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    • How to Buy a Piece of Land for Your Dream House

      It’s often said that home ownership is the essence of the American Dream. But if there’s one thing that goes beyond mere ownership — that cuts to the heart of what it means to be an American — it’s being able to purchase your own undeveloped plot of land and build a custom home on... [Read More]
      Written by Leon Green
    • 7 Ways to Make an Older, Dated Home Look Modern

      As the saying goes, “The only constant is change.” This maxim definitely holds true in the arena of real estate and home design. Interior design and architectural trends come and go fairly swiftly, which can leave your home looking outdated in a depressingly short time. Fortunately, modernizing a dated-looking structure doesn’t have to be expensive... [Read More]
      Written by Leon Green
    • 9 Things to Budget for When You Shop for a New Home

      A lot of different factors go into the purchase of a home. They include location, style, square footage, school zoning, and neighborhoods. But the most important facet of the home search — and of home ownership in general — is the financial aspect. When you’re buying a house, you need to be ready to meet... [Read More]
      Written by Leon Green
    • How to Make a Good First Impression on Homebuyers

      It takes a homebuyer less than three minutes to form a first impression of your house. This is about the amount of time it takes them to get out of their car, walk across the driveway, open the door, and begin looking around the main living areas. If you want to increase your chances of... [Read More]
      Written by Leon Green
    • 6 Ways to Pay Off Your Mortgage Faster

      When you purchase a home and sign the documents at the closing table, you walk away feeling a great sense of relief. The search is over and you finally “own” a home. But want to know a dirty little secret? You don’t really own the home. Sure, your name is on the title, but you... [Read More]
      Written by Leon Green
    • 15 Types of Home Inspections You Can Order Before Purchasing

      Both first-time homebuyers and veteran real-estate investors should do a thorough home inspection before the purchase of a property. A bank doesn’t care how good the home looks on the surface; it needs to see a firm structure and foundation before it will offer funding. The bank wants to protect its investment and incidentally save... [Read More]
      Written by Leon Green
    • 12 Steps to a Successful First House Flip

      Television shows like Flip or Flop and Fixer Upper make it look easy to find an outdated, low-priced home and transform it into an incredible property that nearly doubles in value. The reality for most home flippers is a little different. It takes time, money, and expertise to flip a property, and most first-time flippers... [Read More]
      Written by Leon Green
    • 6 Ways New Homeowners Waste Money

      Buying your first home is an exciting step. It’s one of those quintessential adult experiences that makes you feel accomplished. However, just because you’ve signed a bunch of documents at the closing table doesn’t mean you’ve made it. Homeownership is a long-term responsibility that requires time, money, energy, and a hefty amount of tender loving... [Read More]
      Written by Leon Green
    • 5 Bathroom Projects with the Highest Resale Value

      When homebuyers and renters tour a residence, they tend to focus on kitchens and bathrooms more than any other areas. Eventually, structural details, flooring, and other items will catch their eye, but if you have great kitchen and bathroom spaces, you’ll win their hearts. “The kitchen and bathroom sell a house,” says Ken Perrin, president... [Read More]
      Written by Leon Green
    • 4 Kitchen Remodel Tips to Sell Your Home Faster

      When your home has been on the market for more than a few months, it’s apt to become ever more difficult to sell it at a decent price. You lose negotiating power and buyers turn cool as newer residences enter the market. At this point, it’s best to seek out the potential problem and rectify... [Read More]
      Written by Leon Green
    • 7 Signs It’s Time to Remodel Your House

      While we all love to watch those HGTV shows with starry-eyed couples bashing through walls and ripping out dated appliances in order to breathe new life into horrendous-looking homes, the infatuation with home remodels stops there for most of us. We’d rather not deal with the time, money, and mess that a remodel requires. But... [Read More]
      Written by Leon Green
    • 8 Tips for Building Your First Home

      If you’ve never gone through the process of building a home before, then you’re about to experience a whirlwind of emotions. From excitement and anticipation to stress and anxiety, you’re going to feel pushed and pulled in a variety of directions at some point. Don’t let this scare you away, though. When the process comes... [Read More]
      Written by Leon Green
    • How to Make a Temporary House Feel Like Home

      Do you wonder what it would be like to live in a house for more than a few months at a time? Or do you wish you could settle in for more than a couple of years before having to move to another city or state? While it can often feel like you’re the only... [Read More]
      Written by Leon Green
    • 5 Warning Signs to Watch for When Buying a Home

      Whether you’re buying a home for an investment or to live in for the rest of your life, it’s crucial to buy something that will last. As you walk through open houses and home showings it can be too easy to let your emotions rule: You might love the grand staircase in the entryway or... [Read More]
      Written by Leon Green