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Going Tankless: The Pros and Cons of Installing an Energy-efficient Tankless Water Heater

Going Tankless: The Pros and Cons of Installing an Energy-efficient Tankless Water Heater
There are so many ways in which you can green up your home and make it more sustainable these days that many people are considering tankless water heaters. While this can certainly be the right option depending on the space you have and the type of water you use, here are some things to consider before you decide to invest in the switch. Maximizing...
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Thinking About Refinancing Your Mortgage? 4 Ways to Ensure It's Worth Your Time

Thinking About Refinancing Your Mortgage? 4 Ways to Ensure It's Worth Your Time
If you're familiar with the real estate market, you've likely heard the term 'refinancing' and may be wondering what this can mean for your mortgage and your financial well-being. While refinancing can be a great benefit for those who are looking for a lower interest rate or a different mortgage type, here are the details on what it can offer and w...
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Four Ways a Real Estate Agent Can Help Ensure Your Home Sells for More Than Your Asking Price

Four Ways a Real Estate Agent Can Help Ensure Your Home Sells for More Than Your Asking Price
Most home sellers are thrilled to get the asking price they're looking for when putting their home up for sale, but many have not thought about the possibility of getting even more! If you're wondering what tricks of the trade your agent can use when it comes to getting a higher offer, you may want to have them test out some of the following tips. ...
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Three Ugly, Dated Design Features That You Need to Get Rid of Before You Sell Your Home

Three Ugly, Dated Design Features That You Need to Get Rid of Before You Sell Your Home
There are a lot of inexpensive renovations that can easily improve the value of your home, but you might not be aware of dated features that are working against you and aging its look. If you're ready to put your home on the market and are wondering what types of design will downgrade your home's appeal, here are a few things you may want to consid...
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The Tech Estate: 4 High Tech Startups That Are Improving the Real Estate Experience

The Tech Estate: 4 High Tech Startups That Are Improving the Real Estate Experience
The real estate process may be full of manual procedures, like finding the right lender and submitting all the financial paperwork, but progress is being made in the market. Whether you're getting prepared to sell or are planning on buying a home in the near future, here are some technology startups that may be able to simplify your home purchase. ...
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Spring Is Real Estate's 'Rush Hour' -- Here's How to Tell If You're Prepared

Spring Is Real Estate's 'Rush Hour' -- Here's How to Tell If You're Prepared
The most popular time of year to buy a home is in the spring, and this means that if you're preparing yourself for getting into the real estate market, you may be experiencing a time crunch. If you're wondering if you'll be ready to put your home up for sale in time to take advantage of the season, here are few things you'll want to think about. Ha...
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One-stop Shopping: The Quick and Easy Guide to Buying a Home the First Time You See It

One-stop Shopping: The Quick and Easy Guide to Buying a Home the First Time You See It
Most people peruse the real estate market for a while before they bite down and decide to invest in a home. However, whether you're in a rush or you think you've found the ideal place, it's possible you may be ready to put in an offer on the first visit. If you're trying to determine how you can get the home you're looking for the first time around...
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First-Time Home Buyer Tips

This is a market ready for first-time home buyers.  There are some great programs out there to help with that first time purchase, whether it’s education, downpayment assistance, and others.  And did you know that you don’t technically have to be a “first-time” home buyer?  You just have to not have owned a home for at least three years and you technically become listed as a first-time home buyer again.  This is particularly helpful for those that lost their homes because of divorce, bankruptcy, foreclosure, etc.  We’ve all been through rough times and won’t be punished forever. 

So here are some tips if you are ready to make your “first” purchase.

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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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Preventative Measures for your Home

Provided courtesy of Cody L. Wilson, Insurance Agent, AAA MountainWest

Your claims history is one of the few factors affecting your homeowner’s insurance premiums that you can actively manage.

Aside from pride of ownership and a natural desire to make your house a home you enjoy and appreciate spending time together with friends and family, keeping your home in good condition and taking a few simple precautions to prevent accidents, theft or damage from the elements will also save you money on your home insurance rates.

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Montana Veterans' Home Loan Program

Montana Veteran's Home Loan Programsubmitted by Jeff Boyer, Loan Officer, First Community Bank 

This program is a great way to thank our veterans by getting them into their first homes with a lower than average interest rate. There are a few rules that have to be followed but most first time home buying veterans should qualify.

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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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Your offer has been accepted. What happens next?

Young couple buying a new homeCongratulations!  Your offer has been accepted.  What happens next?

Although we discussed each step in the process of writing the offer, it's a lot of information to absorb, so we've created this list to help answer some questions. 

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Selling your home bought with first time homebuyer credit

Selling a home bought with first time home buyer creditDid you purchase your home with the assistance of the FTHBC? If you are wondering what happens when you sell, here are some things that you need to know. The credit is an interest free loan, payable over a specified number of years. Depending on what year you purchased your home, depends on the amount due.

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Thermal Imaging

WHAT IS THERMAL IMAGING AND HOW CAN IT SAVE YOU MONEY?

By Dan McCormick, Eagle View Property Inspections

Thermal imaging is a scientific method of viewing infrared energy that is emitted, transmitted, and reflected by an object. This is done with a device called a thermal imaging camera. These cameras are able to display images represented by temperature. This is done using color images with temperature differences being displayed. The cameras are very expensive ranging from approximately $3000.00 to $10,000.00.  The accuracy of the high end cameras are extremely highand have high-resolution so the image will be easily identifiable.  There are many benefits of using thermal imaging such as identifying energy loss, moisture issue, electrical issues and much more.

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Market Value vs. Saleability

Market Value vs SaleabilityWe were talking to a client the other day and he made a comment about his property increasing in value because of some things that will be done in the area.  Unfortunately the things that are going to be done are things that potential buyers expect to be done.  While he's definitely not the first one to think that or make that comment, he got us thinking that we should talk about the value of property versus saleability. 

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Detecting and Managing Common Household Allergens

Detect household allergensBy Kelly Campeau, Pillar to Post

Household allergens not only cause irritating symptoms but can lead to serious health problems in some individuals, particularly children. Pillar To Post makes it easy for homeowners to learn about the presence of common household allergens and ways to reduce them.

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Short Sales

What's the deal with Short Sales?

A Short Sale is a property that is selling for less than what is owed to the bank.  With the number of homes that are upside down short sales are becoming more prevalent. 

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