homeowners: Why You Should Consider Selling Your Home this Autumn - 09/01/22 08:22 AM
While summer is considered by many to be the hottest time for selling a house (both literally and figuratively), sometimes circumstances require you to sell during a different time of the year. If there is a season for everything, autumn just might be exactly the right season to sell this year. Homes are still in demand and there is a good chance you will find a buyer before the end of the year.  

Here are some perks to selling in autumn:
HOMES SHOW WELL IN AUTUMNThe autumn season lends a beauty to homes that can’t be found in any other season. Colorful leaves, fall décor, … (6 comments)

homeowners: Home Sale Deal Breakers: Termites - 04/26/22 12:09 PM
Selling your home can be a stressful endeavor. Even in this seller’s market where you may get offers above asking price, most buyers will still require a home inspection contingency. And finding termites and the damage they have done can make a deal fall through fast.
Finding out that your house is infested with termites is no fun at any time, but especially when the discovery is made during a home inspection for your home sale. Sadly, many homeowners have no idea there is a problem with termites until a lot of damage has already been done.
Termites are sneaky, destructive little pests. … (0 comments)

homeowners: Decorating Your Home for Happiness - 02/15/22 11:09 AM
​Your home should be your happy place. When you walk through the door you should not only feel like you have entered your safe haven, but you should also experience joy. It is easy to get caught up in the latest decorating trends, but if your home does not bring you joy, maybe it is time to make some changes and decorate for happiness! 
Here are some decorating tips for making your home your happy place:
Create a welcoming entry way.  It is the first thing you see when you walk through the door, so you should make it a place that brings … (1 comments)

homeowners: Homeowner Tax Myths - 02/10/22 09:08 AM
While there are many perks to home ownership (and tax breaks are a big one!), people who are beginning the journey of purchasing a home may be easily misled by common homeowner tax myths.
First, it is important to note that owning your own home does come with tax benefits. For example, a conventional loan’s PMI (private mortgage insurance), the VA loan funding fee, the USDA loan guaranteed fee, and FHA loan upfront mortgage insurance premiums are each tax deductible per the IRS. But as a first-time homeowner, it’s important that you educate yourself on extended tax benefits so that you will know what … (1 comments)

homeowners: How to Keep Your Home Secure: Advice From Former Burglars - 01/26/22 06:22 AM
According to FBI Crime Statistics, property crime rates are down. That is great news!  But that does not mean you should let down your guard when it comes to protecting your home. If an expensive, top-of-the-line security system is not in your budget, there are still plenty of ways for you to keep your home secure. Most burglars follow a pattern and look for easy targets, so it is important that you are aware of what they are looking for.
Here are tips from professional burglars for you to use to prevent break-ins and keep your home secure:
Most Burglaries Occur During the … (3 comments)

homeowners: New Year’s Resolutions: Home Improvement Edition - 01/12/22 06:28 AM
The new year here, and for many of us that means we are setting goals for ourselves…things we want to do and achieve in 2022. If you are a homeowner, you may want add some home improvements to list. Here are some small home improvements you should consider making in 2022:

Update your kitchen.  We are talking a simple update; not some huge undertaking. You might be surprised at how different your kitchen will look with just a small change. Something like painting your cabinets or adding a new backsplash can really brighten up the room and give it a modern … (4 comments)

homeowners: Avoiding Foreclosure on Your Home - 04/20/21 10:03 AM
The possibility of losing your home to foreclosure is frightening. You likely feel a sense of helplessness and hopelessness. Not only do you have to worry about where you are going to live, but your future credit rating can be ruined as well. However, if you act quickly after getting a foreclosure notice, you can possibly avoid losing your home.
Here are some tips to help you deal with this crucial situation quickly and efficiently:
If you can, pay the total amount past due on your loan. The lender would much rather have your money than your house, so this should prevent foreclosure if there are … (1 comments)

homeowners: Is it a Good Time to Sell Your House? - 03/10/21 09:33 AM
Under normal circumstances, spring is the busiest season for residential real estate with many people choosing to list their houses.  Spring of last year was far from “normal” and we’re not quite there this year either. We do know more people are looking to buy homes right now than there are homes available for sale; making this spring a prime time to put your house on the market.
Let’s look at what it means for you if you are thinking about selling your house.Housing inventory declined 39.6% on a national level in 2020, making it the lowest housing inventory year on record, … (0 comments)

homeowners: Why Home Prices Are Not Falling - 02/24/21 05:22 AM
The global pandemic set the world into a tailspin, and one result was that the US economy suffered its largest blow since the Great Depression in the second quarter.  It has been about a year since the housing market was on hold for a few months due to the pandemic last spring, and back then it appeared that the real estate market would go into a steep decline because of widespread stay-home orders. But that has not been the case. Instead, the US housing market has been kept afloat by homebuyers. It turns out that residential real estate has been very resilient. In … (3 comments)

homeowners: 6 High Impact Home Improvements That Don’t Break the Budget - 02/10/21 06:16 AM
Whether you are getting your home ready to sell or just want a fresh new look, the following do-it-yourself projects will make a big difference without breaking the bank.
1. Spruce up the kitchen
Replacing appliances, cabinetry and countertops is expensive but you can update your kitchen without these costly changes. Update your kitchen by changing out hardware, painting or staining cabinet doors and drawer fronts, replacing outdated light fixtures, or installing a new backsplash.
2. Update the bathrooms
The same is true for your bathrooms. Inexpensive changes can have a big impact. Instead of replacing cabinets, paint the door fronts. Instead of replacing the … (1 comments)

