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12 Tips to Make Moving Easier

Text Version: Want to reduce the headache of moving into a new home? Follow these tips: Before You Pack 1. Plan your move well in advance. This will help you avoid a last-minute frenzy. 2. Back up your computers. Protect critical files and photos by storing copies on a portable hard drive you carry with you, or uploading the files to a free cloud server such as Google Drive or Dropbox. 3....

How To Move With Pets

Update your pet’s tag with your new address. Make sure your pet’s collar is sturdy and correctly sized. The tag should also include your mobile number and e-mail address so that you can be reached during the move. Request veterinary records. Ask your current vet to send your pet’s medical history directly to the new vet. Have their contact information handy in case of emergency or if the new...

FICO: When Should Buyers Start to Check Credit Scores?

The credit-score company created guidelines for people planning to finance a home, car or other loan. Homebuyers should start up to 24 months before shopping. SAN JOSE, Calif. – Certain credit-based applications need more preparation than others, and for many purchases – including home buying – a credit check should be the first step. The check helps buyers confirm that they qualify for a home,...

Required Paperwork – Another Reason to Hire a Realtor

Are you considering selling your home For Sale By Owner? Not knowing what papers you need to sell your property can cost you dearly. There are lots of documents and many disclosures that need to be signed and submitted for filing throughout the home sales process. A seller needs to consider scheduling appraisers, arranging necessary inspections, and meeting a whole host of other conditions. Failing...

7 Reasons to Work With a REALTOR®

REALTORS® aren’t just agents. They’re professional members of the National Association of REALTORS® and subscribe to its strict code of ethics. This is the REALTOR® difference for home buyers: 1. An expert guide. Selling a home usually requires dozens of forms, reports, disclosures, and other technical documents. A knowledgeable expert will help you prepare the best deal, and avoid delays or...

Fastest Down Payment Plan? Move in with Mom and Dad

Study: Assuming 5% down, adults in two Fla. metros could save enough in one year to buy a house if they A) move back home, and B) save all the unneeded rent money. SANTA CLARA, Calif. – For the record number of working young adults who moved back home during the pandemic, homeownership may be more attainable than they think, according to a new report released by realtor.com. For someone paying a...

12 Tips for Your Final Walkthrough

TEXT VERSION: 1. Set aside 30 to 60 minutes for the walk-through and conduct it 24 to 48 hours before closing. 2. Take your contract with you to confirm that items seller agreed to fix have been repaired and items seller agreed to leave are still in the home. 3. Starting inside, open and close windows and doors and check that all latches and locks work. 4. Test heating and air conditioning...

9 Things You Should Ignore While House Hunting

1. Paint Colors - Repainting is cheap, easy and fast. Focus on the structure, window placement and other permanent features. 2. Wonky Wallpaper - It may take a bit of work, but it can be replaced or covered. 3. Kitchen Appliances - There's a good chance you could end up replacing them in time, anyways. 4. Hardware - Drawer pulls, doorknobs and sconces are simple to update, so don't them ugly ones...

6 Quick Tips for Planning Your Move

Planning a move can be a stressful process. Follow the below tips to help you remain organized and manage through it with less stress. 1. Color code each room in your new home, then pack and label your boxes to match their new location. 2. Use suitcases to pack clothes you'll need right away. 3. Keep essential items close on hand: Tape, scissors, utility knife, hand soap, dish soap, kitchen...

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