What to Know About the Mortgage Approval Process

Taking the first step toward owning a home — especially for the first time — should be nothing but exciting. But with so much unfamiliar terminology, forms to sign, research to do, and financials to get a grip on, it can also be a bit overwhelming. To put your mind a little more at ease, we wanted to cover what you need to know about the mortgage approval process.  Get Approved to Be Approved Wait, what? That's right — the first step of the mortgage approval process is actually "pre-approval." … [Read more...]

Buying a House This Summer? Here Are the Benefits of Using a Realtor

For many people, finding and purchasing their dream home is the achievement of a lifetime. It may take months (or even years) of planning and saving until you finally establish a comfortable budget and nail down the main specs you're looking for. Maybe you want more room to entertain, a bigger yard for your pets or a growing family, or a house in a different neighborhood close to your job or better schools. Whatever your needs may be, buying a house is a big decision — be sure to work with a … [Read more...]

What to Ask During a Home Inspection in 2019

The hard part is over — you finally found a home you can't stop thinking about and are mentally preparing yourself to sign the papers. It's easy to get swept up in the excitement. However, even if you're proactive and tag along for your home inspection, you may miss a vital opportunity to save yourself time, money, and future hassle by not knowing what to ask. To calm your nerves and boost your confidence, we compiled 10 key sets of questions to ask that'll make you feel like an expert. Here's … [Read more...]

The Cost of Living in Knoxville, TN

  Relatively low costs of living, compared against national averages, can be found in many of the southeastern states. With interest rates predicted to rise in the coming years, the cost of living in Knoxville, TN might already be on your mind. Knoxville’s cost of living statistics are some of the lowest for major cities in the area, including Nashville, Chattanooga, and Asheville. Combined with Knoxville's popular neighborhoods and unrivaled natural beauty, many homebuyers in today's … [Read more...]

How To Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

With winter's high energy demands just around the corner, now is an excellent time to make your home more energy-efficient. Practicing smart conservation in your home is always worth the effort and a number of key home improvements – from simply changing lightbulbs to shopping for energy-savvy smart devices – can also trim down your monthly utility bills. Saving energy leaves more money in your pocket each month and can make your home more attractive to future buyers. Change Your … [Read more...]

How to Choose a Neighborhood in Knoxville

Moving is a stressful, exhausting event (especially with a family in tow) but knowing how to choose a neighborhood in Knoxville will take much of the pressure off your shoulders.    Marble City, Heart of the Valley, K-Town — no matter what you call it Knoxville, TN, is one of the most popular cities in the Southeast thanks to the incredible assortment of local music, food, and strong economy (not to mention the team spirit). With a rich history, a wide variety of architecture, and a … [Read more...]

Best Home Automation Products for 2019

In the past, homeowners had no choice but to spend considerable hours each week making sure their homes were well-maintained and secure, from vacuuming by hand to driving home to check if the garage is locked. But artificial intelligence and other automation technologies have made such strides in the last decade that they’ve reshaped every aspect of life, including home care. In 2019, these things can all happen with a voice command, remote use of an app, or even fully automatically. You can … [Read more...]

5 Tips for a Home Inspection (That You Can Take Care of Now)

Getting ready for a home inspection to sell a home is a big deal. The decision itself is an important one, and the process can be daunting. But with a little help, selling a home in Knoxville, TN can be simple and straightforward. A home seller's worst nightmare is discovering 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 … [Read more...]

How to Deal with Fallen Tree Damage

This post was originally published on May 4, 2012 and has since been updated. Any homeowner with an ounce of green space knows how valuable trees can be. One tree can provide shade, improve air quality, and cut energy costs. There’s a lot to love until one day - crack! Down it goes, and you have a mess. Who’s responsible? Could it have been prevented? Whether it’s yours or a neighbor’s, fallen branches and toppled trees can be expensive ordeals for homeowners, but here’s how to prevent and … [Read more...]

Energy Saving Home Improvement Projects that Also Help the Environment

Making your home more eco-friendly doesn't require a huge overhaul. While some energy saving home improvement projects can be costly, not all are. You can also take up a few jobs around the house that pay off with relatively little effort or expense. Help the planet, reduce your monthly utilities, and save money in the long run? It's an easy choice. Even better, when you're ready to sell, potential buyers will love the energy-efficient features.  Energy Saving Home Improvement … [Read more...]