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Here’s how to get the bathroom of your dreams without making your budget a nightmare. 

You dream about a bathroom that’s high on comfort and personal style, but you also want materials, fixtures, and amenities with lasting value. Wake up! You can have both.

A midrange bathroom remodel is a solid investment, according to the "Remodeling Impact Report" from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. A bath remodel with a national median cost of $30,000 will recover about 50% of those costs when it’s time to sell your home.

Regardless of payback potential, you'll probably be glad you went ahead and updated your bathroom. Homeowners polled for the "Report" gave their bathroom renovation a Joy Score of 9.6 -- a rating based on those who said

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Every Monday Morning at 8:15am, join me on my Facebook page as I sit down with a local lender, and do a live interview and talk about a Mortgage Tip that may help YOU with your next Real Estate Purchase. 

This morning I sat down with Barb Adelaine from BankStar. This morning Barb talked about the importance of NOT buying any big ticket items or opening a credit account while you are in the process of buying a home.  You can reach Barb at 605.696.8562 or barb.adelaine@bankstar.com.  Her office is located at 1301 6th St., Brookings SD 57006 or on the web at www.ebankstar.com 

 

 

- Hey good morning everybody, it's Shane here from the Brookings Home Team powered by Century 21. And I've got Barb here from BankStar. First of all thank you

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The only thing more exciting than shopping for your first house is the day you move into it. And in your eagerness to get to that day, there are a bunch of opportunities to botch the shopping.

Here are some #facepalm moments and the house-hunting tips you'll need to avoid them.

"I Saw the House Online. It's Perfect — Let's Make an Offer Before It's Gone!"

Buying a house sight unseen?!? Whoa. Online photos are a fun sneak peek — and that's all.

Before you plan marriage after the house equivalent of swiping right, consider this:

  • It's the photos that aren't in the gallery you should worry about. You won't see the hastily patched cracks in the home's foundation. Or the mold in the attic.
  • Your other senses need to evaluate
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Every Monday Morning at 8:15am, join me on my Facebook page as I sit down with a local lender, and do a live interview and talk about a Mortgage Tip that may help YOU with your next Real Estate Purchase. 

This morning I sat down with Emmy Lebert from Dakotaland FCU. Today, Emmy talked about the difference of a Credit Union vs. Bank.  You can reach Emmy at 605.697.5922 or emmyl@dakotalandfcu.com  Her office is located at 2423 6th St., Brookings SD 57006 or on the web at www.DakotalandFCU.com

 

 

- Hey, good morning everybody! It's 8:15, it's Monday morning, and it's Monday Morning Mortgage Tip. Today, I got Emmy here with Dakotaland Federal Credit Union. Oh, by the way, this is Shane with The Brookings Home Team powered by Century 21, you

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Think you're not ready to unlock home ownership yet? That the financial hurdles are too high? You may be short-changing yourself. Many of the things renters believe about home-buying are myths.

Here's the real deal.

Myth: I Have to Put Down 20%. :(

Saving 20% of the price of a home in many places isn't just a challenge; it's a roadblock. And it's not a must-do. Roughly 60% of home buyers put down less than 6%. 

  • FHA Loans: The Federal Housing Association (FHA) is an old friend to first-time buyers and others who are ready to become homeowners with less than a 20% down payment. If you qualify, you may be able to get a loan with as little as 3.5% down.
  • DownpaymentResource.com and NeighborWorks: Some local and state agencies
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Every Monday Morning at 8:15am, join me on my Facebook page as I sit down with a local lender, and do a live interview and talk about a Mortgage Tip that may help YOU with your next Real Estate Purchase. 

This morning I sat down with Mark Waterman from Great Western Bank.  What happens if title work finds a judgment on you? Listen to what Mark has to say about that.  You can reach him at 605.627.0602 or Mark.Waterman@GreatWesternBank.com  His office is located at 1302 6th St., Brookings SD 57006 or on the web at www.GreatWesternBank.com.

 

 HOW DO A FIX A JUDGMENT/COLLECTION IF TITLE WORK FINDS ONE ON ME?

 

 

- Hey, good morning everybody. Shane here from the Brookings Home Team, powered by Century 21. Monday morning, 8:15. You've

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How to figure out exactly what you want, and how to work with the experts who’ll help you get it.

Selling, a famous salesman once said, is essentially a transfer of feelings.

You love and cherish your home. You want the next owner to fall in love with it, too — through photos, through words, and through the experience of walking through your front door. But, perhaps most, you want to get the price you want.

This isn’t a small task. Selling a home requires work. It requires time. The journey isn’t always easy. There will be frustrations. But when you seal the deal and move on to your next chapter  — wow, what a blissful, boss feeling.

Below, we preview and link to each step in your journey.  We’ll discuss how to know what you

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Every Monday Morning at 8:15am, join me on my Facebook page as I sit down with a local lender, and do a live interview and talk about a Mortgage Tip that may help YOU with your next Real Estate Purchase. 

This morning I sat down with Stacy Himley from Guaranteed Rate.  In this episode, Stacy gave some information about Home Owners Insurance. Due to the recent rain fall in Brookings, do you have the right insurance for flooding/water in your home?  You can reach Stacy at 605.605.690.2305 or Stacy.Himley@rate.com  Her office is located at 101 S. Reid St. Suite 307, Sioux Falls SD or on the web at www.Rate.com/StacyHimley

 

 Do You Have The Right Home Owners Insurance?

 

Hey, good mornin' everybody. Shane here from the Brookings

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Enjoying a Brookings summer staple event

 

It’s summertime in Brookings, South Dakota. And, on the second weekend in July, one of the city’s largest events lures thousands of people to the city to venture out into nature at Pioneer Park. Of course, I’m talking about the Brookings Summer Arts Festival that took place this past weekend.

 

It’s an event full of different types of arts, crafts and antiques to enjoy or purchase from more than 200 artists from across the nation. And that’s not counting the 100+ vendors that set up tents and booths outside of the park. They all travel to the Brookings community to share their talents and showcase their work. And that’s just the art part of the festival!

 

 

Are you into antiques and other

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Every Monday Morning at 8:15am, join me on my Facebook page as I sit down with a local lender, and do a live interview and talk about a Mortgage Tip that may help YOU with your next Real Estate Purchase. 

This morning I sat down with Justin Froiland from Fairway Mortgage. Brand New change from South Dakota housing and their grant program. What does that mean to you? You can reach Justin at 605.695.1429 or justin.froiland@fairwaymc.com.  His office is located at 412 5th St., Brookings SD 57006 or on the web at www.BrookingsMortgage.com 

 

New Change From South Dakota Housing

- Hey everybody, good morning. It's Shane here with the Brookings Home Team powered by Century 21, and it is Monday morning 8:15 right on the dot, we're not late this

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