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How Can You Vet Contractors?

June 14, 2024

When you choose to remodel your home, it’s crucial that you hire the right contractor for the job. You can get referrals from friends, family, or your Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices network professional. But there are other ways to get information so you can make the right choice. It’s a good idea to interview at least […]

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What to Expect for the 2024 Summer Housing Market

June 7, 2024

One truism about the housing market is that it changes constantly to favor sellers or homebuyers. Seldom does a balanced market exist where buyers and sellers are more evenly matched except for summertime, when schools are out. That’s why it’s the busiest of homebuying seasons. To be a better prepared buyer, you should get prequalified […]

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Best Big Screen Interior Design Ideas

May 31, 2024

Binge-watching streaming channels is so popular that homeowners are letting gigantic black holes take over their living spaces. The problem is that most homes weren’t built to comfortably accommodate 85 to 97-inch TVs; owning one means making it an awkward focal point above the fireplace that causes neck strain. Is there a better way? Absolutely. […]

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Is Renting-to-Own a Good Idea?

May 24, 2024

Rent-to-own, or lease purchase, is a legal means of buying a home with a future closing date, usually one to five years from the date of the rent-to-own contract. Until then, the homebuyer rents the home before applying for a mortgage to buy the home. The concept can benefit both homebuyers and home sellers, but […]

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Boost Your Home Buying Fund with HYSAs

May 17, 2024

As a first-time homebuyer, you may be racking your brains trying to figure out how to make more money quickly for a down payment to qualify for a mortgage loan. You need to have cash tucked away that’s hopefully building interest, yet it also needs to be accessible in case the right home comes along […]

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Outdoor adventures in Smith Mountain Lake for every type of Enthusiast

May 14, 2024

With its small-town charm and temperate climate year-round, the Smith Mountain Lake area presents many perfect opportunities to enjoy a day or two out in the great outdoors. Below, you’ll find my most recommended activities, sure to fit a variety of interests and preferences. TOP ACTIVITIES IN SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE Hiking The Smith Mountain Lake […]

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Should You Tap into Your Home Equity?

May 10, 2024

When you put 20% down on a home using a mortgage loan, you own 20% and the lender owns 80%. As you make payments, most of the money goes to pay interest while some goes toward reducing your principal. Meanwhile, favorable market conditions may be increasing the market value of your home, giving you instant […]

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Springtime at Smith Mountain Lake

May 9, 2024

The wheel of the year turns, ushering in nature’s awakening from its wintry slumber. As the vibrant colors of spring burst forth, the sight of Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia becomes a spectacle that invigorates the senses. Nestled in the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, Smith Mountain Lake exudes an undeniable charm that draws […]

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2024 Real Estate Trends

May 7, 2024

Nestled amidst the picturesque landscapes of Virginia, the Smith Mountain Lake area exemplifies the fusion of natural beauty with modern living. As we examine the real estate trends for 2024, it is evident that this idyllic locale is not immune to the forces shaping the broader market. As we navigate 2024, the real estate landscape […]

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Essential Tips for Home Renovation Budgeting

May 3, 2024

You’ve bought an older home that needs some work. How do you decide what needs redoing and how much money to spend? The first rule of thumb is: don’t improve more than the best homes in your immediate neighborhood. A starter home, or a lot-value home, can be renovated to be attractive and functional, but […]

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