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    Due Diligence for Home Buyers: How Much Is Too Much?

    By Taylor Peterson | December 29, 2021

    Image source A smart homebuyer like you knows that due diligence is important in this type of investment. But what if your due diligence is too much? Knowing how to prevent excessive due diligence will help you reach your moving day a lot sooner. By then, you may want to take a look at North... Read More

    Stage Your Bedroom to Sell

    By Taylor Peterson | October 28, 2021

    Thanks for joining us for this week’s staging series! Today we’re taking a look at the bedrooms. My first suggestion is to use the biggest possible bed that won’t throw off the room’s scale. You should be able to easily fit a nightstand or piece of furniture on either side of the bed. It’s also... Read More

    What is Earnest Money?

    By Taylor Peterson | September 16, 2021

    If you aren’t familiar with earnest money, today’s your lucky day! Here are the basics. Earnest money, typically called good faith money, is what you put down when you’re purchasing a home. You usually pay it to the title company who will hold the funds for you, and then that money goes towards the purchase... Read More

    How to Rehab Homes Successfully

    By Taylor Peterson | July 22, 2021

    If you’ve ever considered rehabbing a home for an income stream, you’ve come to the right place! Here’s an overview of what steps you’ll need to take in order to successfully rehab a home and generate a profit. The first step is super important; it’s something I do myself and my clients do as well.... Read More

    Sell Your Home Quickly with This Simple Tip

    By Taylor Peterson | June 17, 2021

    Here’s a simple, but mighty tip for selling your home quickly and reducing a lot of stress! You may not have considered this, but when potential buyers view your home, they’ll most likely open up your cabinets and closets to see what they’re like. And you certainly don’t want things falling out on top of... Read More

    Decatur Is Becoming a Destination City

    By Taylor Peterson | May 21, 2021

    It may be a hot market, but even brokers need to relax! Thankfully we live in Decatur, Illinois, which is quickly becoming a destination city. In fact, our team has had a major increase in clients moving to Decatur from California, Arizona, and Nevada. Working with Zillow, we’ve been able to find our clients their... Read More

    Is A Homeowners Association Right for Me?

    By Taylor Peterson | May 13, 2021

    Are you considering moving into a neighborhood with a Homeowners Association (HOA)? Here are some pros and cons to consider before making the move. Let’s start with the basics. An HOA is a governing structure for a planned community, such as a development of single-family homes, condominiums, or townhouses. Consider an HOA as similar to... Read More

    Shifting Color Tones

    By Taylor Peterson | February 16, 2021

    If you’re thinking about selling your home this year, let’s talk about how color schemes and color preferences are shifting. In the past, grays have been the go-to color. I have used them personally, and a lot of my friends and family have too. Everybody likes gray – it’s a good color and it matches... Read More

    Home Remodeling Mistakes

    By Taylor Peterson | January 29, 2021

    Americans aren’t interested in investing in remodeling projects than they were a few years ago. Remodeling is a hefty cost. For example, consider the average kitchen remodel cost – $20,500. Oftentimes, it can be frightening putting that much money into a remodel when there’s no guarantee that you will break even, let alone make money.... Read More

    Tips for an Affordable Kitchen Renovation

    By Taylor Peterson | December 4, 2020

    Tips for an Affordable Kitchen Renovation One of my greatest passions is flipping houses and when it comes to remodels everyone loves an updated, gorgeous kitchen. However that oftentimes comes with a hefty price tag! According to a 2019 study done by Houzz and Home, the median investment in a kitchen renovation got as high... Read More