Tara Lopez's Blog Posts

What is the Home Appraisal and Should I be Worried?

Your Guide to the Home AppraisalYou’ve found your dream home and now it’s time to cross all your T's and dot all your I's before it’s all your own. And one of the first items on

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Make Sure You Know ALL of the "Hidden" Costs Before you Make an Offer

Purchasing a home is arguably one of the biggest financial decisions you will make in your lifetime. As you start your hunt, don't forget there will be other costs associated with your purchase then

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Make Sure You Know ALL of the "Hidden" Costs Before you Make an Offer

Purchasing a home is arguably one of the biggest financial decisions you will make in your lifetime. As you start your hunt, don't forget there will be other costs associated with your purchase then

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A Home Warranty is Not Home Insurance

When purchasing a new home, it’s important to do in-depth research on all facets of the homebuying process. One thing you’ll need to understand is how to best protect yourself and your

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IS the Highest Offer Always The Best?

HOW TO VET AN OFFERMany sellers may be tempted to select the highest offer they receive, but there are several other factors to consider. Here are five areas important to evaluate.Down payment. The

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The Internet is a Great Place to Start Your Search, but First, Call Your Agent

Hunting for a new home online is a great place to start your search, but it should not be your end all be all. Good listing agents are excellent at highlighting the best features of the home, but

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Thinking of Hiring a Reat Estate Agent?

I'm going to answer the questions like I would in an interview with potential buyer clients. Keep in mind, some of the questions are specifically related to the market of the moment or a specific

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Make Your Home Office the Best it Can Be

Whether you work full-time at home or occasionally need to conduct business in the evenings or on the weekends, a home office a great way to utilize an extra room. A dedicated workspace in your home

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Please Don't Leave Your Fur Babies Behind

An evacuation plan is a necessity for every home, especially if you live in an area where fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding, and other disasters are a possibility. Many homeowners create

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What's Negotiable When Buying a House?

Whether you are a first-time homebuyer or a seasoned veteran, the negotiation part of the transaction can be a little daunting and stressful. However, it is necessary to ensure you are getting the

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Are You Ready for the SUMMER? At Least your Home Should Be.

Despite the unusual times we’ve endured this year, summer is right around the corner. For many of us, this means hoping to spend time with friends and family on beaches and at barbecues. And

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Can I Actually Shop for a House Online?

Hunting for a new home online is a great place to start your search, but it should not be your end all be all. Good listing agents are excellent at highlighting the best features of the home, but

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Feeling a little CRAMPED? UPSIZE Your Home

Unfortunately, our homes don’t always grow with us. What may have initially worked fine for a single person, a young couple’s starter home, or a family with a newborn can quickly become

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DIY Landscaping Is Perfect for Making the Most of Your Time at Home

Got the itch to do a DIY project? Whenever we do, our favorites involve getting outdoors and mixing up our landscaping features.Whether it's as simple as installing some lighting or a little more

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Dispelling Refinancing Myths

“Refinancing” is a scary word for many people, but that shouldn’t be the case for you. For many homeowners, refinancing can not only lower your monthly payments and help with your

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You CAN be a Morning Person

 Ever wish you could become one of those rare morning people? The ones that wake with a start, feeling refreshed and energized. The ones that get in that morning workout or wrap up some work

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What to Repair BEFORE You List

When you’re getting ready to list your home, it’s of the upmost importance to ensure you are showing it in the best light. Taking time to highlight its strengths and fix up some of its

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What IS an Appraisal?

Your Guide to the Home AppraisalYou’ve found your dream home and now it’s time to cross all your T's and dot all your I's before it’s all your own. And one of the first items on

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I Can Finance Home Renovations?

How You Can Finance Your Home RenovationOutdated kitchen. Overrun backyard. Unusable basement space. If you have a home renovation project on the mind, the first thing you have to consider is how

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10 Chores to Do Annually

Sing me some graces, there is such a thing as over-cleaning! Here are ten chores around the home that you really only need to do annually, minus special circumstances. Let's dive in!1. Curtains ;

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How to Check for Air Leaks

 Football has kicked off, there's a bit of a nip in the air - it's starting to feel like fall! This is the time of year when it’s especially important to make sure your home is

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