Thursday, February 14, 2019 / by Ashley Huntington
Happy Valentine’s Day to You and Yours!
Love Covers a Multitude of Wrongs
I was cruelly led to believe when I was young that Valentine’s Day was reserved ONLY for those closest to us. That it was weird to wish strangers or acquaintances a Happy Valentine’s Day. That would be equal to telling them I love them. But aren’t we supposed to love others?
Of course, I’m bringing up Valentines because its February, the month for Valentines, and it’s a BIG deal… bigger than just flowers or dinner with that special someone.
I may have shared this story with you before but when my wife and I were planning our wedding back in 2003 she suggested we reveal to all in attendance words that would convey our LOVE for each other. Some of those words included: Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Lov ...
Thursday, January 10, 2019 / by Ashley Huntington
Impactful Real Estate News
And The New Year’s Resolution is…
Round about this time of year most begin to make resolutions. I think the idea is to resolve to be better, do better or accomplish something grander in the NEW year. However, for whatever reason most fall short of keeping a resolution let alone achieving them! I for one have been guilty of it. How about you?
There’s a great book that helped me and my team dramatically improve our follow through on achieving important goals and I want to share it with you – as sort of a Happy New Year After Christmas Gift.
Before I share the book details, here is my TWO-PART resolution to you and anyone you know considering selling the place they call home!
Part one: The Guarantee!
I will guarantee, in writing, the sale of your home for 100% of Asking Price or I’ll Pay the Difference. *
Part two: The Give Back!
Just like last year, we are ...
Monday, October 8, 2018 / by Ashley Huntington
Impactful Real Estate News
Moms and Halloween!
It's creepy and it's kooky -- and it's Mom's favorite low-stress holiday! According to mom after mom, those infamous "big name" holidays—you know which ones we mean—are sometimes more headache than highlight. The pressure! The presents! The out-of-town guests or out-of-town travel, the cooking and cleaning, the expense! But Halloween—that's a different story. More than two-thirds of Mom’s are involved in celebrating with their families.
What I love best about Halloween is all the little things that I see families doing every year, stuff that's unique to their family, not part of some big commercial idea about what the holiday should be like. Whether it’s just the basics—costume, trick-or-treating, candy eating— now we've got a whole series of activities and special events that many kids totally look forward to—from roasting pumpkin seeds to ma ...
Friday, April 22, 2016 / by Marc Huntington
A mortgage is the largest monthly expense for most buyers; however, even though it is so important many borrowers don’t do enough research to get the best possible deal. In the end, some will end up paying much more for their loans than they could have.
To help you make educated decisions about your mortgage, we’ve listed some of the biggest mortgage mistakes that can cost you:
1. Not Comparing Lenders
A loan officer is either working for a bank or savings and loan, and they can offer you loan packages that the bank has put together. A mortgage broker is the one who pre-qualifies you, and shops around to find deals from different lenders.
Whoever you decide to go with, either a loan officer or to a mortgage broker, you will need to share your personal information in order to get a realistic rate. The officers and brokers will show you the quotes of their banks and certain credit unions and you can pick the loan that suits ...
Thursday, April 14, 2016 / by Marc Huntington
All home sellers sign a disclosure concerning their property, in order to inform buyers about important aspects of the home. These disclosures can inform buyers about home specs, recent repairs, required fixes, etc. Disclosures are very helpful and important to a sale.
Unfortunately for buyers, some sellers may attempt to overlook some of the problem areas of their property to sell more quickly. Would you be able to spot undisclosed problems in a home? We’ve put together a list of common cover-ups sellers’ use and how you can recognize them:
1. Bad Foundation
This is a costly and a potentially dangerous situation for home buyers. When searching for a bad foundation, signs to look for include any rough or zigzag cracks in the walls and floors, or an uneven paint around the door frames and windows. Take a closer look to see if rugs, décor or paint are concealing any cracks.
Bad foundation can also prevent cabinet ...