homeowners: 4 Reasons To Sell Your Home Now and Not Wait Until Spring - 01/20/21 09:03 AM
The general rule of thumb is spring is the best time to sell your home. Most Realtors experience a “spring rush”, but there are many reasons to consider selling your home during the winter months rather than wait until spring.
1. Less Competition
As you are driving around town, you probably don’t see many ‘For Sale’ signs. Typically in the winter, there are frewe homes for sale, which means less competition. Real estate is affected by supply and demand. The fewer homes there are for sale, the better chance you have of securing a buyer and the more negotiating power you have as a seller.
2. Historically Low Mortgage Rates
Mortgage rates continue to … (0 comments)

homeowners: Showing Your Home During the Covid-19 Pandemic - 01/20/21 09:01 AM
Experts predict we will be in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic for at least another 6 to 9 months if not longer. You may think the real estate market has tanked due to the pandemic but this is not the case. Interest rates remain low and are enticing buyers to take advantage of lower mortgage payments. The pandemic is changing the way real estate is being sold and making showing your home a bit more challenging. But with creativity and preparation, showing your home can be done safely. The following guidelines will help keeping you, your family, your Realtor, and … (1 comments)

homeowners: Making Your Home More Desirable in 2021 - 01/13/21 10:39 AM
With new trends endlessly popping up, it can be challenging to decide what home improvement projects are worth your time and money.  It will serve you well to research what trends are timeless and what trends have gone by the wayside before investing in updating your home, especially if you are getting ready to put it on the market.  To simplify that process for you, here is a list of the hottest home improvement projects for 2021!
Swimming Pools.  In the past, swimming pools have not been the most desirable features for potential buyers. However, 2020 changed things. They have become a … (1 comments)

homeowners: How to Stage Your Home When You Have Young Children - 12/16/20 05:38 AM
You have placed your house on the market and now it’s time for potential buyers to come and look at it. Keeping it clean, tidy and ready to show can be challenging in the best of circumstances, but even more so when you have young children.  Here are a few staging tips for keeping your house ready for last minute showings while making it attractive to buyers at the same time:
Remove excess toys and clutter. Cumbersome toys like play kitchens and picnic tables take up a lot of space and can made a room look crowded and smaller than it … (1 comments)

homeowners: Thinking About a Move in 2021? Start Planning Now! - 12/09/20 06:30 AM
The decision to move is a big one. Chances are a lot of time, thought and energy went into making it. But now that you have decided, it’s time to start thinking about getting ready for the move. You’ve already answered the “should I stay or should I go” question, now it’s time to ask yourself “what should I bring with me and what should I get rid of”?  Whether you have kept a lot of things because of sentimental value, or you are just a tad lazy and have let things accumulate over the years, it’s time to decide what … (0 comments)

homeowners: Post-Hurricane Inspection Guide - 11/04/20 08:21 AM
Zeta, the 27th storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, wreaked havoc in our neck of the woods, and hopefully your home survived with no apparent damage. But it is still important that you take the time to carefully look at your house and examine it for damage such as missing shingles or vents plugged by wind-blown debris.  Here is a list of things you should do to complete a post-hurricane home inspection:
Check your roof for visible damage. Look carefully at valleys where the roof planes intersect and check anything that comes up through the roof, such as vent stacks. Roof Inspection Tips View … (0 comments)

homeowners: Turning Your Home into a Peaceful Haven - 09/02/20 09:56 AM
​Life these days is far from normal.  Many of us are staying home more than usual in order to stay as safe as possible and that means “home” can start to feel isolating. Do you daydream about getting away to a peaceful haven, far from the drudgery of day-to-day life?  Sadly, wishes and dreams will not take you there, but you CAN create a tranquil retreat at home. Here are some tips for turning your living space into a calm and soothing oasis:
Use Relaxing Colors - Soft colors like watery blues and greens create a sense of serenity in a room.  … (1 comments)

homeowners: Tips for Selling a Home to Millennials - 05/12/20 02:10 PM
Millennials (or Generation Y) have emerged as a preeminent force in the housing market.  Per the National Association of Realtors’, “older millennials, buyers aged 30 to 39 years, made up the largest share of home buyers by generation at 25 percent of all home buyers in 2019.” In fact, this group, born between 1980 and 1989 comprised the largest share of buyers for the seventh consecutive year. Older Millennials: Forming Families, Establishing Homes
That being said, when selling your home, it would be wise to think about the wants and needs of millennials as potential buyers.  Here are 10 must-haves for selling a home … (0 comments)

homeowners: A Guide For First-Time Home Owners - 03/18/20 07:44 AM
You’ve just bough your first home!  Congratulations!  You got through the process with the help of your Realtor, but now you’ve signed the paperwork and received your keys and it’s time to move in. You may find yourself wondering, “what next?”.  Here are some tips to help make your transition to home owner a little less stressful:
Educate Yourself About Your Mortgage StatementIt’s important that you learn how to read your monthly mortgage statement. When you receive the first one, you will see that there is a lot of information on it. Most importantly, it will tell you the amount due, how to … (0 comments)

homeowners: How to Cultivate a Lawn That Will Make Your Neighbors Green With Envy - 03/10/20 12:17 PM
No green thumb? Don’t worry!  The grass CAN be greener on your side of the fence. With spring right around the corner, now is the perfect time to start working on a thick carpet of grass for your yard. Here are some tips for growing a lawn that will have your neighbors GREEN with envy:
Start by reseeding and fertilizing. If you have bare spots in your grass, taking the time to reseed now will pay off this spring.  Make sure you fertilize for optimal growth and keep the area moist until you see new growth. If you don’t have time … (1 comments)

 
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