New Gadgets for Your Wish List

New Gadgets for Your Wish List

As you think about gift-giving this season, don’t forget to give your new home a gift of its own. Advancements in technology mean that your home can be smarter, cleaner, cooler or the hottest thing on the market. Here are some ideas for you that are available now or may be coming on the market…Read More »

Is Painting Cabinets a Good Idea?

Is Painting Cabinets a Good Idea?

Gone are the days of the sticky painted kitchen cabinet that peels, chips and generally looks cheap. Modern paint finishes means you can rejuvenate or renovate your dated kitchen or bath cabinets with just some elbow grease and your own creativity. Know your product Like any paint job, painting cabinets is not hard, but it…Read More »

Lighting a Fire in Your New Fireplace

Lighting a Fire in Your New Fireplace

As the weather chills, snow falls and socializing moves indoors, what could be more inviting than a warm cup of cocoa in front of a bright crackling fire? If your new home has a wood fireplace, here are some basics on fireplace care. Hire a chimney sweep Not just characters in Mary Poppins tales, chimney…Read More »

Holiday Decoration Safety

Holiday Decoration Safety

Each year, fire departments across the country respond to home and structure fires caused by holiday decorations. In a study by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in 2011 showed an annual average of 230 structure fires that began with lights and decorations on Christmas trees and another 150 fires caused by holiday lights. Injury,…Read More »

Winterizing Your Vacant Home

Winterizing Your Vacant Home

Whether it is your summer vacation cottage, or your recently vacated home put up for sale, proper winterizing prevents your home from deteriorating while it’s empty and saves you money both now and later. Make a list Decide what needs to be done and make a list to check off as you do it. Be…Read More »

Having a Thanksgiving Weekend Open House

Having a Thanksgiving Weekend Open House

To have an open house or not to have an open house over the Thanksgiving weekend: that is the question! Many sellers assume that the Thanksgiving holiday weekends and the week between Christmas and New Years Day are less than favorable times to have an open house. Some real estate agents disagree. Less competition Often,…Read More »

Moving During Holiday Season

Moving During Holiday Season

Whether Thanksgiving weekend or the full week between Christmas and New Years, the holidays may be the best time, or indeed the only time, you can plan the move to your new house. Here are some tips to make the transition smoother. Plan ahead If you have young children, you’ll want to plan a time…Read More »

What to Know about Fall Leaves and Your Home

What to Know about Fall Leaves and Your Home

This time of year, leaves turn beautiful shades of red, vermillion, orange and yellow. We enjoy their beauty. We take photographs. We collect them. Our children play in them. For a homeowner, however, leaves pose the possibility of damage to their landscaping, their home and their relationships. Leaves and lawn-care If you’re new to homeownership,…Read More »

Can I Sell My House with a Reverse Mortgage?

Can I Sell My House with a Reverse Mortgage?

To help you through your retirement, you took out a reverse mortgage on your family home. Now, several years into your retirement, you son wants to buy his childhood home so you can move to a warmer climate. Can you sell your home? Reverse mortgage A so-called “reverse mortgage” is a home loan that offers…Read More »

Black Friday Home Sales

Black Friday Home Sales

As we prepare to enter the holiday shopping season, home sellers may think it is too late to sell their home this year. You may have heard that homes sell better in the spring, so you might be tempted to take your home off the market until after the New Year. After all, you have…Read More »

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