Derrick Rittenbach's Blog Posts

Derrick Rittenbach's Blog Posts

House Hunting Online
Hunting for a new home online is a great place to start your search, but it should not be your end all be all. Good listing agents are excellent at highlighting the best features o...

Are You An Early Riser Or A Night Owl
Ever wish you could become one of those rare morning people? The ones that wake with a start, feeling refreshed and energized. The ones that get in that morning workout or wrap up ...

Pet Care During An Emergency
An evacuation plan is a necessity for every home, especially if you live in an area where fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding, and other disasters are a possibility. Many home...

Foreclosure Or Short Sale
As unfortunate as it can be when homeowners fall behind on mortgage payments and must face the possibility of losing their homes, short sales and foreclosures provide them options ...

Repairing Hardwood Floors
Hardwood floors are highly desirable for most homeowners, but they come with their share of challenges when it comes to cleaning, maintenance, and repairs. After a few months or ye...

What To Negotiate When Buying A House
Whether you are a first-time homebuyer or a seasoned veteran, the negotiation part of the transaction can be a little daunting and stressful. However, it is necessary to ensure you...

5 Secret Weapons For DIY Projects
Is there a home maintenance project that’s been lingering on your to-do list for too long because you’re dreading the trip to the hardware or craft store? There are some projec...

Down Payment Strategy
You’ve most likely heard the rule: Save for a 20-percent down payment before you buy a home. The logic behind saving 20 percent is solid, as it shows that you have the financial ...

Cooking The Perfect Steak
If you are a regular reader of my blog, you have probably figured out I love steak. I thought I would make this blog all about my most favorite food in the world and tell you ho...

Best Contrators In Bismarck
As a Realtor and a Property Manager I use sub-contractors on a weekly basis to help get houses ready to sell or to rehab apartments after a move out.  A lot of my phone calls ...

Severe Weather Safety
Summer is here, and besides life on the river and barbecues it means severe weather season is just around the corner.  As a former Air Force Meteorologist, I know all too we...

Getting Your Home Ready For Showings
Getting Ready to List your HomeSo, after being a Realtor© for almost a year, and showing close to 60 houses in that time frame, I would like to pass some wisdom I have gathered ...

Road Trips
Spring is finally here!  This opens up one of my favorite past times...Road Trips!  For me, nothing is more relaxing than heading down the highway or a gravel road to a n...

Making Mead Or Also Known As Honey Wine
Spring is just around the corner, and one of my favorite springtime activities is brewing honey wine otherwise known as Mead. Mead consists of 3 simple ingredients; water, honey an...

Tips For Sellers
As a seller there are a few things to make sure of when there is an open house or people walking through your home. Always make sure precious belongings are put up and out of sight...

Feb 9 2017 29670 1
I have become quite the food lover after traveling the world for 20 years while I was enlisted in the Air Force.  5 years ago when I retired and moved back to North ...

Jan 30 2017 29670 1
I thought I would write a little FAQ that would help first time renters find a suitable place to rent. Some things are no-brainers, but others are things I wish people would h...

Jan 6 2017 29670 1
One of the many daily hats I wear, besides helping people buy and sell houses, I am a property manager.  I really enjoy the different people I get to work with, and I lov...

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