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Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday — the Saturday after Thanksgiving — was created by American Express in 2010 to increase awareness of the impact of small businesses on communities. The event grows every year. It’s a great reason to explore a new corner of your neighborhood and find ways to get involved in the community. Here are a few businesses to be sure to check out.   1. Coffee … [Read more...]

8 Ways to Make Overnight Guests Feel at Home for the Holidays

The holiday seasons means a flurry of activities and family time. Here are some easy ways to make sure you and your overnight guests are comfortable through it all. 1. Sticky-roll the furniture. Have your pets been sneaking a nap on the couch when you’re not looking? Make sure to de-fur the furniture before anyone sits or sleeps on it.   2. Pile the kids into one room. They'll love … [Read more...]

Don’t Forget to Fall Back

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5 Winning Tips for Writing an Offer Letter

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 … [Read more...]

5 Things Buyers Should Know About Home Warranties

Unless you've purchased a brand-new home that includes warranties on the newly installed systems and appliances, there's no guarantee you're covered for repair or replacement if something stops working in your new place. One way for buyers of pre-owned homes to protect themselves against the risk of costly repairs is to consider purchasing a home warranty. A few things you should know about … [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...]

6 Lessons Monopoly Can Teach You About Home Buying

1. Patience MONOPOLY: So your family has decided to play Monopoly? Refill your beverage, grab a snack and change into comfortable clothes. You’re going to be there a while. LESSON: Buying real estate is a process. There’s pre-approval for a loan, interviewing agents, searching for homes, submitting an offer, maybe submitting another offer, the home inspection, the appraisal, and final loan … [Read more...]

Simple Tricks to Crank Up Your Curb Appeal

First impressions set the tone for a home tour. Prospective buyers should encounter an attractive, welcoming place before they even walk through the doorway. Here are some tips to crank up your home’s curb appeal.   De-clutter the porch. Lose the extra chairs, the pile of muddy shoes and your dog’s collection of mangled toys. Help your home bloom. A pot of bright flowers is not only … [Read more...]

7 Ways to Meet Your New Neighbors

Now that you’ve settled into your new home, it’s time to the meet the neighbors. Here are a few tips to break the ice. Go ahead, don’t be shy!   1. Throw an informal happy hour After all that unpacking (or staring exhaustedly at those boxes that need to be unpacked) hosting a party may be the last thing you want to do. But a casual gathering involves little effort. A couple bottles of … [Read more...]

7 Staging Tips for Small Outdoor Spaces

An attractive outdoor space, even if it’s just big enough to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee or evening cocktail, can be a major selling point for potential buyers. Here are a few suggestions for maximizing your outdoor living space.     1. Floor it. If you have a small outdoor area, it won’t break the bank to invest in higher quality tiles or stones. Snap-in deck tiles are … [Read more...]