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Tips for maintaining your home’s foundation

Tips for maintaining your home’s foundation

Regularly inspecting and maintaining your foundation is an important preventative measure to avoid costly repairs that can be caused by shifting soil or other unforeseen natural causes. The sooner you catch foundation issues, the easier they are to fix. If you start...

Zonability Insights: City? Yes or No

Zonability Insights: City? Yes or No

Valuation lesson from Zonability Founder, Leigh Budlong! If a property is not within an incorporated city limit, it is not subject to zoning. The terms "unincorporated" vs. "incorporated" are key.  Incorporated cities have their own government, set up ordinances that...

7 Practical Ways to Save Energy at Home

7 Practical Ways to Save Energy at Home

Saving energy at home is an important way to reduce your carbon footprint and save money on bills. By making some simple changes, you can reduce your energy usage and lower your monthly costs. Use CFL or LED lighting options. With up to 75% less energy used compared...

What Documents Will I Need After Closing?

What Documents Will I Need After Closing?

There are several important documents that you should obtain and keep after the closing process is completed. Store them in a safe, accessible location along with the survey used at closing. If you decide to refinance or purchase a new home, you’ll need...

8 Important Steps to Purchasing a Home

8 Important Steps to Purchasing a Home

Are you thinking about buying a new home and are unsure of what steps you need to take? Some buyers find this process overwhelming, especially first-time homebuyers. But just like with anything else – Knowledge is power. Understanding and following these steps can...

What You Need to Know About Short Sale Escrow

What You Need to Know About Short Sale Escrow

A short sale, or pre-foreclosure sale, occurs when the net proceeds from a property are less than the current lien on the property. The lender must approve the transaction, accepting a “short payoff.” Oftentimes, lenders prefer a short sale over foreclosure. These...

Why It’s Important to Have an Escrow Account

Why It’s Important to Have an Escrow Account

If you have a mortgage, maintaining an escrow account is very important. New homeowners are sometimes unsure of what “escrow” is, so here’s a quick breakdown: First, your lender adds up how much the annual tax and insurance costs are on your home. Then, they evenly...