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Friday, December 13, 2019   /   by John Briley

What Is A Buyer's Consultation?

Choosing a buyer's agent is an integral part of the home buying process

This is, after all, the person that you will be working with to help you find your dream home.  Doesn't it make sense to meet with them first to ensure that they know what you're even looking for in your next home?

When asked to meet prior to viewing a property that you see online or drive by, look at this as a sign that the Buyer's Agent is invested in putting themselves to work for you. This consultation is useful to clarify the home buying process, setting expectations on both sides, and laying the foundation for a smooth, happy client/agent relationship.

Every home buying process has a unique set of opportunities and challenges, and can be stressful for buyers and sellers, and sometimes even the agents involved. You are not only choosing an agent, you are also choosing a trusted advisor, and putting a plan in place up front will help ensure a smooth, and more enjoyable, transaction.  It has b. ...

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  buyer, first time homeowner

Monday, November 25, 2019   /   by John Briley

Home Equity Loan or Line of Credit: Which is Better for You?

As you make payments against your mortgage, you build equity in your home. This equity can be used to secure future loans, making it easier to refinance your home or cover certain other expenses. Depending on your needs, you might consider taking out a home equity loan or a home equity line of credit (HELOC). The question is, which one is the better option for your current situation?

This is actually kind of a tricky question. Let’s look at what the differences are between these two ways of using equity and the situations that each is best for. That should give you a good idea of exactly how well each option fits your needs so you can choose the home equity solution that’s best for you.

What Is a Home Equity Loan?
As the name implies, a home equity loan is a loan that uses the equity you’ve built in your home as collateral. As with other standard loans, when you’re approved for the loan you receive the entire amount of the loan as a lump sum payment. Ty; ...

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  financing, homeowner, mortgage

Thursday, November 21, 2019   /   by John Briley

Outdoor Turkey Frying: Tips and Tricks

Thanksgiving is on its way, and for most of us, that means turkey. In recent years, fried turkey has grown significantly in popularity; this has led to a lot more people deciding to pick up a large fryer and try their hand at frying their own at home. Unfortunately, this has led to a sharp increase in fryer-related accidents as well. Nothing can ruin a Thanksgiving faster than fryer incidents that result in burns, fires or other serious problems.

To that end, let’s look at a few ways to keep your turkey-frying adventures safe. Whether you’re a first-time fryer or a seasoned turkey-frying pro, here are some things to keep in mind to help keep your holiday safe.

Picking the Right Fryer
There are a few different options available when it comes to turkey fryers. You can opt for a propane fryer that heats with a burner or an electric fryer that you need to plug in. Regardless of the option you choose, make sure that it has temperature controls so that you can keep the o ...

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  home safety, insurance

Monday, November 18, 2019   /   by John Briley

Heat it Up! Getting Your Central Heating System Ready for Winter

As winter slowly approaches, it is time to give some thought to your homes heating system.  While we are fortunate in the Upstate area to not have long periods of bitter cold, the last thing you want as a homeowner is to have your heat go out for a cold snap.  If you haven't given it any thought, it is time to get moving before old man winter arrives.
Heating 101 
New owners and seasoned owners alike may have little knowledge of home repairs and routine maintenance.  There are plenty of easy tasks to complete that will help to improve your heating system's performance during the colder months.  Below are some easy DIY items to complete this weekend:
Change your air filters.  Your HVAC system will do its best when your filters are regularly replaced.  The filter gets dirty over time and will have a harder time filtering the air and allowing your system to breathe.  When this happens, the air being pulled through the ...

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  heating & air, homeowner, winter prep

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