Kendra Brown's Blog Posts

A Checklist for Getting Started In Your New House!

Checklist for Getting Started In Your New HomeClosing on a new home may feel like reaching the finish line. But before you kick back and relax, take these important steps to settle into your new

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How to Purchase a House with No Down Payment!

How to Purchase a Home With No Down PaymentThe trend in home buying has moved away from large down payments. In fact, today’s average down payment is just 6 percent, with zero-out-of-pocket

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Buying a House Before Selling Yours First

Should You Buy a House Before Selling Yours?If you’re in the market for a new home, should you buy a house before selling your current home? That’s a tough call. Here are some important

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Staging Your House for A Quick Sale at a Higher Price

Stage Your Home for a Quicker Sale at a Higher PriceBefore the “For Sale” sign goes up, smart homeowners typically make any necessary repairs and clean until their homes shine. Home

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Helping Your Kids Adjust After Moving

New Friends: Helping Your Kids Adjust After a MoveWhether you’re moving across the state or halfway around the world, your children will be forced to adjust to new routines, unfamiliar

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Avoiding Pitfalls: From Contract to Closing Table!

From Contract to Closing Table: Avoiding PitfallsAs a seller, just because you’re under contract doesn’t mean it’s time to relax. It’s a bit like reaching the summit of a

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As a Seller, What Should You Expect From Your Real Estate Agent?

As a Seller, What Should I Expect From My Real Estate Agent?The complexities of selling a home can be daunting.  You don’t have the time or inclination to sell it yourself so what should

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Tax Benefits of Selling Your House!

The Tax Benefit of Selling Your HomeThe tax advantages of buying and owning a home are well known, but what happens when you sell? Read on to learn about the tax benefit you may accrue when you sell

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The Right Price with the Right Agent!

Setting the Right Price with the Right AgentWhen you decide to sell your home with an agent, one of the most important decisions you will make together is the asking price. Set the price too high

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How Do Listing Agents Get Paid and By Whom?

How Does a Listing Agent Get Paid and By Whom?When a home is listed for sale with a real estate company, the seller is ultimately agreeing to pay both the listing agent and the buyer’s agent

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Five Easy Storage Tips for Your Sports Gear

5 Easy Storage Tips for All Your Sports GearFrom bicycles to surfboards, snow and beach gear to kayaks – where do you put all your sports equipment? Here are five simple storage tips.1. Beyond

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Cybercrime Targeting Home Buyers

The Nightmare Cybercrime Targeting Home BuyersCybercriminals are now targeting home buyers by stealing their down payments electronically. The schemes look legit but can kill a home sale and leave a

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How to Open Those Stuck Windows.

How to Open Those Stuck WindowsIt’s refreshing to open windows to let in fresh air on a beautiful spring or autumn day. But what if your window won’t budge? Here’s a quick DIY fix

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A Checklist: Be Prepared for Home Emergencies!

A Checklist: Being Prepared for Home EmergenciesHurricanes, tornadoes, floods and earthquakes strike indiscriminately, which means every homeowner should be prepared for life-threatening.

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Increase Your Home’s Security

How to Increase Your Home’s SecurityThe U.S. Department of Justice estimates between 2 million and 3.7 million homes are burglarized each year. Is a security system enough to keep your home

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How to Get (and Keep) Good Credit

How to Score (and Keep) Good CreditWhen shopping for a mortgage, one number, in particular, plays a major role — a good credit score. A higher number means you’ll be offered a lower

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Checklist: May To-Dos for Homeowners.

Checklist: May To-Dos for HomeownersIt’s May, which means summer is almost here. Before you can relax with a cool drink by the pool, get these home maintenance chores done.  Repair wooden

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A Home Offer Letter Might Seal the Deal!

How a Home Offer Letter Might Seal the DealYou’ve found the home you love, but the market is competitive, and other buyers are vying for this same house. Besides offering a competitive price,

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What to Do While Waiting for Shipped Belongings.

