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Buying a house is an exciting time in your life regardless of if you’re a first-time home buyer or purchasing your fifth house. There are a lot of things to consider when buying a home like location, how many bedrooms you need, if are you looking for more storage space, if a yard is important, etc. While purchasing a home is a process, we feel that it is important to understand the upfront costs as you begin the process to help eliminate any surprises. 

To start, it is important to understand these costs are going to be separate from your downpayment. For example, if you’re preapproved for $350,000 and plan to put down 10%, the total amount that you are paying is $35,000 (10% of your loan) plus the following costs. It is also important to note…

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In the recent months, the real estate market has begun to shift. What does that mean for you as a buyer? Should you wait for rates to go back down? Should you wait for house prices to drop? Here is what we are seeing in this market shift and why it is a good time to buy. 

1. Housing prices are starting to balance

You may have noticed some homes sitting on the market longer than 48 hours or sellers are dropping their prices in order to sell. This does not mean that the value of the home is decreasing. It means that we have reached the peak of this crazy, rapidly climbing market. Over the past few years, housing prices have increased faster than we've ever seen before. House values were increasing tens of thousands of dollars if not more in just a…

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Summer time is the perfect time to plant a beautiful garden, entertain family and friends, or just relax outside. Our front porch is the first thing we see when we home and truly sets the tone for guests entering our house. Updating your curb appeal with a few simple fixes can make all of the difference to your house. Here are our top 5 tips for updating your front porch. 

1. Define Your Focal Point

Chattanooga is lucky enough to have a lot of unique styles of houses throughout. From historic to modern homes, the exterior of each home will have a different focal point. For example, if you have a beautiful staircase leading directly up to your front door, your focal point will most likely be your stairs or front door. Or maybe your front porch…

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We are half way through the year 2022 and it has already proven to be one for the books in real estate. We have continued to see multiple offers with competitive bids including above asking prices and little to no contingencies. However, is all of that about to change? 

Based on the market statistics from Greater Chattanooga Realtors, the average from the first half of this year are as follows,

  • Median sales price=$295,625
  • Days on market=19
  • Inventory=850
  • Closed transactions per month=912

If we take a look at the end of 2021, the median sales price was $265,000, days on market was 22 days, and inventory ended with 903 properties for sale. In just 6 months, the average median price has increased by $30,000. What this means…

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Getting your house ready for summer doesn't just mean uncovering the pool and prepping the grill. It also means checking off a few to do items to make sure your home is ready for the summer season. By keeping up with regular maintenance, it helps to protect your home and can prevent costly repairs down the road. Here are our top 10 items for you to check off your summer to do list.

1. Service & repair your HVAC

As the temperature rises, it is incredibly important to make sure your air conditioner is ready to take on the hot days of summer. While it is recommended that you service your HVAC annually, the weather changes can take its toll on your unit. Having a licensed technician inspect your HVAC can help you beat the heat this year!

2.…

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Is moving into your new home on your to-do list? Not just I-have-never-lived here-before new, but no-one-has-ever-lived-here-before new? Whether you're a current homeowner or a first-time home searcher, a newly constructed home could be just what you need to make your property dreams a reality this year. Here are four reasons why new builds could be worth your downpayment and/or putting your current living space on the market.


1. Unleash Your Creativity

If you've ever played the popular computer game The Sims, you know how much it is to design your own space. Depending on when you enter the building process, new home construction can be just like that, but in real life! Whether you're working with a contractor to fill an empty plot or you're…

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Spring cleaning is an annual ritual that many perform—some more enthusiastically than others—to clear out the winter debris and achieve a more comfortable environment for everyone in our households. But performing spring cleaning and annual home maintenance tasks isn’t only good for our homes. According to medical science, it’s actually good for our mental and physical health too. In fact, increasing numbers of people have begun to view spring cleaning as an act of self-care because of its benefits to mind and body health. This year, don’t skip this ritual; luxuriate in its healthful benefits, and enhance your living space with improved maintenance at the same time.

Spring Cleaning Benefits Your Mental and Physical Health

Ever walk into a…

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What happens if you look and look but can’t find your dream home? No house is perfect, but if you can’t budge on your needs, building your own home might be your best bet! 

But before you start looking for land for this amazing home of yours, read this first to avoid some serious land buying errors that can wreck your whole plan. Here are 6 land buying mistakes you don’t want to overlook:

1. Not using the help of a professional 

So you see a lot that is For Sale By Owner in the neighborhood you want and think it might be easier to just handle the negotiations yourself. Think again! An experienced realtor is going to know exactly what goes into buying a piece of land and the zoning requirements, legal access information and other less obvious…

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Investing in rental properties can make you a lot of money in the long run - but only if you do it right! Here are some of the biggest mistakes you can make when starting the journey into buying rental properties. 

1. Not getting a home inspection before you buy

A home might look perfectly ok to the untrained eye, but don’t forget that your investment isn’t just those four walls. It’s the plumbing, electrical, foundation and other important elements that you need to get a professional to assess before you commit. 

2. Not properly calculating to cost vs. revenue

A deal may seem incredible, and you feel like you need to jump on it. We get it. BUT don’t do yourself a disservice and sign on the dotted line without doing your homework. You need a…

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The idea of saving enough money to buy your own home can seem daunting. A downpayment for a home needs to be at least 3-5 percent of the purchase price, which even for a $100,000 home is $3,000 to $5,000 you’ll need up front. 

So, how do you save that kind of money? We have some money saving tips and tricks to help you be more frugal and save money fast.

1. Come up with a time frame

Decide when you want to buy a home. If your goal is to buy a home next year, that gives you 12 months to save up for your downpayment. If you want to put 5% down on a $150,000 home and start saving now, you know you need to put back $625 a month to make it happen! Now that you’ve broken it down like that, it doesn’t seem as scary right? 

2. Set up a separate…

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