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3 Things to Consider Before You Buy Your First Home

Monday, April 24, 2017

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1. Finances

Buying a home is a huge commitment, so you'll need to take a hard look at your budget. Consider how much you're currently paying in rent and if you could affford any more. In some cases, you might be able to find a home with monthly mortgage payments comparable to what you pay in rent. You'll also need to think about how much of a down payment you can afford and budget for things like closing costs, moving expenses, new furniture, etc. To save yourself some heartache and unneccessary work, get preapproved with a lender before you fall in love with a home you can't afford. contact HomeServices Lending to get started.

2. Location

Most people stay in their first home for 5-10 years, so you'll want to make the right decision when choosing a location. Think about commute time, school district, neighborhood, and entertainment options.

3. Future plans

Whether you plan to stay in your first home for 5 years or 15 years will make a huge difference in what kind of home you choose. Think about things that might change in the future, like your family size or job.


Buying your first home is a huge decision, but it doesn't have to be stressful. A Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices First Realty agent can guide you through the process and keep you on track. Our experience, professional agents will be with you every step of the way. Contadt an agent today.


6 Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Home

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

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Spring in Iowa can go from the brightest, sunniest weather one day to dark and stormy the next. The next time you're stuck inside on gloomy day, make the most of it by tackling a few spring cleaning projects. That way, you can enjoy the next nice day without any guilt! Here are 6 ways to get started.

1. Put Away Any Lingering Holiday Decor

You probably took down most of your decorations months ago, but did you leave behind one Snowman pillow? Is there a last Santa figurine in the corner? Make a sweep of your entire home and put away any last bits of holiday decorations you find.

2. Tackle Your Closets

Nothing feels less like spring than opening up your closet in the morning and seeing nothing but heavy sweaters. Storage containers that fit under your bed or vaccum sealed bags are good ways to get everyting compact so you can get it out of the way until you need it again.

3. Air Out Your Bedding

If you have heavy quilts and blankets that have been sitting all winter but don't need to be washed, hang them outside to air for a day.

4. Freshen Up Your Drapes

Drapes can be dust magnets, so spring is the perfect time to freshen them up. Put them in the dryer with a damp towel to make them look new.

5. Scrub Your Refrigerator

The refrigerator is a place that everyone touches, so make sure to clean it inside and out. Take out removable drawers and clean them in hot, soapy water. Then, wipe down the rest of the refrigerator.

6. Clean Your Dishwasher

Just because your dishwasher is designed for cleaning doesn't mean you can skip it during spring cleaning. Clean out any bits of food that are left behind, then put a cup of white vinegar in a dishwasher safe cup, place it on the top rack, and run it.



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