Find me at the 2018 Cottage Home Block Party!

  The 36th annual Cottage Home Neighborhood Block Party is the best party in town! WHEN: Saturday, October 13th, 5-7pm WHERE: Highland Ave. and Dorman St. between E. St. Clar & North St. (714 N. Highland Ave.) Featuring Brozinni's Pizzeria, The Cottage Home food booth, Duos Indy, and more! Beverages will be available from Ash & Elm Cider Co., Flat 12…

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6 things you must do before buying a home

Buying a home is a huge investment, probably the most significant purchase of your life. It’s not something you should do without preparation. Before you start on the road to homeownership, make sure you are ready. 6 simple steps to buying a house: Step 1. Improve your credit score. Step 2. Figure out what you can afford. Step 3. Save…

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7 Blunders to Avoid When Building a Home of Your Own

You've been shopping for a home and none seems quite right. That one has a tiny kitchen, this one makes you go through a second bedroom to get to the hall bathroom, and the other one doesn't even have a bathroom connected to the master bedroom! Sheesh. It's no wonder some people prefer building a home from scratch—or more precisely, having someone else…

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Rates rising, but it’s not a big problem for buyers … yet.

With the economy shifting into higher gear and more Americans itching to land a new home before interest rates get too high, the U.S. residential real estate market looks like a hum-dinger as 2018 kicks off. What's in store for buyers, sellers and industry professionals? According to multiple industry experts, these trends could shape the real estate market in 2018:…

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35 Things Every Homeowner Needs to Know ASAP

Check a warm fridge’s temperature dial   Make sure it hasn’t been turned way down. Kids may have messed with it, or someone might have bumped the knob. Also, make sure that food containers don’t block the fridge and freezer compartments’ vents—they supply the flow of frigid air. Technicians report that up to 30 percent of their service calls require only the push…

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Why Home Prices Are Increasing

There are many unsubstantiated theories as to why home values are continuing to increase. From those who are worried that lending standards are again becoming too lenient (data shows this is untrue), to those who are concerned that prices are again approaching boom peaks because of “irrational exuberance” (this is also untrue as prices are not at peak levels when they are adjusted for inflation), there seems…

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9 Ways to Save for a Down Payment

You’ve found the perfect house. Interest rates are still low. There’s just one thing standing between you and your dream home: a down payment. Don’t abandon your home­ownership dreams just yet. Here are nine ways to come up with cash for a new home. 1. Pay off your credit cards Paying bills will help in your hunt for down payment…

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Real Estate Tips for a First-Time Home Seller

Homeowners don't generally think about filling the shoes of a first-time home seller until they decide to buy a new home. Usually, the motivating factor is the need to move -- due to work-related issues or the needs of a growing family -- and that generally involves buying another house. It's when the homeowners stop to consider the move that…

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10 Tips for Homebuyers and Sellers This Spring

Spring is here, and so is spring home-buying and -selling. Buyers and sellers preparing to take action this season should put those plans into play now—according to Zillow Group’s Report on Consumer Housing Trends, the No. 1 regret for both buyers and sellers is “not starting their home search or prepping their home to sell soon enough.” “This spring, both…

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FSBOs Net ‘Significantly’ Lower Profits

For-sale-by-owners tend to sell their homes for lower prices than homes sold through traditional agents via the MLS, and in many cases below the average differential represented by the prevailing commission rate, according to a new study by Collateral Analytics. The study examined the price differences between homes sold through traditional agents versus those sold by FSBOs from 2016 to the first…

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Ray Ailstock

Ray Ailstock