Preparing Your Home for Thanksgiving

As you anticipate the kickoff of the holiday season, preparing your home for Thanksgiving may seem daunting. From colder temperatures to awaiting the arrival of new guests or old friends, your mental checklist is likely extensive. But don't worry. We'll lay out everything you need to know to set your home up for Thanksgiving success.  What You Need to Get Done Outside Though you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, this doesn't mean that all of your in-laws won't judge your home by its … [Read more...]

How to Decorate Your House for Halloween Without Ruining Its Value

If you're reading this, it's probably safe to assume you love Halloween. Whether you have young kids, no kids, or are just a kid-at-heart yourself, is it possible to ruin the value of your home with a few too many cobwebs and skeletons? Don't be afraid, that won't happen to you. Follow these tricks on how to decorate your house for Halloween — they're a real treat! Properly Prep Your Home How can you properly prepare your home for fall, as well as the busy holiday season? Set aside time in … [Read more...]

I’ve Bought My First House — Now What?

Holding the keys to your very own — and very first home — is incredibly exciting. No one's journey to homeownership is hardly ever dull. Is it OK to relax for a bit? Sure thing! But whether it's your dream home or just a stepping stone away from the "rent" life, there are probably still a few things on your to-do list. You may be wondering now that you've bought your first house, "What's next?" Well, we're here to help.  Home Maintenance Basics Regardless of whether your home is brand new or … [Read more...]

Our 6 Best Fall Home Maintenance Tips

We all love autumn, with its vibrant leaves, crisp evenings, and pumpkin-flavored coffee. Less charming, however, are the many chores that fall demands to keep your property safe, dry, and warm in the cooler months. While many homeowners might know the basics of fall maintenance, it's far too easy to forget the one task that can cause bigger problems down the road. Make sure your home is prepared with our best fall maintenance tips. … [Read more...]

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...]