Valentina Petkova's Blog Posts

HOW LONG SHOULD I SAVE FOR A DOWN PAYMENT?

How Long Should I Save For A Down Payment?One of the biggest hurdles homebuyers face is saving for a down payment. As you’re budgeting and planning for your home purchase, you’ll want to

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BUILD A DIY SPORTING GOODS CENTER IN YOUR GARAGE

Build a DIY Sporting Goods Center In Your GarageWhat You’ll Need:BookcaseLocking WheelsDrillBungee CordsPeg BoardsHooks & Holders1. Find a bookcaseChoose a bookcase with at least three

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WHY WAITING TO BUY IS COSTING YOU

Why Waiting To Buy Is Costing YouMany people are sitting on the fence trying to decide if now’s the time to buy a home. Some are renters who have a strong desire to become homeowners but

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HOW TO HANDLE DOWNSIZING

How To Handle DownsizingMoving itself always has the tendency to sound stressful, but adding downsizing to the mix can seem daunting. There are certain challenges that come with downsizing, but that

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MAKE YOUR HOME STAND OUT THIS SUMMER

MAKE YOUR HOME STAND OUT THIS SUMMERAs May comes to a close, school ends and the summer officially begins, that means one important thing - home selling season is upon us. With the kids home from

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WHAT TYPE OF LENDER WORKS BEST FOR YOU?

What Type Of Lender Works Best For You?If you ask a loan officer, “What kind of lender is best?” the answer will be whatever kind of company he works for and he will give you a list of

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MAKING MOVING WITH PETS STRESS-FREE

Make Moving With Pets Stress-FreeYou’ve just bought a new home, and Fluffy and Fido are starting to worry about all the moving boxes going into the truck outside. Pets can easily become

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QUESTION TO ASK WHEN BUYING NEW CONSTRUCTION

Buying new construction is a different process than buying your typical pre-built home. What’s included, what’s not, and what’s hidden in that massive contract depends on the

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BUDGET FRIENDLY LAUNDRY ROOM UPDATES

Budget Friendly Laundry Room UpdatesChange Up Your Lighting SituationSwitching out the light fixtures and upgrading to something a bit more modern is an easy fix for any room - but definitely

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Still Saving Your Tax Refund Or Stimulus Checks? Here's How To Use Them!

If you’ve started researching the home buying process, or you’ve already purchased a home in the past, you probably know one of the first things you need to consider is the size of the

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WHY YOU SHOULD DO A FINAL WALKTHROUGH

Final walkthroughs are not the same as home inspections - this is not the time for negotiations with the seller to do repairs or add contingencies.  The purpose of a final walkthrough is to

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HOME OWNER TIPS ROOM TOO DARK? HERE 'S HOW TO DOUBLE THE LIGHT!

Room Too Dark? Here's How To Double The Light!Not every room is blessed with good natural light.. Sometimes when a window isn’t placed well, or isn’t there at all, it can be hard to work

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HOW TO FLIP HOUSES FOR BEGINNERS – EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

How to Flip Houses for Beginners – Everything you Need to KnowFlipping houses can make you money, and even be fun. It may not be as fun or easy as you see them on reality TV shows, but there

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TIPS FOR SELLING A LUXURY HOME – WHAT IS THE FASTEST WAY TO SELL AN EXPENSIVE HOUSE?

Tips for Selling a Luxury Home – What is the Fastest way to Sell an Expensive House?Selling a luxury home creates a unique situation. You don’t have the same large target audience you

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THE #1 REASON HOMES DON'T SELL (AND HOW TO FIX IT)

The #1 Reason Homes Don’t Sell (and How to Fix It)You heard it’s a seller’s market right now so you couldn’t wait to sell your home. Except it’s sitting and you don

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1031 EXCHANGE –WHAT IS IT AND HOW DOES IT WORK?

1031 Exchange – What is it and How Does it Work?When you sell a real estate investment, you make capital gains, or at least that’s the hope. Those profits come at a price, though. You

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HOW TO GET A HOME LOAN WITH BAD CREDIT

How to Get a Home Loan with Bad CreditMany people think you need ‘perfect credit’ and a large down payment to get a home loan. You don’t.Today, there are programs for people with

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HOW CAN I BUY A HOUSE WITH NO MONEY OUT OF POCKET

How can I Buy a House with no Money out of Pocket?The down payment is the one thing that keeps most people from buying a home. What if there was a way to buy a home without any money out of your

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IMPROVEMENTS THAT INCREASE HOME VALUE

Top 5 Improvements that Increase Home ValueDid you know that not every home improvement gives you a dollar-for-dollar return or even a ‘good’ return on your investment?Knowing which home

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CORONAVIRUS MORTGAGE RELIEF : WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Coronavirus Mortgage Relief: What You Need To KnowIt’s a confusing time, but lenders are putting remedies, like forbearance, in place to help homeowners.

