Looking for a New Home? Here Are the ABCs of Financing it

Buying a home can feel like putting a puzzle together — finding the right neighborhood, the best house for your family, a price that fits in your budget. If one of the pieces doesn’t quite feel right, the others don’t seem to fit either. And when all those pieces do come together, there’s still the matter of financing. Today, a buyer …

Home Inspections — The Pros and Cons

In a seller’s market, when it’s easier to sell a home than to buy one, it can be tempting to get caught up in the moment and do whatever you can to beat out the competition for the home you’ve been waiting to buy. You may have heard that one way to get ahead on the list of buyers is …

Blending Emotion with Logic When Searching for a Home

Is it possible to buy anything without some emotional attachment? Even when we grab a slice of our favorite pizza, the smell and taste of it can bring back memories of time spent with friends and family. And pizza is such a small thing to spend a few dollars on. A house is so much bigger. A bigger investment. A …

Real Estate Investment for Beginners

You’ve saved some cash and you’re ready to take the plunge… you want to invest in real estate. Now what? Start with your goals. Would you rather put in a lot of work over a short amount of time for a quick profit? You might want to buy and flip a single-family home. Or do you want to invest longer …

Jolene Johnson: Bringing Balance To The Real Estate Buying And Selling Process

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Fearlessness.  Flexibility.  Focus. These are but a few of the qualities Jolene Johnson brings to Gaskill Reality. And they’re not just words… This is how she lives her life.  Combining yoga with being a real estate agent is classic “quid pro quo”—Latin meaning something given, something gained… A win/win situation.  Jolene’s clients are guaranteed to receive her best effort and …

The Advantages Of Starting A Home Business

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The ultimate question is whether you want to start a business and/or work from home. If you answer YES, then starting a business or working from home has several advantages. It is no small wonder that almost 70% of business startups are begun in the home of the owner/founder. Employees are also starting to work from home. Sites like Upwork …

Beyond The Sale Price: Additional Costs To Expect When Buying Or Selling A Home

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For most people, purchasing (and selling) a house is the largest financial transaction they will make. The purchase/selling price is the lion’s share of the transaction. While the prospect of buying or selling a home for hundreds of thousands of dollars is daunting enough… there are additional costs that come with buying or selling a home. Below we discuss the …

First-Time Home Buyers: Financing Programs You Might Not Know About

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Spring and summer are the busiest seasons in the real estate market. On any given weekend, driving around the Triangle you will see numerous “Open House” signs scattered on the shoulders of tree-lined streets. People who are actively seeking to purchase properties might do an impromptu visit to an open house on the way home from Sunday brunch, you know, …

First Time Homeowners: Tips For All Seasons

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Your first home is a major milestone, and big congratulations are in order! Not only is real estate a great investment… You are now the master of your own domain. But that also means you can’t call your landlord should anything go wrong. And the regular upkeep and maintenance of the property now falls to you. Don’t be caught off …

Re-Evaluating Your Investment Property

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BUY. HOLD. SELL. These are three things every investment property owner should have on their minds on a regular basis. A seasoned investment property owner might consider these options once or twice a year. Moreover, they are always keeping an eye on market conditions, cash flow, return on investment, tax incentives, their overall portfolio and future cash needs. Below we …