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Posted by Kriss Stevens & Scott Manley on 7/29/2018

If you intend to sell your house, you may want to let your family know about your decision. In fact, there are many reasons why you should consult with family members before you add your house to the real estate market. These reasons include:

1. You can address any concerns or questions.

Family members may have concerns or questions about your decision to sell your home. Fortunately, you can address their concerns and questions before you list your residence.

Remember, family members care about your well-being. If you involve them in the home selling process, you may be able to avoid potential conflicts down the line. Perhaps best of all, if you share your decision to sell your residence with family members, you can help them get on board with your decision.

2. You can plan ahead for the home selling journey.

The home selling journey may prove to be long and difficult, particularly for an individual who initially tries to work alone. Luckily, family members can offer lots of assistance as you get ready to sell your house.

If you inform family members about your decision to sell your home, they can help you prep for all aspects of the property selling journey. For example, family members can help you clean your residence and ensure that it looks great both inside and outside. As a result, telling your family members about your decision to sell your house may enable you to speed up the process of selling your house.

3. You can receive home selling guidance and support.

Family members are ready to help you in any way they can. Thus, if family members sold houses in the past, they may be able to share their house selling experiences with you. And as such, you can learn from their past experience so you are better equipped than ever before to streamline the home selling journey.

Lastly, as you prepare to enter the housing market, you may want to collaborate with a real estate agent. This housing market professional is happy to help you break the news about your decision to sell your home to family members. Also, he or she will provide comprehensive support as you navigate each stage of the house selling process.

Typically, a real estate agent will craft a personalized home selling strategy based on you, your home and your house selling goals. He or she next will set up property showings and open house events to promote your residence to prospective buyers. If a buyer submits an offer to purchase your house, a real estate agent will help you review this proposal so you can determine whether to approve, reject or counter it.

For home sellers who want to enjoy a fast, profitable house selling experience, it often is beneficial to hire a real estate agent. If you have a real estate agent at your side, you can quickly stir up interest in your home and boost the likelihood of maximizing your property sale earnings.





Posted by Kriss Stevens & Scott Manley on 5/6/2018

If you’re thinking about moving into a new home to start a family, you’ll have a lot of factors to consider. There’s more to a neighborhood than just safety, as your future children and pets will agree.

In this article, we’ll talk about some signs that a neighborhood is a good place for a family. We’ll also offer some advice on weighing those factors to find a place that fits both your lifestyle and your budget.

1. Safety

One of the most important factors in your hunt will be safety. However, there’s more to the safety of a neighborhood than just crime statistics. If you have children or pets, safety includes living on a street that doesn’t have high-speed traffic and blind corners.

You’ll want to be able to take your dog for a walk, let your cat roam the neighborhood, and go for a bike ride with your children without having to worry about the dangers of road traffic.

Another factor in safety is how well-maintained the neighborhood is. Oftentimes, neighborhoods run by homeowners associations tend to see to things like potholes, litter, and other things that could put you and your family at risk.

To get an idea of whether or not a neighborhood is a good fit, it’s a good idea to tour the surrounding streets on foot.

2. Community

Many of us can remember a time when everyone on the street knew each other. However, as we’ve gotten more digitally connected and have vehicles to travel across town, many suburban and urban neighborhoods have lost some of their sense of neighborhood community.

For a young family, knowing and getting along with your neighbors can be a big advantage. Having other kids in the neighborhood that your children can play with will be good fun for your children and it will make your life easier when it comes to play dates and keeping track of your kids.

To get a sense of the local community, ask to be introduced to some neighbors or say “hello” as you walk down the street.

3. Proximity to important services

The obvious amenities you want in the area are good schools, grocery stores, and parks to bring your kids to. However, there are some lesser known services you’ll want to keep in mind. Access to reliable, affordable high-speed internet will be valuable to both you and your children, especially since much of their homework will likely be online.

4. Scout the traffic

If you’re going to be getting your child on the bus every day and then driving to work, it’s a good idea to know what to expect in the mornings and when you come home. Visit the neighborhood during rush hour and take a test drive to your work to see if there are any unexpected delays.

5. Public services

There’s more to a good town than the lack of potholes. Check out the local library, post offices, police, and fire departments as well. Ask someone you know who lives in the town or join the town’s Facebook group to gauge whether the public services are on par with what you and your future family would want.




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Posted by Kriss Stevens & Scott Manley on 8/25/2013

It is summertime and that means time for beach days and long road trips. If you are planning on packing up the family in the car and heading out you may want to double check you have everything you need to keep everyone satisfied. If you are looking to avoid the dreaded when are we going to get there question a thousand times, opt for some quiet activities. Here are some things for quiet enjoyment: Books, magazines, and comics Games, like the license plate game or travel bingo Sketchbook, washable markers, and colored pencils Pre-stamped blank postcards (available at the post office), which your kids can decorate, or purchase scenic post cards along the way; have your children write to friends, relatives, even pets Doodling doodads: a small dry-erase board, Etch A Sketch, Magna Doodle Portable DVD player and DVDs; don’t forget headphones! Books on CD or iPod for the whole family Scrapbook envelope—entrust your children with the responsibility of collecting postcards, ticket stubs, and brochures for a scrapbook At some point somebody will be crying for food so here are some essentials to keep tiny bellies happy on the long journey: Individually packaged, crumb-free snacks such as bite-sized goldfish crackers Hard-to-bruise fruits such as apples and berries; or try fruit roll-ups or fruit leathers Trail mix, which will leave kids feeling full longer Reusable bottles filled with water Just in case there is an accident you will want to make sure you have some first aid items. Here are just a few you will want to have on hand. Antibacterial like Neosporin Bandages Anti-bacterial wipes Medication such as Tylenol (age appropriate) Sunscreen Anti nausea medication like Dramamine Also don't forget these items: Garbage bags to collect trash Extra diapers and wipes, if necessary Change of clothes, in case of accidental spills A blanket for spur-of-the-moment picnics at rest areas—and naps Most of all pack your smile and good attitude because most likely you will need it. Remember you are on vacation!