Upgrade Buyer

Your current home was probably a great fit for you at first, but now you’re ready to move up to a larger, upgraded home. Here we’ll show you how to trade up to a bigger home, sell your current house at or close to your desired asking price, and move to the perfect location—all while staying within your new price range.

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How to sell your home for profit in today's market

If you’ve been in your home long enough – and dutifully paid your mortgage – you are quite likely to sell your home for a profit. In general, your first five years of mortgage payments go toward the loan’s interest. So, the longer you live in your home after the five-year mark, the more profit you should be able to obtain. However, these numbers rely on a stable housing market. You must also remember that your home is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it. Often selling your home for profit in today’s market comes down to increasing its resale value. Improving value means taking steps to make your home the most sought-after one in the neighborhood. The best real estate agents have this art down to a science. They understand what

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How to stage your house for a quick sale

Two identical homes are next to each other. Same specs, same price, same “For Sale” sign out front but one sign has that glorious, red “SOLD” proudly slapped on it. So, why would the same home sell while the other languishes on the market? The difference could very likely be one important and sometimes overlooked part of home selling – staging. Putting effort into the careful and deliberate staging of a home to fully bring out its appeal for potential buyers. A properly staged home will maximize its selling points while also leaving a positive emotional impression. Good staging can truly connect a buyer to your home and result in a quick sale.

Staging techniques to help sell your home

Here are some of the techniques that professional

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Can I Afford A Second Home?

If you are already a happy homeowner, there may be a variety of reasons that you feel you’re ready to own a second home. Maybe you want another dwelling as an income property, a vacation home, a retirement residence, or you simply want to make an investment in your future. Whatever your reasons, it’s important to evaluate your financial situation thoroughly to determine if you can truly afford a second home and still maintain your normal lifestyle. If owning a second home will put undue financial stress on you, it may not be the right choice at this time. But if it won’t, it can lead to an exciting new chapter in your life.

Below are the top five ways to determine if you have enough money to afford a second home:

1.) Do you have enough

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Home Upgrades for This Holiday Season

The holiday season is a time for family traditions, which also means family visits. Make an impression on visiting family, friends that stop in, and your neighbors with these festive holiday season upgrades.

Your front door.

The holidays are an outstanding time to upgrade your front door. It’s the first thing family and friends will see when they visit. A new door will freshen the look and feel of your exterior and get your holiday entertaining off on the right foot. It will be the visual start to holiday-themed get-togethers. For thanksgiving, add an autumn wreath with red, yellow and orange leaves. For the December holidays replace it with a wreath of fragrant fir branches and holly leaves.

Your fireplace.

Fireplaces are often the

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Top 10 Home Features People Forget to Ask About When Buying

Buying a house is an undoubtedly exciting experience, but it can also be a bit confusing and a bit overwhelming at times. Between the endless paperwork, prequalifying for loans, arranging showings, and all the other aspects of the house hunting process, it’s easy to overlook questions that you should be asking about every property you evaluate. Keeping a list with you at all times is a good way to stay focused on all of the important questions--big and small--that should be answered before making what is sure to be one of the largest purchases of your life.

Below are the top 10 features that potential buyers often forget to ask about prior to purchasing a home:

1.) The Roof

All too often, homebuyers visit properties and simply look at

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7 Quick Ways to Maintain the Value of Your House

Buying a home is a fantastic investment. It begins to build equity the moment you make your first payment. However, a home’s value is only the amount a buyer is willing to pay for it. You never know what may happen in life to necessitate selling your home, which is why it is important to maintain your home to the proper degree to ensure it is always an attractive option for a buyer and a fruitful return on your investment.

Here are 7 quick and easy ways to maintain your home’s value: 

1. Keep up with landscaping

The first thing neighbors, guests and potential buyers see is the exterior. This is why curb appeal is something to always maintain when you own a home. Simply keeping the yard cut and your trees and bushes trimmed goes a long

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For Sale by Owner? Why a Realtor is a Better Choice

When the time comes to sell your home, you might feel tempted to go the “for sale by owner” (FSBO) route. After all, who knows your home better than you? And how hard can it really be to convince someone that the home you’ve loved for the last several years will bring them equal happiness? However, while selling your house might seem like an easy way to avoid realtor costs and inch out every dollar of value on your home, you might want to think twice. A good realtor will more than earn their commission and you might be surprised by how much goes into selling a home beyond simply putting a sign in the front yard.

Here are several reasons to sell with a realtor: 

A realtor knows the market.

Realtors have access to the Multiple Listing

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Are you financially ready to sell your first home?

So, you are sitting down at your kitchen table enjoying your coffee and toast, and you take a good look at your surroundings. You’ve done well making your first house into a home for you and your family, but you feel like you need a change. Whether out of necessity due to outgrowing it or just out of the desire for something new and different, the first thing you need to consider before looking for a new house is if you are financially ready. You’ll need money to get your current home into market shape, credit to be approved for your next home and enough money to handle any surprises along the way.

Getting your Home Ready to Sell

Take a walk around your house, and look closely at every seam and surface. No home that has been lived in for

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Reasons to upgrade to a bigger home

When most of us think about our dream home, it is rarely a modest two bedroom/two bathroom with a single car garage and two previous owners. It’s natural for us to dream big, and rarely do we dream bigger than when thinking about our perfect home. We imagine brand new, breathtaking domiciles with lavish guest rooms, home offices, theater rooms, vaulted ceilings, large balconies, three-car garages, mother-in-law suites, wrap-around porches, swimming pools, acres of expertly landscaped property – this list could go on and on. Some have the wherewithal to upgrade into a large home simply because they want to. And to those we say congratulations, let us help you find it!  However, many of us upgrade to a bigger home because we need it.  

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3230_Littlestown_Pike_52608_HFRHistoric homes all have their own unique stories, written from their gently groaning floorboards up their embellished banisters to their lofty beams.  They wear the architectural styles of their ages and breathe the personal tastes of their many inhabitants. From homes with the grandiose Georgian architecture of the 1700s to brick Federal-style homes built in the 1800s to elegant, turn-of-the-century Victorians, Maryland has a diverse array of these livable time capsules that reflect its rich history.

While owning an historic home is a romantic, longtime dream for some, the reality is these homes are, well, old. And sometimes along with the classic design sensibilities and craftsmanship comes a myriad of potentially costly issues. While it’s easy to

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