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So you've decided to list your home and need someone to do the heavy lifting to get it sold? Maybe your family is growing or you're ready to downsize? Looking for the ideal space to call your first home? It's time to call a real estate professional! Choosing the right agent can seem like a daunting task, but we've put together a guide to help keep things simple.

Do I Really Need a Real Estate Agent?

Although you can list and sell your own home, there are many benefits to hiring an agent. A realtor is working in the local market every day, so their knowledge of current pricing trends is invaluable. This can ensure you make the highest profit possible on your home. They know what buyers are looking for and how to stage your home to grab the…

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It has been quite the whirlwind of a real estate market over the last few years here in Chattanooga, TN. We hit all time lows with interest rates as well as all time highs with home value increases. Homes were selling in less than 24 hours and with little to no contingencies. Throughout 2022 and 2023, we started to see that change a bit as the interest rates began to increase which changed a lot of people’s buying power. It has been all over the news and social media lately that interest rates are expected to drop in 2024 which would mean a lower mortgage payment for buyers. While you may be saying to yourself, “I’ll wait to buy a home when the interest rates drop,” we’re here to discuss why that may not be in your best interest. While we can’t…

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The holiday season is a magical time of year, and there's nothing quite like having friends and family in the comfort of your own home. We have seen so many people purchase their first home in the recent years which creates the perfect opportunity to host holiday gatherings for the first time. Whether you purchased your first home or moved into a new home, we've put together a list of 10 essential tips to help you host an unforgettable gathering and make lasting memories during this special time of year. 

1. Create a Warm Welcome 

Begin with a festive entrance to set the tone for your gathering. Consider placing a wreath on the front door, adding twinkling lights, or placing a seasonal doormat to greet your guests with holiday cheer. 

2.…

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The real estate market in Chattanooga has changed a bit over this last year. We’ve gone from historically low interest rates and houses selling within hours back to what was considered a “normal” market. With interest rates around 6%-7%, getting approved to purchase a home has become a little more expensive which can make it harder for a first time home buyer. One of the best ways for a first time home buyer and even an investor is buying a home that needs updates. Buying a fixer-upper can be a great way to get into the real estate market and potentially build equity while customizing your home to your preferences. However, it's essential to approach this type of investment with mindfulness and a well-thought-out plan. We’ve put together a plan to…

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You may have heard the term House Hacking over the last several years. The popular investing strategy has become a great tool for those looking to get into real estate investing. During the heavy sellers market over the past few years, it was really difficult (although not impossible) in the Chattanooga area as many competed against larger, all cash investors. As the market shifts, house hacking becomes more accessible if you are purchasing with a home loan. We've broken down what exactly house hacking is and how you can make it work for you.

House hacking is a real estate investment strategy where you purchase a multifamily property (such as a duplex or triplex) and live in one of the units while renting out the others. The main goal of house…

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Buying a home is a significant financial investment, and a home inspection is a crucial step in the process. A home inspection provides valuable insights into the condition of the property, helping you make an informed decision about your purchase. We’re here to guide you through what to expect during your inspection period so you can approach the process confidently.

Once a buyer is under contract to purchase a home, their inspection period begins. An inspection period (or “due diligence” period) is a specific number of days that has been agreed upon by the buyer and seller allowing the buyer to examine the condition of the home and still obtain their earnest money in the event the contract is terminated. 

Buyers typically hire a professional…

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It’s crazy to think we are already half way through 2023! While the real estate market has been ever changing, it has still been a busy year so far. The most common question people ask is– how’s the market going? So let’s talk about how the first half of 2023 has been.

How is the current market?

It is still a seller’s market. WAIT! Don’t leave! It may still be a seller’s market, but it is not the same type of seller’s market that we saw in 2020, 2021, and 2022. Interest rates, inventory, days on market all look very different from this time last year. So what does that mean?

Interest rates are higher than they have been in the previous years. A significant amount of people either bought or refinanced within the last few years to take…

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Real estate investment has long been recognized as a lucrative venture for those seeking financial growth and passive income. However, navigating the complex world of real estate requires knowledge of effective investment strategies. One such strategy that has gained significant popularity among investors is the BRRRR method. We've broken down its core principles, and how it can help you build a successful real estate portfolio.

What is the BRRRR Method?

BRRRR stands for Buy, Rehab, Rent, Refinance, and Repeat. It allows investors to buy properties, improve their value through renovations or repairs, rent them out to generate cash flow, refinance to recover the money spent, and then repeat the process to continue to build their portfolio.

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Popular online real estate marketplaces often offer some sort of home valuation tool that tells you what your house might be worth. You might not know it as a home valuation, but maybe by a catchy name for their estimates (hint: put a Z in front of estimates). We, as real estate agents, often get asked about these estimates whether it is listing their house or they’re looking to purchase a house. We understand that real estate is a large financial investment and you want to make sure you’re getting the best price possible whether that is buying or selling. We are here to help you filter through what’s accurate and what is not.

To start, let’s make sure we understand what a home valuation is. Home valuations take the facts about your home (square…

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As 2022 comes to an end, so does this historical time in real estate. As the market shifts, it’s important to talk about where we have been, where the market is headed, and what that looks like for you. There is a good chance you’ve seen something come across your TV, phone, or computer screen that can make you feel a little nervous about what is to come. Let’s break it down into facts and see what it actually means for you.

Where we have been

Even if you were not interested in buying or selling real estate over the past few years, you might have seen segments on the news, read an article, laughed at jokes on the internet, or screamed in frustration over the real estate market. To sum it all up, the market was crazy! We were in an incredibly…

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