Renting vs. Buying: Which Is Better?




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When it comes to the debate about whether renting a home or buying one is better, there are a few things you should know.

Rents are 2.7% higher this year than they were last year. What does that mean for you as a renter?

The longer you wait, the more expensive rents will be. Considering where we are right now in terms of interest rates, there is a definite advantage to homeownership. You can actually save money by purchasing a home.




Rents are 2.7% higher this year than they were last year.


We can help you figure out which option is better for you by assessing your situation. We’ll look at your current rent versus what you’d qualify for if you were to purchase a home, as well as what the associated expenses would be.

At the end of the day, don’t fall into the trap of renting and throwing your money away.

If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call or check out our website, www.teamwinegarden.com.

What You Need to Know About Seller Disclosures



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What do you do when filling out a seller disclosure?

Whenever you sell a home, you have to do a disclosure. Basically, you have to reveal everything that you factually know about the house.

I get a lot of questions about seller disclosures. What should you fill out and what shouldn’t you fill out? If you had a crack in the foundation 20 years ago that hasn’t moved, do you need to disclose that? What if you got the furnace fixed two years ago? What if you repaired a leak in the roof three years ago?

Here’s the thing—those disclosures are sent to the buyer who is purchasing the home so that the buyer understands the history of the home. That way, they know what to look out for in the future.  



If you have any doubts about whether you should disclose something, disclose it.


If you have any doubts when filling out the disclosures, disclose it
. The worst thing that can happen is you don’t disclose something and there’s an issue after the buyer starts living in the home. That could end up becoming an issue; the buyer could sue.

So, if you have any doubts whatsoever about whether or not to disclose something, I say disclose it. That’s always the safest option in the long run.

If you have any other questions about seller disclosures or selling in our current market, just give me a call or send me an email. I would be happy to help you!

How Will You Reach Your Goals in 2018?



2018 is coming up fast. Now is the time to set goals and make plans for achieving them.

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What are your goals for 2018?

The new year is just around the corner and whatever your aspirations are, now is the time to think about how you can achieve them. Setting a plan for your goals is the first step.

If your goal is to buy or sell a home in the new year, for example, how can you prepare to do so? 




Getting a plan in place now will benefit you in the future.


If you are looking to sell your home, you might want to begin by walking through it and making a list of things to fix, update, or change. My team and I would be happy to put you in contact with people who can help you make these changes. Getting a plan in place now will benefit you in the future.

If you are looking to buy a home, now is the time to start working on your financing plan. Once you’ve got a plan for your finances in order, we can help you select and look at homes that are within your budget.

So, let’s work together. Let’s put a plan together to help you achieve your goals in 2018.

If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.