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Posted by Julie Etter on 3/17/2019

Getting a professional inspection is one of the most important parts of closing on a home. An inspection can save you endless time and money if it catches repairs that need to be made, and it can draw your attention to any problems that could be dangerous to you and your family.

Many buyers, especially those who are buying a home for the first time, aren’t sure what to expect during a home inspection. They might have questions that they’re afraid to ask the inspector, or they might feel like they should be asking questions but don’t know the right ones to ask.

In this article, we’ll give you the rundown on the home inspection process. We’ll explain how to get started, what to expect on inspection day, and what to do with your findings.

Contingency clauses

Before closing on a home, it’s important to make sure your offer involves a contingency clause, otherwise known as a “due diligence contingency.” This section of your contract gives you the right to perform a home inspection within a given number of days.

Sellers may inform you that they have recently had the home inspected and even offer to show you the results of the inspection. However, it is best practice to have your own inspection performed with a trusted professional.

After your offer is accepted, you should begin calling and getting quotes from inspectors immediately.

Before the inspection

Once you’ve considered your options of inspectors and chosen an inspector, it’s time to schedule your inspection. Both you and your real estate agent should attend the inspection.

You’ll both have the opportunity to ask questions. However, it’s a good idea to write down your minor questions and ask them before or after the inspection so that the professional you’ve hired is able to focus on their work to do the best possible job inspecting your future home.

During the inspection

The inspection itself is pretty straightforward. Your inspector will examine the exterior and interior of your home, including several vital components and then will provide you with a report of their findings.

They will inform you of repairs that need to be made now, parts of the home that should be monitored for future repairs, and anything that poses a safety concern to you and your family.

The parts of your home the inspector will review include:

  • Roof

  • Exterior Walls

  • Foundation

  • Garage

  • Land grading

  • Plumbing

  • Electrical

  • Heating, ventilation, air conditioning

  • Appliances

There are some things your inspection won’t include. For example, mold, termite damage, and other issues that aren’t easily observable without causing damage might be missed by your inspector and will require a specialist.

After the inspection

Once the inspection is complete, you will have the chance to ask any remaining questions. You can review the findings of your inspection report and make decisions about how you want to handle any repairs that need to be made.

You may choose to ask the seller to make the repairs noted in your inspection report. If they refuse, you can withdraw from your contract at any time.


Ultimately, the choice will be yours what to do with the findings from the inspection. But having one can save you immeasurable money on impending repairs that you may not have been aware of.




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Posted by Julie Etter on 3/14/2019

Bright and spacious interior meets ample property to create the ultimate in an economical purchase! From the large family room to the skylight/sun drenched eat in kitchen, entertaining and day to day family convenience has never been so easy! With three spacious bedrooms centered by an over sized bathroom, privacy is appreciated, while ease of floor plan creates the perfect accommodations! With a lower level, walk out retreat, logically connecting to the 2 car garage, the large yard and surrounding natural setting can be appreciated from many angles, including your front porch, or side porch all perched to maximize your outdoor enjoyment! Large indoor and outdoor entertaining areas should create excitement for the upcoming summer barbecues! Tremendous location benefits from proximity to major routes and local amenities ensure that time is not only saved on commuting, but on recent cosmetic upgrades. You will quickly feel encouraged to call this place, HOME!

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Posted by Julie Etter on 3/11/2019

Modern space meets classic amenities in this youthful colonial packed with logic! Rarely does a floor plan provide such openness but preferred family options. From the over sized mudroom to greet you after spring time play, or tucked away first floor office for professional needs (or perhaps a first floor bedroom option!), space is created throughout. First floor boasts both formal and casual living options while upstairs offers the ideal lofted recreational space, all without compromising the sleeping area's privacy. Private master suite with a walk in closet you thought you could only dream about! Nestled in a picturesque neighborhood optimally laid out for evening strolls and bike ride adventures! Rear professional patio will serve as the perfect host to your summer barbecue, perfectly complimenting the open yard space for outdoor enjoyment. Huge basement creates your pallet for living space expansion to suit any unique needs! Flowing floor plan, affectionately maintained!

