Carol Amundson's Blog Posts

#1 Thing You Can Do Now to Position Yourself to Buy a Home This Year

The #1 Thing You Can Do Now to Position Yourself to Buy a Home This YearThe last few weeks and months have caused a major health crisis throughout the world, leading to a pause in the U.S. economy

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What the Experts are Saying on Economic comeback from coronavirus

Looking to the Future: What the Experts Are SayingAs our lives, our businesses, and the world we live in change day by day, we’re all left wondering how long this will last. How long will we

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How Pricing Your Home Right Makes a Big Difference

How Pricing Your Home Right Makes a Big DifferenceEven though there’s a big buyer demand for homes in today’s low inventory market, it doesn’t mean you should price your

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Homes are More Affordable Today, Not Less Affordable

Homes Are More Affordable Today, Not Less AffordableThere’s a current narrative that owning a home today is less affordable than it has been in the past. The reason some are making this claim

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2 Surprising Things Homebuyers Really Want

The 2 Surprising Things Homebuyers Really WantIn a market where current inventory is low, it’s normal to think buyers might be willing to give up a few desirable features in their

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15 Must Do's Before Downsizing

Between the tiny-house craze and bestselling books about minimizing your life, we've probably all thought about downsizing at one point or another. But is it really the right move for you at this

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Tips for Assessing Home Value

As a homeowner, it's perfectly natural to wonder how much your house is currently worth (and, not so incidentally, how much money you might make today if you were to sell it). Even though the

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Home Improvements That Can Boost Your Property's Value

Upgrading or improving your home can be one of the most rewarding activities you could undertake -- and that includes monetarily, because depending on the improvement, you can boost your home's

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23 Common Staging Mistakes Sellers Make

Staging a home isn't an exact science -- it's more of an art, one that covers several rooms and flows throughout a home. If you're thinking that it doesn't sound easy, well, it isn't; there's a

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How Low Can You Go When Making An Offer

Paying less than the listing price for a house might seem like a pipe dream in some markets, but for savvy buyers who know what they're doing, it's a very real possibility. That said, making an

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Green Updates for Your House

Implementing some "green" upgrades in a home you own is almost always a great investment -- first, because it can often save you money as the homeowner, and second, because more and more buyers are

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19 Ideas to Upgrade Your Outdoor Space

Even though humans are a species that builds and maintains our own shelter (also known as "homes"), we can all appreciate the beauty that the natural outdoors has to offer -- and indeed, there are

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Things a Buyer Should Look For During Final Walk-Through

The final walk-through is an exciting time for buyers: The house is almost yours! It can be tempting to spend the time set aside for the walk-through mentally planning where you'll place your

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Should You Sell or Rent Your House?

When moving out of a primary residence, most homeowners make the obvious decision to sell their current property. But is that really the best choice for you? The answer, of course, depends on many

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Buying a Fixer-Upper? Complete Guide

Lots of us enjoy whiling away an hour or three watching those shows on HGTV that involve an attractive couple buying a house, spending what seems like a few hours (or days) making some repairs and

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11 Things to Do When Selling A Fixer Upper

In most markets, it's customary for sellers to work on their home until it's in top condition before listing it for sale. But sometimes sellers need to offload their home without making those

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Everything Sellers Should Know About All Cash Offers

Selling your house can be a very stressful experience for homeowners. It can be emotionally challenging to make repairs or upgrades to a house that you're about to hand over to a buyer; you often

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Is Spring Truly the Best Time to Sell Your House?

Conventional wisdom states that the very best time of year to sell a home is in the springtime -- but conventional wisdom doesn't apply to every home sale, or even every real estate market. If you

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19 Things to Consider When Purchasing a Vacation Home

Taking a vacation somewhere you love can make you wonder what it would be like to own a vacation home there. It's only natural to dream about having an easily accessible dwelling that you can tap

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9 Types of Mortgage Loans to Consider

If you’ve never bought a home before, the sheer number of mortgage loan options can be overwhelming. What’s the difference between a conventional loan and a government loan, and should

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