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  • 6 Things First-Time Home Buyers Often Overlook (May 4 '22)

    6 Things First-Time Home Buyers Often Overlook If you're thinking about becoming a homeowner, you want to find the home of your dreams.  But with the excitement of being a first time home... [more]

  • What Happens If A Problem Shows Up On A Home Inspection? (May 4 '22)

    What Happens If A Problem Shows Up On A Home Inspection? When you're looking to buy a home, one of the most exciting days is when your offer is accepted. But one of the most frustrating and... [more]

  • Orizon Cheers!!! (May 4 '22)

    May has arrived, although it doesn't feel like it or act like it, it has arrived. The saying, "April Showers Brings May Flowers," has carried over into May showers.   Real Estate is picking up... [more]

  • Is Buying A Lake House Right For You? (Apr 11 '22)

    Is Buying A Lake House Right For You? As we get closer to the summer, many people find themselves dreaming of buying a lake house or other vacation home. And with remote work becoming more common -... [more]

  • How Inflation Affects The Real Estate Market (Apr 11 '22)

    How Inflation Affects The Real Estate Market If you're looking at a potential real estate transaction anytime soon, you're probably wondering how the current inflation will affect you and how long... [more]

  • How To Prepare Your House For A Showing (Mar 16 '22)

    How To Prepare Your House For A Showing    When it comes to getting your house ready for a showing, a little bit of preparation can go a long way in impressing potential buyers.   Not... [more]

  • Home Maintenance Checklist For First-Time Homeowners (Mar 16 '22)

    Home Maintenance Checklist For First-Time Homeowners    Being a first-time homeowner comes with lots of excitement, but it can also come with some confusion if you're unsure what... [more]

  • First-Time Home Buyers: How To Start The Process Of Buying A Home (Feb 1 '22)

    First-Time Home Buyers: How To Start The Process Of Buying A Home    Buying your first home is an exciting milestone. At the same time, the process can feel daunting.    You may... [more]

  • What To Look For When Touring A House (Feb 1 '22)

    What To Look For When Touring A House    When touring houses, it can be easy to get swept up in the moment and forget what you should be looking out for. Coming to house tours prepared... [more]

  • How To Interview A Real Estate Agent (Jan 10 '22)

    How To Interview A Real Estate Agent    Buying or selling a home is a major decision, so it's crucial to find a real estate agent to work with that's right for you.    By taking... [more]

  • What Is My Home Worth? (Jan 10 '22)

    What's My Home Worth?    If you're considering selling your house or refinancing your mortgage, you're probably asking yourself this question: what is my home worth?    Knowing... [more]

  • Moving Soon? 10 Tips For Packing Up Your Home (Dec 23 '21)

    Moving Soon? 10 Tips For Packing Up Your Home    Finding a new home is an exciting part of life - until the thought of inevitably having to pack up all your belongings creeps in. However,... [more]

  • What Home Inspections Buyers Should Consider (Dec 23 '21)

    What Home Inspections Buyers Should Consider   Getting your future home inspected is an important step in the home buying process.      During a home inspection, an inspector... [more]

  • 6 Tips For Finding And Buying Your Next Home (Dec 17 '21)

    6 Tips For Finding And Buying Your Next Home Your home will be one of the biggest purchases you ever make. So, it's important that you go into the process with a clear picture of what you need.... [more]

  • Selling Your Home In The Middle Of Winter (Dec 17 '21)

    How To Sell Your Home In The Middle Of Winter You finally got the new job offer that requires relocating, or the baby is due in just a few short months! Whatever your reason, you now find that you... [more]

  • Underwriting Process (Nov 9 '21)

    What is Underwriting? What Homebuyers Should Know   For people going through it for the first time, the home buying process comes with a lot of new, sometimes confusing, terminology. Since... [more]

  • Reduce Closing Costs (Nov 9 '21)

    Reduce Closing Costs with These 5 Tips   When you think about saving for your first home, most people think about the down payment. How much money can they save and offer at the time of... [more]

  • 7 Common Home Selling Mistakes (Oct 4 '21)

    7 Common Home Selling Mistakes (And How To Avoid Them)   There are a lot of opportunities to make a mistake with a process as complex as selling your home.   It's an emotional and... [more]

  • What To Look For In A Final Walk Through (Oct 4 '21)

    What To Look For In A Final Walk-Through Of A New Home   As the name suggests, the final walk-through is the last part of the home buying process before closing, and it could arguably be the... [more]

  • What Happens Between An Accepted Offer And Closing (Sep 2 '21)

    What Happens Between An Accepted Offer And Closing   Buying a home is a huge moment in every person's life. It's a moment you should celebrate!   Now that you've had a moment to enjoy the... [more]

