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How to Get a Good Price on Your Home in a Poor Market

By Jim McKinley - Guest Blogger - January 27, 2021
  Know Your Local Market Conditions Being informed is the first step toward netting a good price on your home. You need to know whether your local market favors buyers or sellers. For example, if there is a large inventory of homes on the market, this indicates a more favorable market for buyers. In contrast, fewer homes can mean your home may be a competitive listing. If you need a profe

Resources For New Real Estate Investors

By Katie Conroy - January 27, 2021
  Resources For New Real Estate Investors   Every real estate investor has to start somewhere. Sometimes, we opt to rent out our own vacation homes as a way to generate a second seasonal income. Others, we purchase and renovate single and multi-family houses to rent for the long haul. Whichever option you’ve chosen – or think you might be interested in – there are

3 Things You Need to Do to Really Make Money from Your Investment Property

By Katie Conroy - Guest Blogger - February 17, 2020
It’s widely acknowledged that real estate is a safer investment than most. Despite this, purchasing your very first investment property will come with no small measure of trepidation — and for good reason. Like all ventures, it still comes with risks, not the least of which is a high vacancy rate that can potentially result in negative cash flow. On the other hand, it also comes with

Moving a Parent in After Their Spouse’s Death

By Lucille Rosetti - Guest Blogger - June 09, 2019
  Moving a Parent in After Their Spouse’s Death The death of a spouse isn’t just devastating for your elderly parent; it could prompt a sharp decline in their health. Not only does the emotional stress of losing a spouse put your surviving parent at risk of cardiovascular decline, the resulting grief and isolation can spur myriad health issues, from poor nutrition to cognitiv

A Complete Guide to Moving Following a Loss

By Lucille Rosetti - Guest Blogger - April 22, 2019
When you lose a loved one, especially one who was a constant part of your everyday life, it can be difficult to see the world around you go on without them. Your environment and your routine feel off, and this can make it harder for you to process your grief and move on from it. For some, moving and finding a fresh start somewhere new can be exactly what is needed.   Of course, moving is a

Keep Your HVAC Unit Running Efficiently with Simple, Regular Maintenance

By Ray Flyn - Guest Blogger - February 24, 2019
  Cleaning the oven or changing your water filter are, generally speaking, simple DIY home maintenance tasks, but there are other important features of your home that require regular attention in order to work properly and efficiently. Your HVAC system is one such feature, perhaps the single most important component of your home. Fortunately, it’s not that difficult to keep your unit

Saratoga Springs Temple

By Joel Finnie - January 21, 2019
On Tuesday the city of Saratoga Springs released the Beacon Pointe Community Plan. While it does not specifically mention a temple, there is no doubt the “Special Project” is the site for the Saratoga Springs temple President Monson announced in April 2017. The community plan states: “The Special Project site for the LDS Church [shown below] serves as a prominent architectural fe

How a Flat Rate Brokerage Almost Cost Us More Than $100,000

By The Ellis's - August 01, 2018
We first listed our home with a flat rate brokerage hoping to save money. In the past, we saw agents that just took some pictures, listed the property on the MLS, and maybe held an open house. We didn’t feel their efforts were worth a full 3% commission. Initially, we had a few showings and even received an offer, but it was $175,000 below our asking price, and because of poor communicatio

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