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Realtor.com: 6 Reasons Why Selling a House in the Winter May Be the Best Decision Ever

 | Oct 8, 2018

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Spring is generally the most popular time of year to sell a house, with hordes of buyers looking to move into a new place before the school year begins. But if you decide to sell your home during the winter, experts say you could reap a reward in cold, hard cash.

“I have personally had my best months in real estate during the holiday season, so the idea that the markets are very tough to sell in the winter might be a myth,” says Emil Hartoonian, managing partner of The Agency in Beverly Hills, CA.

He’s not the only one who believes selling in the winter can make you a real estate winner. Read on for the top reasons why you should consider unloading when the temperatures drop. Continue reading

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Find your #NextHome in the PERFECT neighborhood using “Commute Time” on NextHome Mobile Connect

“Everyone has an app. What makes yours so special?!”

I love this question! And anyone who asks is absolutely correct. Nearly every real estate company has a mobile app. Some are custom built; most are similar variations on the same platform.

And they do exactly as they’re advertised to do: search and filter listings based on price, bedrooms, bathrooms, time on the market, etc.

We download and use every mobile app for all real estate companies in the Red River Valley (plus those from all major real estate companies, like Realtor.com and Zillow.) All fine products; some offer more search criteria and perform better than others.

But one product rises above all else: NextHome Mobile Connect.

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Realtor.com: The One Thing Home Sellers Forget to Hide Before an Open House

 | Nov 5, 2019

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When getting ready to sell your house, there’s a lot to worry about—home staging, repairs, keeping rooms tidy for home tours, and more. But there’s also one important thing that many sellers forget to do: hide their prescription drugs.

Sorry to break it to you, but some “buyers” touring your home might just be rooting around for valuables, and you might be surprised by which medications fit the bill.

Here’s what sellers need to know about the risks of prescription drugs at open houses, and how to keep all of their belongings safe. Continue reading

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Realtor.com: What to Look for When Buying a House: 10 Major Red Flags

 | Nov 9, 2019

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While most home buyers spend their time at an open house simply checking out the layout of the rooms and the name brands on the kitchen appliances, smart buyers know what’s really important to look for when buying a home.

In competitive markets, you’ll often walk into an open house that has been deep-cleaned, upgraded, and staged with stylish furniture. That’s nice, but if you’re not careful, you may miss a multitude of problems. You shouldn’t be overly impressed by the fact that a house looks and smells nice. (You may, however, be rightly appalled by a home that looks and smells atrocious.) Continue reading

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Realtor.com: How to Make Moving During the Holidays a Painless Experience

 | Dec 4, 2018

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Moving during the “most wonderful time of the year” is anything but wonderful. At a time when people look forward to cozying up at home, the last thing most of us want to do is pack boxes, clean, and wrangle odds and ends.

But some people don’t have a choice. Selling your home in the winter, graduating from college, or relocating for a new job are just some of the reasons people move during the holidays.

If you find yourself in this scenario, trust us when we say that moving doesn’t have to ruin your holiday fun. The following tips will help make it less hectic and more bearable. We promise! Continue reading