2018 Real Estate Trends that Could Impact Your Sale or Purchase

Posted by Melissa Osorio Franzen // December 14, 2017

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As the year draws to a close and the prospect of turning a new leaf looms in the air, you may find yourself in the position of making the decision to sell your home. Where do you even begin? What considerations need to be made to ensure a smooth listing and transaction? It turns out […]

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Financial Fixes: 3 Ways to Boost Your Budget and Take Back Control

Posted by Melissa Osorio Franzen // November 16, 2017


For just about everyone, there comes a point where unfortunate outside influences or poorly implemented decisions have a major impact on personal finances. In an American Psychological Association poll, more than 64% of Americans reported that money woes top their list of stressors, more so than work, family or even health issues. What can you […]

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The Top 4 Reasons You May Be Motivated to Move

Posted by Melissa Osorio Franzen // November 9, 2017


Like the old Byrds song says, “To everything there is a season,” and at some point in just about every homeowner’s life, they will be motivated to move into a new phase and will make the decision to sell their home. There are many reasons someone makes the choice to move, but there are 4 […]

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Buyers Beware? Home Inspection Flags that Will Keep Your Home from Selling

Posted by Melissa Osorio Franzen // October 16, 2017

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  Receiving and accepting an offer for your property is an exciting step toward closing the deal, but unless the property is listed “as-is,” most offers to purchase will be contingent on the house successfully passing a home inspection. While homeowners can do a lot in terms of maintenance, repairs, or cosmetic updating, a home […]

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Thinking of Selling? The 5 Best Repairs to Make Buyers Bid

Posted by Melissa Osorio Franzen // October 2, 2017

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If the time has come to sell your home, identifying problem areas might require looking at the property with a fresh perspective. While it may have seemed like a good idea to hang tropical wallpaper in the guest bath, such a particular taste might turn prospective buyers off. Even if wrestling the old bedroom window […]

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Homebuyers: Find and Make the Most Out of Open Houses

Posted by Melissa Osorio Franzen // September 25, 2017

If homebuyers are interested in buying a house a good place to start is by attending open houses in the area that you desire to live in. Even if you just starting to contemplate homeownership, seeing what is available on the market can be a fun way to spend an afternoon dreaming. Here is where […]

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1031 Exchange Rules For Real Estate Investors

Posted by Melissa Osorio Franzen // September 18, 2017

Taxes are one of those things that the majority of people, including investors, just accept and pay. However, there are many deductions and tax credits that can help investors keep more of their hard earned profit in their pockets. If you are investing or thinking of investing in real estate, the 1031 Exchange Rule is […]

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The Ins and Outs of the MLS

Posted by Melissa Osorio Franzen // September 11, 2017

If you are in the buying or selling process you have most likely heard of the MLS or Multiple Listing Service. The MLS is a lot more than a simple way to search for houses on sale. Here are the ins and outs of it all. History of the MLS Nowadays when we think of […]

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Understanding APR When Buying a House

Posted by Melissa Osorio Franzen // September 4, 2017

One of the first things you should be doing during your home buying process is finding a good mortgage lender. When you start talking to lenders, you will most likely start hearing the term “APR.” Knowing what APR is and how it applies to your mortgage will help you when you start comparison shopping loan […]

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Open House Tips for the Homebuyers and Sellers

Posted by Melissa Osorio Franzen // August 28, 2017

A house won’t sell if no one is looking at it, this is why showings are a crucial part of the sales process. As a seller, you want to see a lot of potential buyers showing up at your door either through an open house or with scheduled showings. As a buyer you want a […]

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