Stephanie Ward's Blog Posts

Open Houses 101

4 Insider Tips to Make the Most of Open Houses Have you visited any open houses in the neighborhoods you're interested in? Make sure you're maximizing your weekend trips with these four must dos

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How Much Home Can you Afford?

How Much Home? The single most important part of buying a house is figuring out how much you can realistically afford to pay. There are a few basic formulas commonly used by lenders to determine

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First Steps When Home Buying!

Buying a New Home: The First Steps When you're thinking about buying a new home, the first steps in the process usually are: Finding a neighborhood that's right for you Considering how much

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Need a Down Payment To Buy Your New Home?

Consider your down payment Almost all home buyers will have to come up with a significant down payment, typically 20% in today's market, in order to qualify for a traditional mortgage. A down

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Why You Should Hire Me, A Certified Negotiation Expert As Your Realtor?

Negotiating with Buyers When it comes to selling your home, you'll want someone who can negotiate effectively on your behalf. Initial offers on your home are only the starting point of the

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What Is My Home Worth?

How much can you sell for? I would be happy to provide you with a home valuation so that you know what your home is worth in today's market. If you provide me with some basic information on your

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Home Care Tips for September

  You can keep your home in top shape with simple tasks throughout the year. This month, be sure to: Make sure your gutters stay clean and clog free. It's best to do this before leaves get wet

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Check Out These selling Home Improvements

Home Improvements When You're Thinking about Selling If you're seriously considering selling but still want to make improvements to it while you're still living there, let me make two important

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For Sell By Owner, Did you Know?

  How long has your house been on the market? If you're like most people trying to sell their own homes without an agent, the answer is probably "too long." As an experienced real estate

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Is Your Online Search Not Going Well?

NOT FINDING EXACTLY WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING FOR ONLINE? Real Tips from a Real Estate Professional   Most people these days start out their real estate search online, but it's easy to feel like

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What is most important to you when home buying?

Must Haves and Nice to Haves Let's be realistic—there are no perfect homes. You are ultimately responsible for deciding what the essential features are that you require. Here are a few

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The importance of your credit report

The importance of your credit report When you apply for a loan, your lender will look at several details of your personal finances, including your credit report. The better your credit, the

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Recycling At Home The Right Way!

If you’re taking the time to recycle at home, are you sure that you’re doing it right? Many consumers today are not carefully considering which waste products they are sending off for

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Get Pre-Approved If You Are Serious!

Serious Buyers Get Pre–Approved When you are ready to start looking at homes with me in person, you will want to become pre–approved for a loan. In the pre–approval process,

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Overpricing Can Ruin Your Chances To Get Top Dollar For Your Home

Don't fall into the Overpricing Trap Pricing strategy is one of the most important elements in selling real estate. To get top dollar, it's essential to price a property accurately for the

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Are You Thinking About Selling?

Thinking About Selling? The best ways to improve your home's curb appeal are the most obvious ones. Often, the most impactful and cost effective way to improve your home's curb appeal is simply

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Beneficial Eco-friendly Home Improvements

Homeowners and home buyers alike agree – eco-friendly property improvements can not only save you money on heating and energy consumption costs - they can also add to your property's market

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Minor Home Repairs That Matter!

Minor Repairs Can Yield Top Dollar Imagine you are a buyer looking at your home. What do you think obviously needs repair? Money spent on repairs can make a difference in the final sale price

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Let's Figure Out, How Much Home You Can Afford?

Next Question—How much can you afford? You've started your home buying search and are dreaming big – so now you need to take the next steps to make sure you can realize that goal. Now

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When Is The Best Time To Sell!

Is This the Right Time to Sell? Are you wondering if this is a good time to sell? In our area we're seeing a market where home values have rebounded and are steadily climbing. If you market and

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Tips To Safe Guard Your Home

One of the crimes most frequently reported to the police is residential burglary It's also the most preventable. It doesn't take much or cost much to out-smart most burglars. They're usually not

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Tax Implications of Selling Your Home

Selling Your Home: Tax Implications Did you know that you can exclude up to $250,000 for an individual or $500,000 for a married couple from your taxable income when you sell your home? The

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Should I Buy A New Home Or Previously Owned?

New or Previously Owned? What kind of home are you looking to buy? New construction or previously owned? There are advantages to each approach. Previously owned prosYou may not have the option

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Colorado Neighborhoods

FINDING THE RIGHT NEIGHBORHOOD Real Tips from a Real Estate Professional  When you're thinking about making a move, the first steps in the home buying process are: Deciding where you would like

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How much will my house sell for?

How much can you sell for? I would be happy to provide you with a home valuation so that you know what your home is worth in today's market. If you provide me with some basic information on your

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Alternative Loans

 If saving enough for a 20% down payment will delay your home buying dream for years, you should consider your alternate options:An FHA Loan The Federal Housing Administration, or FHA, insures

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Getting Frustrated In Today's Market?

It's easy to get frustrated in today's housing market. Inventory is tight, and finding the right home can feel like a challenge. But that's no reason to give up on your dream of finding a home that

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August Gardening Tips!

August is typically the month that gardeners get to enjoy all the hard work of the summer. Vegetable gardens are peaking and producing lots of goodies to eat. Your flower beds are in full swing,

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Sell Your Home For Top Dollar

Don't fall into the Overpricing Trap Pricing strategy is one of the most important elements in selling real estate. To get top dollar, it's essential to price a property accurately for the

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Want To Sell Your Home?

Are You Ready to Sell? If you're considering selling your home, you're probably interested in one big question - How much is your property worth? Determining the market value of your home is

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Want To Go From Renting To Buying?

 Stability is Priceless Moving from rental to rental is obviously a financial inconvenience, but it can also be a significant emotional burden. When you don’t know for sure where you

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Finding Qualified Buyers

Qualified Buyers Motivated home buyers visit my website every day to browse the latest properties available in our area. I can help bring the most interested consumers to your listing and screen

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Cost of Selling Your Home

Costs of Selling Your Home Selling your home is typically about making a profit. You shouldn't forget however that there are costs associated with real estate transactions. Here is a quick

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Buy or Sell First?

Buy or Sell First? The classic dilemma for many homeowners is whether to buy or sell first. There is no “right” answer. It depends on your specific circumstances as well as current

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Best Home Improvements

Want to improve your home and increase its value? Be sure to make the right bet. Roof Replacement No bathroom, no kitchen, no paint will make up for the fact that the roof is leaking.

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How to get pre-approved

Serious Buyers Get Pre–Approved When you are ready to start looking at homes with me in person, you will want to become pre–approved for a loan. In the pre–approval process,

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How much home can I afford?

How much home Can I really afford?  When you start thinking about buying your first home the first question on your mind is typically "how much home can I really afford?"The good news is

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