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5 Projects to Tackle This Spring Break

March (hopefully) means the weather is warming up. If you don’t have a trip planned to an exotic locale, take some time to get ahead on home maintenance projects. Here are a few projects you can complete during a spring fling of home repair. 1. Fun with Water Power washing your home’s exterior not only adds to its sparkle factor, but also blasts away any potentially damaging mold and mildew. … [Read more...]

6 Easy Ways to Bring Spring Indoors

It’s been a nice winter but most of us are more than ready for spring and all the great things that get us outdoors. But wouldn’t it be nice to bring the spring season inside, too? Here’s a checklist of small jobs that will make an instant difference in how your home looks and feels this spring. Wash your windows —or call to have them professionally done. You’ll want a clear view of all … [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...]

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...]

Ways That Technology Is Used In Real Estate

You may not think “real estate” when you think about modern technology, but several advances are making the lives of home-buyers, home sellers, and agents a lot easier — not to mention adding peace of mind with added security measures. Here are a few. DRONES Fitting a small camera onto a helicopter drone lets agents capture aerial images of homes, properties and neighborhoods to feature in … [Read more...]

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...]

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6 Decisions to Make Before Your Home Search

Are you in the market for a new home but have no idea where to start? There are several decisions you should begin to make before you even start your home search. By asking yourself the right questions, you can quickly pinpoint what you want – and can afford – in your next home. What’s your budget? See how your finances stand up to the 28/36 rule, which lenders use to see what you can … [Read more...]

5 Winning Tips for Writing an Offer Letter

In some hot housing markets, including a letter with your formal offer to buy a home is all but required. Unfortunately, Hallmark doesn’t make a card for the occasion (yet). Here are a few tips: 1. Get emotional. Take advantage of this opportunity to sail beyond the facts and figures to convey a personal connection to the home. Pick one or two features and talk about how they fit into your … [Read more...]

How to Successfully Buy a Home in a Seller’s Market

Whether you’re a millennial looking to buy your first home or a boomer thinking about downsizing your empty nest, you’re probably aware that it’s a seller’s market out there. Homes are selling at lightning speed, bidding wars are commonplace, buyers often have little to no room for negotiation and the price of those homes keeps rising. But don’t worry! Just because it’s a seller’s market … [Read more...]