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Preparation To Sell: THIS IS IMPORTANT!

By Kristin Bergunder | May 15, 2019

The term “seller’s market” is something we have heard a lot over the past couple years, but does that mean you put forth less effort to market your home properly…NO! Favorable interest rates and an influx of millennial buyers have created demand for houses as well as home loans. Now is a GREAT time to […]

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Pre-Qualifications vs Pre-Approval – What’s the Difference?

By Kristin Bergunder | May 3, 2019

Mortgage industry terms—there are many and it can be hard to make sense of them, especially when they seem so similar. Pre-qualification and pre-approval are often used interchangeably, but there are some major differences between the two. Both options can be helpful to your Realtor and other mortgage professionals while shopping for a home, but […]

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Home Improvement Return On Investment Misconception

By Kristin Bergunder | Apr 11, 2019

I get asked this A LOT…..how much money am I going to get back if I remodel, or if I upgrade my kitchen counter tops and paint my cabinets, replace my flooring, etc.? A question I ALWAYS ask in my design consultations is what the foreseeable future looks like. Are we upgrading or modifying for […]

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Why You Need An Agent For New Construction

By Kristin Bergunder | Mar 26, 2019

One of the questions buyers often wonder is whether it is necessary to have a buyer’s agent when purchasing new construction. The answer is a resounding yes!  Some don’t even think about it or realize you can and should use a buyer’s agent when considering building. As with any home purchase, there are too many potential pitfalls, […]

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Declutter: The Rightsize In 5 Easy Steps

By Kristin Bergunder | Feb 16, 2019

Most households acquire a host of cherished items over time. Eventually, you may find yourself surrounded by more possessions than you can handle. Whether you are considering retiring in your own home or moving to a new space, it is important to create a plan to live comfortably. There are many issues that arise that […]

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Multiple Offers

By Kristin Bergunder | Feb 4, 2019

  In our market we definitely have our fair share of multiple offer situations, especially in the heat of buying and selling season. How do we handle them as a buyer and seller? Buyer:  You have found the perfect home, but so have 3 other people and after putting in your offer, your REALTOR delivers […]

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Deferred Maintenance or Updating?

By Kristin Bergunder | Jan 23, 2019

Too often clients planning to sell their home confuse the difference between deferred maintenance and updating.  When was the last time you had your furnace maintenance? Cleaned your duct work or carpets? How about the paint chipping on exterior trim? While many homes that are “updated” tend to sell faster, do not ignore maintenance and […]

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Keep Pests Out

By Kristin Bergunder | Jan 2, 2019

The cool temps have arrived and there are armies of pests busy looking for ways to infiltrate our homes. We can take steps to avoid the bands of bugs and vermin hoping to claim our dwelling for themselves. Seal It Up While this tactic is relatively time-consuming, expending the energy to seal up your windows, […]

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Home Should Be Relaxing

By Kristin Bergunder | Jan 2, 2019

Home is where you often go to relax and de-stress after a long day. Sometimes though, home can be the cause of our stress. This happens to a lot of us when our house is cluttered or unorganized. There are many steps you can take to eliminate the clutter and start creating a stress free environment […]

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Prepare For Paperwork During The Mortgage Process

By Kristin Bergunder | Jan 2, 2019

One of the first things home buyers comment on is all of the paperwork that a mortgage company needs to process, underwrite and approve a loan. While it may seem like they’re taking everything short of a DNA sample, everything has a purpose. There are different required documents whether you’re buying your primary residence, a lake […]

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