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    Types of Mortgage Lenders

    By Julie Houston | May 16, 2018

    Mortgage Bankers Mortgage Bankers are lenders that are large enough to originate loans and create pools of loans, which are then sold directly to Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Ginnie Mae, jumbo loan investors, and others. Any company that does this is considered to be a mortgage banker. Some companies don’t sell directly to those major... Read More

    The Importance of the Inspection

    By Julie Houston | May 2, 2018

    As a buyer, you are entitled to know exactly what you are getting. Don’t take anything for granted, not even what you see or what the seller or listing agent tell you. A professional home inspection is something you MUST do, whether you are buying an existing home or a new one. An inspection is... Read More

    Buying Your First Home: Here’s Where to Start

    By Julie Houston | March 9, 2018

    Our real estate business has been built around one guiding principle: It’s all about you. Our focus is on your complete satisfaction! If you’re thinking about purchasing your first home, here’s where to start. Ask yourself some questions about your lifestyle. What makes you comfortable in your current home? What is your reason for searching... Read More

    Brighten Up for Spring!

    By Julie Houston | March 1, 2018

    Say hello to spring with these bright and cheery color combinations!   Blue & Purple                   Blue is a popular color year-round, but adding a few touches of purple can create the ultimate spring look.   Soft Pink & Gray              ... Read More

    5 Remodeling Projects That Add Value to Your Home

    By Julie Houston | January 9, 2018

    Whether you are thinking of making a few upgrades to your home or completely remodeling, here are a list of projects that offer the biggest bang for your buck. Two-Story Addition – Any addition that increases square footage will add value! Bathroom Remodel – Nothing turns off buyers like an outdated bathroom. Replace fixtures, install... Read More

    How to Choose a Great Listing Agent

    By Julie Houston | December 22, 2017

    Article from by Jennie L. Phipps The world is full of people who sell real estate. Some of them are smart, efficient, focused, versatile and willing to go the extra mile. And some of them aren’t. Finding an agent who will sell your home using a range of marketing tools to get you the... Read More

    Staging Tips that Help Homes Sell for Top Dollar

    By Julie Houston | November 28, 2017

    If you are planning on selling your home, it goes without saying that you hope to sell your home quickly and get as close to the asking price as possible (and maybe even above it!). Setting up your home for success will ensure you see results! Create a good first impression. Boosting your curb appeal... Read More

    First Time Home Buyer? Here’s What You Need to Know

    By Julie Houston | November 6, 2017

    Buying a home for the first time can be exciting, but also quite nerve-wracking! Not only is it probably the largest purchase you’ve ever made, but the process is completely unfamiliar. Here are a few quick tips for making this a worry-free journey. 1. Figure out how much you can afford Before you start looking... Read More

    Getting Your Home Ready to Sell

    By Julie Houston | November 6, 2017

    When getting ready to sell your home the first thing to know is, a house that “sparkles” on the surface will sell faster than its shabby neighbor, even though both are structurally well-maintained. From experience, REALTORS® also know that a “well-polished” house appeals to more buyers and will sell faster and for a higher price.... Read More

    10 Quick Ways to Increase Your Home Value Through DIY Projects

    By Julie Houston | October 30, 2017

    1. Give it a fresh coat! Whether it be the interior or exterior, outdated & faded paint can age your house by years! This cost-effective improvement will make your home look clean and updated. When choosing paint colors, keep in mind that neutrals are most appealing to the majority of buyers. 2. Scrape those popcorn... Read More