Save Money on Your Energy Bill!

Besides exercising and becoming the healthiest version of  yourself, one of the most popular new year’s resolutions is saving money. One of the best and most effective ways you can do that is by lowering the energy bills in your home!

Why Selling Your House with a Real Estate Professional is Essential

Selling your house is no simple task. And when you sell on your own – known as a FSBO (or For Sale by Owner) – you’re responsible for handling some of the more difficult aspects of the process without the expert guidance you need. The 2021 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) surveys…

5 Tips for Making Your Best Offer on a Home

As a buyer in a sellers’ market, sometimes it can feel like you’re stuck between a rock and a hard place. When you’re ready to make an offer on a home, remember these five easy tips to help you rise above the competition. 1. Know Your Budget Knowing your budget and what you can afford is…

The Perks of Putting 20% Down on a Home

If you’re thinking of buying a home, you’re probably wondering what you need to save for your down payment. Is it 20% of the purchase price, or could you put down less? While there are lower down payment programs available that allow qualified buyers to put down as little as 3.5%, it’s important to understand the many…

Tips for Single Homebuyers: How To Make Your Dream a Reality

If you’re living on your own and looking to buy a home, know that you can make your dream a reality with thoughtful planning and the right team of experts. Research from Freddie Mac shows 28% of all households (36.1 million) are sole-person, and that number is growing. Over the past 40 years, the number of sole-person households has nearly doubled, and…

Save Money this Holiday Season!

It certainly is fun to both give and receive presents during the holidays, but the financial strain that some face when pressured to spend a lot of money on gifts can cause some serious stress. Try focusing more on experiences, creating memories, and spending quality time with your loved ones. And when you do go…

What Stays with the Home?

More than one seller has been surprised to find that their favorite chandelier is not theirs to take when they move. First-time home sellers might be especially confused when confronted with an exclusion form presented by their agent, but understanding what is, and is not included in the sale by statute is important to avoid…

Home Improvements During Labor Shortage

Tight labor markets are affecting industries across the country. Skilled and unskilled jobs remain unfilled as employers struggle to find prospective employees. For anyone ready to hire a contractor or handyman to perform home improvement projects, this shortage is causing frustration. As more people embrace the “staycation” and seek ways to upgrade their homes, many…

Homebuyer Compromises

First-time homebuyers are struggling to find affordable housing. Unlike recent years when inventory was high and finding a great home was easier, now buyers are faced with either postponing homeownership or making compromises. It may feel hard to compromise, but it’s important to remember that this is your first home, not your dream home.If you…

Congratulations to our 3rd Quarter 2021 Award Winners!

Every quarter Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices sends out a list of the top real estate offices from around the United States, ranking them based on their size and location. We are proud to announce that Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Homesale Realty has 13 teams and 8 offices that have ranked in the top 100, top 30, and top 3 of their respected categories for the Third Quarter…

What Does a Pending Sale Mean?

Buying a home is a process. Once a buyer writes an offer and has it accepted, the listing is placed in a state called “pending sale.” During this stage, the principals involved perform all the elements of the contract, and once complete, the title is transferred to the new owner. Sounds simple, but this stage…

Thanksgiving Shopping Guide

As we start solidifying Thanksgiving plans for this year, one question always comes up – “How much food do I need to make?” Calculating quantities of food for various party sizes can be tricky, so we put this handy guide together to help you plan your shopping list for some of this holiday’s most popular…