All Blog Entries by Ryan Fitzgerald

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Living in North Carolina

Moving to North Carolina - Pros and Cons for Living in North Carolina

Living in North Carolina comes with many pros and cons that folks who are moving to North Carolina want to know about! This isn't your generalized North Carolina article, this is the first-hand experience from a local tar heel!

Whether you're relocating to North Carolina or anywhere in the world, there are several reasons as to why moving is considered a significant major life event. On the one hand, it can be a stressful and overwhelming process from start to finish — all underscored by a feeling of uncertainty about your new location. And on the other, it can be an exciting time for a change of pace, the start of a new job, or the beginning of retirement … Either way, moving marks the beginning of an adventure and

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Under Contract On a House, What Happens Next?

Under Contract on a House, What Happens Next?

Buying a house is a long-drawn-out process that is incredibly stressful. In fact, roughly 40% of Americans say that buying a house is the number one most stressful event in all of modern life.

While there is little that can be done to make the process any quicker or less complicated than is, understanding the different steps in the process can help you to feel less stressed. There are a few things that happen next when you go under contract on a house.

After you've made an offer on the house and the seller accepts, the deal is likely "under contract."

What does it mean to be under contract on the house? Let's take a look at everything that you need to know.

What Does "Under Contract" Mean?

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How Important is Location When Buying a Home?

How Important is Location When Buying a Home - Location and Real Estate

One of the most common questions we are asked is 'how important is location when buying a home.' Location is the most important factor in real estate. With all the home buying tips you will find on our website, location is without a doubt the most important factor in determining the property value of two like properties. There's a reason many great real estate investors refer to the phrase "location, location, location."

Let's take a look at what you need to know about location in real estate and the reasons why it is important when buying a home.

Desirability

Location is one of the things that homebuyers will be looking at when considering which property to purchase. Everyone wants a home in a

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7 Takeaways: Best Flooring Options to Increase Home Value

Best Flooring Options to Increase Home Value - Kitchen, Bathroom and more!

One way to increase the value of your home is to upgrade to the best flooring options, especially if you're preparing to sell your home.

Whether it's your kitchen floors, your basement floors, or your living room floors, there are many different types of flooring options for you to explore. Combine great flooring with great curb appeal and your listing photos will pop in photos and be the top house on everyone's home search!

You can be sure that when your home is being appraised the appraiser will be looking at the floors and the home inspector will be as well.

Let's dive in and figure out what the best flooring options are to increase your home's value with these seven takeaways:

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7 Ways Curb Appeal Can Add Value to A Home

Ways Curb Appeal Can Add Value to a Home - the best curb appeal improvements!

Curb appeal is one of the best ways to add value to your home. In this article, we are going to show you how you can potentially create tens of thousands in extra equity with a few simple curb appeal tips!

Are you thinking about selling your home? Or maybe you are wondering more about how curb appeal can impact the value of your home? Some visitors will even be wondering how their neighbor's curb appeal will impact the value of their house and we are here to answer all of your curb appeal questions and more!

Curb appeal and real estate go hand in hand, especially when it comes to selling your home for top dollar.

Let's take a look at everything you need to know about how to use curb appeal to add

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7 Things to Know About The Home Closing Process

Home Closing Process - Things to know when purchasing and closing on a home

Congratulations on finding the perfect home and negotiating an offer with the seller, now you're moving on to the next phase: the home closing process. While you have done a lot of hard work up to this point, the process is not quite complete because you still need to close on the house. Some folks will begin to get cold feet once the closing process begins and that is common! Understand that it is part of any big life decision and real estate is one of the best investments you can make. 

On closing day, you and the seller sign legal documents that transfer ownership of the property from the seller to you. Most buyers have a lot of questions about the home closing process and want to know what to

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Kitchen Costs: How Much Does It Cost to Remodel a Kitchen?

How Much Does It Cost to Remodel a Kitchen: Kitchen Cost

A lot of potential buyers and sellers want to know how much does it cost to remodel a kitchen? The answer isn't so simple. Do a quick google search and you'll find that the average cost of a residential kitchen remodel in America is about $25,000 to $169,000. Quite the range right? Knowing the average a remodeled kitchen costs is fine, but what does that mean for you? After all, not all kitchens are the same, not all remodels are the same, so let's break it down!

For these reasons, we have decided to dig deeper into the cost of remodeling a kitchen. We take a look at what makes a kitchen functional and beautiful and break it down into remodeling options and the costs associated with

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What Is a Mother-in-Law Suite in Real Estate?

What is a Mother In Law Suite in Real Estate?

You've likely heard the term Mother-in-Law Suite when searching for Real Estate. Typically, that is followed by prospective buyers asking what is a mother-in-law suite in real estate?

Additional questions we will answer within this article: So what are mother-in-law suites? Are there different types of Mother-in-Law suites and what exactly are they? How much do Mother-in-Law suites cost to build? Do they add value to the home?

Here's a comprehensive guide on mother-in-law suites, answering all that, and more.

What Should People Know About Mother-in-Law Suites?

The first thing you should know is that mother-in-law suites go by many names: an in-law apartment, a guest dwelling, a

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Should I Sell or Rent My House?

Should I sell or rent my house? All the Pros and Cons of Selling vs Renting

One of the most common questions we field as a real estate company is should I sell or rent my house?

Homeowners in the United States account for 68 percent of the total population in the country. Homeownership brings a sense of satisfaction and freedom. However, there comes a time when leaving your home becomes the only option. Maybe, you need a larger home, you are relocating, or perhaps, you just need a change. 

Both selling and renting are great options, but one may be better than the other depending on the circumstances. If you are wondering, "Should you sell or rent your house?" read on to know more about these options so that you can make the best decision.

Sell vs Rent: Renting a Home

Renting a

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How Do Mortgage Lenders Make Money?

How do Mortgage Lenders Make Money - How do Mortgage Brokers get paid?

Have you ever wondered about the business of mortgages? More specifically how mortgage lenders make money? If you have, we will answer that question within this article though it may be a bit more complicated than what you may think on the surface! There's a lot that goes into helping buyers secure mortgages to buy homes.

Most mortgage lenders derive their pay from mortgage fees. However, that's not the only way they can make money. Being a mortgage lender is a lucrative opportunity for many, because of the nature of the back and front-end money streams. 

In this article, we will cover everything you need to know about mortgage lenders and their approach to making money in a transaction, as well as the

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