Michele Hagan's Blog

Posted on 12/13/2020
How to Get a Leg Up on the Home Selling Competition
Selling a house may prove to be difficult, particularly for those who are competing against dozens of rival sellers in the same city or town. Fortunately, there are lots of things that you can do to gain a competitive advantage over rivals in a fierce housing market. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you get...
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Posted on 12/06/2020
What You Need to Know About Inspections
Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay As you move forward with your home purchase, your real estate agent may recommend that you have your home inspected. Sometimes the inspection is required by the lender or insurance company, but sometimes it’s an optional step. Buyers who have the option sometimes consider skipping the inspection to save a little cash....
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Posted on 11/29/2020
Quick Tips for Paying off Your Mortgage
Photo by ESB Professional via Shutterstock If the thought of getting a mortgage and being in that much debt is stopping you from buying a home, plan to pay it off. Here’s how you can do it in just five to 10 years. Live well below your means. If you can keep your mortgage payment to below twenty...
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Posted on 11/22/2020
VA-Guaranteed Loan Works
Photo by Brett Sayles from Pexels Before you can get a VA loan or a VA-backed loan through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, you'll first apply for a Certificate of Eligibility (COE). You must have served a certain number of days, depending on when you served, and you must have an honorable discharge if you are a veteran....
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Posted on 11/15/2020
Key Differences and Terms: Property Insurance vs Homeowners' Insurance
Photo by Steve Buissinne via Pixabay Often used interchangeably, the terms “property insurance” and “homeowners’ insurance” sometimes confuse new homebuyers. Homeowners’ insurance is a specialized form of property insurance. By “property” the insurance industry means anything that you own. Under that category come homeowners’ insurance and even renters’ insurance. These products cover single-family houses, condominiums and a renter’s...
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Posted on 11/08/2020
Small Kitchen Remodeling Projects
Image by Cristina Mantovani from Pixabay Whether you’re moving into a new home or getting yours ready for the market, remodeling your kitchen can help boost your home’s value. You don’t have to invest in major remodeling projects to spruce up your kitchen. The following minor remodeling options are cost-effective ones that can give your kitchen a brand...
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Posted on 11/01/2020
Home Shopping With Technology
Photo by Bruce Mars via Pexels House shopping when you live far from your new community is not easy, but technology makes it much simpler to tackle this big task. While nothing beats in-person visits, if you live across the country, or even in an international destination, you may not have that option. Here’s a look at how...
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Posted on 10/25/2020
Should You Establish House Selling Goals?
If you want to streamline the home selling journey, it usually is a good idea to develop goals. That way, you can identify any potential home selling challenges and address them before you list your residence. Ultimately, there are many problems that may arise during the home selling journey, and these include: 1. Poor Curb Appeal How your home...
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Posted on 10/25/2020
8107 Quiet Cove Road, Glen Burnie, MD 21060 is now new to the market!
This beautiful stone front home located in a 55+ community, has everything you need from a first floor bedroom, a large sunroom, a bright breakfast room, study with built in bookcase, loft for your hobbies, wrap around deck, paver patio, 3 car garage, walk out finished basement with in-law apartment, the list goes on and on. Enjoy the tranquility of nature right in your back yard with a neighbor only on one side and living on a dead end...
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Posted on 10/18/2020
What’s the Best Home Improvement for ROI
Photo by Sue Smith via Shutterstock Choosing what to upgrade or fix in, on or around your home can be a complicated process. Changes fall into two categories – things that increase or decrease value (or sale price) and things that increase or decrease salability (or how willing people are to pay full price for it). Before you...
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