How to Make Your Home a Smarthome

How to Make Your Home a Smarthome

“Smartening up” your home doesn’t have to cost a fortune, especially when you have the insider information from the Zwahlen Team. There’s a good chance that you’ve already incorporated some smart products into your home without actually realizing it. From your PS4 to your Twitter-enabled refrigerator, these products use home automation technologies that make your

Mistakes to Avoid When Refinancing a Home or Car

Mistakes to Avoid When Refinancing a Home or Car

When refinancing your home or your car, you need to avoid these common mistakes that many people make.  Low-interest rates might not be doing your savings account any good, but they’re a gift to borrowers across the nation. Shrinking your monthly payments and paying off your debts faster is something that refinancing can do, but only

How to Identify an Up and Coming Neighborhood

How to Identify an Up and Coming Neighborhood

How can you find real estate in a neighborhood that’s moving up in socioeconomic stature, and make it yours. Smart homebuyers know that to get the maximum return on their real estate investment, they need to find a neighborhood that’s not just on the rise, but one that’s rising quickly. But, you might be asking, how

Making Sure the Price is Right When Selling Your Home

Making Sure the Price is Right When Selling Your Home

If you’re selling your home, you have to make sure that the price is right–especially when it comes to the market of the early 21st century.  In today’s market, demand for houses is outpacing supply in many regions of the country. Despite the recent upward trend and strengthening of the market, we still have a

Questions You Need to Ask Your Mortgage Lender

Questions You Need to Ask Your Mortgage Lender

With new rules from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, you should be ready with plenty of knowledge before you go to the closing table.  From sifting through endless paperwork to searching for optimal loan terms, purchasing a home can be as mentally taxing as navigating through a mountain range without any GPS. Channeling your energy

How to Search for a Home More Efficiently

How to Search for a Home More Efficiently

How to Search for a Home More Efficiently Communicating well with your real estate team is the best way to ensure success while searching for your home.  Open communication is the key to every relationship: a romantic relationship, a friendship, parent and child, and even client and realtor. Only by being open with your worries, concerns,

How to Create a Tempting Offer Specifically for Sellers

How to Forge a Tempting Offer Specifically for Sellers

How to Create a Tempting Offer Specifically for Sellers When you make an offer for your dream home, you should be like Marlon Brando and “Make them an offer they can’t refuse.”  Finding the ideal home is like striking gold! After hours of scouring the housing market, you’ve finally found the home that fits your

The 12 Steps of Real Estate Closing (Part II)

The 12 Steps of Real Estate Closing (Part II)

After you’ve found your perfect house (and read Part I), your journey is just beginning . . . The conclusion to our 12 Steps of Real Estate Closing. Pest Inspection This is separate from the home inspection, and the name of what you have to do is quite self-explanatory. The pest inspection assures that your