  • Down Payments To Buy A Home: How Much To Save (Aug 16 '21)

    Down Payments To Buy A Home: How Much To Save   Buying a house doesn't just happen overnight. It takes a lot of careful planning, a little luck, and a lot of paperwork.   Part of the... [more]

  • Increase Curb Appeal (Aug 13 '21)

    Increase Curb Appeal With These Easy Weekend Projects   You don't get a second chance to make a good first impression. In real estate, first impressions start with the exterior of a... [more]

  • How To Tell If A Neighborhood Is Up And Coming (Jun 29 '21)

    How To Tell If A Neighborhood Is Up-And-Coming   Everyone wants to be able to invest in a home that appreciates in value and makes money for the owner. Or maybe your dream is to live in a... [more]

  • Home Features Sought By Buyers (Jun 21 '21)

    7 Home Features Sought By Home Buyers in 2021   A traditional 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2-car garage is still the gold standard when it comes to the homes most Americans are looking for. But that's... [more]

  • Real Estate Terms Buyers & Sellers Need To Know (Jun 17 '21)

        Real Estate Terms Home Buyers And Sellers Should Know   There's a lot of real estate lingo out there, and some of it can be downright difficult to understand (we're looking at you... [more]

  • Downsizing Your Home (Jun 7 '21)

    Downsizing Your Home? Here's How To Sort Through Clutter Moving to a smaller home after the last child graduates and moves out has always been a popular choice for older generations. But downsizing... [more]

  • Listing Photo Tips (May 18 '21)

      Make Your House's Listing Photos Look Great With These Tips In this red hot housing market, a blurry screen grab from Google Street View could be enough to sell a home. Sellers who take that... [more]

  • Spring Cleaning Tips (Apr 23 '21)

    Spring Cleaning Tips For Homeowners Getting Ready To Sell   Spring is a time of renewal. If you're getting ready to sell your home this year, it's also the perfect time to do some spring... [more]

  • Tax Benefits Buying A House (Apr 16 '21)

    5 Tax Benefits Of Buying A Home   Homeownership is an expensive endeavor. Fortunately, the federal government and state and local governments all offer tax benefits to people who are buying a... [more]

  • 10 Tips To Get Your Home In Top Shape For Sale (Mar 25 '21)

    10 Tips To Get Your Home In Top Shape For Sale   Getting a home ready to sell is a stressful task for anyone.   But don't worry, there are some simple things you can do to take control of... [more]

  • Making Sense of Home Buying Lingo (Mar 24 '21)

    Making Sense Of Home Buying Lingo   Every industry comes with its own jargon, and the world of real estate is no exception.   Purchasing a home comes with a whole set of stressors, so the... [more]

  • What is a home appraisal? (Mar 2 '21)

    What Is A Home Appraisal?   Home appraisals are an important part of buying or selling a home, but you may not know exactly what it is or even why it's important to have it done. If you're... [more]

  • Home Buying Guide - Step By Step (Feb 26 '21)

    Home Buying Guide: The Process Of Buying A Home, Step-By-Step   Buying a home can be stressful, whether it's your first time or your third time.   But like any monumental task, it becomes... [more]

  • Tips For Moving In Winter (Jan 14 '21)

    Make Moving In Winter Easier With These 9 Tips Moving all your stuff from one home to another is a challenge any time of the year. But in the winter snow, slush, ice, and freezing cold temperatures... [more]

  • Buying A Home In A Sellers Market (Jan 14 '21)

    Tips For Buying A Home In A Seller's Market
    Buying a home is a huge achievement. But if you're buying a home in a seller's market, you may find that it's become a daunting task to make your... [more]

  • Buying & Selling 2021 Checklist (Dec 2 '20)

    Planning To Buy Or Sell A Home In 2021? Here's Your End-Of-Year Checklist   Whether you're looking to buy, sell, or both in 2021, there are many things that you can do before the end of the... [more]

  • Property Taxes (Dec 2 '20)

    Property Taxes 101   Congratulations, you finally closed on your first home. You're likely very excited... and perhaps a little overwhelmed! There are a lot of new things that you might not be... [more]

  • Maintenance (Oct 27 '20)

    How To Avoid Common Maintenance Issues When Buying or Selling a Home     While maintenance is part of owning a home, the selling and buying process is not the time you want to face... [more]

  • Home Inspections (Oct 27 '20)

    Home Inspections 101     Once you've placed an offer on a home and it gets accepted, it's time to celebrate!   But that's not the only thing you need to do before the sale becomes... [more]

  • Moving With Pets (Oct 6 '20)

