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    Meet Our Newest Agent!

    By Bryson Smith Administration | December 8, 2023

    Cydni Potter, Buyer Specialist Cydni spent most of her life in Chicago before moving to Nevada briefly post high school. Wanting to be closer to family, Cydni found her way back to Illinois and primarily worked in the service industry before exploring a career in real estate. Cydni was looking for financial freedom and a... Read More

    Renting an Apartment vs. Renting a House: How To Choose Which Is Right for You

    By Client Care - Bryson Smith Team | December 6, 2023

    All rental properties, both houses and apartments, offer unique characteristics. Apartments are usually smaller and located in bustling neighborhoods, while houses are typically more tranquil and in relaxed communities. Either could make the perfect home for renters, depending on their needs. So, if you’re in the process of finding your next home, you might be wondering which option makes the most sense for you. Below, we break down the pros and cons of each option, as well as how to make your next rental search easier. Read More

    9 Wonderfully Simple Ways to Make Your House Smell Like the Holidays

    By Client Care - Bryson Smith Team | November 28, 2023

    Sugar cookies. Fresh-cut pine trees. Hot apple cider. Some of the best things that come with the holidays are the wonderful smells that fill your home courtesy of all the traditional trappings of the season. Winter holidays would not be the same without this warm, cozy goodness. “One way to evoke holiday memories into your home is by infusing the nostalgic scent of Christmas trees, vanilla, cinnamon, warm burning fires, and of course peppermint,” says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy trend expert and a judge on NBC’s “Making It,” a DIY competition show. So where should you turn to source these wonderful scents and make your house smell as festive? Follow these scent-sational tips from the experts. Read More

    What Is a FICO Score and How Is It Determined?

    By Client Care - Bryson Smith Team | November 22, 2023

    Successfully buying a home hinges on a bunch of numbers, from home prices to mortgage rates. And there’s a lesser-known figure that can make all the difference when realizing your homeownership dreams: your FICO score. Whenever you want to make a big purchase, like a home, the lender will pull your FICO score, a three-digit number that represents your creditworthiness and is akin to a financial compass in the housing market. This number ranges from 300 to 850 and determines whether you’re approved for a loan, your interest rate, and your mortgage terms. Read More

    Rental Scams: How to Recognize and Avoid Rental Fraud

    By Client Care - Bryson Smith Team | November 16, 2023

    Whether you’re searching for a home to rent in your current town or in another state, it can be tempting to snap up an appealing property before taking time to do your research. This is particularly true if you’re on a tight deadline to find a place, making it even more important to be on the lookout for potential fraud. A rental scam is a well-known tool for identity theft, and victims can lose thousands of dollars paying fees to false entities. Anyone can fall victim to a rental scam — many of the perpetrators are sophisticated and convincing. Here are five questions to ask yourself to detect warning signs of possible bad actors in the rental market, and tips for ensuring your rental process is safe and secure. Read More

    Remote Work Is Changing How Some Buyers Search for Their Dream Homes

    By Client Care - Bryson Smith Team | September 27, 2023

    The way Americans work has changed in recent years, and remote work is at the forefront of this shift. Experts say it’ll continue to be popular for years to come and project that 36.2 million Americans will be working remotely by 2025. To give you some perspective, that’s a 417% increase compared to the pre-pandemic years when there were just 7 million remote workers. If you’re in the market to buy a home and you work remotely either full or part-time, this trend is a game-changer. It can help you overcome some of today’s affordability and housing inventory challenges. Read More

    Late Summer Home Maintenance Tips for Midwest Dwellings

    By Client Care - Bryson Smith Team | July 27, 2023

    As the summer months roll in, it's time for Midwest homeowners to address specific maintenance tasks to prepare their homes for the seasonal transition. With the last stretches of warm weather before fall arrives, focusing on essential late summer home maintenance will ensure your property remains comfortable, efficient, and well-protected. Let’s explore some practical tips tailored for late summer in the Midwest. Read More

    Debunking Top Myths in Real Estate: Separating Fact from Fiction

    By Client Care - Bryson Smith Team | July 10, 2023

    In the ever-evolving world of real estate, numerous myths and misconceptions often circulate among buyers, sellers, and investors. These myths can mislead people, impact their decision-making, and hinder their ability to navigate the market effectively. In this blog post, we will debunk some of the top myths in real estate today, providing you with the knowledge to make informed choices. Read More

    The Power of a Top-Producing Real Estate Team: Why Choose The Bryson Smith Team?

    By Client Care - Bryson Smith Team | July 5, 2023

    When it comes to buying or selling a home, having the right support and expertise can make all the difference. In the dynamic real estate market, partnering with a top-producing real estate team can provide you with a competitive edge. In this blog, we'll explore the benefits of choosing the Bryson Smith Team to assist you in buying or selling your home. Their proven track record, comprehensive knowledge, and dedication to client satisfaction set them apart as an exceptional choice. Read More

    Change of Address Checklist: Everyone You Should Contact When You Move

    By Client Care - Bryson Smith Team | May 3, 2023

    There are countless aspects to organizing a move—renting a truck, gathering moving supplies and trying to stay sane while doing it. While you’re worrying about all the heavy lifting, you may be forgetting about other small changes that must be made. One of these includes updating your address with certain companies. It probably sounds tedious, but it’s very important if you want life to go smoothly at your new place. Here is a list to help you prioritize which companies to change your address with. Read More