April 11, 2021
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Normally after a secondary selling season in the fall, we experience a lull in real estate over the holidays before things pick up as the weather warms up. But this is not like any other year. In fact, our lull came LAST March and April as we all tried to figure out what the pandemic was. As we slowly came to understand the importance of hand sanitizer, washing our hands, social distancing, mask wearing and so much more, real estate sales took off in May and June and haven't slowed since.
February 25, 2021
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By Steve Smith I’ve lived in South Bend for almost my entire life and I don’t think I’ve ever said it’s hot here in February. We […]
December 21, 2017

Our Most Liked Listings of 2017: Did Your Fave Win?

2017 was another great year for not just the national housing market, but our regional market in South Bend. Here at the Steve Smith Team we […]
June 27, 2017

What You Need to Know About Buying a House This Summer

Planning on buying a house this season? Go in prepared with advice from the pros. Summer brings longer days, warmer weather and more people out house-hunting […]
June 8, 2017

Is Buying a ‘Starter Home’ Still Smart?

Your parents’ rite of passage may not make sense for you. When the Baby Boomer generation was venturing into adulthood, it was common to buy a “starter […]
June 1, 2017

What Do Buyers and Sellers Pay in Closing Costs?

Usually, the buyer faces more line-item expenses, but the seller pays the commission. Rarely does a buyer or seller show up to the closing without knowing […]
May 16, 2017

We Weren’t The Highest Bidders, But Our Home Offer Letter Helped Us Get The House Anyway

When the home they loved was above their budget, this couple wrote an offer letter — and walked away with a win. After renting in Los Angeles, […]
May 9, 2017

6 Things Buyers Can Do To Ace An Open House

How maximizing time at an open house can help buyers land their dream homes. Even if you start your house hunt on Trulia, traditional home-buying methods […]
May 2, 2017

8 Home Issues That Could Cause A Home Sale To Fall Through

Do you know what issues most often turn off buyers or kill a sale? Here are some of the big ones. From a leaky or aging […]
April 20, 2017

Our Racially Divided Housing Market Is Changing, Thanks to Millennials

A look at how we got here and where we’re headed. Kieran Killeen was astounded when he bought a home in Vermont in 2002, and its title […]
April 18, 2017

What You Need To Know About Buying A Home This Spring

Low inventory in many markets combined with higher prices and rising interest rates can make buying a home challenging, but not impossible. Blooming flowers and warmer […]
April 13, 2017

5 Ways You’ll Spend Money on Your New Construction Home After Closing

Save some room in your budget for expenses after move-in. By the time you get the keys to your new construction home, you might feel stretched thin […]
April 11, 2017

The Four Keys to Selling Your Home Faster

Entice buyers by avoiding these 4 common turnoffs. You love your home. You’ve made lots of happy memories there and put time and energy into decorating and […]
April 6, 2017

Baby Boomers: Here’s How to Sell Your Home to Millennials

Shopping for a home has evolved over the years. Here’s what you need to know about the new generation of buyers. For years we’ve seen the […]
March 28, 2017

5 Design Trends That Turn Off Buyers

If your walls could talk, they might say, “Don’t paint me lime green.” Our homes may be a reflection of ourselves, but this philosophy can backfire […]
March 23, 2017

5 Predictions for Renters and Home Buyers in 2017

If you’re making big decisions about housing this year, you’ll want to keep these factors in mind. If you’re a renter, you (and your bank account) […]
March 21, 2017

How To Sell Your House Faster Than Your Neighbor’s

Focus on these tips to help buyers choose your house instead of your neighbor’s! Airto Zamorano’s real estate game plan was solid: do a serious deep […]
March 16, 2017

Listing Photos: Your Home’s First Showing

A picture is worth a thousand words, and could be worth thousands of dollars when it comes to attracting the right buyers to your home. Let’s […]
February 28, 2017

6 Major Mistakes Buyers Make In A Seller’s Market

When you’re looking for a home in a seller’s market, you need a plan in place to avoid making mistakes. The real estate market often fluctuates, […]
February 16, 2017

Dealing With a Seller Who Is ‘Just Not That Into You’

You’ve got your heart set on their home. Should you try to win them over, or just walk away? Given the ups and downs of a […]
February 14, 2017

5 Home Upgrades That Won’t Add Value

Just because you upgrade doesn’t mean you’ll profit when it comes time to sell. If you’re hoping to increase your home’s value (above and beyond the […]
February 7, 2017

How To Lower Your Rent Expenses By $50 Every Month

Find ways to free up some cash and lower your monthly cost-of-living expenses. Rent is probably the single biggest living expense in your budget. With shelter […]
January 31, 2017

Neighborhood Features To Look For If You’re Starting A Family

An area geared to young professionals differs greatly from a family-friendly neighborhood. Learn what to look for when you’re starting a family. You still love that […]
January 24, 2017

3 Ways To Get Out Of Your Lease For Free

Weigh these 3 potentially money-saving points before your break your lease. Being young and dumb, I ignored the following red flags when I signed a two-year […]
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