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Who Knew? 10 Great Things About Moving

Is all the lifting, hauling and packing of your move squashing the thrill of a fresh start? Totally understandable. But there’s a silver lining to every cardboard box. Here are 10 reasons to look forward to moving day. 1. You can lose the junk mail. When you fill out your USPS® change-of-address form, it’s easy to check the “do not forward catalogs, etc.” box. 2. You might find that lost … [Read more...]

From Renting to Owning: Pros and Cons

Switching your status from tenant to owner can bring its own challenges. So before you decide whether homeownership is your next step, take a glance at this list of some pros and cons below. Pro: You can customize anything Paint the walls. Tear out the carpet. Install a trash compactor. When you own a property, you don’t have to wait for a management company to decide when, and how, a unit … [Read more...]

7 Things Sellers Can Expect From Their Open House

You’ve stashed the family jewels, power-washed the porch, and packed up your family photos. Now that the prep work is done here are a few things you can expect when people start touring your home: 1. To leave. Let your Realtor handle the open house. You want prospective buyers to envision themselves in your home and not be distracted by your presence as they explore. 2. For curious … [Read more...]

11 Tips for Selling a Vacant Home

You’ve moved to your new home but have yet to sell your former property. What should you do to ensure the safety and security of the vacant house? 1. Set the thermostat at no lower than 60 degrees to prevent frozen pipes. If necessary, your Realtor can turn up the heat the day before a showing, but not by much as sudden shifts in temperature can also damage pipes. If you have gas heat, check … [Read more...]

5 Organization Tips for a More Functional Garage

Is your garage so packed with bikes, tools and unmarked boxes of junk that you’re forced to park in the driveway? Here are some tips to rein in the clutter and actually use your garage for your car. Free the floor: Hang bikes from the ceiling or walls using specially made hooks, or install a ceiling organizer to store camping gear and other seasonal items. Build a shelving system: Organizing … [Read more...]

4 Tips for Creating a Home Gym with Limited Space

There’s no need for an expensive gym membership or hi-tech equipment to slim down this year. Here are a few suggestions for creating a home gym, even in a small space: 1. Designate a space Regardless of whether your workout space is an entire room or just the width of a yoga mat, take steps to separate it from the rest of your living area. Experts agree a dedicated space helps keep you … [Read more...]

9 Important Safety Tips for Home Sellers

Working with a trusted real estate agent, such as myself, to sell your home will hopefully attract wonderful people who'll admire your décor, swoon at your landscaping and vie to purchase your property for a handsome price. Unfortunately, it may also attract less desirable visitors. I understand this and will take precautions on your behalf, as will other agents who bring their clients to tour … [Read more...]

6 Budgeting Tips to Help You Save for a Down Payment

Saving enough cash for a down payment may seem impossible, but with planning and discipline you can make it happen. It might not be tomorrow, but owning your own home is something worth waiting for, working for and, perhaps, sacrificing a few expensive coffee drinks for as well. Here are a few tips to help you get started. 1. Track Every Dollar Find out exactly where your money goes each month … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Prep Your Yard for Spring (No Matter What Punxsutawney Phil Predicts)

According to legend, if a groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow when released from his burrow on February 2, we can expect six more weeks of winter. I love a winter wonderland, but six more weeks? No, thank you! I’m hoping he’s not spooked by his shadow which means an early spring! If you’re planning your spring garden, don’t rely too much on the groundhog’s shadowy prediction. … [Read more...]

The New Tax Law at a Glance

Here are a few major changes to the federal tax code that may affect your 2018 returns. 7 Important Deductions Going Away Dependent and personal exemptions Interest on Home Equity Loans not used to build, buy or improve your home Mortgage Insurance Premiums (MIP) Exclusion for Forgiven Debt Miscellaneous Itemized Deductions - i.e., unreimbursed employee expenses Moving … [Read more...]