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Six Key Reasons You'll Want to Work With a Real Estate Agent When Pricing Your Home

Whether you know a little bit about the market or you've sold a home before, you may be considering pricing your own home to avoid the assistance of a real estate agent. However, there are a number of benefits associated with consulting an agent when selling your home. Before making a final decision, consider the following tips.

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Selling Social: How to Leverage Your Social Network to Sell Your Home Faster

There were days when the marketing of a home involved plunking a sign into the front yard, but with the power of the Internet, there are many mediums through which home sellers can find potential buyers. If you're currently looking at ways to use the power of social media in order to get your ideal purchase price, here are some things you can do to best harness its capabilities.

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Goodbye, Curtains: Try These Fun and Fashionable Ways to Dress up Your Windows

Windows can add a lot to the look of your home, and this means that dressing them up properly is an important key for aesthetic appeal. While draggy, neutral-colored curtains can be one of the less exciting aspects of decorating your home, here are a few ways you can adorn the most basic of home fixtures and turn your windows into something truly unique.

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3 Simple Tips for Boosting Your FICO Credit Score Before Applying for a Mortgage

There are a variety of factors that are involved in getting your mortgage approved, but few things will have more of an impact than your FICO score and the credit history that goes along with it. Instead of leaving your score up to chance when submitting your application, here are a few ways that you can boost your financial wellbeing and leave your credit score better off than it was before.

Put More On Your Card

It's important to put purchases on your credit card that you can afford to pay off consistently, but many people are not aware that how much debt you owe can actually positively contribute to your credit score. While it's good to use up to 30% of your available debt load, a significantly higher percentage than this can be a signal to lenders that you are experiencing financial difficulties. By putting everyday items on credit, it will be easier to give your score an instant boost.

Clear Your Credit History

Many people who think they have bad credit are too afraid to even review it, but it's very important to take a look at your credit history when it comes to taking control of your finances and your FICO score. If there happens to be incorrect information on your credit report, this will enable you to contact the appropriate lenders and dispute the charges so they can be corrected prior to your mortgage application. It may not seem significant, but this can actually have a marked impact on the outcome of your application.

Make Your Minimum On Time

It's often the case that those who are struggling with debt may push away the bills altogether and give up on the minimum payment, but it's very important that the minimum is made to keep your financial health in check. It may take a few months to see the results of putting down this amount before the due date, but it will improve your credit over time and forge good habits for the future.

Your credit score is an important aspect of determining your financial health for lenders, and this means that your credit history is of significant importance when it comes to your mortgage. Instead of leaving it up to chance, ensure that you're making the minimum payments and correct any discrepancies in your credit report. If you're currently on the market for a home and are considering your options, you may want to contact one of our mortgage professionals for more information.

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Six Super Staging Tips for Kitchens

The Kitchen is the heart of the home. This much utilized space is where families devour weeknight dinners, bake scrumptious, sweet treats, and complete homework assignments. If you’re desperate to sell your home, possessing a beautiful, pristine kitchen can drastically help you accomplish this task. To wow potential home buyers, consider adhering to the following super staging tips for your kitchen.

Hire a Cleaning Professional

Are your stainless steel appliances covered with smudges? Perhaps, your kitchen cupboards are dusty. A dirty, smelly, and unorganized kitchen will cause potential home buyers to run in the other direction. To get your kitchen in tip-top shape, consider hiring a professional cleaner. This individual will likely have access to cleaning products and tools you don’t own. Even better, you won’t have to expend all of your energy scrubbing countertops and floors.

Paint Walls

When staging your kitchen, adding a fresh coat of paint to the walls is a wonderful idea. If your kitchen is small, choose a light hue. Selecting a subtle color will likely make your space look larger than it really is. You should also pick a shade that will perfectly match your countertops and cabinets.

Remove Pot Racks

Have you hung up pot racks in your kitchen? Before potential homebuyers tour your space, think about removing them. If house hunters see pot racks, they might assume your kitchen is devoid of adequate storage space.

Declutter Your Countertops

Are your kitchen countertops filled with small appliances such as coffee makers, indoor grills, toaster ovens, can openers, waffle makers, or sandwich makers? Perhaps, five different brands of cereal line your countertops. If selling your home is a priority, declutter your kitchen countertops before potential homebuyers view your place. Removing food items and small appliances will make your kitchen look more organized and larger.

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Selling This Winter? 4 Negotiation Tips to Ensure a Speedy Home Sale

4 Negotiation Tips to Ensure a Speedy Home Sale in the WinterIt's a great feeling to get an offer on your home, but there can be a lot of details that go into seeing the negotiation through to completion. If your home is currently on the market and you're expecting buyers to snap it up soon, here's what you'll need to know to get your ideal price in no time at all.

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Small Home? Make It Clutter Free with These Smart, Storage Tricks

About a year ago, you purchased an adorable abode in a sought-after neighborhood. Quickly, you realized your new place was smaller than you first imagined it to be. Because you’re a neat freak, you experience anxiety every time you open the front door of your house. Your child’s toys are permanently affixed to the living room floor. Snacks line your kitchen countertops. If you can relate to this scenario, consider making your small home clutter free with the following smart, storage tricks.

Install a Trap Door

One fun way to free your home of clutter is to install a trap door in your flooring. You might be amazed at how much stuff you can store in the space underneath your floor boards. You can utilize this area to house books, old compact discs, and holiday decorations. You might even wish to hide expensive jewelry in this unique storage space.

