Author: Terry Lehman

January 30, 2019

Benefits of a Pre-Listing Home Inspection

When you decide to sell your home, should you have a home inspection done prior to listing? Hiring an independent inspector would allow you to get ahead of the game and reduce the stress of the overall process. Though hiring an inspector is out-of-pocket money, consider these benefits of an inspection before putting your home […]

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December 12, 2018

Staging Your Home for Selling

If you’re planning on selling your home after the first of the year, it is probably time to start thinking about how you want to present the home for potential buyers. That good first impression is critical. And it may just take a few minor touch-ups.  A warm and inviting home can go a long […]

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November 6, 2018

A Home Loan Primer for First Timers

So you’ve decided to settle down and purchase a house. What is the next step? In order to be a homeowner, you have to agree to a mortgage with a financial institution, like a commercial bank or credit union. But many do not know the wide range of loans and mortgages at their disposal. As […]

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October 23, 2018

How to Determine the Best Mortgage for You

There are a number of factors that go into determining mortgage rates, like loan term, home location, down payment and the type of mortgage itself. Credit scores, however, have arguably the biggest hand in deciding mortgage rates, because they directly impact your interest rates and therefore influence every other component in the creation of your […]

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August 30, 2018

Property Taxes and Your Home

There are two things that are guaranteed in life – death and taxes. Both are inevitable; they must be handled at one point or another. The latter of the pair – taxes – can take many shapes and forms in everyday life, including sales tax, income tax and inheritance tax. Real estate and homeownership, however, […]

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August 16, 2018

Just Bought a New Home Here; Some Things to Do

The city in which you choose to purchase your home is of equal importance as the house itself. A college town, Gainesville’s many activities revolve around the Gator Nation, its most famous coming around every fall semester and rounding up thousands of fans in The Swamp. But what about the rest of the year? What […]

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July 9, 2018

The Importance of Homeowner’s Insurance

It is an aspect of owning a home that often gets overlooked by many first-time buyers: homeowner’s insurance. Just like car insurance and health insurance, it is a necessary evil that must be bought in case of a tragedy. Just like any type of insurance, it is important to shop around, consider what one believes […]

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June 25, 2018

Hurricane season is upon us. Are you ready?

Although Gainesville is not a coastal city, one must not underestimate the destruction a hurricane may bring. The flooding left by last year’s storms left Gainesville paralyzed for days. What does this year have in store? How can you secure your valuables? As a long-time Gainesville resident, I have braved many storms, and have compiled […]

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June 11, 2018

My 10 Packing Tips for Your Move

The papers are signed, the deal is settled. The house is finally yours! You look around your current house and see piles of your stuff – pictures, decorations, souvenirs and furniture that you have accumulated over the years. These are the things that make you, you. You cannot leave them behind! How are you going […]

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April 30, 2018

How to stay organized while house hunting?

The buying-a-house process can be overwhelming if you don’t do it the right way. In other words, it is important to organize yourself in order to stay calm to not only reduce stress, but also to make a more educated purchase. For this reason, I have done some research, and I have come up with […]

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