For starters, we recommend keeping the blinds close, turning on the fans, and keeping your doors open (for circulation). You might also consider changing your bedding or switching to energy-efficient bulbs. Click here for more solutions.

Absolutely¬†not. Websites like Zillow and Trulia provide estimates based on a privately kept formula, which provides wildly inaccurate estimates. You should always consult an agent to get a proper estimate. If you’d like, you can actually request a valuation of your home from us here.

Realtors use a variety of methods, but the most common one is the use of a comparative market analysis. Comparative market analyses (a.k.a. CMAs) are evaluations of recently sold homes in the same area as your home; factors taken into consideration include square footage, number of beds and baths, kitchen upgrades, lot features, and more.

It depends! A lot of the time, you can move in after the deal closes (closings normally take around an hour). However, sometimes, the home isn’t yet vacant and won’t be for a few days, which requires waiting until the home has been vacated.

Typically, you’ll need a score of at least 620, but this varies between lenders – some will approve a score as low as 580. I’d recommend asking a loan officer to know what the current requirements are because of the continues changes and tendency for the criteria to vary.

The mortgage pre-approval. If you aren’t paying cash, you will require a mortgage, which entails getting pre-approved for a loan.