Linda White's Blog Posts

2019 FBI Tips for Safe Holiday Shopping

Courtesy of American Daily Independent...According to the FBI, there are certain red flags and common schemes holiday shoppers can guard against this holiday season:Online Shopping ScamsScammers

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National Snapshot - Hows the Real Estate Market

National Snapshot: What’s Ahead for Real EstateThe U.S. unemployment rate is at a 50-year low, and consumer confidence remains high. In fact, the University of Michigan’s latest Surveys

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Will Your Remodel Pay Off? The Best (and Worst) Ways to Spend Your Budget

Most new homeowners have something about their property that they want to change. And as family needs and design trends shift over time, many will eventually choose to remodel. Some homeowners make

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Be Ready for the Spring Selling Season

Spring is an optimum time for home sales as the largest number of buyers start their search. Take advantage of this busiest sales season by sprucing up your home inside and out. Strong curb appeal

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How to Hire a Good Moving Company

Moving to a new home is a daunting task and finding a reputable, reliable moving company is at the top of the headache list. There are important steps to take to make sure you hire a company that

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Moving with Children

Moving is hard for everybody, especially if you have children living at home. Leaving behind neighborhood playmates, best friends and school routines is hard for little ones, elementary-age kids and

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Get Rid of Clutter with a Quick Garage Sale

Yard sale, rummage sale, garage sale, tag sale. Whatever the preferred name is in your part of the country, it is a great way to get rid of all the extra stuff you don’t want to move to your

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Advice for a First Time Seller

Selling your first home can be exciting, exhausting and daunting. You have already navigated your home buying experience, but now you are on the other side. Your primary goal is to maximize your

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You Need a Skillful Agent

You may be tempted to buy or sell a home without the help of a professional real estate agent. However, you are risking time, money and aggravation without an agent’s skills to help you move

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Buy It, Don’t Blow It

You have found your dream house and the sellers have accepted your offer. It may seem like blue skies with nothing to do but pack and wait for the keys to the front door. However, be aware that

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A Packing Tip Sheet

“Moving is easy and packing is fun,” said nobody ever! Packing up everything you own is stressful and tedious, so follow a few simple tips to make your move more streamlined.Give

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Home Buying for Seniors – Considerations for Finding Just the Right Fit

There are multiple aspects to consider when a senior looks for a new home in their older years. Their priorities in a home will likely be very different compared to what was ideal years ago, and

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Housing Market Changes with the Seasons

Spring has sprung, which means the housing market is in full bloom. “For Sale” signs are sprouting up along with azaleas and dogwoods as buyers start to search for new homes. Each year,

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Your Closing Date is Key

There are advantages to choosing a closing date either close to the first or close to the last of the month. Whether you are the buyer or the seller, you have a vested interest in the closing date

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Reduce the Stress of Selling

There are many unavoidable tasks to tackle as you prepare to sell your home and move. However, you can reduce some of the stress with this checklist. Use it as a guide to avoid over-thinking and-

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A Backup Offer Could Be Your Secret Weapon

If you are disappointed to find that someone else has already submitted a contract on your dream house, you may want to consider making a backup offer. The housing market has been tight

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Choosing Between Two Perfect Houses

You’ve searched and searched, finding nothing that suits, when suddenly you’ve found not one, but two homes that would be perfect. What to do? First, remember that your housing market

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The Importance of a Home Inspection

An inspection of the physical condition of a house should be included as a condition of closing the sale. Your real estate agent will make arrangements for a professional inspector to look for

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Planning for Pets While Selling Your Home

Although pets may be a significant part of your family, they can pose a challenge when your home is on the market. Pet hair and odors obviously must be addressed, but your furry friend’s

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Do Your Wants Match Your Needs?

A good first step to buying a new home is to prioritize the amenities you really need the most. Be prepared to compromise a bit. Dreams of marble counter tops, gleaming hardwood floors and a pool in

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Benefits of Owning a Home

The emotional and financial stakes are high when purchasing a home, but rewards can be, too. There are intangibles that are tough to measure, such as stability and pride of ownership. However, there

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Avoid These Common Seller’s Mistakes

Selling your house can be both exciting and emotional. You may be looking forward to a great change with a move to a new town or a larger house, but you are leaving a home full of treasured.

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First Time Home Buyers Tips

Buying a first home can be challenging and a little intimidating. Should you grab the first house that you can afford, or is it better to just keep renting? Although there is a steep learning curve

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Why Work with a Real Estate Agent?

A real estate agent is a professional in a field where most buyers and sellers are novices. This is very likely the largest single purchase you will ever make. After all, how often do you drop a

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Home Buying Tips

A real estate agent is a professional in a field where most buyers and sellers are novices. This is very likely the largest single purchase you will ever make. After all, how often do you drop a

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Understanding Escrow

Purchasing a home involves a lot of money, many steps, and many documents. Because the transaction is complex, buyers and sellers do not exchange money directly with each other, but through a

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Pricing Your Home

It is tempting to determine the asking price of your home by figuring what you originally paid for it, adding the cost of improvements plus a healthy profit, and then put it on the market. This is a

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Choosing The Right Home Inspector

One of the most important parts of the home buying process is getting inspections done. It’s important because as a buyer of an investment worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, you need to

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How To Ensure An Accurate Home Appraisal

The appraisal is a funny thing. When you are buying a house, you secretly want it to come in lower to hopefully negotiate a better deal. As a seller, not only do you need it to come in at a value

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What To Expect At The Closing Table

The home sale and purchase process is an emotional period that extends from anywhere from 15 to 60 days. The culmination of the process is the closing table. Sometimes all parties meet to close the

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5 Questions To Ask Your Agent When Viewing A Home

Buying a home, especially making an offer and negotiating, is a lot like playing a game of poker – a very high-stakes game of poker. For, as with a poker game, there’s a lot of

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How To Avoid Home Buyer Fraud

Because there’s so much money at stake in the sale/purchase of a home and so much potential profit for a seller, the real estate industry has its share of fraud and scams. And in the case of

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6 Hidden Costs To Plan For When Buying A Home

Buying a home is expensive. For most of us, it’s the largest financial transaction of our lives. While most people understand the major financial components of buying a home – for,

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HOUSE CARE CALENDAR: A Seasonal Guide to Maintaining Your Home

You can download the report here: House Care CalendarFrom summer vacations to winter holidays, it seems each season offers the perfect excuse to put off our to-do list. But be careful,

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Using Social Media To Buy A Home In McKinney

Many home sellers, especially FSBO sellers, have discovered the marketing power of social media. And social media works just as well for home buyers. All you have to do is reverse engineer what the

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Top 8 Home Design and Remodeling Trends for 2019

If you’re a current homeowner, or in the market to buy, you’re probably curious about the latest trends in home design.Sellers who make strategic updates before listing a property can

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