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  • Why Work With a Certified Residential Specialist? What is a CRS? A CRS REALTOR® is a Certified Residential Specialist—one of the top 3 percent of real estate agents in the U.S. CRS agents have more experience and training than the average REALTOR® and they are part of a community of REALTORS® dedicated to improving the real estate industry for homebuyers and sellers everywhere. Why Work With a Certified Residential Specialist Agent? Buying or selling your home is one of the biggest and most... Read More
  • 10 Steps for an Easy Move An efficient, well-managed move not only saves you time and money, but it also can make the transition to your new home easier and more pleasant for your family. That’s why the Council of Residential Specialists offers these proven tips to help make your move a trouble-free experience from start to finish: 1. Set a Budget. Early in the process, determine how much you want to spend to relocate your belongings, then stick to your budget. A CRS REALTOR® can provide... Read More
  • 7 Reasons to Stop Renting Owning a home is the American dream for many, giving people the satisfaction and pride of having a place to call their own. But that’s not the only reason to consider giving up your rented space. In addition to gaining more living space, homeowners enjoy the benefits of independence and a sense of achievement. No question about it, homeownership is a big investment, but in the long run, it’s an investment that pays for itself many times over. Here’s how:... Read More
  • 3 Reasons to Buy a Home in 2017 While the home market has been volatile over the past decade, it is starting to stabilize. It’s that stability and the accompanying equilibrium between buyers and sellers that makes 2017 a good year to buy a home. Sure, you won’t see the kind of explosive growth homebuyers saw a few years ago, but you also probably won’t see the kind of deep drop in home values that preceded it. Home values are continuing to grow at a stable rate Zillow is predicting home... Read More
  • 4 Times You Should Appeal an Appraisal Home appraisals are a mandatory part of the home buying and selling process that allow lenders to determine a home’s “official” value. Unfortunately, an appraiser may find that your home’s value is less than what you expected it to be. In fact, according to Quicken Loans Home Price Perception Index, appraiser value and homeowners’ perception of value often differ by a few percentage points. The good news? You are able to appeal the appraised... Read More