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Monthly Archives: September 2019

    Dealing with Financing

    By Christie Frankenstein | September 30, 2019

    As the events of the last few years in the real estate industry show, people forget about the tremendous financial responsibility of purchasing a home at their peril. Here are a few tips for dealing with the dollar signs so that you can take down that “for sale” sign on your new home. Get pre-approved.... Read More

    Preparing to Sell

    By Christie Frankenstein | September 21, 2019

    Selling your home doesn′t just mean hiring a realtor to stick a sign out front. There are a lot of preparations you should make to ensure you get the best offer possible in the shortest time. Repair. Just because you’ve gotten used to the cracks in the walls and the rattles in the radiators doesn’t... Read More

    What is a FICO Score Anyway?

    By Christie Frankenstein | September 20, 2019

    Another month, another rent payment that’s helping your landlord pay off the house or apartment where you’re living. Another month, another rent day spent pondering just how much equity you could have paid down on your own house by now. So, why not you? Why not now? Sure, buying a house can be complicated and... Read More

    9 Things You Should Ask Your Realtor Before Moving In

    By Christie Frankenstein | September 19, 2019

    Jennifer just closed on her very first home, a cornflower blue and white bungalow with a big front porch on a tidy cul de sac. She’s ecstatic as she thanks her Realtor for all his help, he opens the lockbox from her home for the very last time and gives her the key. Her key... Read More

    Relocating to the Big City

    By Christie Frankenstein | September 18, 2019

    Moving from a small town or suburb to a large city can be an intimidating proposition. Here are a few tips to help make your move as painless as possible. Research before you move. It’s important to understand the culture you’re joining. Do research online and find out about school systems, neighborhoods, parking, weather, public... Read More

    5 Tips for Buying a Home

    By Christie Frankenstein | September 17, 2019

    Looking to buy a home? Here are five essential tips for making the process as smooth as possible. Get your finances in order. Start by getting a full picture of your credit. Obtain copies of your credit report. Make sure the facts are correct, and fix any problems you find. Next, find a suitable lender... Read More

    Things to Consider When Planning a Family Picture Wall

    By Christie Frankenstein | September 10, 2019

    One of the best parts of owning your own home is that you can do pretty much whatever you want when it comes to hanging things on the wall. No landlord will charge you $5 per hole you poke through the sheetrock. It’s kind of nice. You can let your creative side have a heyday... Read More

    Tips to Beat the Heat While You DIY

    By Christie Frankenstein | September 5, 2019

    When you’re a DIYer, it’s not unusual to have a variety of projects to work on over the summer. Some projects require warm temperatures and long days to get everything done, while others just happen to pop up during the summer months. Regardless of the reason you’re working on things during the summer, there’s one... Read More

    Alexa, Am I Out of Milk? Smart Appliances 101

    By Christie Frankenstein | September 5, 2019

    It seems like everything is getting smart these days. First the phones were smart, then the thermostats. Now you can buy smart lighting, smart locks, smart cameras and even smart little sensors that can tell you when there’s a water leak or a window is unlocked. What about your appliances, though? Smart appliances do exist,... Read More