Create a Clean Canvass for Your Buyer

Create a Clean Canvass for Your Buyer

For many of us, bright, beautiful colors bring joy to our lives. When we make our homes our own, we tend toward the colors that make us happy. When we think about selling our home, however, we need to understand just how subjective color is. While cool greens make cause you to think of shimmering…Read More »

Buying with Reselling in Mind

Buying with Reselling in Mind

If you know that the home you are buying my have to be sold within a few years, you have a few extra items you need to pay attention to prior to purchasing. This is particularly true if you’ll need to sell within a short time period due to a job transfer or similar pressing…Read More »

Fitting Your Furniture in Your New Home

Fitting Your Furniture in Your New Home

It seemed so perfect on the showroom floor… Then you get it home and no matter how you try it, you just can’t make that furniture fit in the space of your new home! What to do? Plan ahead (duh!) or work a plan with what you already have. Here’s how to get started: Measure…Read More »

Take Advantage of January Appliance Deals

Take Advantage of January Appliance Deals

Now that you’ve done all the hard work of qualifying for the loan, securing the mortgage and putting the deal in motion…you can start to shop for the new items you’ll need for your new home. First up are kitchen appliances: January is THE month to get great deals on appliances. Stoves and cooktops, wall…Read More »

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

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

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 … only to have someone else enjoy it. The challenge can be when the update…Read More »

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 traditional. In fact, some studies show that winter is now the best time to sell…Read More »

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 mortgage interest. You can deduct home mortgage interest if your file Form 1040 and itemize…Read More »

How do Fed Rate Hikes Affect Mortgages?

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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, but here are some reasons why this rate increase is good. First of all, understand…Read More »

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 your purpose for wanting that second home, here are some things to consider as you…Read More »

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 broken into, or that a pipe has broken in your absence can ruin all those…Read More »