Dawn Forkenbrock's Blog Posts

5 Signs You Should Break Up With Your Real Estate Agent

Breakups are never fun, but sometimes firing your realtor is a necessary evil.Since your real estate agent will be super involved in your real estate transaction, it’s important to work with

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Living Room Rug Buying Guide

 If your rug is too small, it will make your living room look choppy and cheap. If your rug is too big, it will overpower your living room and make it feel small.Area rugs are not cheap, so it

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Why I Believe In Buyer Consultations

If you are looking to buy a house in the near future, let’s set up a meeting!Buyer consultations are super important for you to get an idea of the buying process, learn more about the current

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4 Things You Need To Do To Make Your Home "Listing Ready"

It’s back-to-school day for all my sellers!Grab your notebook and a pencil - today's lesson is about how to prepare your home to sell.Here are 4 things you need to do to make your home &ldquo

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The 2008 Recession Vs The Real Estate Market Now

The real estate market today is nothing like the financial crisis that happened in 2008.The collapse of the housing market in 2008 was caused by easy credit, loose lending standards, and financial

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Which Type Of Mortgage Is Right For You

A fixed-rate mortgage: a home loan with an interest rate that remains the same over its entire term, oftentimes a period of 15-30 years. With a fixed-rate mortgage, your monthly payments will also

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What Are The Signs I'm Ready For Home Ownership?

Taking the leap from renting to owning is a milestone many people dream about.If you’ve been thinking about taking the first steps to become a homeowner, you might wonder, “Am I really

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Looking To Relocate?

If you are looking to relocate, let me tell you about Queen Creek, AZ! As you can probably tell by now (if you’ve been following me for a while ), I absolutely love where I live.Here are 

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My Commitments To You As Your Real Estate Agent

Doesn’t it feel like everyone is a real estate agent these days?Here are my commitments to you as your real estate agent, and why I should represent you as your realtor.1. As your real estate

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Marry The House & Date The Rate

Mortgage rates are higher than they’ve been over the last 1-2 years, but that shouldn’t steer you away from purchasing a home!If you fall in love with a house, don’t let a higher

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7 Daily Habits For A Clean & Tidy Home

The secret to keeping your house clean is hidden in your daily routineIf you spend the entire weekend cleaning but don’t keep up with laundry, dishes, household chores, and putting things

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3 Tips For Surviving Back To School Season

Summer break has come to an end and school has started up again. Can you believe it’s that time of year already?!Here are 3 home organization tips for surviving back to school season:1. Create

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How To Prepare For An Open House

Hosting an open house is a great way to increase visibility, receive feedback, bring in more potential buyers, and potentially shorten your time spent on the market.Here are a few things I recommend

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4 Questions I Get Asked As A Real Estate Agent

Interested in becoming a realtor? Here are questions I’m often asked by aspiring real estate agents!1. What are the requirements to become a real estate agent, how much does it cost, and how

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August - Home Maintenance Checklist

This summer has flown by! Can you believe it’s already August?Back-to-school season is the perfect time to catch up on your home maintenance! The kids can do their homework while you do yours!

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Home Buyer Tips You Won't Want To Miss

Hands down, house hunting tends to be one of the most exciting parts of the home buying process. However, being unprepared can really take away from the experience. To ensure you have the best home

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Is It Okay To Shop Around For A Mortgage Rate During Pre-Approval Process?

During the pre-approval process, some of my clients have asked me if it’s okay to shop around for a mortgage rate. The answer is yes, and I highly recommend it!Shopping around for a mortgage

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Self Employed Mortgage Requirements

Self-employed and looking to purchase a home?You may need to jump through more hoops than a traditional W-2 employee (and you might be asked to provide additional documentation) but it’s still

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5 Tips To Designing The Perfect Entrway

 When guests walk into your home, the first room they’ll step into is your entryway.The foyer is the first impression of your home, so it’s important to create a welcoming and

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Should I Buy Right Now Or Wait It Out?

