All Blog Entries by Victoria Reviel

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If you’re looking to buy a home this season — or thinking about refinancing — you may be wondering how things have changed in recent months. Many routine activities, including parts of the home financing process, look a little different now due to social distancing and other safety guidelines. Getting an appraisal is one such step that you may be curious about. Whether you’re moving up, downsizing or refinancing, we have answers to your home appraisal questions and more:

Q: What is an appraisal?

A: Typically, it’s a process in which a licensed professional comes to the home to look at it and learn as much as they can. Then, they compare it to nearby homes that have recently sold. The appraiser’s job is to gauge the home’s value based on the property

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Are you running out of productive things to do at home? These five spring cleaning projects go beyond cleaning out the junk drawer! Change up your living space. Tired of the same wall color? Paint it! Want to look at something new? Try switching your wall decorations from a different room and use them in your main living space. Got a lot of unused wall space? Create a gallery of photos, drawings, images, and things that make you happy. Rearranging the furniture in your living space will also create a new atmosphere you can enjoy. Deep clean the kitchen. If you haven’t had the chance to deep clean the kitchen, now’s a good time to start. Take everything out of the cabinets so you can wipe them down inside and out. While everything is out, give your

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3 Tips for Selling a Home During the Coronavirus Crisis

Selling a home is always stressful, even more so with everything else going on in the world today. Many are choosing to wait until things return to normal to sell their homes, but other people don’t have a choice. If you need to access your home’s equity to get you through these times, if you recently inherited a home you don’t plan to keep, or if you need to downsize or upsize, you may find these tips for selling during the coronavirus crisis helpful. Price to sell.

The coronavirus crisis is impacting home values across the country, but the effect is temporary. List your home to sell, but don’t set the asking price too far below what you would have listed it for before the crisis began. Add a

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With schools, offices, and other businesses closed, most of us are spending more time at home with our families. If you’ve been looking for ways to keep busy, look no further. These boredom busters are a great way to bring the family together while keeping the mind and body busy:)

For Kids

  • Have a costume party.
  • Put on a fashion show.
  • Learn a TikTok dance.
  • Learn calligraphy or cursive writing. T
  • each your pet a new trick (with adult supervision).
  • Customize your toys with model paint.
  • Call or video chat friends and family.
  • Cover the fridge with art.
  • Make your own ice cream.
  • Learn how to do a cartwheel or handstand.
  • Build a blanket fort.

For Adults

  • Learn a new craft: macramé, knitting, drawing
  • Find a new
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You always want to get your pre-approval before you start house hunting. Knowing what you're pre-approved for can help you avoid the heartbreak of losing out on a home you may not get qualified for.

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Buying a second home is a great way to lock in a great vacation spot and earn some extra rental income. However, there are also some financial realities that many homeowners aren’t aware of before they purchase their second home.

IRS Limitations

If you rent your second home more than fourteen days a year, the IRS qualifies that home as a rental/investment property. As such, the income you gain from your home is taxable. Your second home also won’t qualify for the same deductions as your primary home.

Risk & Liability

It’s easy to overlook problems like leaks and water damage in a home that goes unoccupied for long periods of time. Empty homes are also more likely targets for vandalism. Hiring a property management company to keep an eye on the

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Are you planning to add or replace a deck this year? Before you stock up on lumber, here are some details you should address to ensure your deck will improve your home’s value and curb appeal.

Design

What you plan to use your deck for will have a big impact on other considerations you’ll need to make. Will your deck include a grilling station? A hot tub? Built in benches? Size Choosing the right size deck to fit your needs and visually balance the home can be tricky. As a general rule, the deck shouldn’t be more than ¼ the size of your home. There are of course exceptions to the rule, especially if you’re planning on having a large number of people on your deck at the same time.

Materials

A lot of time and resources go into making a deck, so

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After years of careful planning, searching, and saving to buy a home, it’s normal to take pride in your home. However, that doesn’t mean you plan to stay in the same place forever, and you can’t control who your neighbors are and whether or not they maintain their home.

If you’re getting ready to list your home and the condition of your neighbor’s home is negatively impacting your own home value, here are some steps you can take.

Talk to your neighbors. Your neighbor may want to improve their home’s exterior but may not have the time, tools, or know-how necessary to accomplish their tasks. Consider offering your neighbor your lawn mower, ladder, or some of your time to help them.

Consult your HOA. If your neighborhood has a homeowners

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As predicted last year, Austin is likely to surpass 1 million residents in 2020. Now, the city demographer says it's just months away from hitting that mark. As of January 1, Austin was home to 996,369 people, according to a new estimate from Austin City Demographer Ryan Robinson. By now, that number has gone higher. But wherever the figure stands at this point, Robinson predicts Austin’s population will reach 1 million by June. That’s less than 4,000 people below the current level. “I’ve always thought we’d breach the 1 million mark as a city just prior to April 1, which is Census Day, but I’ve since cooled on making it by then — maybe I’m simply hedging my bet,” Robinson tells CultureMap. Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau conducts a nationwide

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