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    Top 10 Myths That Trip Up First-Time Home Buyers

    By Raul Giorgi | April 4, 2019

      If you’re thinking about buying a home, you’ve probably received your share of advice from family and friends. Add to that the constant stream of TV shows, news segments, and social media posts that over-simplify the home buying process for easy entertainment.   With so much information to sift through, it can be tough... Read More

    Top 8 Home Design and Remodeling Trends for 2019

    By Raul Giorgi | April 4, 2019

    If you’re a current homeowner, or in the market to buy, you’re probably curious about the latest trends in home design. Sellers who make strategic updates before listing a property can generate increased interest from buyers and, in some cases, a premium selling price. And buyers should consider which features of a home will need... Read More

    What’s Your Home Actually Worth?

    By Raul Giorgi | April 4, 2019

    It’s easy to look up how much money you have in your savings account or the real-time value of your stock investments. But determining the dollar value of a home is trickier.   As a seller, knowing your home’s worth helps you price it correctly when you put it up for sale. If you price... Read More

    Are You Covered? A Homeowner’s Insurance Guide

    By Raul Giorgi | September 27, 2018

    No one likes to think about disasters. Severe weather, fire, theft—or even a seemingly small issue like a broken pipe—can wreak havoc on your home and result in thousands of dollars in damages. Fortunately, a good homeowners insurance policy can offer you peace of mind that you and your family will be financially protected if... Read More

    Renters for a Weekend or a While: What’s the Best Use of Your Investment Property?

    By Raul Giorgi | August 16, 2018

      The residential rental market is now the fastest-growing segment of the housing market. In the United States, the demand for single-family rentals, defined as either detached homes or townhouses, has risen 30 percent in the past three years.1 And in Canada, rental units now account for nearly one-third of the country’s homes, with particular... Read More

    How To Avoid The Top 8 Home Inspection Mistakes

    By Raul Giorgi | July 12, 2018

    It’s easy to get swept up in the excitement of buying a home. Once you’ve had an offer accepted on your dream house, you’ll probably be anxious to move in. However, before you make a significant financial commitment, it’s best to know exactly what you’re buying. When you hire a home inspector, you get a... Read More

    Real Estate Relocation Guide: 7 Steps to a Seamless Move

    By Raul Giorgi | June 13, 2018

    Whatever your reasons are for relocating to a new area, the process can feel overwhelming. Whether you’re moving across town or across the country, you’ll be changing more than your address. Besides a new house, you may also be searching for new jobs, schools, doctors, restaurants, stores, service providers and more. Of course, you’ll need... Read More

    10 Staging Secrets From the Pros for a Quick Home Sale at Top Dollar

    By Raul Giorgi | May 11, 2018

    According to the National Association of Realtors, staging a home prior to listing it can result in a faster and more profitable sale.1 In fact, the Real Estate Staging Association estimates that professionally staged properties spend 73 percent less time on the market, receive more foot traffic, and typically sell for more money.2 Source: National... Read More

    The Home Buyer’s Guide to Getting Mortgage Ready

    By Raul Giorgi | March 28, 2018

    Don’t wait until you’re ready to move to start preparing financially to buy a home. If you’re like the vast majority of home buyers, you will choose to finance your purchase with a mortgage loan. By preparing in advance, you can avoid the common delays and roadblocks many buyers face when applying for a mortgage.... Read More