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CDPE-Designated Agent vs. Real Estate Agent

by David Tyler Mills

What’s the difference between a CDPE-designated agent and a regular real estate agent?

While all agents in the state are educated the same and required to take the same amount of continuing educational hours, a Certified Distressed Property Expert® (CDPE) specializes in saving distressed property owners from foreclosure.

According to the Charfen Institute…

“A Certified Distressed Property Expert® (CDPE) has a thorough understanding of complex issues in today’s turbulent real estate industry and knowledge of foreclosure avoidance options available to homeowners. CDPEs can provide solutions, specifically short sales, for homeowners facing market hardships.

Homeowners regularly proceed without guidance of any kind through the often financially and emotionally devastating prospect of foreclosure. Speaking with a well-informed, licensed real estate professional is the best course of action for a homeowner in distress. Through comprehensive training and experience, CDPEs have the tools to help homeowners find the best solutions for their unique situations and to avoid foreclosure through the efficient execution of a short sale.

Living through financial difficulties poses a challenge for any family, so why make the process of finding a qualified real estate professional difficult too? Select an agent with the CDPE Designation to ensure you have a trained professional to address your specific needs. For more information, contact a CDPE in your area.

CDPEs don’t merely assist in selling properties, they serve and help save their clients in need.”

Our message to homeowners who do not know where to turn: there is hope. Foreclosure is not inevitable and neither the government nor your bank wants to see that happen. No one expected to find themselves on the brink of foreclosure, but we have worked with countless clients who have managed to turn their financial trajectory around and get on a path of financial recovery. 

It CAN be done! And it would be our privilege to help.

CIAS-Designated Agent vs. Real Estate Agent

by David Tyler Mills

What’s the difference between a CIAS-designated agent and a regular real estate agent?

While all potential agents in the state are educated on the same principles and required to take the same amount of continuing educational hours, a Certified Investor Agent Specialist™ (CIAS) takes it many steps further in real estate investing education. 

According to the Charfen Institute…

“A Certified Investor Agent Specialist™ (CIAS) finds, creates, and closes with residential real estate investors with the knowledge and tools earned through comprehensive education and experience. CIAS-designated agents can streamline the process of real estate investment to increase returns for investor clients.”

CIAS-designated agents help real estate investors navigate:

  • Investment Strategies
  • Self-directed IRAs
  • 1031 Exchange
  • Leverage Options
  • Key Calculations
  • Return-on-Investment
  • Capitalization Rate
  • Average Returns
  • Cash Flow
  • And much more!


Investors are coming out on top this year with low housing prices, low interest rates, and rising rent prices.  It’s not hard to get started either; check out what this family did…


See?  Not as hard as it sounds to be an investor.  If this interests you, call us today and ask for a CIAS-designated agent.  They will be more than happy to help you. 

Breakfast with Santa: Thank Y'all!

by David Tyler Mills

Thanks to all that came to our Breakfast with Santa!  Every year we are overwhelmed with joy when we see our clients gathered together to share Christmas with us.  The children seemed to really enjoy all the new crafts as well as seeing Santa and one of his reindeers. 

We hoped y’all had as much fun as we did.  If you forgot your Christmas ornament from us, come by anytime to pick it up.  We had a photographer at the party that took some amazing pictures.  If you would like to see them, check them out on her website.  You can also Like our Facebook page to see some pictures there.  Be sure to tag yourself!


Have a safe and merry Christmas from all of us at McNaughton Real Estate

10 Unique Gifts for your Home this Christmas

by David Tyler Mills

Christmas is almost here, and you still have a lot of space under the tree.  Don’t worry; I took the liberty to find some unique gifts that everyone will enjoy (Queue heroic music.)  These are gifts that give back because they’re for your home.   Try to think in terms of giving your husband an amazing screwdriver so that in turn he can repair those cabinets.  You get the cabinets you’ve wanted, and he gets a cool new tool that makes enhancing his home easier. Yes, we’re talking about the top 10 unique gifts for your home!

Samsung Stainless Steel Refrigerator with LCD Touch Screen and Apps ($2,300)

What’s a cool house without a cool refrigerator?  However, this refrigerator does more than cool your eggnog.  Not only does this fridge come with French doors, tempered glass spill-proof shelves, water filtration, a twin cooling system, and 28 cubic feet of space, this cooling powerhouse is the first refrigerator with a Wi-Fi enabled LCD touchscreen installed on the door panel.  So while Santa is raiding your fridge for more milk, he can check his Twitter, listen to his favorite Christmas mix on Pandora, and leave you a memo to not be so greedy with your Oreos next year.

Addison Faucet with touch20.xt ($416)

It’s about time the whole “hands-free faucet” idea made it into our homes, which is probably the only thing we’ve been envying from a public restroom.  How does it work?  A sensor that picks up static electricity turns this faucet on when you’re within 4 inches of it.  Or if you’re having physical withdrawals from your faucet, you can always just give it a friendly tap.  Gone are the days of having to cleaning your faucet immediately after cleaning your soiled hands.

Addison Single Handle Lavatory Faucet with Touch2O.xt™ Technology

WhisperSense Ventilation Fan ($312)

I don’t know about you, but nothing gets me fired up than forgetting to turn the bathroom vent on after taking a steamy shower.  No more drawing pictures on your mirror as you wait for the steam to clear.  This new ventilation fan automatically switches on when someone enters and remains on until the humidity drops.  This smart fan is the perfect wingman!

