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    Don’t Let Frightening Headlines Scare You

    By Doug Yopp | March 26, 2020

    There’s a lot of anxiety right now regarding the coronavirus pandemic. The health situation must be addressed quickly, and many are concerned about the impact on the economy as well. Amidst all this anxiety, anyone with a megaphone – from the mainstream media to a lone blogger – has realized that bad news sells. Unfortunately,... Read More

    Buying A Vacation Property? Now Is A Good Time!

    By Doug Yopp | December 31, 2019

    Every year around this time, many homeowners begin the process of preparing their homes in case of extreme winter weather. Some others skip winter all together by escaping to their vacation homes in a warmer climate. For those homeowners staying at their first residence, AccuWeather warns: “The late-week cold shot should fade next week, but... Read More

    4 Tips to Improve Your Home and Save on Your Energy Bill

    By Doug Yopp | December 31, 2019

    As a homeowner, it’s important to keep your home running efficiently, not only to save money, but also to help the environment thrive. October 2nd is Energy Efficiency Day, a perfect time to think about making some key upgrades that will improve the efficiency of your home. If you’re looking to sell your house and... Read More

    Expert Insights on the 2020 Housing Market

    By Doug Yopp | December 31, 2019

    When closing out another year, it’s normal to wonder what’s ahead for the housing market. Though there will be future inventory issues, we expect interest rates to stay low and appreciation to continue. Here’s what three experts are saying we’ll likely see in 2020: Danielle Hale, Chief Economist at “I think the biggest surprise... Read More

    Why Overpricing A Home Creates Damaging Effects

    By Doug Yopp | September 3, 2019

    The Dangers of Overpricing a Home  The reason why you should not overprice a home is simple. It won’t sell! In addition to not selling when you overprice your property the odds are stacked against you that it will sell for what it should if priced properly from day one! The process of selling a... Read More

    How Long Do Things Last?

    By Doug Yopp | September 2, 2019

    Home ownership carries with it many benefits.  One of the “joys” of owning a home, however, is dealing with the replacement of items in the home.  Here is a list of major items, expected life, and the estimated cost of replacement.  This is helpful not only for current owners planning maintenance, but also for buyers... Read More

    Hurricane Season: Are You Prepared?

    By Doug Yopp | September 2, 2019

    The most important thing you can do as hurricane season approaches is to get yourself, your family and your home prepared. By starting early, you’ll avoid the rush at home supply stores, grocery stores and other venues typically crowded and often chaotic when hurricane watches and warnings are issued. You should stock six basics for your... Read More

    Rent Vs. Own [INFOGRAPHIC]

    By Doug Yopp | August 9, 2019

    Some Highlights: Owning your own home vs. renting may lead to some great options, such as locking in your monthly payments and having the freedom to customize your living space. Whether you rent or own, you have to cover someone’s mortgage costs. You may as well be doing so to build your own wealth, rather... Read More

    How Quickly Can You Save Your Down Payment?

    By Doug Yopp | August 2, 2019

    Saving for a down payment is often the biggest hurdle for a first-time homebuyer. Depending on where you live, median income, median rents, and home prices all vary. So, we set out to find out how long it would take to save for a down payment in each state. Using data from HUD, Census and... Read More

    Know What To Expect At Your Home Inspection

    By Doug Yopp | July 1, 2019

    So you made an offer and it was accepted. Now, your next task is to have the home inspected prior to closing. Agents oftentimes make your offer contingent on a clean home inspection.  However, this varies state to state and North Carolina is a buyer beware state. That means the seller isn’t required to make any... Read More