Hope’s Top 7 Tips For Buying Your Hunter’s Property.


When you, your hunting friends, and family decide to invest in a property, there are many things to consider.  Here are some tips to streamline the process.


Tip 1. Get an appraisal.

Tip 2. Document your 3rd party inspection.

Tip 3. Secure homeowner’s insurance.

Tip 4. Open escrow account.




Aug. 19, 2020

Moving Tips that Save you Time and Money

By Christy Murdock Edgar 


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Whether you are moving across town or across the country, the logistics involved in packing up all of your possessions, relocating them, and then getting settled in a new home can be intimidating. When you were younger, you may have just thrown a few things in the back of a pickup; a major professional move is an entirely different affair.

Here are some of the best tips and tricks for making your move simpler and more affordable while saving time and ensuring maximum efficiency. The key? Being proactive, organized, and flexible.

Saving Money on Your Move

By the time you’ve paid closing costs, you may not have a great deal of money left over to pay for the actual move. Here are ten ways to make your move more affordable—and a few things that are worth the extra cost.

  1. Compare rates for at least three movers to determine who offers the best price for your move. Don’t be afraid to negotiate, especially on extra charges and fees.
  2. Try to schedule your move during off-peak periods, including the middle of the month and the middle of the week. In addition, rates are normally lower in the fall and winter rather than the busier spring and summer months.
  3. Whether you’re paying by the hour or by the weight of your items, you’ll save money by getting rid of things you don’t like, don’t need, and don’t use. Don’t pay to move clothes you don’t wear or furniture you want to get rid of anyway. Have a yard sale or give extra items to charity before you pack.
  4. If you’re moving a long distance and you’re confident in your driving ability, you may save money with a do-it-yourself move. Hire movers to fill your rental truck at your current home and empty it at your destination. By doing the driving yourself, you’ll save significantly.
  5. Similarly, if you have an extra vehicle to haul, you may save by asking a friend to drive it to your destination, then buying them a plane ticket home. This can save you hundreds on the cost of shipping an automobile.
  6. Keep a careful record of shut-off and turn-on dates for your utilities and services, as well as the billing date for monthly insurance premiums. You don’t want to pay for services and coverage in both places if you can avoid it.
  7. If you’re moving locally, handle easy-to-move, fragile, and valuable items yourself. Move clothing, pictures, and bedding in your own car so that there’s less to box up and put on the truck.
  8. If your movers charge by the hour, stack boxed items as close to the door as possible or even in the garage so that they can grab them and put them on the truck. This will save time (and money) hauling items throughout the home.
  9. Use sheets, blankets, towels, pillows, and other soft items as cushioning for fragile pieces in order to save money on packing supplies.


  1. Look into moving insurance policies in order to protect yourself in the event that something is lost or broken during transport.


Services and Products That Are Worth the Extra Dollars

Even if you’re trying to save money on your move, there are some items that are worth spending a little more on. These include:

  • Heavy-duty boxes for your most fragile items. While supermarket freebies may work for some things, you’ll want to have high-quality boxes for dishes or valuables.
  • Specialty inserts like dish dividers and glass kits to customize your moving boxes, save you time, and save money on bubble wrap.
  • Color-coded labels with bold-type room indicators. These will make it fast and easy to pack your items and to direct the movers once they’ve arrived.
  • High-quality packing tape and tape guns to make packing faster, easier, and less frustrating.
  • Plastic mattress covers to ensure that your mattresses stay dust- and bug-free during the move.


Label boxes carefully and completely.

Don’t just label packing boxes with the room they go to. Add as many details as possible so that you know exactly what is in a box before you open it. For example, instead of just writing KITCHEN, write:

    • White casserole dishes
    • Stainless steel mixing bowls
    • Trivets
    • Cookie sheets
    • Cutting boards


That will allow you to ensure that everything is exactly where it should be during your unpacking process. It will also help you to prioritize the order in which you unpack.


Allow your mover to pack and unpack.

For an added charge, your mover can pack your entire house before the move and even unpack once you’ve arrived at your destination. This can save you days or weeks gathering supplies and packing up your household before your move. After you arrive at your new home, items will be unpacked in the room where they belong and your movers will haul away all of the boxes for you. Then, all you have to do is put each of your belongings in their proper places.


Pack a “first day” box.

One of the most annoying things you’ll encounter when you move is the amount of time you spend looking for things that you need in order to function during the first day and evening. By packing a box for each family member with essentials for the first twenty-four hours, you’ll save time, energy, and frustration. Pack linens, towels, pajamas, a change of clothes, a coffee cup, and other must-haves for the first night and the next morning. For children, pack a favorite toy, favorite book, nightlight, and any other item that is part of the bedtime routine.