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Posted by Julie Etter on 3/10/2019

For those who want to sell a house, it helps to plan ahead as much as possible. By doing so, you can identify potential home selling hurdles and address such problems.

To better understand how to prepare for the house selling journey, let's take a look at three questions that every home seller needs to consider before listing a residence.

1. What is my home worth?

What you originally paid for your house likely is very different from your home's current value. Fortunately, a home appraisal makes it simple to receive an accurate property valuation based on the current condition of your residence and various real estate market factors.

A home appraisal report generally can be prepared in just days. To obtain this report, a home seller will need to hire a property appraiser to analyze his or her residence. Also, a property appraiser will evaluate the current state of the real estate market, the prices of comparable residences that recently sold and other relevant housing market data.

Once you receive a home appraisal report, you can establish a competitive initial asking price for your residence. And with this price in place, you may be able to speed up the home selling journey.

2. Is my home an attractive option?

Think about what sets your house apart from others – you'll be happy you did. Because if you can differentiate your residence from the competition, you may be able to stir up lots of interest in your house as soon as it becomes available.

Oftentimes, it is beneficial to conduct a house inspection prior to listing a home. An inspection enables you to identify any underlying problems with your home. You then can prioritize and complete home repairs based on the inspection results.

You may want to allocate time and resources to bolster your house's curb appeal too. Remember, your home only gets one chance to make a great first impression on prospective buyers. If you enhance your residence's curb appeal, you can boost the likelihood that potential buyers will immediately fall in love with your home.

3. How can I maximize the value of my house?

There is no one-size-fits-all solution to promote a house to buyers. Lucky for you, real estate agents are available who can help you craft a custom home selling strategy.

A real estate agent is a home selling professional who understands what it takes to promote a house to the right groups of buyers. He or she will work with you throughout the home selling journey and do everything possible to ensure you can optimize the value of your house.

Best of all, a real estate agent is an expert home selling resource. And if you ever have concerns or questions as you sell your house, a real estate agent can respond to them at any time.

Want to streamline the home selling process? Hire a real estate agent today, and you can move one step closer to listing and selling your house.




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Posted by Julie Etter on 3/3/2019

There are so many reasons people invest in properties, either for tax deductibles or to earn more income. Even though there are a lot of investment opportunities, investing in real estate offers many benefits making it a popular choice for both old and young people.

  1. Certainty of Income. The income you receive from your properties is certain. You get regular rental payments from your tenants depending on the agreed duration. If the property is in a good location, that means more juice cause its value will appreciate and generate more income.
  2. Stability. According to numerous investors, the property market is very stable compared to other investment markets out there. A lot of investments may get depreciated due to bad news, poor management and a lot of other issues. Investment properties are bound by a long-term renters' contract that allows you to receive guaranteed income for a while.
  3. Escaping Tax. Another unique advantage of owning an investment property is tax incentives. You can save a lot on your taxes and get many benefits when you buy a home as an investment property.
  4. Securing Bank Loan. With an investment property in your name, obtaining a bank loan no longer becomes a hassle. You can use the existing equity in the property to either secure a loan or purchase another investment property without having to sweat.
  5. Attractive Portfolio. For most investors, investment properties beef up their portfolio or financial statement. It is like building a reputable profile in the world of business. With an attractive portfolio that entails numerous investments in properties, potential investors or angels won’t hesitate whenever a need to invest comes.
  6. Inflation. Inflation is a word that many dread to hear. However, you don't have to shiver if you own a rental property or investment. Investment works as a hedge to inflation, in the sense that you can increase rental fee without any hurdle. The value of the property also appreciates at this time, and if it is sold, you will make a ridiculous amount of money in return. 

The advantages of owning an investment property are countless, making it a route to financial freedom and fulfillment. Investing in properties isn’t rocket science. Anyone can do just that provided there is adequate capital. Speak to a real estate agent today to discuss your options.