Bath fan

Ipod Roll Holder ($50)

If someone gave me this as a gag gift, I would laugh it off nonchalantly.  After the party, I’m racing home to install this toilet paper roll so I can enjoy it for the rest of my days.  This holder can play all Ipod and MP3 players through two sets of tweeters and woofers.  It is simply mounted on the wall with a basic two-screw kit that’s included.  Now you can finally have an empowering theme song while you use the bathroom.

quirky present

Aquarium Sink by Opulent Items ($4,500)

A bathroom can be a cold, lonely place.  I’m aware that the bathroom is a private setting, but I would enjoy having an audience listening to me sing along with my Ipod Roll Holder.  This sleek sink houses a number of nonjudgmental fish while functioning as a bathroom sink.  Of course, my mom would refuse to take this because my dad would take advantage of having a livewell in his house.

Aquarium Sink

Picture Wall Clock by Opulent Items ($50)

This chic wall clock displays 12 multicolored frames so you can remain in a state of nostalgia every hour of the day.  Or you can put it in your living room with pictures of your favorite TV shows that come on every hour.  Or you can place one in your teenager’s room with pictures of chores he needs to complete every hour.  The possibilities are endless!

chic clock

Improved Cordless Blower from Stihl ($500)

Those leaves have been taunting you and your leaf whisperer long enough.  This handheld hurricane produces a 102 mph stream of air and moves 385 cubic feet per minute.  It has a 36-volt battery and is neighbor-friendly at 64 decibels.  Make sure not to let your neighbors know if you get this gift.  Let them remain confused whenever mysterious piles of leaves suddenly accumulate in their yard.

Looj Robotic Gutter Cleaner from iRobot ($130-$170)

This innovative little gadget makes me want to get gutters so I can have a reason to use it.  Instead of letting your gutters clog up, use the Looj to fling the debris for you.  All you need to do is climb a ladder, set the Looj in the gutter, and watch it bulldoze away.  Watch it in action!

Mint Plus Automatic Floor Cleaner by Evolution Robotics ($299)

When I was younger, I always thought the future would hold an army of helpful robots that would clean my house.  Welcome to the future!  This little robot tracks an infrared beam on the ceiling to triangulate its location in a room and then sweeps or mops the floor in neat rows without bumping into every wall in the house.  It will only be a matter of time before these little wonders start climbing on the walls and cleaning our ceilings.

DropCam by DropCam Inc. ($199-$279)

This neat little gadget would make James Bond jealous.  It only takes about two minutes to set it up without the need of a computer or DVR box.  The DropCam sends a live recorded full-motion video to your iPhone or Android.  Whenever it detects motion, you’ll get an email and an iPhone push notification.  I presume this will be the end of all late-night teenage sneak-ins for your kids.

Of course, everyone knows that the best gift that someone can receive is a new home.  Give us a call today, and we'll get you fixed up.  Merry Christmas Everyone!

5 Reasons to Buy a Smaller Home

by David Tyler Mills

Big things come in small packages.  When talking about buying houses, that aphorism seems unsuited.  However, smaller homes have recently been a hot seller in today’s market.  People are buying smaller square footage homes because of the big benefits that come with it.  Even though prices have declined, is that still enough incentive to own an oversized home?  Here are five reasons you might want to buy small. 

Small homes cost less.  It’s almost as involuntary as your next heart beat that the next statement to follow this illuminating epiphany is “duh.”  However, let’s not focus on the face value of the house, but instead the extra cost that come along with a large home.  Heating and cooling alone can drive a homeowner crazy.  Let’s not forget how most home-improvement projects will inevitably be on a much larger scale and require more time to complete.  A lot more exterior paint for your walls, more shingles for your roof, and more hardwood flooring for your kitchen are required for these major tasks.  In addition, the extra furniture and decorations need to be accounted for in order to furnish all those extra rooms.   

Smaller homes prevent all these problems.  Another benefit is the savings on the utility bills and home maintenance.  You’ll also save money on property tax, since you’ll have less square footage.  Check out this video for ideas to enhance small spaces.

Small houses save time.  As mentioned before, smaller homes can save you a significant amount of time not only on home-improvement projects but also on general household upkeep and cleaning.  Even though leisure time cannot be measured in terms of total value, it’s still a treasured part of being a homeowner.  With less time spending on housecleaning and maintenance, you can use your extra time to play with your kids, create a garden, cook healthier dinners, or enjoy your favorite hobbies.

Smaller homes make it easier to live simply.  Did you know goldfish only grow to the size of their environment?  In the same aspect, living in a home with less area for storage causes you store less junk.  You’ll be less likely to buy superfluous accessories causing you to live simpler and more efficient.  On the other hand, living in a smaller house doesn’t have to stunt your moral growth.  Living leaner causes you to make choices between what you want to keep and what you should donate.  Many support groups such as the Small House Society and the Small House Movement promote the idea of smaller homes being more affordable and ecological.

Smaller homes mean quality splurges.  Get ready to lose an arm and a leg if you’re looking to upgrade your five star, restaurant-sized kitchen.  Luckily for smaller homes, you won’t need as many cabinets or as much granite to get a quality updated kitchen.  You can also use the money you save from living leaner on more quality appliances and furniture.  Just because you give up square footage doesn’t mean you give up luxury.    

Small homes may be easier to sell.  Seriously.  These benefits thus far hold a lot of weight when buyers consider buying a new home.  With energy cost continually rising, smaller energy-efficient homes will continue to be in high demand in the future.  Also, there’s a broader market for smaller homes.  First time homeowners aren’t the only consumers; additionally, investors love adding smaller homes to their portfolio of rental homes, especially in growing college towns.

Don’t let the size of the home be the only factor when choosing the perfect home for your family.  Consider all the extra cost that comes with owning your "dream" mansion.  The size of a house may correspond with financial success or be downright impressive, but it’s the people inside that make that building a home.

*Source:  "5 reasons you should buy a small house" by Heather Levin of U.S. News & World Report

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