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Financial Fundamentals for First-Time Homebuyers
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Our Top 5 Tips for Listing Descriptions
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2 Truths and 1 Lie: Real Estate Edition
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The Home Selling Timeline
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The Truth About Upsizing
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Your "Sunday Refresh" Checklist
Why You Should Work With a Local Lender
Quiz: Is it time to ditch your landlord in 2023?
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8 To-Do's When Preparing to List Your Home
Real Estate Reindeers to have on your sleigh
3 Investments to Avoid as a New Home Owner
Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Realtors
Red Flags When Hiring a Listing Agent
Deck the halls (on a budget)
December Home Maintenance
DIY Staging Your Home for the Market
Mistakes to Avoid When Investing in Real Estate
Should You Form an S-Corp for Your Real Estate Business?
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How to Choose the Best Offer in a Bidding War
Using Scarcity Marketing Tactics When Selling Your Home
Rules for Statement Pieces in Your Home Decor
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How to Get a Better Interest Rate
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Home Equity Tip
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Don't Play Games with Pricing Your Home
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October Home Maintenance Checklist
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How to Prepare to be Your Own Agent
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Tips for First-Time Investors
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Your August Home To-Do List
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Prepping a Home for Aging in Place
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Expectations vs. Reality
Stop Refreshing Zillow!!
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Mortgage Rate Predictions
When Touring A Home
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Why FSBOs Fail!!
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Pros & Cons of Short-Term Rentals
Hidden Costs Associated with Buying & Owning a home
Difference Between Assessed Value and Market Value!
Why you Should Work with a Buyers Agent
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Top Family Games
Know The Rules On Write-offs
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Make This Year The Year Of The Emergency Fund
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Legal Requirements For Real Estate Sales
Buying Your Dream Home In Retirement
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Behind The Scenes
Price It Right
Let Us Stage Your Home!
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Our Recommended Inspectors
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What is Earnest Money?
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How Will You Finance Your Home?
A Look at Home Price Appreciation Through 2025
Save Time and Effort by Selling with an Agent!
Homeowner Wealth Increases Through Growing Equity This Year
Home Builders Ramp Up Construction Based on Demand
Don't Leave Closing Costs out of Your Budget
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Americans Find the Nonfinancial Benefits of Homeownership Most Valuable
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Why Selling Your House on Your Own in 2021 Is a Mistake
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6 Graphs Proving This is Nothing Like Last Time
Millennials: Is it Time to Buy a Bigger Home?
Is it Still a Good Time to Buy with Interest Rates Rising?
Are You Ready to Write a Winning Offer on a Home?
Designers Share 5 Dominant Color Trends in 2021
Read This Before Getting Your Home Ready To Sell!
Financial Fundamentals for Homebuyers
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The Do's and Don'ts after Applying for a Mortgage #3
Trestle to Trestle Bridge to be Replaced in 2022
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Home Mortgage Rates by Decade
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If You Are a Seller... Do NOT Stress!
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Do I Really Need a 20% Down Payment to Buy a Home?
Owning a Home is Still More Affordable Than Renting One
What Record-Low Housing Inventory Means For You
Does a Remodel or Renovation Add Value to My Property?
Prequalified vs. Preapproved
3 Steps to Downsizing
What Does Your Door Say About You?
Boost the Mood of Your Space!
Is the Home Inspection Really That Important?
Why Not to Wait Until Spring to Make a Move
The Do's and Don'ts after Applying for a Mortgage
Home Design Trends for 2021
Why It's Important to Price Your House Right Today
3 Reasons to Be Optimistic about Real Estate in 2021
If You Are Taking the Time to Recycle at Home, Are You Sure You're Doing it Right?
Housing Market Forecast: What's Ahead in 2021?
5 Tips for Homebuyers Who Want to Make a Competitive Offer
Turning a House into a Happy Home
Your House May Be High on the Buyer Wish List This Holiday Season
Don't Let Buyer Competition Keep You from Purchasing a Home
A Starting Point When You're Choosing Between Price, Size & School
Chances of Another Foreclosure Crisis? 'About Zero Percent.'
Why It's Important Now More Than Ever to Shop Local!
Thinking of Moving?
Is Buying a Home Today a Good Financial Move?
Winter Will Bring a Flurry of Activity to the Housing Market
Why Working From Home May Spark Your Next Move
CORONAVIRUS Precautions for House Showings
The #1 Reason Not to Wait to List Your House for Sale
Why Is It so Important to Be Pre-Approved in the Home Buying Process?
Three Ways Low Inventory is a Win for Sellers
4 Reasons Why the Election Won't Dampen the Housing Market
Rent vs. Buy
Des Moines Metro Utility Info!
How Down Payment Assistance Opens the Door to Homeownership...
6 Reasons You'll Win by Selling with a Real Estate Agent This Fall
A Homeowner's Net Worth Is 40x Greater Than a Renter's
Things to do in Des Moines- this weekend!
Why Pricing Your Home Right Is Essential!
Low Inventory May Impact the Housing Market This Fall!
Homes across the country are selling FAST!!
The Cost of a Home Is Far More Important than the Price!
2020 Fall Photo Fest with Real Advantage Partners!
Have you ever seen the housing market like this?
Three Ways to Win in a Bidding War!
Pre-Approved? Why Is It so Important the Homebuying Process!
No foreclosure BOOM on the Horizon?
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Will Increasing Mortgage Rates Impact Home Prices?
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