changing the Types of Homes People Purchase
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According to Realtor.com, 87 percent of people consider the needs of their family pets when shopping
for a home. In fact, 75 percent said they would pass on their "dream home" if it didn't accommodate their pet.
Do you have a pet? We have a cat Blackie and a boxer rottweiler mix, Willow, who needs a yard to play in.
Monday, July 16, 2018
Should I Have a Home Inspection?
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I've had a few clients lately that have chosen not to conduct a home inspection on the properties
they are purchasing. There's always a reason: "It's a condo, what can be wrong?" or "I am trying to save money."
or "I did a walkthrough of the place with my dad/contractor/uncle and it looks fine."
spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on the biggest investment you will make in a lifetime. I'm not saying that your
dad/contractor/uncle doesn't know their stuff. But it's always best to have a third party professional give your house the
once-over. Buying a home is not the time to try to save money on such an item, or to be cheap. One thing that is missed at
your once-over could cost you thousands of dollars. What if the HVAC goes out? Or the sump pump?
please, please. Pay for a professional home inspection.
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Buying and Selling a Home on the Same Day
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Whoa, it's been a busy summer! I have been so busy helping clients buy and sell. What's the most
common thing I've seen? People buying and selling on the same day. It's required sometimes, but it can be precarious. Here's
a few tips I have if you're doing a buy/sale on the same day.
1) Schedule your movers to
move your belongings out the day prior to closing. Buyers do not want to do a walk through of your home prior to closing and
see your belongings still there, or that you are still moving out. Buyers want to see your home clean and empty.
2) And speaking of clean and empty, don't leave trash in the home. Don't leave stuff in the fridge or the
freezer. Broom clean condition is required, a professional cleaning service is nice. Don't leave big furniture or mattresses
in the home that you don't want for the new buyer to deal with.
3) Let your
attorney attend your sale in the morning with your pre-signed documents. You don't need to be there and you have other things
you can be doing during that time. You don't need to attend the sale of your home.
DO however, need to attend the purchase of your new home, unless you've made arrangements with your lender and attorney to
5) Don't schedule movers for 1:00 when your buy is at noon. Give yourself
at least three hours for closing. They usually don't take that long, but are sure to if you have a moving truck sitting outside
your new home.
6) RELAX! Things don't always go perfectly when you're trying to coordinate
a million things. Let your real estate professionals help you and handle the details.