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Thursday, November 17, 2022   /   by April O'Brien

Buying a Home Before Winter in Delaware or Pennsylvania

Winter brings many great things to Delaware and Pennsylvania, but an ideal moving scenario is not one of them. And while you can indeed buy a home during the winter season, it's important to note that the process can take longer than usual.
If you're on the fence about buying a home in Delaware or Pennsylvania, now is the time to get started. The Kat Geralis Home Team has decades of real estate experience to help you find your dream home before winter and enjoy the holiday season in your new surroundings.
Delaware and Pennsylvania homebuyers should be sure to take the following into consideration in their decision to buy before winter:
Mortgage Rates
Mortgage rates were hovering around historic lows for quite some time, but they have since seen quite a hike, with the average mortgage rate resting around seven percent. If you missed buying a home at a low rate, don't wait longer! Mortgage rates will continue to increase, with experts predicting the average 30-year mortgage rate to l ...

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Thursday, November 3, 2022   /   by April O'Brien

Avoid Thanksgiving Disasters in Your Delaware or Pennsylvania Home This Year

Thanksgiving is nearly one week away and as Delaware and Pennsylvania residents, you may be preparing to host the holiday in your home. You've cleaned each room from top to bottom, you've purchased your turkey, but just as your guests arrive, you realize the oven won't heat.
Holiday hassles are not uncommon in the hustle and bustle of the season, but there are precautions you can take to avoid them! Follow these three rules to make sure you can enjoy your Thanksgiving feast without worry.
Problem: The Oven Won't Heat
Unfortunately, a heating malfunction in the oven will pop up in homes everywhere during the holiday season. But the good news is that there is an easy solution to prevent it! Do not allow the oven to self-clean until after the holidays as you risk blowing a fuse or thermostat. What's more, it can be tricky to find an available oven technician around this busy time of year.
Problem: You Have No Heat
Although the weather may not call for heat this Thanksgiving, you don'k ...

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Thursday, October 20, 2022   /   by April O'Brien

Closing Costs to Expect When Buying a Delaware or Pennsylvania Home

Did you know the majority of today’s homebuyers aren’t aware of closing costs? You may find that you have prepared for homeownership with your down payment and even have your first month’s mortgage ready in your bank account, but this very important set of costs is commonly overlooked.
As your local real estate experts in Delaware or Pennsylvania, The Kat Geralis Home Team has included a few key notes on closing costs below so you are better equipped to make the biggest, most important purchase of your life!
What Are They?
Closing costs are recurring and non-recurring fees connected to both your lender and other parties in the sale—for instance, an attorney, inspector and title company—and are to be paid upfront at the closing table. Unless you have financed them ahead of time or worked your offer to arrange for the seller to pick up the tab, unfortunately there is no way around these costs.
Closing costs typically include:
Homeowners insurance
Titlek ...

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Thursday, October 6, 2022   /   by April O'Brien

How to Know How Much Your Delaware or Pennsylvania Home is Worth

When you decide to sell your home in Delaware or Pennsylvania, you begin to dream about how much profit you can make and moving to your next location. However, there is one figure you’ll need to determine before you can make those dreams a reality— your home value.
It is not uncommon for homeowners to over-estimate how much their property might be worth, so as your local real estate experts, The Kat Geralis Home Team has put together a few tips that can help you determine just that.
Comparable properties
One of the first places to look to help find your home value is a list of comparable properties in the area. Look at homes that have a similar square footage to yours or those with the same types of features. Even if you think your home is better than the one down the street, you’ll need to consider if it has a larger footprint, updates that yours doesn’t have, or more bathrooms as these can add significant value.
Home improvements
Have you made any recent k ...

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Friday, September 23, 2022   /   by April O'Brien

How to Prep Your Delaware or Pennsylvania Home for Halloween

October is nearly here! That means fall is officially underway which brings about its own share of tasks for Delaware and Pennsylvania homeowners— raking leaves, cleaning out the fireplace, updating decor and now, preparing for Halloween. You might not have anticipated getting ready for trick or treaters, but there are a few ways you can make sure the path to your door is as safe as possible.
Clear the way
Just as you would do to prepare for potential Delaware and Pennsylvania homebuyers, you need to ensure the pathways are unobstructed. While it's still daylight, inspect your lawn, driveway and other pathways for anything that could prove an obstacle. That means tree roots, fallen branches, or even cracks in the pavement. Make updates and repairs where you can or at the very least, block off these areas.
It's also important to make sure your Halloween decor is not in the way. Things like extension cords or small pumpkins can cause trick or treaters to trip.
Light the way
Wh ...

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