One of my biggest tips for people looking into homeownership is this: Stop waiting on the market to buy a house.We can’t predict what the real estate market will look like over the next 2-3

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What's Happening Right Now In The Real Estate Market

Let’s talk about what’s happening right now in the real estate market.After nearly 2 years of record-breaking low-interest rates, sky-high home prices, and record-low inventory, the

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First Time Homebuyers FAQS

First-time homebuyers, listen up!Buying a house is one of the biggest purchases you’ll make in your life. It’s a big deal to take on the responsibilities of being a homeowner, and

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5 Tips To Keep Your Home Cool This Summer

During this time of year, it’s tempting to crank up the AC and turn your house into a freezing cold igloo… But running your air conditioning non-stop will definitely affect your

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Is Buying A Home Really Better Than Renting?

Is buying a house really better than renting?First, let’s take a look at the real cost of renting. Say your rent is $2,000 a month, and you rent for 5 years. $2,000 a month adds up to $24,000

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July - Home Maintenance Checklist

Keep your home looking its best by staying on top of your monthly home maintenance!Here are a few things to do this month to keep your home in tip-top shape for summer  Save this post for later

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What Makes A Strong Offer

 If you’ve fallen head-over-heels with a home and can’t picture yourself living anywhere else, you’ll need to write a strong offer to beat out the competition.What makes a

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Guide To Packing An Open First Box

I’m about to share with you one of my BEST moving tips Picture this: you just finished a takeout dinner sitting on the living room floor, eating off of paper plates and plastic.

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My Biggest Tip For Home Sellers

TO: Sellers or homeowners thinking about selling their homeFROM: Your Queen Creek Realtor  As a home seller, it’s important to ALWAYS be ready for a showing!To sell your home quickly and

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Five Financial Benefits of Homeownership

Looking for a reason to purchase a home? Here are JUST financial benefits of homeownership: Home appreciationThe value of your home is likely to increase over time. When a property appreciates and

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How To Talk To Your Kids About Moving

Moving is one of the most stressful events you’ll probably experience in your life. It can be a challenge for adults to take on such a big change, and it’s common for kids to have an

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50% Of Staged Homes Sold For More Than Asking

Dear future home sellers...Let’s talk about home staging! Here are 3 things you should do before listing your home Focus on curb appealFirst impressions are everything, which is one reason why

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Types Of Mortgages For Homebuyers

One of the first steps to homeownership is to look at options for financing. 💰 Most homebuyers will need a mortgage to purchase a home (unless they are paying the full cost of the home in cash).A

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How To Make An Offer On A House - The Basics

Making an offer on a house doesn’t have to be hard. 😃 Here are the basics!1️⃣ Pick a starting price (with your agent’s help)2️⃣ Set your contingencies and other offerï¸

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Tips To Improve Your Credit Score - Credit Repair Toolbox

🏠 Your credit score plays an important role in qualifying for a mortgage.Perfect credit isn’t necessary to get a mortgage, but buying a house with a good credit score has many benefits

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My Top 3 Life-Changing Tips For A More Organized Home

Here are my top 3 life-changing tips for a more organized home 👇🏼1️⃣ Follow the “touch it once” ruleInstead of dropping everything on the kitchen counter when you get home from

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Homebuyer Budgeting Breakdown

💰 🏠 One question I often get from home buyers is, “how much does it cost to purchase a home?”Let’s break it down:👉 The home seller typically pays ALL agent commissions.

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May Home Maintenance Checklist

Prepare for the summer months ahead and welcome the new season by putting aside some time this month to take care of the place you call homeReady to tackle your May home maintenance checklist? Click

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3 Things To Do Right Now If You Want To Become A Homeowner

Is becoming a homeowner on your to-do list for 2022? Then let’s talk about 3 things you should do RIGHT NOW if you want to make it happen!1️⃣ Find a real estate agent you trust! It’s

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House Cleaning Challenge | Day Seven

Day 7 of the House Cleaning Challenge is to clean out the small spaces.Oftentimes, the smallest of spaces can quickly become messy and chaotic.Here are your tasks for today:1️⃣ Clean out your

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House Cleaning Challenge | Day Six

Day 6 of the House Cleaning Challenge is to tackle your typical house cleaning!This day is for scrubbing, mopping, dusting, buffing, polishing, vacuuming, and making your home sparkleHere are your

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House Cleaning Challenge | Day Five

Day 5 of the House Cleaning Challenge is to tidy up and organize your bedroom.Your bedroom should be a place where you can rest, recharge, and relax after a long day. A tidy space is a tidy mind! We

