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3 Benefits of Moving During the Summer

Summer is a special time of year. Routines fall away, and everyone looks to make a change for the better. For many families, this means finding a new home. Most of the time it’s in your best interest to jump into the housing market during summer along with everyone else. You’ll have an easier time of moving for several reasons.   1. The market ...

What is a REALTOR®?

People use the terms REALTOR® and real estate agent interchangeably, but there are important differences between them. It’s like squares and rectangles: every REALTOR® is a real estate agent, but not every real estate agent is a REALTOR®. Every state has different requirements to earn a real estate license. Once these requirements (usually classes followed by a test) are met and a person earns ...

Dangers of ‘For Sale By Owner’

It’s the red flag that sends buyers scurrying away: FOR SALE BY OWNER Some homes that are sold without REALTORS® go through smoothly; but, the majority don’t. There are so many factors for a non-expert to consider that it’s extremely rare for a REALTOR®-less sale to go through without a hitch. Here are some of the dangers of “for sale by owner”:   When …

Perks of Listing Your Home with a REALTOR®

Perks of Listing Your Home with a REALTOR® A REALTOR® is like a guide on a rafting trip: their job is to get you to the end of the rapids safely. They’ve been down the river hundreds of times, and they’ve charted out all the whirlpools that will leave you stuck; they know when to row and when to let the raft go its …

4 Easy Ways to Revamp Your Curb Appeal

4 Easy Ways to Revamp Your Curb Appeal Nothing turns off a potential buyer quicker than a house that’s ugly on the outside. Even if your home has the cleanest, most lavish interior on the block, no one can shake that disappointed feeling they get from a house with no curb appeal. But no house is beyond help. If you put your effort into …

How To Find Your Next Home in Springfield

You see it in your mind already: a sprawling backyard, vaulted ceilings, a front porch swing, and a master suite fit for royalty. You know exactly what you want in your new house, but aren’t sure where in Springfield you’ll find it. That’s where we come in. First, a little secret: you can search every home on the market in Southwest Missouri on our …

Why You Should Have A Home Warranty

Why You Should Have A Home Warranty The furnace is busted, the circuit breaker exploded, the dishwasher is throwing suds all over the kitchen: it’s only the first week in your new home, and you’re already on your last nerve. You might think that your homeowner’s insurance would take care of this mess, but you’d be wrong. Homeowner’s insurance only covers damage to your …

Your Guide To Termite Inspections

Termites are one of those pests that can do major damage to your home without you even knowing about it. While there are certain telltale signs that can give away their presence, the majority of the time their impact is not felt until something major happens, like your deck collapsing. Read on to learn why you should seriously consider a termite inspection when buying …

Why You Should Get A Radon Inspection

Radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Whether you’re a seller or a buyer, the presence of this invisible gas could be a huge cost to you both financially and physically. Here are four reasons you should get a radon inspection before you buy or sell a house. What is radon and how is it harmful? Radon is a radioactive gas …

Home Inspection 101

Why do I need a home inspection? When you’re buying a home, it is your responsibility to learn as much as you can about the condition of your new home with a home inspection. Most sellers will highlight the good things about their home while neglecting to mention the problems that aren’t obvious. It’s the old saying–“Buyer Beware”–and nowhere is this more important than in …

Deck the Halls: Christmas Decorating

Christmas Day itself is only 24 hours, but it carries with it a special feeling that lasts the whole season. Likewise, when you get ready to start your Christmas decorating, it's important to focus on the big picture for your designs. Here are some tips to help you turn your home into a Christmas wonderland. Christmas is a time to bring together family and friends ...

7 Things You Should Know Before Hiring a Realtor

When it comes to buying or selling a house, you need an expert who knows the market and can manage your concerns. Such a major life event requires major research. You want to make sure you find the best realtor for your situation. Franklin Realtors will meet all of your requirements. Here are seven things you should know before hiring a realtor. Lots of …

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