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Thursday, November 17, 2022   /   by Ana Baldner

8 signs you should buy a home

Now that mortgage interest rates have been on an upward trek, coupled with the sustained and substantial surge in home prices across the country, housing affordability is a challenge for many prospective homeowners.
Here are eight signs you may be ready to buy a home:

Your rent is rising significantly
It's not new news that Rental prices are rising significantly, even on the Space Coast! Rising rent not only makes it harder to budget your monthly housing costs, it also makes it hard to save for other financial goals. When paying your rent begins to feel like a bad investment and you want to start building equity for the future, it might be time to consider mortgage loans instead. 

Your credit score is solid 
A big obstacle when leaping into owning a home is qualifying for a mortgage. Low credit scores are a common reason why some fail to qualify. One sign that you're ready to buy a home is having a healthy credit score. A good credit score gets you better intere ...

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Thursday, November 3, 2022   /   by Ana Baldner

November Check List

The Holidays are right around the corner! This season always seems to pass by super fast. It's important to get ahead of the curve and get things done early so you can actually enjoy the family gatherings. 

Here are some tasks to throw on your to-do list this month to prepare your home:

Replace floor protectors on chairs 
Don't let your holiday parties mean damage for your hardwood floors. Check the legs of your dining chairs, tables and barstools to see if their floor protecting pads need to be replaced. These can come as self-adhesive or nail-in. If you use self-adhesive, make sure to clean off the base of each foot and let it dry before applying it.

Check stairs and railings for safety 
Holidays usually mean a lot of movement and gatherings in your home. Take a walk around your home's exterior and interior walkway and look for any repairs you may want to tend to. Pay special attention to walkways, stairs, floorboards and railings. 

Get a jump on hol; ...

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Thursday, October 13, 2022   /   by Ana Baldner

Fall Family Photos

Fall is a fantastic time to take family photos outdoors. The weather is cooler, the holidays are approaching and Autumn-colored neutrals are easy to coordinate! 

If you want to take advantage of the fall colors but don’t want to travel far, look for parks or other scenic locations near your home. Take a drive to somewhere new and explore! You may be surprised at how close by a hidden gem can be.

Once you’ve found the perfect spot, it’s time to start planning what to wear. As we mentioned before, autumn-colored neutrals go great together. You can also add in a pop of color with accessories. If you’re not sure what will work well together, consider using a color palette as a guide to make sure the whole family looks cohesive.

Here are a few tips to make sure everyone is happy and cooperating for the perfect photo-op:

1. Let your kids pick out their own outfits. This way they feel like they have some control and are more likely to cooperate. You ca; ...

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Thursday, October 6, 2022   /   by Ana Baldner

Fall Décor Trends 2022

In Florida, the transition from summer to fall is a gradual one. The temperatures begin to cool down in October, and by November they're generally comfortable for spending time outdoors. Although we won't have colorful falling leaves like other places, we can still have fun decorating for it!

Let's look at some Fall décor trends that are taking place in 2022:

Colors

Transition your home into cozier colors like warm reds, oranges and browns. Choosing colors on the warmer side of the color palette will make your space seem cozier even if your A/C is still running. Green, traditionally a summer color, can fit your fall theme if you lean into a deep forest hue. Plus, it goes great with tones of brown and orange. You can easily incorporate these by switching out throw pillows, blankets, candles or maybe a rug. If you want to make a bigger change, you can always repaint an accent wall or two.
Another great way to add pops of orange to your home is with flowers or other ...

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Thursday, September 22, 2022   /   by Ana Baldner

What Is Happening In Our Local Market?

The Real Estate Market has been hot for a while. Homes are selling quickly and for higher prices. Many people fear a crash or wonder about a shift. Many media outlets are also pushing these topics to the forefront. CNBC reported statistics such as homes in August sat on the market an average of five days longer than they did a year ago, or that listing prices are dropping thousands of dollars month to month.
 
There are a couple of things to keep in mind when consuming National Media. First, these are statistics that average together all US markets. Grouping together major cities like Seattle and LA with smaller areas like the Space Coast. Our housing markets are completely different! There is no way an average is an accurate representation of all Real Estate Markets in the US. 
 
Second, these media sites give no context for the numbers. Comparing the numbers we find to previous years is what gives them value and meaning, and allows us to gain perspective on it2 ...

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