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House Cleaning Challenge | Day Four

Day 4 of the House Cleaning Challenge is to tidy up and organize the bathrooms.Here are your tasks for today:✔️ Organize your drawers and cabinets, throw away empty containers and products you

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House Cleaning Challenge | Day Three

Day 3 of the House Cleaning Challenge is to tidy up and organize your kitchen!Here are your tasks for today:➡️ Throw away expired spices and herbs - approx. 10 minutes➡️ Empty the dishwasher

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House Cleaning Challenge | Day Two

Day 2 of the House Cleaning Challenge is to organize your “clutter zones”.Most households have a couple of notorious places where EVERYONE drops their stuff - jackets, backpacks, purses,

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House Cleaning Challenge | Day One

Ready to tackle your house cleaning but not sure where to get started?I believe that everything is manageable in bite-sized pieces, and this challenge is the perfect way to make your deep cleaning

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Tips For Growing Healthy Houseplants

Adding some houseplants to your space is a great way to bring greenery into your home and liven up your space.If you’re a new plant parent, you’ll need to learn how to care for your

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Post Moving Must Do's

Planning a move? I’m here to remind you that moving day is just the first step to a long process of getting settled in and unpacked.Here are 10 post-moving tasks you need to do once you move

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Creative Ways To Save More Money For Home Ownership

If you are looking to tighten up your budget and save some SERIOUS money to make your homeownership dreams come true, this post is for you.Here are 10 creative and small ways you can save money for

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A Good Realtor

A good realtor is knowledgeable, resourceful, and personable - they need to have good communication skills, pay attention to detail, and be an advocate for you. Since your realtor will be super

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Why Now Is The Time To List Your Home

Thinking about selling your home this season?Now is one of the best times to put your home on the market. Here are a few reasons why you should consider selling your home this season!1️⃣ BUYERS

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How To Decide Which Homes To Tour

When it comes to showings, it can be overwhelming to tour more than a few houses in a single day. How are you supposed to remember what each one looked like and what features were your favorite?My

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How Do You Win a Multiple Offer Situation?

How do you win a multiple offer situation? In such a hot market, prospective buyers are facing difficult challenges when trying to get an offer accepted on the home of their dreams. Here are a few

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6 Things To Consider When Choosing A Neighborhood

Not quite sure what to look for in a neighborhood?Wondering how to find the right community for you and your family? Here are a few things to consider when choosing a neighborhood.1️⃣

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Your April Home Maintenance Checklist

Your April Home Maintenance ChecklistPrepare for the spring + summer months and refresh your home for a new season with my April Home Maintenance Checklist!Keeping up with homeowner responsibilities

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3 Reasons You Should Consider Selling Your Home FSBO

3️⃣ reasons why you should consider selling your home FSBO...Did you believe me for even a second? Happy April Fools!Unless you’re already an experienced, licensed real estate agent, you

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How To Make A Realistic Home Buying Wishlist

How to create a realistic home-buying wishlist:1️⃣ BRAINSTORMThink about your current home — what you like, what you wish was different, and what you couldn’t live without. By asking

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My Top Moving Tips & Tricks

Moving day is often hectic and exhausting! Avoid some of the unnecessary stress and anxiety of moving with my top 10 moving tips & tricks!1️⃣ Keep a first-aid kit in your car in case an

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How Long Should I Live In My Home Before Selling

Buying a home is oftentimes one of the biggest purchases you’ll make in your life. Homeownership is a big decision, and although it comes with many benefits, you’ll want to make sure it

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3 Home Upgrades For Your Furry Friends

Looking to make some home upgrades for your furry friend?Did you know that over 40% of households in the United States are dog owners? With some of these pet-friendly home upgrades, not only will

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7 Terms You Should Know Applying For A Mortgage

Applying for a mortgage? Here are 7 terms you should know ahead of time:1️⃣ Credit reportThis is a detailed summary that keeps a record of your account balances, credit history, credit,

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7 Tips To Turn Your Bedroom Into A Peaceful Oasis

Your bedroom should be a place where you can rest, recharge, and relax after a long day. Turn your bedroom from a cluttered catastrophe to a peaceful oasis with these 7 tips!1️⃣ Purchase an

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Tips For Selling Your Home Quick & For Top Dollar

