October 4, 2022

What is the first step to buying a home?

What is the first step to buying a home? Before you can purchase a home, you’ll need to check your credit score. Potential buyers with good […]
September 13, 2022

What is a Home Appraisal?

What is a Home Appraisal? An appraisal is an unbiased professional opinion of a home’s value and is required whenever a mortgage is involved in buying, […]
August 30, 2022

Should I Sell Before Buying?

Should you sell your current home before buying a new one?   Timing is critical in all things, but it can be especially challenging when it […]
August 23, 2022

Notre Dame Real Estate

What You Need to Know About Notre Dame Real Estate! According to our resident Notre Dame real estate expert here at Irish Realty, about 80% of […]
August 9, 2022

What is Earnest Money?

What is earnest money?   Once you have found a home and your offer has been excepted the next step in the process is submitting your […]
July 19, 2022

Michiana’s Current Market Report

Michiana’s Current Market Report   There are changing market stats every day, and a lot of people are wondering what that will do to the housing […]
July 15, 2022

Top Tips for Getting Top Dollar for Your Home!

Top Tips for Getting Top Dollar for Your Home! Selling soon and hoping to get top dollar for your home? Yeah, you are! To help, here […]
May 26, 2022

Tips When Downsizing

Let’s talk downsizing today! Downsizing may be hard, but it’s also freeing. Here are some of my top tips for downsizing in 2022. First, you should […]
October 26, 2018

5 Ways to Become an Open House Ninja

Even in the digital age with today’s tech savvy buyers and apps everywhere you turn, the good old-fashioned open house still provides great value to both […]
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 […]
July 3, 2017

The Perks and Challenges of Becoming a Landlord

The number of people renting a home — as opposed to buying — is on the rise. Increased purchase prices in the major cities along with […]
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 22, 2017

Belly Up to Your Own Home Bar: Our How-to Guide

A guy walks into a bar … and he’s still in his own home. You could be that guy (or gal)! And it’s easier than you […]
June 20, 2017

8 New Costs of Owning a Home You May Never Have Considered

You’ve paid your mortgage and property tax, but you’re not quite done yet. . . You learn a lot about a house once you live in […]
June 15, 2017

Sellers: Here’s How to Update Your Home With Looks Buyers Love

Before you list, tweak your home decor and finishes to up your odds of attracting a sale. When you’re putting your home on the market, you […]
June 13, 2017

How Much House Can You Really Afford?

Just because a lender approves you for a mortgage doesn’t mean you can comfortably afford it. If you ask Google “how much house can I afford,” […]
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 6, 2017

What Type Of Mortgage Is Right For You?

Choosing the right mortgage is daunting, so we’ve demystified common scenarios to help you find the right loan. Tired of paying rent and ready to become […]
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 30, 2017

How To Pay Off Your Mortgage Early

Your loan term might be fixed, but it doesn’t have to dictate when you’ll be mortgage-free. Find out how to speed up the process. A lot […]
May 25, 2017

Renters: Are You Ready to Buy a Home?

While you save up your down payment, take these 5 steps to get you closer to closing. For renters planning to buy a home, preliminary steps like […]
May 23, 2017

Important Credit Lessons Your Parents Didn’t Teach You

Listen up, kids: Paying interest is painful. Really, really painful. Parental wisdom is easy to ignore until you’re left scratching your head over simple adult responsibilities […]
May 18, 2017

Your Essential Moving Checklist

Map out everything you need to do, week by week, until the big day. Editor’s note: For many people, spring kicks off prime moving season. Wherever you’re headed, […]
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, […]
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