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Cool Home Improvement Ideas You Can Complete This Weekend

Cool Home Improvement Ideas You Can Complete This Weekend

Choosing the projects to complete around the house can be overwhelming, time consuming, and expensive! In this video I’m going to share with you cool home improvement ideas you can complete this weekend. Here we go! Hi, I’m Heather Wright with RE/MAX Concepts. I’m a REALTOR in the Des Moines area and I know what improvements help sell a home. No matter what your budget is - there are upgrades you...

who pays for closing costs

who pays closing costs?

Are you thinking about buying or selling a house and wondering if you’ll have to pay closing costs?  We’re going to answer that question right now! Hi, I’m Heather Wright with RE/MAX Concepts. I’m a REALTOR in Des Moines and I can help you understand who pays closing costs. The short answer is that BOTH the buyer and seller pay for their OWN closing costs. Buying and selling real estate...

Should You Sell Your House During the Holiday Season?

If you’ve ever had your house for sale in the late fall/early winter (or thought about selling then) you’ve probably wondered - should you sell your house during the holiday season? Some real estate agents would give you the 5 reasons why your house will sell better/faster/for-more-money/etc with an emphatic YES, sell during the holidays. But, I have to ask - WHO is that advice actually helping?...

mortgage rates

What Are the Experts Saying about Mortgage Rates?

Mortgage rates have risen over the last few months and projections are that they will continue their upswing throughout 2017. What impact will this have on the housing market? Here is what the experts are saying: Laurie Goodman, Co-director of the Urban Institute’s Housing Finance Policy Center:“In 1984, 1994, 2000, and 2013, every time we have rate increases, we have increases in nominal home prices....

interpreting buyer feedback

Interpreting Buyer Feedback

When you’re selling your house and have taken time to clean, pick up, and clear all your counters so a buyer can tour your home - you probably want to know what they thought about your house, right? Actually, you probably want them to make an offer! But, if they don’t make an offer, it’s common for sellers to want to know WHY. The “why” is called buyer feedback. And, sometimes it can be...

price your home for sale

How to Price Your Home for Sale

One of the most essential factors that you should always consider while selling your home is the price. (Duh, right?) Remember that fairy tale - Goldilocks and the Three Bears? While we don’t recommend breaking and entering or sleeping in stranger’s beds, there’s a lesson in there that we can correlate to pricing strategy. The first bed that Goldilocks tried was too high and too hard. Similar to...

future value of your home

How to Stop Worrying About the Future Value of Your Home

It’s tempting to fall into the crystal ball trap when it comes to home value. You know the one, where you try to determine if values will rise (and by how much). Real estate is one of the biggest investments you’ll make so it’s completely understandable that you’d wonder about the future value of your home. Still there’s a difference between making an informed decision and worrying about...

home improvement

Home Improvement: You’ll Find Big Savings in the Attic

In the world of home improvement projects attic insulation is like an economy car; budget friendly but not turning any heads. Unlike a sparkling new sports car (or updated kitchen) there’s nothing sexy about improving attic insulation. Since money IS sexy we’re going to explore some reasons to consider adding this project onto this year’s “To Do” list.How Insulation Improves Energy...

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