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Should I Negotiate Repairs Before Closing?

By Kim Shaw | August 15, 2019

Even though I am a realtor with extensive experience in real estate, the word ‘inspection’ tends to make me, as well as many of my clients, uncomfortable.  This is truly understandable.  If you are the seller, you don’t want to lose the sale.  If you are the buyer, you don’t want to lose buying the […]

How to Respond to Lowball Offers

By Kim Shaw | July 15, 2019

Your agent is required to bring you any and all offers made on your home even if it is a ‘bad’ offer. Once and a while you’ll receive what’s known as a “lowball” offer. Lowball offers are buyer offers which far fall below your asking price. Sometimes they’re so low that they only serve to […]

How to Avoid Common Earnest Money Errors

By Kim Shaw | June 15, 2019

Earnest money is a great way to show a seller you’re serious about the offer you’re making on their home. But first, what is earnest money? Investopedia helps define earnest money as a deposit from a buyer to a seller to represent a buyer’s ‘good faith.’ The deposit is a way for buyer to receive extra time […]

Overlooked Ways You Can Save On Home Insurance

By Kim Shaw | May 15, 2019

Homeowners insurance is vital for protecting your investment. It’s also required by lenders holding the mortgage on your home. For some reason, many homeowners overlook ways they can save money on their premiums. Shopping around is a good idea, but much like auto insurance, there are many simple things you can do to impact how […]

How Pocket Listings in Real Estate Work

By Kim Shaw | April 15, 2019

Not every home sold gets a shiny new for sale sign out front. Some change hands quickly and quietly without any public advertising whatsoever. In the industry, these are known as “pocket listings.” Pocket listings are sometimes referred to as “coming soon” listings or “whisper” listings. Pocket listings used to be the domain of the […]

Cleaning Up Credit Inaccuracies

By Kim Shaw | March 15, 2019

Discovering an error on your credit history can be a rude surprise when you’re attempting to get pre-approved for a mortgage. Though most people don’t think about the details of their credit report until the need to secure a loan, it’s a good idea to check your report for inaccuracies periodically.  It is easy to […]

Identifying Common Household Water Leaks

By Kim Shaw | February 15, 2019

Did you know it’s not uncommon for more than 20% of homes to have one unidentified water leak? Sometimes these leaks go on for years, completely unnoticed, because home owners assume their water bill is normal and don’t realize their may be a small leak. Other times, small water leaks are overlooked because owners assume […]

How to Make a Small Bathroom Feel Bigger

By Kim Shaw | January 15, 2019

Master bathrooms with twin sinks, a luxury tub, and walk in dual-headed showers require large spaces and unfortunately come with a price tag… so what can you do to turn your small bathroom into a more spacious and comfortable space?  Just because a bathroom is small doesn’t mean it has to feel small. In fact, […]