Jodi Travis's Blog Posts

HOME INSPECTIONS What To Expect

So you made an offer, it was accepted, and now your next task is to have the home inspected prior to closing. Oftentimes, agents make your offer contingent on a clean home inspection.This

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Is A Major Home Renovation Worth It In The Long Run

Let’s say you have a 4-bedroom colonial style home in a great school district. The neighborhood is amazing, and you are very comfortable there, but your kids are all grown up and the original

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5 Reasons Why To Sell This Spring

Here are five reasons listing your home for sale this spring makes sense.1. Demand Is StrongThe latest Buyer Traffic Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that buyer demand

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10 Simple Ways To Turn Your Bathroom Into A Space You Love

1. Update Your VanityAre you a fan of the farmhouse look? One way to quickly add a rustic element to your bathroom is to replace your old vanity with a furniture-style vanity. An updated vanity—in

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Study Shows Millennials Deserve More Credit

When it comes to talking about millennials, there are many stereotypes out there that have influenced the way the public feels about the generation. Whether it’s the assumption that millennials

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The Impact Of Tight Inventory On The Housing Market

The housing crisis is finally in the rear-view mirror as the real estate market moves down the road to a complete recovery. Home values are up, home sales are up, and distressed sales (foreclosures

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10 Home Trends That Will Be Hot In 2018 And 2 That Are OUT

Whether your home is due for a decor update or you simply prefer to keep up with the latest interior design styles, experts have revealed the decorating trends that will dominate 2018. So, if you

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Know This Before You Do Any Home Improvements

When you do any home improvement, you probably figure it’s also going to improve the value of your home. And it probably will improve the value… but, probably not as much as it cost you.In other

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4 Tips For Buying A Home In A Hot Market

4. Write A Personal Letter3. Be Willing To Be AggressiveAnything you can do to make your offer more attractive to sellers will up your chances of landing a home in a hot market.Anything you can do

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Millennials Flock Towards Low Down Payment Programs

A report released by Down Payment Resource shows that 61% of first-time homebuyers purchased their homes with a down payment of 6% or less.The trend continued among all buyers with a

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4 Hidden Costs Of Not Owning A Home

There’s no arguing there’s costs associated with owning a home. But the adverse is also true; there are also definite costs associated with NOT owning a home.The benefits of buying vs. renting

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10 Things Everyone Assumes About Real Estate Agents That Arent True

Let’s face it, everyone either knows a real estate agent, or is connected to one through six (probably less) degrees of separation. Between friends and relatives, and the stereotypical

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FISBOs Dont Save Real Estate Commisions

One of the main reasons why For Sale By Owners (FSBOs) don’t use a real estate agent is because they believe they will save the commission an agent charges for getting their house on the market

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Where The Home Prices Heading In The Next Five Years

The prediction for cumulative appreciation increased from 17.8% to 18.4% by 2021. The experts making up the most bearish quartile of the survey are projecting a cumulative appreciation of 6.7%,

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Are Zillows Tools Actually Good For Gauging Home Value

Zillow bills itself as a leading real estate and rental marketplace, where users can go to learn a home’s real value, thereby arming themselves with the knowledge they need to be smarter buyers

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4 Common Home Buyer SlipUps

Real estate professionals see a lot of dumb reasons why home buyers ultimately end up losing out on a deal. Practitioners recently shared some of the more common mistakes with realtor.com®,

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Small Backyard Can Still Be A Selling Point

Create functional, inviting spacesEven a small backyard can show off a dining space or an area with comfy chairs around a fire pit. Show how the space can be used for entertaining. Don’t

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