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    November 27, 2014
    Happy Thanksgiving!

    I hope you all have a beautiful day filled with family, friends, and food!

    Photo from Brittany Estes

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    November 26, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Fantastic Frames and Light Fixture

    Photo from Beneath My Heart

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    November 25, 2014
    A Simple Tip To Save You Money When Buying A Home

    There is nothing more frustrating to a Realtor than a buyer who has no clue what he wants. Have you not figured out a budget? Do you not know whether you’d like to rent or buy? Do you not know what style of home appeals to you? Then you are not ready to buy a home. While a Realtor can guide you through options, it’ll actually save you money if you have an idea ahead of time. Prioritizing your needs will help you (and your agent) greatly when looking at homes. Check out this post by Thomas Araujo at the Trulia blog:

    What’s more important: a big backyard, or proximity to your child’s school? Far too often people buy a home for the wrong reasons, and then regret their decision when the home doesn’t meet their needs. Don’t shop with stars in your eyes: satisfy your needs first. If you’re lucky, you’ll find a home that does this and also fulfills your desires.

    Photo Credit: Alan Cleaver 

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    November 24, 2014
    Better News For First Time Buyers

    While demand for homes is high, and inventory low, you may be surprised to learn that first time buyers are not making up a large portion of the market. In fact, first time buyers are at an all time low. This may be attributed to less confidence in the market since the housing collapse, student loan debt, unemployment, and higher rent and inflation. It’s impossible to save money for a down payment when all of your money is going to student loan payments, and $800 a month rent- while working as a waitress since no one else is hiring. However, economists predict that things will be looking up for millenials looking to buy, young couples, and other first time buyers in 2015. Check out this article at Realtor Mag for more info:

    The market is already showing signs of opening the doors to more first-time buyers. Stronger employment and the loosening of some underwriting standards are developments that are already paving the way for the first-time buyer’s return. Plus, the return of mortgages that allow buyers to put down 3 percent.

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    November 21, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: Cheap Fall Decor Ideas

    I love the leaves surrounding the candle in the bowl. Just in time for Thanksgiving!

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    November 20, 2014
    Easy Tips For A Perfect Master Bedroom

    I would argue that (besides the kitchen, of course) the bedroom is the most important room in your home. It’s an area all your own, and where you relax and spend most of your free time. For your own mental state, it’s important that it is clean, well designed, and reflects your own tastes. If you are trying to sell your home, it is doubly important that the master bedroom is gorgeous and inviting. For décor and care inspiration, check out this post at Entirely Eventful Day:

    -Layer texture and pattern: combine unusual textures and prints

    -Statement lighting- an interesting light fixture can make an entire room special

    -Add extra seating- like benches in the front of the bed

    -Think simple- clean lines, crisp white sheets, and classic bedroom colors will never go wrong.

    -Add a sitting area to make it extra homey

    Photo Credit: Entirely Eventful Day 

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    November 19, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Adorable Cabin

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    November 18, 2014
    Moving Tips: Unpacking

    Buying a home and selling your old one can be a very difficult process. But, it’s also fun! You get a fresh start, new neighbors, new scenery- and looking at houses is exciting. In my opinion, the absolute worst part of moving… Is the actual process of moving. Packing, loading, unpacking- it’s physically and emotionally exhausting. That’s why I’m always on the lookout for tips that make it a little less horrible. Check out this post by JamieLyn at I Heart Nap Time for some great ideas:

    -Clean and sanitize everything in your new home before you start

    -If possible, dedicate 1-3 days to unpacking after moving. It’s nice to get it done within a week.

    -Get empty boxes out of the way as you go, or they will pile up.

    -Go room by room, and have helpers. Do bedrooms and bathrooms first, then the kitchen.

    -Turn on some music, invite friends, and have fun!

    Photo Credit: Joe Hall 

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    November 17, 2014
    For Realtors: Working With Picky Buyers

    In today’s market, buyers can’t really afford to be too choosy- if they want to actually get a house. Homes are being sold in record times- many within a few days (or even hours) of putting them on the market. However, there are always going to be those kinds of buyers. Overly critical, and finding fault with every minor detail- they are the nitpicky buyers that every agent dreads. Now, it’s fair to assume that anyone buying a home will have certain things they look for, and it’s okay to be a bit demanding (a house is a huge purchase!). That’s totally normal and expected. But there’s a difference in being selective and being difficult. If you’re an agent, read this post at The Ready Agent on dealing with picky buyers:

    When the homes you show them meet all or most of their criteria and they’re not making offers; you’ve got yourself a picky home buyer. The answer? Take your picky home buyers to a new home builder!

    Many new agents (and even some experienced ones) forget that most new home builders love working with real estate agents.  In fact, many new home builders even offer bonuses to Realtors for bringing them a buyer.

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    November 14, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: What Not To Do As A Seller

    Learn some common seller mistakes from this video- and how to avoid them.

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