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Staging Your Home on a Budget

Staging Your Home on a Budget

If you’re selling your home, you know how important it is to have it looking its absolute best. First impressions are key, as potential buyers will form opinions about your home before they even step through the front door. While…

When Interest Rates Go Up

When Interest Rates Go Up

The Feds have been pretty indecisive about moving interest rates up, but the down-low is that they plan to make the move upwards in December. No matter where you are in the market, whether you’re buying or selling, or just…

Honoring our Veterans

Honoring our Veterans

“The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive veterans of early wars were treated and appreciated by our nation.” — George Washington…

Open House in Inclement Weather

Open House in Inclement Weather

“To cancel or not to cancel … that is the question.” When selling your home in the fall, and as the weather becomes decidedly more winterish, you may question if having that open house is a good idea after all.…

Design and Decorator Trends to Do or to Ditch

Design and Decorator Trends to Do or to Ditch

You’ve been collecting ideas to remodel or redecorate your home for years. Now, you’re finally ready to get down to work. You’ve saved up your money and found contractors. So, which ideas do you do and which are outdated that…

How to Spend Thanksgiving Weekend

How to Spend Thanksgiving Weekend

Stuffed! That’s how you feel on Thursday. Once the turkey is picked clean, the dishes are done and the last bite of pie sitting in a pool of melted ice cream on your dessert plate, most savvy shoppers start thinking…

How Much Will My Payment Be?

How Much Will My Payment Be?

You’ve found it! The home you’ve been searching for is for sale and you want to buy it. Can you afford it? How can you tell? First of all, the Internet is full of ways to calculate how much a…

Thanksgiving Open House Best Practices

Thanksgiving Open House Best Practices

Turkey. Dressing. Sweet potato casserole. Pumpkin pie with fresh whipped cream. Yum! You anticipate the traditional savory Thankgiving menu all year long. But, this year, your home is on the market. As a very motived seller, you may be planning…

Holiday Decorating Faux Pas to Avoid in Your New Home

Holiday Decorating Faux Pas to Avoid in Your New Home

Thanksgiving is over and the holiday season is in full swing. You’ve been imaging all the ways you can decorate your new home to celebrate the season, so to keep you and your family safe in your new place we’ve…

End of the Year Money-Wise Moves to Get Ahead

End of the Year Money-Wise Moves to Get Ahead

It’s the end of the year. You’re already thinking ahead to the spring. You have tons of plans for home improvements. So why bring this up now? December is the perfect time to make some money moves to improve your…

Selling? Should You Exchange That Carpet for Hardwood

Selling? Should You Exchange That Carpet for Hardwood

Flooring is one of the more controversial subjects when it comes to home improvements. There are two firm camps and rarely do they meet in the middle. When you’re planning to sell your home, you may think you need to…

What to Ask Santa For — A Downpayment!

What to Ask Santa For — A Downpayment!

You’ve been saving for a downpayment and you’re almost there. Almost! You just need a little more money in that account and you can make an offer on your starter home. Now, your parents and grandparents want to give you…

Protecting Your Home During Holiday Travel

Protecting Your Home During Holiday Travel

Plane tickets? Check Suitcase packed? Check Wrapped gifts packed? Check House protected? Oooops! If you’re planning on traveling for the holidays, don’t leave your home’s protection to chance. Coming home from a holiday trip to find your home has been…

The Lure of the Snowbird Lifestyle — Is it Right for You?

The Lure of the Snowbird Lifestyle — Is it Right for You?

If you’re entering your retirement years, you may be considering buying a second home in a warmer (or cooler) clime. Perhaps your goal is to escape the winter weather. Or, maybe you want a home nearer to the grandkids. Whatever…

How do Fed Rate Hikes Affect Mortgages?

How do Fed Rate Hikes Affect Mortgages?

Eeeeek! Rates are going up … or are they? Last week, for the first time after years of historically low rates, the Federal Reserve decided to raise short-term interest rates. For homebuyers, any rate hike often is seen a negative,…

Taxes and Your New Home

Taxes and Your New Home

If you bought a new home in 2015, here are some things to think about as you get ready for tax season: Mortgage Interest One of the biggest perks of owning your own home is the benefit of deducting your…

Dreaming of that New Kitchen or Bath? What Renovations Really Pay Off?

Dreaming of that New Kitchen or Bath? What Renovations Really Pay

Owners of older homes dream of updating or modernizing kitchens and baths. In fact, before they place their homes on the market, some folks go to all the effort to update the kitchen they’ve been meaning to redo for years…

Selling in Winter

Selling in Winter

Traditional real estate marketing says homes sell better in the Spring and that if you haven’t sold by the time school starts, you might as well wait until the weather warms again. But these days, real estate is anything but…