    Tips for Moving with Pets     Moving is such a fun and exciting time for you and your family. As you're thinking about where to place your furniture and how far out to begin packing, don't... [more]

  • Escrow Account (Oct 6 '20)

    All about Escrow Accounts   There are so many things to learn throughout the process of purchasing your first home. As you walk this journey, your Orizon agent will be right there with you to... [more]

  • Buying & Selling (Sep 4 '20)

    4 Tips For Buying And Selling A House At The Same Time   Buying your first home can certainly be stressful. But what happens when it's time to list your first home and find a new perfect space... [more]

  • Home Reno Projects (Sep 4 '20)

    Home Renovation Projects that Maximize Your Home's Resale Value   If you've got the itch to make some changes inside your home, you are not alone! Home renovations are on the rise as families... [more]

  • Tips For Staging Your Sell (Aug 14 '20)

    Tips For Staging Your Home To Sell   When getting ready to sell your home, you might be thinking back years ago to the home search you conducted before deciding to purchase the very home you're... [more]

  • Think You Can't Afford To Buy A House? Think Again!!! (Aug 5 '20)

    Think You Can't Afford to Buy a House? Think Again   The idea of buying a house can be scary, especially if you are only familiar with the pre-2000s home buying standards. But, good news!... [more]

  • 8 Tips For First Time Homebuyers (Jul 20 '20)

    8 Tips For First Time Home Buyers   Congratulations! You've just made the incredible decision to purchase your first home! While there is much excitement involved in the home buying process, it... [more]

  • 6 Reasons Why To Use A Real Estate Agent (Jul 1 '20)

    6 Reasons to Use a Real Estate Agent When Selling Your Home     Do you want to get the most out of the sale of your home? That's a no-brainer, of course you want to maximize your profits.... [more]

  • Right Real Estate Agent (Jun 15 '20)

    How To Find The Right Real Estate Agent   In a world saturated with real estate agents, finding the right one for you might be an overwhelming task. With so many people ready to help you find... [more]

  • Curb Appeal (May 27 '20)

      Five Ways to Increase Curb Appeal for a Quick Home Sale   You're driving down the road when all of a sudden, a beautiful home catches your eye. You can't help but admire it, and maybe... [more]

  • COVID-19 Real Estate Market Stays Strong (May 4 '20)

      Fort Wayne Area Real Estate Market Remains Strong Through Covid-19   COVID-19 has changed so many of the ways we live, work, and play. As entire industries and businesses have shut down,... [more]

  • COVID-19 and Real Estate Changes (May 1 '20)

    How COVID-19 Will Change Real Estate Protocol in the Future   The recent pandemic of COVID-19 and subsequent shutdowns of most non-essential businesses throughout the country has touched nearly... [more]

  • First Timers (Mar 5 '20)

      Your Questions Answered: Best Home Buying Tips for First-Timers By: Houselogic Published: December 4, 2018   No, you probably don't need to put 20% down.     Buying your first... [more]

  • A Checklist for Mortgage Pre-Approval (Feb 20 '20)

      Documents You Need for Mortgage Pre-Approval: A Checklist for Each Type of Loan By: Kelley Walters Published: December 13, 2018 Whether you're self-employed or applying for an FHA or USDA... [more]

  • What To Look For In A House (Feb 13 '20)

    How a Couple's Dreams Changed Once They Began
    Looking for a House
    By: Leanne Potts
    Published: March 25, 2019
    "What to look for in a house" shouldn't be carved in stone.... [more]

  • 10 Things About the Whitley County Real Estate Market (Oct 17 '19)

      10 Things about  the Whitley County Real Estate Market!   For a couple years now I have been hearing people on the streets saying how great they hear the real estate market is in... [more]

  • 10 Steps To Buying A Home (Jan 24 '19)

      HOME BUYING ARTICLES 10 Steps to Buying a Home Understanding how to find and finance the perfect home for you Buying a house requires a lot of time and effort, but these 10 steps can help make... [more]

  • Reasons to Reduce Your Asking Price (Feb 21 '18)

    In a busy market where homes sell quickly, it may be a little unsettling to you if your home is taking a bit longer to sell. If your Realtor has tried many efforts to get it sold with no luck, a... [more]

  • What Price of Home Can You Afford? (Jan 29 '18)

    One of the most challenging things when starting your home search is knowing how much you can afford for your monthly payment. It is always best to check with a lender and see what loan amount you... [more]

  • Pros of Using A Realtor (Dec 21 '17)

      So you don't think you need a real estate agent?   Ask yourself these questions before you try to buy or sell a home on your own.   What do you do when......   -You want to make... [more]