5 Things to Do When Moving in to a New Home

After all the stress of searching, bargaining, and signing involved in purchasing a home, you can finally enjoy the final step: moving in with your family and making the space your own. While it's easy to get caught up in the excitement of decorating, setting up furniture, and learning your new home’s little quirks, you should also remember the a few small things can help make moving into a new home go much more smoothly. Steps like changing your address, connecting the internet and utilities, … [Read more...]

Landscaping That’s Perfect for Knoxville’s Climate

Knoxville's climate can be one of extremes. Hot and humid in the summers with the occasional winter freeze, it makes for fantastic gardening, but isn’t without its challenges. Knowing how best to plant, decorate, and build a thriving garden in Knoxville's climate can be tricky. However, plenty of resources exist to make it a rewarding pursuit (provided you’re wearing enough bug spray). Read on to find out what you can do to turn your backyard or garden into a lush and beautiful getaway right … [Read more...]

Am I Required to Have Mortgage Insurance?

For homebuyers new to the world of real estate, the costs and rules behind private mortgage insurance may come as a complicated surprise. With so many worries already at play when buying of a home, the time and frustration you spend figuring out this facet of the process can certainly feel like yet another hidden, unexpected cost. You might ask whether all homebuyers are required to have private mortgage insurance in the first place. The short answer? No, you don’t, but that depends on how … [Read more...]

How a Home Equity Line of Credit Works

As we've said in the past, flat rate home equity loans most often offer the safest way to borrow money using the value in your home. The variable rates that come with a home equity line of credit, or HELOC, make it a little riskier overall. However, home owners sometimes need the flexibility that HELOCs offer – the option to borrow a lot or a little, depending on the needs of the moment. If you're considering applying for a HELOC loan, read on to learn more about how they work and how to get … [Read more...]

7 Easy Backyard Landscaping Ideas for Spring

Soon, Knoxville residents will be taking to their backyards once again. Spring months are perfect for inviting friends over to enjoy some warm sun and cool drinks. But if your backyard is little more than a bare patch of grass, now might be the best time to grab a trowel, roll up your sleeves, and create an outdoor space that will upgrade your home. Here are 7 easy, rewarding backyard landscaping projects you can tackle right away. 1. Flex Your Green Thumb  Whether you already have fresh … [Read more...]

How to Use the Equity in Your Home Safely

After owning your house for some time and making monthly mortgage payments, you might be looking at ways to leverage the equity in your home to save more for your family or finance a renovation. However, home equity loans can sometimes lead unsuspecting home owners down a dangerous path, so it’s best to be as informed as possible beforehand. After working and planning to build up equity in your home, offering up that hard work as collateral for a loan involves no small amount of risk. … [Read more...]

The Best Home Renovation Ideas for Knoxville Sellers

Spring is often the optimal time to sell a home and research home renovation ideas. Now is when smart home owners who are considering selling their Knoxville properties begin their improvements to appeal to buyers. A healthy round of renovations can increase the selling price of even the nicest home, and the return on investment almost always justifies the extra effort. However, knowing where to focus your renovation efforts can make all of the difference. Home improvement projects can easily … [Read more...]

Exploring Knoxville Neighborhoods: Brandywine at Turkey Creek

Brandywine at Turkey Creek, a fairly new development in West Knoxville, is a top choice for many families looking for a quiet neighborhood with great features. Here, you can enjoy living in a safe, beautiful community only minutes from shopping, restaurants, and the excitement of downtown Knoxville. Many of the homes in the neighborhood offer 3+ bedrooms with plenty of outdoor space for expansion or landscaping, making Brandywine at Turkey Creek an excellent fit for larger families. And despite … [Read more...]

5 Tips for Home Inspection You Can Take Care of Now

A home seller's worst nightmare is coasting through, only to discover after the inspection that their home needs a long list of repairs and updating before it will draw the best possible offer from a buyer. Naturally, home inspections can feel invasive for some home sellers, as the inspector examines every facet of the property to determine its quality and state of repair. You can avoid a great deal of frustration, however, and significantly increase the value of your home, by following these … [Read more...]

Starting the Home Selling Process in 2017

There's no time like the present to start the home selling process for 2017. Knoxville's real estate market has been growing for years, and all signs point to continued growth ahead. With home prices rising and a higher number of sales each year, Knoxville home sellers should expect a competitive market and picky buyers with many other homes to choose from. Starting early will ensure that you get the most out of your home in this busy real estate market. Using the steps outlined below, get … [Read more...]