Aug. 18, 2020

Buying and selling in the summer season

By Murdock Edgar, American Lifestyle. 


Buying and selling in the summer season


In most markets, the Spring season is the most important time of year for buying or selling a home. However, with stay-at-home orders imposed in many markets by mid-March, some new listings never saw the light of day. In addition, tightening in the mortgage markets and job uncertainty discouraged many buyers from looking for a new home this year.


Now, as states explore reopening scenarios and people learn to navigate the new normal, both buyers and sellers are starting to take a fresh look at their options. An active late-Spring or Summer market is expected to develop, allowing hopeful buyers and sellers to fulfill their 2020 real estate goals.

How should you plan for this Summer market? How will it differ from a traditional Spring market? Below are the best tips for both buyers and sellers for an effective and profitable Summer real estate market.


Buying Tips for Summer

If you are buying a home this year, you will probably be looking for a resale property. Massive stoppages in the construction sector mean that new homes are scarce. At the same time, you’ll probably have concerns about the safety of touring homes. Ask your real estate agent or broker to provide you with virtual home tours, if possible, in order to narrow down your list and avoid large numbers of in-person tours.


Bargain Hunt

While a large number of days on market might usually have a negative connotation, remember that many houses sitting without offers may have listed early in the Spring selling cycle. They may be perfectly nice, move-in ready homes that simply hit the market at the wrong time.

At the same time, due to the economic downturn of the past couple of months, many homeowners in your area may be moving to find a new job or to get out from under their current debt load. This may make them highly motivated and looking for a quick sale.

In either case, you may be able to negotiate somewhat more aggressively than you normally would. However, this depends on the inventory in your market and the pent-up demand from buyers in your area. Talk with your real estate professional to discuss current comps for the neighborhoods you’re most interested in.


Think Logistics

It’s easy to be charmed by a home in Summer, when it’s at its lightest and brightest. You’ll no doubt imagine long days on the deck, grilling out with socially distanced friends, and plenty of backyard playtime for the kids. Remember, however, that fall will turn to winter, and those indoor spaces will once again become the most important parts of the home.

Make sure that the home’s interior works for the way your family lives now. Do you all spend your time gathered together in the family room or do you each like your own individual space? Do you and your husband both work from home now? Do you each need a home office, preferably far away from each other? If COVID-19 restrictions come back in the fall and schools are closed, is there enough space for everyone to get their work done? Thinking through the way you and your family live each day is an important part of making sure you are all comfortable and productive.


Consider Upkeep

An elaborate garden, manicured shrubbery, and other impressive landscaping may give a home tremendous appeal. However, if you’re not an experienced gardener, will you be able to maintain that look? How much will it cost to hire a professional to do so?

Consider the home you’re looking at from every angle, including upkeep, maintenance, and utility costs throughout the year. Those lush green trees will drop a lot of leaves in the fall. Those high ceilings may present a heating challenge come winter. Think through the pros and cons of every season when you are evaluating your new home’s appeal.


Selling Tips for Summer

You may have been on the fence about selling your home this year. However, in many markets, low inventory makes this a great time to sell, and you may find yourself fielding multiple offers. At the same time, you and your real estate professional will want to talk through ways to minimize foot traffic through your home, including upgraded photography and videography for more impressive online marketing.


Accentuate Outdoors

During the Summer, outdoor spaces become one of the home’s most effective selling points. Take a look at your existing outdoor spaces. Do they look as good as they could? The grass may be perfect, but how do the hardscapes look? Consider pressure washing paths, patios, and driveways to make your outdoor spaces look their best.

Want to spruce up your outdoor spaces even more? A new patio umbrella, newly painted porch furniture, or some easy-care plants may take your porch or deck from good to great. These affordable updates can really improve your home’s curb appeal without breaking the bank.

Lighten Up

Before photography, video tours, or in-person tours, open every curtain and blind, turn on all the lamps, and flood your home with light. Replace heavy draperies with light and gauzy linen. This is the time to open up the window coverings and let the sun shine in. If you have overgrown trees or shrubbery, consider having them strategically trimmed to let in even more light and enhance your home’s exterior spaces.


Summertime Staging Ideas

Brightening up your home’s interior doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated. Consider the following staging strategies:

  • Replace dark throws and cushions with light, bright, summery colors that pop.
  • Focus on decluttering to make your space feel as light as possible.
  • Replace heavy, dark rugs with bare floors or natural fiber rugs.
  • Replace dark, formal artwork with light, bright, unframed canvases.
  • Consider the air quality in your home. Run air purifiers or open windows wide for a breath of fresh air.
  • Don’t limit yourself to visual cues. Consider summertime scents of citrus or greenery in candles or fragrance diffusers.



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