Let’s jump right into it! Here are 5 tips for selling your home quick + for top dollar.1️⃣ Work with the right agentWorking with an experienced, knowledgeable real estate agent is key when

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Real Estate Investing Challenge - Day 6

Step 6️⃣ (and the final step) of the real estate investing challenge is to purchase your first property! Once you have educated yourself, have gotten your finances in order, and know the

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Real Estate Investing Challenge - Day 5

Step 5️⃣ of the real estate investing challenge is to study HOW real estate investors make money.Here are 4 common types of real estate investments you should know:✅ Long-term rentalsAn LTR

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Real Estate Investing Challenge - Day 4

Step 4️⃣ of the real estate investing challenge is to know what to look for in an investment property.What makes a good investment property? Here are some things to consider:✅ Location,

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Real Estate Investing Challenge - Day 3

Step 3️⃣ of the real estate investing challenge is to know the different types of real estate investments!Here are the three main types of investments to look into as a first-time investor.✅

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Real Estate Investing Challenge - Day 2

Step two of the real estate investing challenge is to assess your personal finances!You’ll need to talk with your mortgage lender to see if you can qualify for an investment property. For a

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Real Estate Investing Challenge - Day 1

Investing in real estate can build generational wealth, generate passive income. and bring you financial freedom. But the question is, how do you start?Over the next few days, I’m going to

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Reason Why Your Purchase Offer Was Rejected

Putting in an offer on a home is when homeownership starts to get real & is one of the most exciting steps of the home buying process!As a realtor, one of my least favorite calls to make is

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3 Ways To Kickstart This Years Spring Cleaning

Here are 3️⃣ ways to kickstart this year’s spring cleaning this month:1. Start getting rid of stuffThe first step to spring cleaning is decluttering! Take one day (or schedule a few hours

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Can A Realtor Represent The Buyer And Seller

Legally, the answer is yes: a real estate agent can represent both sides of the deal, the buyer and the seller. When this situation occurs, it’s called a dual agency.In most real estate

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March Home Maintence Checklist

As we move into warmer weather and welcome the spring season, it’s the perfect time to freshen up your home with some outdoor sprucing, spring cleaning, and routine chores to keep your home

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How To Make The Most Out Of Showings

As a buyer, you might look at 15 different houses before finally finding “the one”.Maybe you have a long and detailed home wishlist, so you need to view lots of different options before

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Why You Haven't Found "The One" Yet

Maybe you’ve been house hunting for some time, but have yet to find “the one”…Or maybe, not a single home has reached your expectations or fit your criteria.Why has it been

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How To Avoid Home Buyers Remorse

First off, what is homebuyers' remorse? You know that feeling when you purchase something on a whim and have second thoughts about it later? This is called buyers remorse, so imagine the feeling is

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My Biggest Tip For Saving For Homeownership

My biggest tip for saving for homeownership is to be aware of your spending and track your spending habits so you can save MORE money at a FASTER pace.You can do this by sorting your monthly

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Home Refresh Challenge - Day Seven

Step seven (the final step) of the home refresh challenge: find your signature scents!Similar to choosing a perfume, it takes some thought to decide what you want your home to smell like.To select

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Home Refresh Challenge - Day Six

Step six of the home refresh challenge: add new windows coverings!Curtains are a great way to elevate your space and update your home. Grab a curtain rod from Target and curtains from IKEA (they are

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Home Refresh Challenge - Day Five

Step five of the home refresh challenge: try some DIY’s! A great way to update your home without breaking the bank is to do the work yourself.You can learn almost ANYTHING on the internet! Use

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Home Refresh Challenge - Day Four

Step four of the home refresh challenge: update your lighting! 💡Light fixtures can either modernize or completely date your home. An easy way to update your space is to add more light! This might

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Home Refresh Challenge - Day Three

Step three of the home refresh challenge: add a fresh coat of paint!A new coat of paint is the easiest way to update the look of your home. The best part? All you need is paint, a paintbrush, some

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Home Refresh Challenge - Day Two

Step two of the home refresh challenge: rearrange your furniture!Rearranging furniture and decor items in your home is a great way to give your space a brand new feel. And the best part? It doesn

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Home Refresh Challenge - Day One

February is known to be one of the most depressing months of the year. Giving your home a refresh is the perfect way to beat the winter blues!Over the next week, I’m going to share 7 steps to