What to Do While Waiting for Shipped BelongingsOn an overseas or cross-country move, you’ll probably arrive long before your belongings. Here’s a game plan for what to do while you wait

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What is Composting and Why Should you do it?

What is Composting and Why Should I do it?Composting is a hot topic these days with lots of coverage in home and garden media regarding its far-reaching benefits for the earth as well as your own

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7 Reasons Why Using a Real Estate Agent Makes Shopping Easier!

7 Reasons Why Using a Real Estate Agent Makes Shopping EasierWhether buying a new house or an existing one, buyers typically feel more at ease having a real estate agent working on their behalf. It

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How to Shop Around for the Best Mortgage

How to Shop Around for the Best MortgageIt’s important to shop for the perfect place to call home, but don’t forget to shop around for the best financing, too. The quality of the terms

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City Limits: What It Takes to Build In the Country!

City Limits: What It Takes to Build In the CountryWhile the majority of homeowners in America live in subdivisions, some prospective homeowners dream of wide open spaces and  a quiet natural

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First-Time Home Buyer, Don’t Panic, Get Help

If You’re a First-Time Home Buyer, Don’t Panic, Get HelpBuying a first home is a rite of passage. After crunching the numbers, receiving preapproval for a mortgage and finding a

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The Singles Guide to Home Buying.

The Singles Guide to Home BuyingBuying a home can be daunting, even under the best of circumstances. Taking that big of a step alone – whether you’re single, widowed or divorced –

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Boomers and Millennials—Odd Couples in Housing.

Boomers and Millennials—Odd Couples in HousingBaby boomers and millennials may not like the same clothing or music, but they’re finding common ground when it comes to real estate.

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Moving in With Your Parents — And Their Parents!

Moving in With Your Parents — And Their ParentsA growing national trend finds multiple generations of a family living together in one house. Far from a new fad, this way of living is a return

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Making Home an Allergy-Free Haven

Making Home an Allergy-Free HavenFor allergy sufferers, some of life’s greatest pleasures can bring pain. Spring brings warmer temperatures and beautiful colors but also an explosion of.

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Checklist: April To-Dos for Homeowners!

Checklist: April To-Dos for HomeownersSpring showers and increasingly warmer temperatures signal the beginning of April —  a great month to prepare for gardening and summer living.Inspect

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A Calendar for Shoppers: April’s Best Buys

A Calendar for Shoppers: April’s Best BuysIt’s April, which means it’s a great time for spring cleaning, gardening, home repairs, and let’s not forget, pressing the button on

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Buyers: Condos and Townhomes Carry Big Benefits

4 Benefits of Today’s Smaller HomesThe so-called “McMansions” are out and smaller homes with open floor plans are in. Let’s take a look at who is leading the trend and four

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Buyers: Tips to Help You Move with School Aged Children

I’m Moving: How Do I Find the Best Schools for My Kids?When moving with children, one of the first decisions you’ll need to make is a big one: Where are the best schools to send the kids

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Condo Buyers: Look At the Pros and Cons of Renting vs. Buying

Buying Versus Renting: The Pros and ConsWhen is the right time to buy a home? Are there times when you’re better off renting? There’s more to consider than just the finances. Let’s

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Buyers: Open Floor Plan or Split Floor Plan?

Keep an Open Mind When It Comes to Floor PlansFor several years now, open floor plans have been perennial favorites, and they still top many buyers’ wish lists. While benefits to an open floor

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Buyers: What is your goal for your Condo purchase?

Consider Home Buying with Resale in MindEveryone shopping for a home looks for a house that best fits their current needs. But savvy shoppers also think ahead to what a property offers future buyers

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Buyers: Which Rooms Are Important in Your Home Purchase?

Focus on Rooms That Help Sell a HouseHomebuyers are looking for the perfect house, but which rooms are the most important? Here are the three rooms that will help sell a house.Top Choice: the

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