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Monthly Archives: July 2023

    Ceiling Design Ideas that Add Impact

    By Jake Mannick | July 29, 2023

    For most people, the only effort they place into the ceiling design is removing the old popcorn treatment. While this is certainly an important first step, there are many ways to use the ceiling to add interest and impact to any room. Considered the “fifth wall” by designers, ceiling design changes can be either subtle... Read More

    What Does “Clear to Close” Mean?

    By Jake Mannick | July 22, 2023

    One of the best things a homebuyer can hear is, “we have ‘clear to close.’” It’s one of the biggest milestones in the mortgage lending process and means the underwriter has cleared the application to move forward to document signing and close of escrow. While a critical stage for the sale, this is not the... Read More

    6 Side Hustles To Help Save For A Down Payment

    By Jake Mannick | July 15, 2023

    One of the biggest financial goals for many is to save up enough money for a down payment on a house. For those who don’t have access to family wealth or are having trouble scraping together the funds, side hustles can be an invaluable source of income. Here are six great side hustles that can... Read More

    Unusual but Important Considerations When Choosing the Right Neighborhood

    By Jake Mannick | July 10, 2023

    Most people know that choosing the right neighborhood is one of the most important aspects of a great lifestyle. When buying a new home, this becomes even more important. While everyone knows that property values, safety, schools, and commute ranks high in importance, there are some considerations that are not commonly thought about in advance... Read More

    Buying a Home in a Fire Risk Area? What You Need to Know

    By Jake Mannick | July 8, 2023

    Buying a home is a large financial responsibility for anyone. You are investing a large portion of your monthly income, and most likely all or most of your savings, into the property. All homeownership comes with risks, but for anyone planning to purchase in an area at high risk for fire, it becomes even more... Read More

    5 Common Lawn Mistakes

    By Jake Mannick | July 7, 2023

    Summer is made for the outdoors. When the weather turns warm, the backyard becomes the central focus for family fun. After a long, cold winter, homeowners around the country turn their attention to their lawn. Yet, these weekend warriors could be sabotaging their lawn by making these five common mistakes. Overwatering – Watering is vital... Read More

    Preparing For The Appraisal In A Declining Market

    By Jake Mannick | July 5, 2023

    Preparing for the home appraisal is always an important step when selling your home. In a declining market, it becomes critical. When home prices are rising or steady, one can expect the comps (comparable properties) will justify the sales price you negotiated. When prices are falling, this becomes less sure. Since appraisers use the most... Read More

    Does Your Listing Use the Right Keywords to Attract Buyers?

    By Jake Mannick | July 3, 2023

    If you’re selling your home, you already know it’s critical to your success to attract as many potential buyers as possible. Yes, you’ve engaged a real estate agent to handle the marketing and listing, but you need to be aware of the effectiveness of their work as well. Does your listing include the keyword that... Read More

    Can You Buy a Home with IRS Debt?

    By Aizza Jopson | July 1, 2023

    Owing money to the IRS is unsettling for anyone. It’s also very easy to find oneself in that position. Many people are shocked to discover that they inadvertently miscalculated the amount of taxes owed either at the end of the year or from a previous year. There are also unexpected events that can cause a... Read More

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