Our Home Buyer Wasn’t Approved for a Loan

If you’re selling a home, it’s always exciting when a buyer makes an offer that you accept. Although this is a major milestone on the march toward closing, there are many points where this deal can go off the rails—like if you find out your home buyer wasn’t approved for a mortgage.

What now?

If you find yourself in this situation, you could be thinking all hope is lost. But it turns out there are a few paths you can still take. Here’s what the experts say is likely to happen, and what you can do if you want to salvage the deal.

What Happens When Your Real Estate Agreement Expires?

If your home has been on the market for a while and you haven’t been able to sell it, you’re bound to start checking your paperwork to see when your contract with your real estate agent is up. And you’re probably also wondering just what happens when your real estate agreement does, in fact, expire.

Here’s the deal—and how to handle the situation once a real estate listing and contract have reached their end.  

2021 Kitchen Trends

Homeowners forced by the coronavirus pandemic to hole up in their homes for much of the past year are changing a few things about their homes.

For starters, COVID-19 exposed the flaws of the open floor plans touted on HGTV and other design shows—finding a quiet space to jump on that Zoom meeting with the boss while the kids are remote learning a few feet away can be a logistical nightmare. Fewer homeowners created an open-concept floor plan leading into 2021, according to a recent survey from design and remodeling site Houzz.

Despite the recession and economic hardships, homeowners spent a median $35,000 upgrading their kitchens, the same as last year.

Read more about new kitchen design trends HERE.

Is Your Clutter Worth Money?

Many people kick off the new year decluttering their attic, basement, or garage of stuff they no longer want in their life. Good riddance to it all! Almost. If you’re tossing old toys, rock concert T-shirts, or other items from your past, hang on—you might also be tossing out tons of cash.

A surprising number of items gathering dust in people’s homes have morphed over the decades into collectibles that can be sold on eBay and other sites—sometimes for thousands of dollars. So how do you know what’s truly valuable versus trash?

Read more HERE.

Winter Home Maintenance

The long, dark days of winter are upon us, and with COVID-19 still keeping us closer to home, we’re keenly aware of all the maintenance tasks we’ve put off or let slip through the cracks.

You don’t have to do anything. But if you do, we guarantee you’ll save some money—and maybe even your sanity—down the line. A modicum of maintenance now will prevent astronomical repair costs in the future.

Click HERE for the list of winter home maintenance tasks.

Grow Microgreens All Winter

That verdant, tangled nest atop your avocado toast looks adorable and tastes like springtime itself. But if you think the only way to satisfy your yummy microgreen fix is to hit up the local hipster cafe or via delivery, guess again.

Growing your own tiny shoots at home doesn’t require a green thumb at all. In fact, this gardening project is as fast and easy as it gets. Microgreens need very little space and maintenance, and can be harvested in less than two weeks.

And if you’re trying to start off 2021 on the right foot with a healthier eating plan, microgreens are a nutritional powerhouse.  Read more HERE.

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