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    Why Get a Pre-Approval?

    By Brandon Barney | January 3, 2022

    Many buyers want to jump right into the home search without getting pre-approved. While the home search process is exciting and getting a home loan is less exciting, it’s extremely important to set yourself up for a successful home purchase. You can think of a pre-approval as a map for your home buying process. It’s... Read More

    Thinking of Buying a Sight Unseen Property? Here Are Things To Keep In Mind

    By Brandon Barney | December 22, 2021

    Image Source Purchasing a sight-unseen property involves buying a piece of real estate without inspecting the property in person. This is a risky transaction, but you can accomplish this with today’s technology. Asking the seller everything you need to know about the basic parts of the property is crucial. For instance, the roof’s condition and... Read More

    Real Estate Myths Part 1

    By Brandon Barney | August 19, 2021

    Whether you’re a real estate rookie or have years of experience, there are a lot of real estate myths out there to be aware of. Let’s bust some common ones! The first myth is that when it comes to home inspections they either pass or fail. While some inspections may do that, such as radon... Read More

    Prevent Water Damage

    By Brandon Barney | June 24, 2021

    Keeping your home safe from water may not sound glamorous, but it will save you loads of time, money, and stress if you follow these simple steps! When it comes to your home’s foundation, water is typically the main culprit of major issues.  There are many things you can do to ensure you’re protecting your... Read More

    Benefits of a Home Inspection

    By Brandon Barney | May 20, 2021

    New to the home buying process? Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered! Let’s go over some benefits of getting an inspection done prior to purchasing a home. Most purchase contracts include the option to have a home inspection completed. It’s a very important part of the process because it will outline the current condition... Read More

    Open House Considerations

    By Brandon Barney | April 15, 2021

    Whether you’re on the buying or selling side of the real estate process, it’s good to know if open houses are worth your time! Let’s discuss a few important considerations. Exposure First, open houses provide quick exposure. If you just listed your house, it will allow many people to walk through and see what your... Read More

    How We Work with Zillow

    By Brandon Barney | March 12, 2021

    Did you know that when you’re working with a Main Place realtor, that you’re also working with a Best of Zillow – premier agent? The Zillow Group has proven to be the leader in the real estate information platform, by connecting buyers, sellers, and informed consumers more closely with market trends in every market across... Read More

    Honing in on Home Styles

    By Brandon Barney | March 4, 2021

    Whether you’re searching for a new home, thinking about building one, or just interested in architecture, let’s dive into some of the most popular styles in the Decatur, IL area. You might gain some more appreciation for the way homes are designed and built! Ranch One of the most popular styles of homes in this... Read More

    Millennials Dive Into Real Estate Investing

    By Brandon Barney | February 5, 2021

    Even though the COVID-19 pandemic, recession, and social turbulence have affected our nation, the US housing market is rising in the certain areas. Specifically, the smaller cities and rural rentals, many of which we can find here in Macon County. The age group is taking advantage of it may bewilder you – it’s the millennials.... Read More

    Three Things to Help You Prepare to Buy Your Dream Home

    By Brandon Barney | January 22, 2021

    Sometimes we think about our dream home as all that it is – a dream. Don’t let your bank account discourage you, though. By making clever decisions such as arranging your wish list, taking another look at your down payment, and keeping up with the market, you could be in “home sweet home” in no... Read More