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Make Sure to Avoid These Seven Scary Scenarios When Remodeling

Posted by Douglas Herfurth // October 18, 2017 // Blog

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Remodeling can be a long, stressful, tiring process, but it doesn’t need to be a dangerous one. You can prevent construction crises with these seven steps. 1. Know your utility lines – Some of the worst catastrophes come about when people mistakenly drill into utility lines. An easy solution to this is calling 811 a […]


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Do I Really Need A Building Permit?

Posted by Douglas Herfurth // October 11, 2017 // Blog // Building Permits

What home improvements require building permits? Which remodeling items do and don’t need to have permits? Why do permits even exist? How are many real estate investors sabotaging themselves by ignoring the importance of this piece of paper to their profits? Home Remodeling Projects that Require Building Permits Home improvement and renovation projects which often require […]


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4 Dangers Of Unpermitted Improvements

Posted by Douglas Herfurth // October 4, 2017 // Blog

As the real estate market improves and investing heats up, investors are increasingly looking for creative ways to maximize profits and cash flow. Subsequently, they are scooping up homes they may not have 3 years ago. Every house has the potential to make money with the right improvements. However, unpermitted improvements can result in a […]


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Retirement Planning. Some things to think about now…

Posted by Douglas Herfurth // September 26, 2017 // Blog

Retirement Planning: Everything You Need to Know We take you step by step through preparing for retirement from 401Ks, IRAs, stocks, bonds, when to retire and how much you’ll need to save up before you can say, I quit! It’s said that we human beings stand out from other species by virtue of our ability […]


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Toxic Mold Syndrome: “It Was Like I Lost My Personality”

Posted by Douglas Herfurth // September 13, 2017 // Blog

Always look closely for signs of mold in any house that you are considering. Here is why: Kimberlyn, a 46-year-old married mother living in Arizona is not your average patient. She is highly detailed, analytical, logical, and carries with her a master’s degree in pattern analysis. When Kimberlyn got sick, she applied as much as […]


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Empty Nesters: Best to Remodel or Time to Sell?

Posted by Douglas Herfurth // September 6, 2017 // Blog

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Your children have finally moved out and you and your spouse now live alone in a four-bedroom colonial (or a similar type of house). You have two choices to make: Remodel your house to fit your current lifestyle and needs Sell your house and purchase the perfect home Based on the record of dollars spent […]


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69% of Buyers are Wrong About Down Payment Needs

Posted by Douglas Herfurth // August 30, 2017 // Blog // down payment

According to a recent survey conducted by Genworth Financial Inc. at the Annual Mortgage Bankers’ Association Secondary Market Conference, mortgage professionals say that first-time buyers still believe a 20% down payment is necessary to buy in today’s market. Nearly 40% of mortgage industry professionals surveyed believe that a lack of knowledge about the home-buying process is keeping potential buyers on […]


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Mortgage Interest Rates Reverse Course in 2017

Posted by Douglas Herfurth // August 23, 2017 // Blog // mortgage rates

To start the year, housing experts all agreed on one thing: 2017 was going to be the year we would see mortgage interest rates begin to rise. After years of historically low rates, and an improving economy, the question wasn’t if they would increase but instead how much they would increase. Some thought we could see rates hit […]


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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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