Take Advantage of the Space under Your Stairs

Are you using the space under your staircase? This often forgotten space is an ingenious place to put a small, home office or a reading nook. You might even wish to transform this space into a hidden closet to put your shoes, jackets, and scarves in.

Attach Shelves to the Back of Your Cabinets

If you live in a small home, your cabinets might be bursting at the seams. Enhance the storage possibilities of your cabinets by attaching shelves to the back of them. For instance, you may enjoy storing household cleaners in this type of shelf in your kitchen. Or, you might adore putting your hair products in a similar shelf in your bathroom.

Invest in Multipurpose Furniture

When shopping for furniture, look for multipurpose items. For instance, some coffee tables include hidden compartments. When guests visit your home, you can hurriedly throw your remote controls, magazines, and other items into your coffee table’s hidden storage unit. You can also purchase beds with built-in drawers.

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5 Budget-friendly Fixes to Boost the Value of Your Home

Sprucing up your home shouldn’t have to break your budget. Whether you’re looking to sell your home or you just want to keep up with the simple fixes, the following are five budget-friendly home fixes that can boost the value of your property.

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Selling Your Home? Five Staging Mistakes to Avoid


Seven years ago, you experienced the joy of home ownership for the first time when you purchased a fixer-upper in the suburbs. Due to an unexpected job relocation, you’re buying a home for the second time. However, before buying real estate again, you must first sell your current home in Montana. If selling real estate is your top priority right now, you might be busily staging your home. To increase your odds of realizing a quick sale, avoid the following, common mistakes homeowners make when staging their houses.

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Real Estate in the Digital Age: How Technology Can Help Sell Your Home

From dating to banking to entertainment, technology shapes every aspect of modern life. Therefore, it is unsurprising that technology has revolutionized the real estate industry—and in the race to attract buyers, sellers and agents who do not leverage the latest tech trends risk falling behind the competition.

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5 Reasons Why Your Home Hasn't Sold Yet

Whether your home has been on the market for six days or six months, the wait for an acceptable offer can seem interminable. But as time passes without a buyer, the likelihood that there is a flaw in your home or marketing strategy increases.

As a seller, ensuring that your home is maintained in sound condition is one of the most important steps you can take to expedite the sales process. However, if you have made all the necessary repairs and a "for sale" sign is still gracing your property after an inordinate amount of time, you are probably beginning to suspect that something is amiss. Here are a few possible reasons why your home has not yet sold:

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Which Home Improvements Add the Most Value to Your Home?

When trying to sell their homes, many homeowners consider undertaking a renovation or other home improvement as a way to boost resale value and minimize time on the market. However, not all home improvements deliver a strong enough return on investment to justify the time and money spent.

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Home Ownership

home staging, back yardHome ownership can provide amazing opportunities for buyers in Montana. Getting approved for a mortgage loan is among the most important initial steps. Once you know the amount that you can reasonably afford, you can speak with a licensed real estate agent about buying a home.

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Home Improvement: Ways to Increase the Resale Value of Your Home

home staging, front yardIt is quite natural for a serious homeowner with an entrepreneurship mindset to think of ways he or she can improve a home’s resale value. Due to recent fluctuations in real estate prices, many Realtors® agree that making certain changes could elevate resale value of a home in a big way. Let’s look at some of the improvements that can make your house value to go up.

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Top Reasons Why Some Homes Don’t Sell

Top Reasons Why Some Homes Don't SellEvery time you list your home for sale, you are not guaranteed you will have a smooth selling. Some people have had their homes on the market for over six months without attracting any potential buyer. We are going to look at some of the reasons why a particular house may end up on the market for over six months.

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Selling Your Home in the Winter

Real Estate Staging Tips for Selling Your Montana Home in the Winter
 
Selling a home during the cold winter months may sound like a nearly impossible feat. Many families take the time to do some traveling during the holidays, while many others are turned off by the frigid temperatures and icy conditions and simply opt to stay indoors until the Montana sun and warmth return. However, winter creates a rare and wonderful opportunity to emphasize your home's cozy and family-friendly attributes. To maximize buyers' interest during the cold season, one simply needs to pay special attention to the details that make their home special. Follow these 5 easy real estate tips and staging ideas below to drastically increase your chances of finding a buyer.
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Home Staging & Your Front Yard

market update, market report, financingAs we discussed in the previous article, first impressions are extremely important.  So you not only want to make sure your front entry and the outside of the home is looking good, but you also want to make sure that the front yard is appealing.

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Home Staging - Make a Good First Impression

Many people think that home staging is too costly or that you need to be a professional interior decorator.  No it's not and no you don't.  You just need to do a little work.  smile 

Remember, you only get a first impression once.  You have to make it good.

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What is Home Staging?

short sales, foreclosuresSelling a home is not just a matter of putting a sign in your yard, posting it online, and waiting.  I've been in the business for over 10 years now, Mike over 15.  We have worked with sellers, first time home buyers, experienced buyers, buyers using conventional, FHA, RD, VA loans, as well as investment buyers.

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Why should I have title insurance?

Get title insuranceby Pam Grover, Marketing Director, First Montana Land Title Company

Title insurance guarantees that you are protected from financial loss due to undisclosed removal of rights or claims of ownership on the property prior to your purchase.  As the term "insurance" implies you are compensated if later documents or claims surface that remove rights assumed or implied to be included in your title causing loss of value to you.

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