By Stephanie
July 11, 2018
Moving into a new home is an exciting time, and you’re probably daydreaming about decor and paint schemes and new furniture. But before you get into the fun stuff, there are some basics you should cover first. Change the locks Even if you’re promised that new locks have been installed in your home, you can never be too careful. It’s worth the money to have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that no one else has the keys to your home. Changing the locks can be a DIY project, or you can ...
By Stephanie
June 14, 2018
An evacuation plan is a necessity for every home, especially if you live in an area where fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding, and other disasters are a possibility. Many homeowners create evacuation plans for their homes and practice them with their kids, but far fewer have considered one for their pets. Take these steps to add your pets to your evacuation plan. Assign pet evacuation to an adult. Everyone should know how to act during an evacuation, and that includes assigning one parent or adult to the pets. This allows the other parent and the children to focus on their ...
By Stephanie
June 11, 2018
Negotiation is a subtle art in real estate, but skilled negotiators can usually find some common ground that satisfies all parties. On the other hand, using the wrong negotiation tactics can sink a deal pretty quickly. Here are some negotiation tactics buyers (and real estate professionals) should avoid: Lowball offers: Going far below market value when you make an offer damages your credibility as a buyer and can be insulting to the seller. The seller has a range in mind that they’ll accept, and if you’re not even approaching the low end of that range, they ...
Its a Great Time to Invest in Income Property.
By Stephanie
March 11, 2014
Stephanie Tourtellotte/Broker/Sterner Homes Realty & Loans. The Housing market is beginning to recover, Property values are still within reach and interest rates are still at an all-time low, if you're thinking about investing in a rental property this may be the right time for you to become a real estate investor.  Have you been looking to invest some extra cash reserves that will bring you some great returns?  Then consider investing in real estate. Real estate has always been considered one of the most stable choices of investments one can make. Investing in real estate is ...