Nick Hailey's Blog Posts

The Feds Rate Hike What You Need To Know

The Federal Reserve’s interest rate is one of the most important indicators for measuring the strength of the U.S. economy, and it can have a direct impact on your personal financial situation.

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The Ultimate Guide To Buying Your First Home

Purchasing your first home is often the culmination of decades of hard work. It’s a momentous occasion for anyone, but especially for young professionals who are just starting their independent

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3 Emerging Trends In The Real Estate Market You Need To Know About

The real estate market is constantly evolving with changing consumer demands, economic conditions, and technological advancements. With new trends emerging almost every day, it’s important for

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How To Actually Afford To Buy A Home In America

Owning a home is the quintessential marker of success and stability. A home is a place for you to build your future, raise a family, and retire. Unfortunately, it’s increasingly out of reach for

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7 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Buying A First House

Buying a first house can be a scary prospect, especially if you’re just getting into the market. But, buying a first house can also be an exciting step in your life. So, how do you make sure that

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A Guide To Home Equity Loans What You Should Know About HELOCs

You might be thinking: What is a home equity loan? Is it a loan against the equity in my house? How do I get one? A home equity loan is a loan that uses your home as collateral. It’s a type of

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5 Ways To A Cleaner Home For The Spring Season

Cleaning can be a chore, but it doesn’t have to be! If you’re looking to make your home a cleaner, healthier space for the spring season, read on for some great cleaning tips that will leave you

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How To Create The Ultimate Outdoor Kitchen

The best way to enjoy your new backyard is to gather with friends and family. Invite them over for barbecues, parties, and other social gatherings. But the best way to enjoy your new backyard is to

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3 Steps To Downsizing Your Home For A Happier More Relaxed Life

For many homeowners, the thought of selling their homes can be a bit nerve-wracking. After all, there’s a lot of work that goes into showing a home to potential buyers. However, if you’re ready

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Get Your Garage Back Tips For Organizing A Garage And Getting Rid Of The Mess

Having a garage that is organized and clean can be a great asset to your home, especially if you have kids or a spouse who is constantly asking you to “get your garage back in order” so that he

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3D Photography The New Way To Sell Houses And Homes

As the value of real estate continues to rise, more and more people are looking to cash in on the growing market by selling their homes for a profit. But with so many variables to consider, from the

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How To Get Started On The American Dream The Home Buying Guide For First Time Homeowners

Are you ready to buy your first home? Do you have the right financial resources and a solid plan for where you’d like to live? If you’re ready to take that next step, this article can help you

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The 10 Best Tips For Being A Good Neighbor In Your Community

Good neighbors are difficult to find. That’s because people are becoming more disconnected from each other and communities. There are many reasons for this, but regardless of the cause, it can

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How To Maintain Good Credit After Buying A Home

Buying a home is one of the best decisions you can make. But your credit score could suffer if you don’t handle things correctly. It’s important to know how to maintain good credit after buying

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Outdoor Living Spaces Do They Add Value

Adding an outdoor living space to your house can add a lot of value. According to Zillow, adding a screened-in porch or deck that has at least 500 square feet can increase the value by $6,000. When

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What Will The Housing Market Be Like In The Summer

The housing market is an important part of every economy. It's also one of the most complicated sectors as it's constantly changing, so predicting what will happen in the summer is hard. However, we

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6 Reasons Why Installing Solar Panels For Your Home Makes Sense

As a homeowner, you might be thinking about installing solar panels on your property. But what's the point? Why would you want to spend so much money on these panels? These are some of the most

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How Much Value Can Another Bathroom Add To Your Home

The bathroom is often the most used and least updated room of your home. Often times it's the only room that will go through a complete remodel, but we don't always think about how much value it can

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The Pros And Cons Of Buying A Home In Winter

One of the most common questions people ask themselves is if it’s better to buy a home in winter or summer. The answer? It depends! There are advantages and disadvantages of buying during both

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Why Finished Basements Add Value To Your Home

Finished basements add a lot of value to your home! They provide a great space for a family room, media room, office, or guest suite. And they can be used in any season. Basement projects are often

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How To Find The Best Snow Removal Tool For Your Home

Snow removal is one of the most dreaded things we do each winter. Whether it's shoveling, power-sanding, or hiring a professional company to handle the job, snow removal can be a difficult and time

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Do Fireplaces Add Value To Your Home

A fireplace is a great addition to any home, as it provides an inviting and cozy atmosphere for your family and friends. But do these fixtures actually increase the value of your home?A study from

