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Chattanooga Hardwoord Flooring

Flooring materials cycle in and out of style regularly. If you have an older home, you might be able to find traces of several flooring styles. But the difference between an on-trend home and a home decor fashion victim is knowing what materials suit your house best. While our real estate agents have seen homes with newer materials such as vinyl or linoleum throughout the home, the classic contenders are carpet and hardwood. Both have their advantages, and a look at where each shines best will help you decide what to have under your feet. 

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Chattanooga Real Estate 2021

As we move closer to the New Year, many homeowners and aspiring homeowners wonder what exactly 2021 has in store. No one could have predicted that 2020's pandemic would have such a dramatic, long-lasting impact on nearly every person, place, and industry around the world. One of the industries that has been surprisingly resilient in much of the United States is the real estate industry.

Real Estate in 2021: What to Expect

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Home Inspection

No matter how carefully you examine a home during an open house or private viewing, there will be aspects of a home that a professional home inspector will be needed to identify. While a home inspection isn't always mandatory, getting a home professionally inspected will help you determine whether the house you have your eye on is truly ready for you to move in. 

Home inspectors must be licensed in Tennessee and in many other states. It takes specialized training to identify various home building materials, learn current building codes, and spot specific signs of damage or deterioration. Our real estate agents want you to know what to expect when home inspectors are looking at Chattanooga homes for sale

A Look Around 

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Before House Hunting

House hunting is an exciting but stressful exercise. You're looking for a home you'll fall in love with, but also one that comes closest to your needs, in terms of location, size, and cost. Along with the excitement come concerns about going over budget and other pitfalls. 

As you search for Chattanooga homes for sale, you need a strategy. To get you started, here are several things you should do before you get serious about house hunting.

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Competitive Market

Based on data from the National Association of REALTORS®, existing-home sales bounced back at a record pace in June, showing positive signs for a recovery from the pandemic-influenced downturn. If you are looking to buy right now, chances are you'll be met with some competition. Luckily, there are several ways you can make your offer a stand out. Beat the competition with these tips for making a winning offer on Chattanooga homes for sale

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Dream Home

You've done your homework. You've been pre-approved. Now, you want to be one of this year's 5 million homebuyers. Finding your dream home takes patience, research, and a little luck. Whether you buy the first or 50th home you view, use the list below crafted by our REALTORS® to help determine that the search is over, and you've found the home of your dreams.

  1. The House Matches Your Checklist
    Before starting your search, you probably made a personal checklist of your dream home. Depending on your lifestyle, the list may include the number of bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen area, home office, and backyard space. The house matches everything (or almost everything) that is on your list.
  2. An Instant Feeling of Home
    After viewing numerous houses, you realize this is the only one that embraces the feeling of being home. Using your intuition is essential in finding the right home for you. Do you get the overall sense you are home? Then, the house is the one for you. 
  3. Fits Your Budget
    Remember to stay within your budget! No matter the number of other listings in your budget, you keep returning to one particular home that stands out. 
  4. Right Location
    The location of the house is perfect for you. When looking at homes, the community is always a priority. The house matches your needs for commutes, public transportation, or neighborhood activities.
  5. You Are Already Decorating Inside and Out
    Before placing an offer, you are already decorating the home. The empty walls are calling for new paint and customized décor. Each room comes alive in your mind with the arrangement of furniture and other details. Starting with the interior design to the outdoor landscape, you can view the home's entire appearance.
  6. You Find the Minor Flaws Endearing
    Is the second bathroom smaller than you wanted? Or does the kitchen need upgrading? Every house on the market will have its own set of minor flaws. If you are willing to overlook the little imperfections and instead are thinking of opportunities for improvement, the home is a match. 
  7. You Share Your Excitement for the House
    The excitement you have cannot be contained! You immediately begin sharing all the amenities of the home with your family and friends.
  8. You Cannot Wait to Entertain
    When you stand in the middle of the house, you immediately envision future events. You can easily see birthday parties, holidays, or family gatherings in the home. The idea of bringing friends and family into this particular house is a good sign.
  9. You No Longer Want to Look at Other Houses
    When the desire to look at other houses is gone, it's a pretty good sign the search is over!

The ongoing search for your dream home can be both exciting and frustrating. Need some help with your search? Our team can tell you more about Chattanooga homes for sale! Contact us today.  


Buying a Home During Retirement

You've put in years of hard work, and now it's time to relax and make the most of your retirement years. Sometimes that means purchasing a new home. Whether you want to downsize or relocate to a warmer climate, there are many things retirees need to consider when purchasing a home in retirement. The following are seven tips our REALTORS® recommend you use as a guideline before making your decision.

  1. Consider Your Costs
    Property taxes, sales taxes, utility bills, HOA dues, maintenance, and general upkeep can amount to hundreds, if not thousands of dollars per month. Take these expenses into account and discuss them with your accountant when calculating how much home you can afford.
  2. Look Closely at the Layout
    Most retirees prefer a single-story house or condo when they retire. These are easier to clean and maintain. When choosing a home, you will want to choose one that fits the lifestyle you anticipate and isn't too large or too small for your needs.

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Buying a home in Chattanooga

According to the National Association of Realtors, one-third of all homes sold in 2018 were purchased by first-time buyers.

How do you know when to make the transition from renter to the owner? If the following signs apply to you, it's time to start looking at Chattanooga homes for sale

  1. Is Your Rent Going Up ... and Up ... and Up?
    Only four states have rent control provisions, which means most renters are subject to periodic increases. Last year, apartment rents in the South went up an average of five percent. Timing and amounts of rent increases can vary, making it difficult to budget and save.

  2. Do You Have a Healthy Savings Account?
    For many people, down payment and closing costs are the biggest barriers to buying a home. While the traditional 20 percent down payment means no additional fees such as private mortgage insurance, FHA loans can be secured with as little as 3.5 percent down. In the meantime, you're building equity, and you can eventually refinance.

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