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Just Moved Into Your New Home: Don't Forget To Do These Things

When moving into your new home, there are lots of things that need to be done.  Even if your home is 'move-in-ready', you'll still have a list of items to take care of fairly quickly to ensure your safety and comfort.  Here are a few things you may not have thought about that should be done soon after moving in.

Change the Locks.  You never know who might have keys to the old locks.  Previous owners could have handed them out to relatives, neighbors, friends, and it is not likely that they remembered to get them back.  So, it's a good precautionary measure to install new locks.  Perhaps it's also an opportunity to upgrade to some of the cool new 'smart home' locks while you're at it.  You could get a home technology hub and then use the Hub with something like the Kwikset Smartcode 916 Electronic Deadbolt. 

Buying a Home as a Sole Owner? Here are Some Things You Should Know

woman sitting on sofa reading beside traditional fireplaceSingle and thinking about buying a home on your own?  Do your research and take your time.  Start learning what you need to know several months before you are ready to start viewing properties.  The more you know and the better prepared you are, the quicker you will find the right home to meet your wants and needs.

There’s a huge sense of independence in owning your own home, being comfortable in your own living environment, and making your own rules and decisions.  I guess that's one of the reasons they call it the American Dream . . . the ability to have freedom and control over your space.

Many single women and men are buying their own homes. In fact, according to the National Association of Realtors® single women accounted for 21% of all home purchases in the year ended this past June, while single men accounted for approximately 10%.

Here are a few important financial tips for single home buyers (women and men):

How To Really Know What Your Home Is Worth

If you're reading news publications, consuming social media posts, and/or watching the evening news, then you have probably been hearing a lot about the housing market and how home prices are increasing around the nation.

What does this really mean to you?  If you saw a report that said home prices increased by 5% since this time last year, does that mean that the value of your home increased by 5%?

What it really means is that the average or median price of homes that sold increased by 5%. Your home may have not increased in value at all, or it may have increased by 10% or more.  It depends on where your home is located, and specifically, your particular neighborhood.  It also depends on the condition of your home as it relates to average homes in your neighborhood.

Don't be mislead by the websites that display the market value of your home . . . those sites use a computer model to determine a 'likely' value . . . and are often wildly inaccurate.  

There are only two ways to get an accurate determination of what the value of your home is today.