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Best Ways to Determine Home Value

by Sandy Dodge Of all the questions that arise during the selling process, “What’s my home worth?” is the first for most sellers. By using home valuation tools and understanding local market conditions, sellers can educate themselves on how much their home could potentially fetch on the market, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Best…

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5 Green Upgrades that Increase Your Home Value

by Sandy Dodge Selling a home begins with understanding how much it’s worth. After an initial assessment, you may want to make some updates to increase the value of your property. There are several ways to do that, including boosting your curb appeal or making renovations with significant ROI potential. As you research potential projects, keep in mind…

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Selling a Home with Pets

by Sandy Dodge For pet owners, it’s hard to imagine their home without a furry friend. However, when it comes time to sell, showcasing the qualities of a home should take precedence over the pets that live in it. This creates additional steps in the process of preparing your home for sale, but it makes all the…

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Where to Stay While You Sell Your Home

by Sandy Dodge The time between selling a home and moving into a new one can be a challenging period for homeowners that leaves them with a basic question: Where should I live? In the interim, there are various housing options to choose from but picking the right one depends on your personal situation and the amount of time…

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What is a Seller’s Market?

by Sandy Dodge When the housing market favors sellers, a seller can expect ideal conditions for selling their home. However, that’s not to say that a seller’s market doesn’t come with its own unique set of challenges for parties on both sides of the transaction. That’s why it’s critical for buyers and sellers to work…

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Windermere Homes & Estate Partners with Parkbench

SAN DIEGO – August 24, 2021 (API) Grant Findlay-Shirras, co-founder of Parkbench.com, a leading online platform that helps local professionals connect with their community, has partnered with Rich Johnson, Broker & Owner of Windermere Homes & Estates, a leading real estate brokerage in San Diego, California. In a time when #shoplocal roles off people’s tongues, Parkbench has…

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Knowing When to Sell Your Home

by Sandy Dodge Of all the components involved in a successful home sale, there is perhaps no greater contributing factor than timing. Knowing when to sell your house gives you the best chance to make an impact when you hit the market. Every seller’s situation is unique but choosing when to sell comes down to…

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Understanding Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)

by Sandy Dodge Buyers are constantly looking for ways to streamline the buying process, whether that’s working with their agent to identify how they can increase their buying power, getting pre-approved, or being as cash-ready as possible. Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI), though it is an additional expense, can be a gateway to homeownership, and for some buyers, may…

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5 Mistakes to Avoid After Pre-Approval

By Sandy Dodge Getting pre-approved is a great first step for buyers, but there can be a number of hurdles in the process. Here are a few cautionary steps that can be taken to make the experience as smooth and worry-free as possible. Pre-Approval Getting pre-approved has many benefits for buyers: it strengthens their buying power, assists…

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Relocating for Remote Work

by Sandy Dodge As the ubiquity of working from home continues, many homeowners are making the decision to move. Whether the motivation for relocating is to lower the cost of living, to be closer to family, or simply a fresh start, there are various factors to keep in mind when relocating for remote work. Before…

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