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I write tips and tricks to help buyers and
sellers save time and money.

9 Listing Photo Do's and Don'ts

Your bags are packed, you’re ready to move and the last thing you want to do is follow your agent’s advice about putting time and money into your listing photos. But if you don’t, your photos could prevent the home from selling quickly....
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This Enchanting Mountaintop Cottage Embodies Coziness

Located 45 minutes outside of Chattanooga, TN, in Monteagle, a historic cottage was renovated with organic materials that echo its picturesque mountaintop setting. Situated on the brow of the mountain, the 1,800-square-foot, 2-bedroom cottage is straight out of a fairy...
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Can't Buy a House With Cash? You Can Still Land the Home

  All-cash buyers are active in many markets, and they can strike fear in new home buyers. The cash buyer can perform and close quickly and provide sellers with a sense of comfort. But, does this mean a solid buyer...
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4 Things to Do Before Gutting a Home

Do you have a bit of a fixer upper on your hands? Or maybe you’re just ready for a major change? Remodeling your home can be a lot of work, but the results, when done well, are well worth it....
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What is Tax Assessed Value, Tax Appraised Value, and Market Assessed Value?

Tax assessed value This figure varies throughout the U.S. since it is determined by the taxing authority of the city, county, or state where you live. Sometimes it is the same as the market assessed value and other times counties...
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Understanding Fee Simple vs Leasehold Ownership

Most people only know of one type of real estate ownership: fee simple, also known as freehold. But a handful of states have another form of ownership, known as leasehold. The difference in these two types of land tenure is very different...
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What Every Homeowner Needs to Know About Contractors

Building or renovating a home is a complex project with plenty of moving parts. Even if you’re planning to take a DIY approach, it’s likely you’ll need some help from contractors along the way. Here’s a guide to the types...
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Quiz: How Much Do You Love Your Home?

Your life changes over time: new relationships, new jobs, new hobbies. Sometimes, you can make changes to your home to adapt to your lifestyle – but sometimes you can’t. And the hardest part? Knowing when to let go. Take our...
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Real Estate Agent Commissions: How Much Should You Pay?

Fact: Real estate brokers’ commission rates are not regulated in any state and are ALWAYS 100% negotiable. When you decide to sell your house, if you are like most people, you will want to hire – or at least consider hiring – a real...
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Tour a Riverfront Home That Draws Inspiration From the Great Outdoors

After demolishing an older home on this property along the Tennessee River, architect Josh Cooper, principal at JCC Design Studio, erected a three-story home, taking inspiration from the client’s love for Belgian-style architecture. For the home’s exterior, Cooper incorporated materials...
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