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Top 5 Things Home Buyers Look For In A Home

Top 5 Things Home Buyers Look for in a HomeClean floors and a neutral color paletteBuyers are looking for a space that feels "lived in." So try out the same rugs you have for your floors (check to

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The Future Of Home Buying Whats Coming For Buyers And Sellers In 2022

The Future of Home Buying: What's Coming for Buyers and Sellers in 2022We all have seen the change in the market from buying and selling homes this year. There is no guessing what the future will

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Tips For Moving Out Of A Storage Facility

To make sure you vacate your storage unit with the least headaches, follow these tips: Tell the storage facility. Most storage companies need you to give them an advance notification of your

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How To Protect Your Home Against Rain Damage

As of lately we have had quite a bit of rain, so I figured we would cover ways to help protect your home from rain damage. Below are some things you should consider to make sure you keep your house

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Why Now Is A Good Time To Buy

Buyers in the summer market may have been scared out of home buying this year in 2021, but I have some good news for you! Now is turning out to be the best time to buy!The reason why you should

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Why Selling Your Home As Is Makes Sense

If selling your home is an option for you in the near future, there could be many headaches ahead. Renovations and improvements may have you over your head on what to do. Before you take out loans

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What Are The Benefits Of VA Loans

Veteran Affairs has made a great option for veteran service members when it comes to buying homes. In this post I wanted to make available good information that may be helpful for you to see if is

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Why Should I Choose Black Castle Properties

Finding the right partner for your home-buying or selling experience can make a huge difference in the final results. Some people will choose just anybody to represent them and their goals for

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What To Look For When Buying An Old Home

Are you looking to buy an older home that has some character to it? This could be a smart move since usually older builds are less costly compared to new builds, but older homes definitely have

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4 Steps To Follow When Building A Pool For Your Home

A pool is great for home entertainment with friends and family or when anyone comes over to visit and hang out. When it is hot out, sometimes there is nothing better than being poolside with a nice

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New Construction Buyers Say They Need Agents Too

With lumber prices starting to drop, and more than likely getting back to normalized rates, we should see an increase in new home construction. Mortgage rates are still very low and a great

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Pros And Cons Of Flipping An Old Home

We all see the tv shows on HGTV or a few other stations that showcase house flippers with their before and after renovations of older homes. A lot of the time at the end we find out their profits on

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Home Staging On A Budget

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IHDA Mortgages

IHDA (Illinois Housing Authority) Mortgage is a great option for many first time home buyers. Buying a home can be an exciting and intimidating process. With IHDA MORTGAGE we strive to make the

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First Time Home Buyer Grant 2021

FHA Loan RequirementsImportant FHA Guidelines for BorrowersThe FHA, or Federal Housing Administration, provides mortgage insurance on loans made by FHA-approved lenders. FHA insures these loans on

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Leveraging Real Estate Technology Consumers Now Expect

One of the lasting benefits now from Covid-19 is that we have embraced and progressed with the use of digital communication. The use of digital communication has allowed us more free time as

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Understanding The Different Priorities Of FirstTime Vs Repeat Buyers

The mass majority of millennials are reaching their peak home buying years, and with this we see the increase in the amount of first time home-buyers. Not all home-buyers are the same, and this is

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Are You A Stressed Home Buyer Heres Why More Homes Will Be Available Soon

The past year in real estate has been like nothing we have seen before. The housing market is on fire, and there is no real sign of slowing down. Most homes that hit the market are being sold within

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4 Maintenance Tasks To Perform On Your Home Before You Sell

We all know that the process before selling a home can be CRAZY! Do we sell as is... do we sell after we make some renovations... or do we sell after a few cosmetic touch ups? That is the question

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Home Improvement Options In 2021 With The Best ROI

Hello, and welcome back for another blog post on today's hot topic; What home improvements can you make in 2021 that will have the best return on investment.There are many improvements you can make

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Why There Are Still Few Homes For Sale

The housing market has been booming ever since Covid-19 last summer, and not a whole lot has changed today. The market still has low inventory for homes for sale, and when a home is listed it is

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Buying A House In 2021 A Step By Step How To

Buying a house in 2021 has been crazy! This is the hottest market we have seen in quite some time... with that being said, here are the twelve steps you need to follow to be ready to buy a home in

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Selling A Home

Selling a home can be a difficult task for even the most seasoned of sellers. There is so much that goes into the process of placing a property on the housing market. First, the owner needs to get

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