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Monthly Archives: July 2019

    9 Housing and Mortgage Trends for the Rest of 2019

    By Barry Evans | July 28, 2019

      The first half of 2019 surprised housing markets across the country: Mortgage rates fell. That’s the opposite of what the experts had predicted at the beginning of the year, and it’s welcome news for home buyers, sellers, and homeowners. Millions of owners could benefit from refinancing at these unexpectedly lower rates. In other ways,... Read More

    New Wave Of Millennial Home Buyers Sets The Stage For Tighter Starter-Home Market

    By Barry Evans | July 25, 2019

    It’s about to get even harder for Millennials to buy their first homes. Nearly 45 million Americans will reach the typical age for first-time homebuyers within the next 10 years, 3.1 million more than the past decade, creating stumbling blocks in an already challenging market for those racing for a spot in the starter home market. The... Read More

    Homes for Sale by Owner: 5 Reasons Why FSBO Sales Fail

    By Barry Evans | July 22, 2019

    Homes for sale by owner, or FSBO, transactions are commonly seen in seller’s markets or whenever homeowners want to maximize their profits by not having to pay commission. A home sale by owner option sounds like it could be a pretty sweet deal for the seller. After all, if you’re doing the work, you’ll walk away with... Read More

    5 Reasons Why It’s Important To Work With A Realtor When House Hunting

    By Barry Evans | July 18, 2019

    Buying a home can be one of the largest financial decisions you’ll make (as well as emotional). It is understandable to consider representing yourself when you start the house hunting (or selling) process to save some money. However, going solo may not be the best way to go and could end up being more costly... Read More

    A Taste of Chattanooga

    By Barry Evans | July 16, 2019

    Chattanooga may be a relatively small place, but its restaurant scene is as lively and soulful as that of a much larger city. From delicacies to dives, the range of eateries in Chattanooga is as fascinating and colorful as the city itself, and each restaurant offers its own special flare. If the thought of vacation... Read More

    7 Steps for Making a First Impression to Buyers

    By Barry Evans | July 13, 2019

    No Second Chances: Our 7-Step Plan to Making a Dazzling First Impression on Buyers Studies show that we make up our minds about people within seconds of meeting them. So it stands to reason that prospective buyers are doing the very same thing with your house, especially in a red-hot real estate market. More buyers these days are sizing up... Read More

    Washing Your Car By Hand

    By Barry Evans | July 10, 2019

    How to Wash a Car by Hand Washing your car by hand can be a relaxing and satisfying activity. Washing your own car will save you the money that would otherwise be spent paying for a car wash, and allows you to give extra attention to especially dirty areas of your vehicle. Commercial car washes... Read More

    8 Ways to Cut Your Summer Cooling Costs

    By Barry Evans | July 7, 2019

    Is your air conditioner ready for the heat of summer? Take these DIY steps to be sure. Heating and cooling a home are among the largest energy expenses most Americans face, says the U.S. Department of Energy. Right now, you might be enjoying low utility bills, especially if you live in a climate with perfect spring... Read More

    Water Heater Maintenance: Extend Your Hot Water Heater Lifespan

    By Barry Evans | July 5, 2019

    A little preventive maintenance keeps the hot water flowing and extends your water heater lifespan.   Introduction Extend the life of your water heater tank and maintain your water heater’s efficiency and safety with a few minutes of basic maintenance once a year. Tools Required Bucket Plumbers tape Rags Slip joint pliers Materials Required Pressure... Read More

    4th of July Recipe

    By Barry Evans | July 4, 2019

    Red, White, & Blue Cheesecake Strawberries 1 (8-oz.) block cream cheese 1/3 c. powdered sugar 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract 1 c. Cool Whip 10 strawberries, halved 30 blueberries In a medium bowl using a hand mixer, beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla until fluffy and combined. Fold in Cool Whip. Transfer mixture to... Read More

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