Fire Pit or Money Pit? 9 Ways to Avoid OverspendingBy: Leanne PottsDon't do built-in seating. Your butt (and budget) will thank you for it.Indoor evenings on the couch are so last year. Literally. Relaxing around a fire and under the stars is about to be the place for a perfect night. But a built-in fire pit can cost upward of $5,000 for an above-ground, propane-burning brick fire pit without installation. That's a pricey upgrade.Don't worry. With these money-saving tips, you can&...
Oct 12, 2021 ‧ Home Improvement
What You Need to Know About Buyer Love Letters to Home SellersBy: Lynn EttingerPublished: September 26, 2021Think twice before you write or receive a home love letter.Did you hear the one about the dog who wrote a love letter? Not to his owner, but to a home seller. Well, actually the dog's owner wrote the letter in Buddy's voice, describing how wag-worthy the house was and how much he craved a game of fetch in the backyard. Doggie ghostwriting, which happened IRL, is just one example ...
Sep 28, 2021 ‧ Buyer Advice
What Buyers and Sellers Need To Know About the Appraisal Gapby Keeping Current MattersIt's economy 101 – when supply is low and demand is high, prices naturally rise. That's what's happening in today's housing market. Home prices are appreciating at near-historic rates, and that's creating some challenges when it comes to home appraisals.In recent months, it's become increasingly common for an appraisal to come in below the contract price on the house. Shawn Telford, Chief Apprais...
Sep 14, 2021 ‧ Buyer Advice