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These 15 features sell homes the fastest and at the best price

Posted by Douglas Herfurth // August 16, 2017 // Blog // home ads / home listings

It turns out home buyers are really into barn doors. When Zillow looked at design features that sell homes at the best price and with the shortest listing time, that feature topped the list. Anything craftsman-style, like rectangular farmhouse sinks, also got homes off the market at a premium. Zillow Digs screened over 2 million listings for […]


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7 Mental Hacks to Be More Confident in Yourself

Posted by Douglas Herfurth // August 9, 2017 // Blog // add confidence / Self Confidence

Confidence is the cornerstone of leadership. If you don’t believe in yourself, how can others believe in you? Here are seven ways FBI agents learn to boost their confidence—mental hacks you can use to be more confident in yourself, too: 1. Push through self-limiting beliefs. As children we think we can conquer the world, but somewhere […]


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5 Mortgage Items You Can’t Afford To Miss

Posted by Douglas Herfurth // August 2, 2017 // Blog // home mortgage / Mortgage Loans / Mortgage Tips

One of the most intimidating aspects of getting a loan is trying to sift between jargon and fact. For something as important as a mortgage there is plenty of misinformation out there. If you talk to five different people you may get five different opinions and observations about their mortgage. One person will tell you how you […]


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5 Predictions for Renters and Home Buyers in 2017

Posted by Douglas Herfurth // July 19, 2017 // Blog // Real Estate / Real Estate Market

If you’re making big decisions about housing this year, you’ll want to keep these factors in mind. If you’re a renter, you (and your bank account) probably know this already: Over the past decade, rents have been going up. And up. In many parts of the country, in fact, rents have been increasing at a […]


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Epic Housing Shortage Being Reported

Posted by Douglas Herfurth // July 5, 2017 // Blog // housing shortage

The Joint Center of Housing Studies (JCHS) at Harvard University recently released their 2017 State of the Nation’s Housing Study, and a recent blog from JCHS revealed some of the more surprising aspects of the study. The first two revelations centered around the shortage of housing inventory currently available in both existing homes and new construction. Regarding Existing Home Inventory: “For the fourth […]


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Two Ways to Compare Renting vs. Owning a Home

Posted by Douglas Herfurth // June 28, 2017 // Blog // rent vs buy / rent vs purchase

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When you’re doing the math, make sure you’ve got all the data you need. One of the hottest topics in housing is whether it’s better to rent or buy a home. The answer always changes based on market conditions, so it’s handy to use a rent vs. buy calculator to do comparisons on the fly. But […]


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The Cost of Renting vs. Buying in the US

Posted by Douglas Herfurth // June 28, 2017 // Blog // rent vs buy

  Historically, the choice between renting or buying a home has been a tough decision. Looking at the percentage of income needed to rent a median-priced home today (29.2%) vs. the percentage needed to buy a median-priced home (15.8%), the choice becomes obvious. Every market is different. Before you renew your lease again, find out […]


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10 Tips for Keeping Your Home Safe While on Vacation

Posted by Douglas Herfurth // June 21, 2017 // Blog // keep you home safe while away / vacation

  Start the Countdown Don’t let the anticipation of a well-deserved vacation blind you to the risks of leaving your home unprotected. Go ahead and plan your beach, camping or city shopping holiday, but take precautions before you leave. We subscribe to the “better safe than sorry” philosophy, so review your home safety checklist before […]


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Want to sell your home for more money, these are the colors you should paint your walls.

Posted by Douglas Herfurth // June 7, 2017 // Blog // colors / colors increase price

When it comes time to sell your home, you might consider making some changes to make it more appealing to buyers. According to a new analysis by Zillow, paint color should definitely be a change you consider. After analyzing more than 32,000 listing photos of homes that have sold across the US, Zillow came up […]


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Protect your rental property from kitchen fire loss:

Posted by Douglas Herfurth // May 24, 2017 // Blog // fire loss / fire supression / smoke alarm

Protect your (rental) property from fire damage with these guidelines: Install and make sure there are working fire/smoke alarms in each of your homes. Buy alarms with long-life batteries (some are available that last 5-10 years) or take new batteries to each home every six months and combine changing the batteries with a regular interior […]


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