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How Long Does It Take To Purchase A Home

How long does it take to purchase a home?On average, it takes 2-3 months to shop for a home, plus an additional 30-60 days to close on your property once you’re under contract.There are a lot

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Pros & Cons of An HOA

Short for Homeowners Association, an HOA is an organization in the community that makes & reinforces rules to help maintain a clean & well-kept neighborhood.What makes up the HOA Board Of

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February Home Maintenance Checklist

Can you believe February is already here? Show a little love to your home this month by tackling this month’s home maintenance checklist!1. Clean and vacuum curtains2. Dust window blinds3.

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Why I Should Be Your Realtor

You might be thinking… “Out of all the real estate agents in the Phoenix area, why should you be my Realtor?” Doesn’t it feel like everyone is a real estate agent these?

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Average Costs Of A Kitchen Remodel

A beautiful kitchen is the main selling point of a home. There’s nothing better than gathering around the kitchen island with friends and family, enjoying great food, wonderful company, and

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5 Things To Do Before House Hunting

Looking to buy a house in 2022? 😍 Here are a few things you should do before house-hunting:1️⃣ Know your credit score! Talk with a mortgage lender and get pre-qualified before starting the

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New Construction Do's & Don'ts

Building a home from the ground up is an exciting venture. From choosing flooring to paint colors, kitchen backsplash to bathroom tile, you’re going to have a LOT of decisions to make!Avoid

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Things To Do After You Close Escrow

Pop some champagne or open up a bottle of your favorite wine. Let’s talk about closing day!What are a few things you should do after closing escrow? Keep scrolling!1️⃣ Change addressesYou

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What You Can & Can't Control In Real Estate

In life, there are certain things you can control and certain things you have no power over. The same goes for real estate!Maybe your home has been on the market longer than you expected, or you

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Tips For Organizing Your Closet

The new year seems like the perfect time to do some home organization projects. I think one of the most difficult spots to tackle is the closet. Not only can it be tricky to organize, but it’s

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6 Signs You're Ready To Downsize

Feeling like your house is just a little too big for your season of life? Here are a few signs it’s time to downsize:1️⃣ You’re retiring - One of the most common reasons people

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5 Ways To Update Your Bathroom On A Budget

Want to give your bathroom a makeover without breaking the bank? Here are 5 ways to update your bathroom on a budget!1️⃣ Switch out your builder-grade mirror for a framed mirror. This instantly

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How To Choose The Best Offer

The highest offer doesn't always mean the best offer! Contingencies, timeline, closing costs and financing also play a big part in choosing the best offer when selling your house. Here are a

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Decorating Your Home - Where To Save & Where To Splurge

Decoratng your home can become costly, especially if you have expensive taste and want to purchase quality items!The secret to designing a beautiful home without breaking the bank? You must know

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8 Steps To Purchasing A Home In 2022

Ready to give up renting and become a homeowner this year?Here are 8 steps to purchasing a home in 2022:✔️ Check your credit score and avoid big purchases.✔️ Save for a downpayment.✔️

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How To Create Your New Home Aesthetic

🏠 If you just purchased a new house, it’s the perfect time to get rid of stuff you no longer want and replace it with things that match your new place!If you’re looking to create your

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The Difference Between a Loan Officer & An Underwriter

When you're working with a mortgage lender to get pre-approved for a home loan, the term "underwriter" may come up in some of your conversations. What's the difference between a loan officer )

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5 Tip For Moving For Moving With Pets

Moving is stressful for your furry friends!Our pets can feel our energy, so when we feel anxious, they feel anxious too. Here are a few tips to make the moving experience a little easier for your

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What Makes A Home Move-In Ready

Every buyer has a different version of “move-in ready”. For some, this might mean home maintenance is up to date and the property has been well taken care of. For others, it may mean the

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9 Realtor Red Flags To Watch Out For

A good real estate agent can walk you through the buying process and help you buy your dream home, or sell your home quickly and for the most profit. A bad agent can botch your transaction and leave

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My Top Investing Tips For 2022

Hoping to invest in real estate in 2022? No need for cold feet! Here are 5 simple steps to purchasing your first rental property and becoming a landlord in 2022! Look at your financesFinancing a

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