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WHY RENT WHEN YOU CAN OWN A HOME

Why Rent When you can Own a Home?If you’re tired of renting, you aren’t alone. According to the NerdWallet Homebuyer Report, 84 percent of Americans say buying a home is a priority.

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HOME DECORATING TIPS FOR THE HOLIDAYS

There’s something magical about decorating for the holidays. This year we could all use a little magic in our lives! If you’re looking for the hottest (and cheapest) ways to get the most

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SELLING YOUR HOUSE AS -IS WHAT IT MEANS FOR THE BUYER

If you want to sell your home without doing any repairs, you’re looking at an ‘as-is’ sale. While it may seem more convenient at the time, it’s important to know what it

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EASY KITCHEN UPDATES ON A BUDGET

If there’s one area of your home that you can see the largest return on your investment, it’s the kitchen. It’s the heart of the home and the first area most buyers look at when

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FIVE QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN BUYING A HOUSE

Home buying seems simple enough: Find a house you like that’s close to work or school, tell someone you want to buy it, and move in.But there’s more to it than that. You’ll have to

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HOME BUYING AND SELLING DURING THE PANDEMIC: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Technology and good-old-fashioned creativity are helping agents, buyers, and sellers abide by COVID-19 health and safety practices while getting deals done.Some buyers are touring houses virtually.

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TOP FOUR WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR HOME'S VALUE

Top 4 Ways To Improve Your Home’s Value As a listing agent, clients are always asking which updates and renovations offer the biggest return on investment when they go to sell their house.

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LOAN PREAPPROVAL AND WHY YOU NEED IT

Why You Need To Get Pre ApprovedPurchasing a home can be an exciting experience. It can also seem a bit overwhelming and confusing, especially if you’ve never done it before. The home buying

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SHOULD I BUY BEFORE I LIST

Should I Buy My Next House Before I List My Current One? In many areas across the country, homes are selling fast. Depending on the area and the price point, homes are selling within hours. This

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THE TIME TO BUY IS NOW

The Time is Now to Buy Your Home If you’ve been considering purchasing a home, you’ve probably been wondering if now is a good time to do so. You’ve seen how unpredictable the

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THE TIME TO SELL IS NOW

The Time is Now To Sell Your Home 2020 has been an interesting year to say the least. It seems like things are changing each month and times are becoming more and more uncertain. Everyday presents

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WINNING MULTIPLE OFFERS

Winning In Multiple Offers It seems as if the real estate market has been on fire in several parts of the country. Interest rates remain low and buyers are out in full force. That’s great news

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WHY YOU SHOULD USE A REAL ESTATE AGENT

Why You Should Use a Real Estate Agent The real estate market has been holding steady for several years now. Homes seem to be selling quickly and for top dollar all around. Right now, it’s a

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WHAT HOME UPGRADES PAY OFF IN RESALE

What Home Upgrades Pay Off in Resale When you decide to sell your home, there are a few things you can do beforehand to strengthen your potential for higher profits. While many people invest in

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THINGS PARENTS NEED TO CONSIDER BEFORE BUYING A PROPERTY

Things Parents Need to Consider Before Buying a Property Purchasing a new home for your family is an exciting event. With many things occurring on the financial end of the purchase in addition to

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MOVING TIPS

How to Lower Your Moving CostsSo, you’ve purchased your new home or leased your new rental. Now, it’s time for the part that everyone loves to hate – moving. At first, the idea is

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STAGING A HOME FOR SHOWINGS

Staging a Home for Showings When it’s time to sell your home,it’s important that it appears in tip-top shape for prospective buyers. When you stage the home, you arrange furniture and d

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USING A REALTOR VS FOR SALE BY OWNER

The Benefits of Selling Your Home with a Realtor Versus FSBO (for Sale by Owner)If you’re in the market to put your home on the market, you are probably looking into whether to hire a real

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FOUR THINGS NOT TO DO DURING CLOSING PROCESS

FOUR THINGS NOT TO DO DURING THE CLOSING PROCESS When you are in the process of closing on your home, you need to make sure that you don’t make any drastic changes that could negatively impact

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TO-DO LIST FOR FIRST TIME HOMEBUYERS

TO-DO LIST FOR FIRST TIME HOMEBUYERS If you’re buying a home for the first time, it can be a little difficult trying to figure out where to start. Here’s a handy to-do list to help you

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