Can I Buy a Home on My Own? 7 Reasons Why You Should Hire a Real Estate Agent.

People often wonder if they really need to hire a real estate agent when the time comes to start looking for a new home. Why not just read a beginner’s book on real estate and be done with it? The truth is, there are numerous reasons why hiring a real estate agent will make the home-buying process easier and safer–far less can go wrong in closing a real estate deal with an agent by your…

9 Home Appraisal Tips for Success

Countless factors are considered when appraising a home. Since you can’t control surrounding influences, such as the condition of a neighbor’s home, it’s important to do all you can to showcase your property’s best features. Make your home looking fabulous on appraisal day 1. Do your research Research appraisers before hiring, and be sure the person you choose has extensive knowledge of your area. Discuss your home with them in advance and let them know the…

Essential Summer Gardening Tips from Village Associates Real Estate

Summer is finally here! One of the things we enjoy the most about summer is the opportunity to spend long, warm evenings with our family and friends in our beautiful backyards. We know you put a lot of care and love into your gardens. Here are six summer gardening tips to keep your yard looking fabulous all season long! 1.    To abate insects such as aphids, spray leaves (both top and bottom!) with pyola oil…

15 Top Home Selling Tips

There’s a first time for everything—including selling a home. Not sure where to start? We can help! Below are our 15 top home selling tips: First impressions are important! Put a fresh coat of paint on the front door and make sure your foyer/entry way looks inviting. Does your home need repairs? Take the time to go through the house and fix everything that’s broken. It will make a huge difference to potential buyers. De-personalize…

5 Real Estate Trends to Watch in 2013

Home sales in 2013 are off to a great start. According to Mortgage News Daily, January sales saw a 29.9% increase compared to January 2012 and a 15.6% increase compared to December 2012. As an up-tick in the real estate market is an indicator of recession recovery, we all hope to see this trend continue. Here are 5 real estate trends to watch in 2013: 1. More home owners will purchase their second home The…