Don’t Fall for Love at First Sight

Shop around to avoid missing red flags or regretting your decision. Buying the first house you look at it is kind of like marrying the first person you go on a date — not necessarily a good idea. The average homebuyer looks at least 10 homes over an eight-week search before making an offer. While you don’t need to visit every home in the neighborhood, you should compare at least three homes before making a decision.

Here are the top 4 reasons why you should give yourself enough time to shop around:

You might find similar features in another home. When you go on your first showing, you have nothing to compare the home’s pros and cons with. You might love the steam shower in the master bathroom, but another listing nearby might have a better — with a lower asking price.

You’ll learn more about each home’s resale value. Shopping around can help you get a sense of the neighborhood and can help you gauge which homes have been over-developed for the area. If you buy the nicest home on the block, your property won’t appreciate at the same rate that the surrounding homes do, and you might have trouble selling when you choose to move on.

You’ll catch red flags before you rush in. Rushing to the closing table can also cause you to miss serious maintenance issues. Finding “the surprise behind door number three” is only exciting on The Price is Right, so make sure you look in every room in the house. If any rooms are “off limits” during the showing, arrange to see them later and have your home inspector examine them carefully.

You won’t wonder if “the grass is greener” across the street. Surveying your options will also help you avoid buyer’s remorse. If you buy without looking at several homes, you could end up feeling as though you’ve made a mistake. If you still love the first house you saw after visiting a few more listings, you can be confident in your decision to make an offer.

Source: HGTV, Deanne Revel

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Home Modifications to Help you Age in Place

More people are choosing to “Age in Place” in their forever home instead of downsizing and moving into an assistant living or retirement community. In this episode, I share some ways that you can make modifications to your home so that you can gracefully age in place. Follow Us or

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DIY Credit Repair

If you are having #credit issues it likely means that you’re also having #financial challenges. Owning a #home could mean unexpected #repairs. Creating new money habits will help you to save an emergency fund. There are also TONS of Facebook (FB) Groups & Pages regarding finances & #creditrepair. Purposefully look for companies/persons who ADD value and teach you success strategies and not just take your money. Here are some RESOURCES to help:

Credit Shield 360 (FREE credit repair) *
The Credit Repair University including ($$) and FB Live *
Lexington Law ($$)

Facebook Groups & Pages:
His and Her Money
Credit Repo
Tower Above Financial Coaching
Dream Catchers: liver richer w/the Budgetnista
The Frugal Creditnista
Da Credit Plug LLC
* Highly recommended


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Diva Home & Lifestyle Podcast.. NOW on Blog Talk Radio


The Diva Home & Lifestyle #podcast is NOW on Blog Talk Radio!  This podcast caters to prospective and current #homeowners. The station offers practical tips on #buyingahome, #sellingahome and #realestateinvesting, #creditrepair, #finances, #housekeeping tips, #lifehacks, #recipes, #DIY projects ideas, #gardening advice, #remedies and more tips to help make your #house a happy #home. Hosted by #RealEstateDivaBrendaDouglas

Always looking for #expert guests. Send your pitch to

Also available on #Podbean #iTunes, #Spreaker, #Stitcher, #SoundCloud, #GooglePlayMusic and now on #BlogTalkRadio

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Is Rent to Own Worth the Risk?

Is rent with option to buy risky business? Find out why by listening to episode #2 and then follow up in the Diva Home & Lifestyle Facebook Group at Hosted by Real Estate Diva Brenda

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The Diva Home & Lifestyle Podcast

Home is where the love begins!
Motivation. Inspiration. Empowerment.

SPREAD THE WORD, TUNE IN & JOIN IN THE CONVERSATION. Enjoy motivation, information about real estate, home and garden ideas, and practical solutions to help make your house a happy home. Including: buying, selling, credit repair, finances, investing in real estate, housekeeping tips, recipes, DIY projects ideas, gardening advice, remedies and more.


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Upsizing your Home

Unfortunately, our homes don’t always grow with us. What may have initially worked fine for a single person, a young couple’s starter home, or a family with a newborn can quickly become too small as families expand and multiple generations live under one roof.

Remodeling and adding to your home is one option for creating more space, but it can be costly, and the size of your property may be prohibitive. That’s when moving to a bigger home becomes the best solution.


The first thought when upsizing your home is to simply consider square footage, bedrooms, and bathrooms. But it’s important to take a more critical approach to how your space will actually be used. If you have younger children (or possibly more on the way), then focusing on bedrooms and bathrooms makes sense. But if your children are closer to heading off to college or starting their own families, it may be better to prioritize group spaces like the kitchen, dining room, living room, and outdoor space—it’ll pay off during the holidays or summer vacations, when everyone is coming to visit for big gatherings.


If you need more space, but don’t necessarily want a more expensive home, you can probably get a lot more house for your money if you move a little further from a city center. While the walkability and short commutes of a dense neighborhood or condo are hard to leave beyond, your lifestyle—and preferences for hosting Thanksgiving, barbecues, and birthdays—might mean that a spacious home in the suburbs makes the most sense. It’s your best option for upsizing while avoiding a heftier price tag.

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