Christine Stilley's Blog Posts

What to Negotiate When Buying a Home

Whether you are a first-time homebuyer or a seasoned veteran, the negotiation part of the transaction can be a little daunting and stressful. However, it is necessary to ensure you are getting the

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Negotiating Tactics That Kill A Sale

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

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5 Criteria for Pricing Your Home to Sell

When you put your home up for sale, one of the best ways to determine the asking price is to look at comparable sales. There’s rarely a perfect apples-to-apples comparison, so a pricing

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February Home Maintenance Checklist

Use this February Home Maintenance and Safety Checklist to get your home ready for the change in seasons and to protect your family.  Included are home safety tips. Be proactive and take small

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Should you shop for a home online?

Hunting for a new home online is a great place to start your search, but it should not be your end all be all. Good listing agents are excellent at highlighting the best features of the home, but

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What is an FHA Mortgage?

As we are all unique, it’s critical that when you begin your home buying journey you do thorough research on what loans you can apply for. A popular loan choice among first-time homebuyers is

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EASY LANDSCAPING DIY PROJECTS

Ever get the itch to do a DIY project? Whenever I do, my favorite involves getting outdoors and mixing up features.Whether it's as simple as installing some lighting or a little more time-consuming

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Is 20% Down a Necessary Evil?

You’ve most likely heard the rule: Save for a 20-percent down payment before you buy a home. The logic behind saving 20 percent is solid, as it shows that you have the financial discipline and

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Should you Repair before you List?

When you’re getting ready to list your home, it’s of the upmost importance to ensure you are showing it in the best light. Taking time to highlight its strengths and fix up some of its

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Ready to Upsize?

Unfortunately, our homes don’t always grow with us. What may have initially worked fine for a single person, a young couple’s starter home, or a family with a newborn can quickly become

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