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Boosting Energy Efficiency: Top DIY Improvements for Your Home

In today's world, where energy costs are on the rise and environmental sustainability is of paramount importance, homeowners are increasingly looking for ways to enhance the energy efficiency of their homes. The good news is that there are several do-it-yourself (DIY) improvements that can significantly improve energy efficiency, lower utility bills, and contribute to a more sustainable environment....

Understanding the Timing and Importance of Mortgage Pre-Approval in the Home Buying Process

Embarking on the journey to buy a home is an exciting, yet complex process that involves several critical steps. One of the first and most important steps is obtaining a pre-approval for a mortgage. Knowing when and how to navigate this process can significantly impact your home buying experience, making you a more informed and competitive buyer in the market. The Ideal Timing for Mortgage...

The Comprehensive Home Seller’s Checklist: A Step-by-Step Guide

Selling your house is a significant undertaking, and proper preparation is key to a successful sale. From assessing the worth of your home to getting ready for a home inspection, IKO's comprehensive home seller's checklist and timeline are designed to keep you organized and calm throughout the process. Let's explore the essential steps to take a few months before listing your home for sale. Choosing the...

Homebuyer Relief in 2024

Homebuyers may find some relief in 2024 as the housing market experiences shifts in mortgage rates and listing availability, according to forecasts from real estate brokerages Redfin and Zillow. Both companies share insights into the factors influencing the real estate landscape in the coming year, emphasizing potential changes in affordability, home prices, and buyer behaviors. Redfin's Forecasts for...

What to Check For When Viewing A Listing

You have a checklist when it comes to things you want to look for in your home search, but there are some things you might also want to check out when visiting a listing. The neighborhood If you are unfamiliar with the neighborhood that a listing is in, you might want to drive around the spot several different times throughout the day. Going through at night will give you a good idea if the area is...

Making a List and Checking It Twice

We are always thinking of lists during the holiday season, well one list that is important all year round is a checklist to complete when you are selling your home. Selling your house is a big life event and you want to make sure everything is ready to go before listing. Here is a checklist for what you need to do before you sell. 1. Declutter and Depersonalize This is an important step to start...

Finding a Home in the Current Market

The past several years have seen a volatile housing market, but what does it look like at the end of 2023? If you are looking for a home or want to start looking for one, here are the numbers and stats for 2023. Remember this is both an emotional and financial decision that can impact many years to come. Looking back at 2022, almost half of prospective homebuyers started the process by looking at...

Three Ways To Determine the Value of Your Home

There are tons of tools out there both wise to use and unwise to use when it comes to determining the resale value of your home. Today's market is ever-changing, so this can be a challenge. Here are several methods from the experts you can use to determine the resale value of your home. 1. Check the Comps Comparable sales aka Comps are homes that are around yours and similar to yours that have sold...

Questions To Ask When Deciding To Make an Offer on a Home

Buying a home is a very important step in your life, so you want to make sure you are ready and you are choosing the right property. So before you make an offer, answer these questions through your real estate agent or the current homeowner.  1. How much are the other homes selling for in the area? This is a great question for your real estate agent. They know the current local market inside and...

Tips to Sell Your Home In Order To Buy Your Home

Selling your home and buying a new one can be both exciting and stressful at the same time. If you are trying to sell a home and purchase a home at the same time this is just an added stress. Here are some tips from Rocket Mortgage on how you can do this with ease. 1. Go With the Pros Whether you are purchasing a home or selling a home, you need to start with the professionals. The first step is to...

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