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Is It Time to Stop Renting?

Is It Time to Stop Renting?

It’s not your imagination that rent keeps going up. In fact, across the United States, from the end of summer 2013 to the end of summer 2014 rents increased over six percent … and in some housing markets rents increased…

Spring Means Servicing Your Air Conditioner

Spring Means Servicing Your Air Conditioner

In preparation for warmer summer days, spring is the perfect time to have your air conditioner serviced. With regular service, air conditioning units can continue to function in the most efficient and effective way possible. Neglected units are more costly…

Professionals Answer: “How Do I Increase My Home’s Value?” (Part 2 of 3)

Professionals Answer: “How Do I Increase My Home’s Va

A common question sellers ask is “What can I do to get the maximum selling price on my home?” Since each home and every market is different, we, as your real estate professionals, can give you specific advice on your…

Become a Fan of Fans

Become a Fan of Fans

Ceiling fans aren’t just about moving air, they are an important part of creating the right atmosphere in your home. Before choosing a fan, consider what you really want it to do. Smart ceiling fans Being smart isn’t just for…

Drought Tolerant Landscaping Ideas for New Home Owners

Drought Tolerant Landscaping Ideas for New Home Owners

In the excitement of buying and decorating a new home, remember to plan for the long-term when you start landscaping. With the recent widespread drought problems, installing sustainable, drought-tolerant landscaping not only saves water, it means your efforts will survive season to…

Professionals Answer: “How Do I Increase My Home’s Value?” (Part 3 of 3)

Professionals Answer: “How Do I Increase My Home’s Va

A common question for prospective home sellers is “How can I increase my home’s value or get a higher selling price?” In our earlier articles on this subject, we discuss low budget and economical fixes and upgrades that can increase…

Fearing Buyer’s Remorse?

Fearing Buyer’s Remorse?

Buying a home is one of the biggest investments you’ll make, and many times new buyers worry that they’ll make a wrong decision and then be sorry when it is too late to change it. What if I paid too…

Can You Sell Your House with Unpermitted Changes?

Can You Sell Your House with Unpermitted Changes?

Often, homeowners make changes and upgrades to their home without securing permit. In some cases, permits are not required, but in many cases they are. When you attempt to sell your home, investigations by the buyer’s real estate agent, inspector…

Seven Small Home Benefits

Seven Small Home Benefits

You bought a starter home that gave you entre into the world of home ownership, but now, your requirements have changed … you’ve added a spouse or children, you’ve moved your office home, or you’ve started a hobby that requires…

Preparing Your Home for Winter

Preparing Your Home for Winter

With November just around the corner, winter weather is on its way. Now is the time to get the jump on cold weather and winterize your home. Whether you are selling your home or you are a new homeowner, it…

Should I Buy or Sell on Contingency?

Should I Buy or Sell on Contingency?

While your home is on the market, and you find your dream home (or at least the perfect “next” home), it is tempting to place an offer on the new place to hold it until your home sells. Unless you…

Ideas for Dry-Scaping

Ideas for Dry-Scaping

You’ve decided to make your new home as ecologically sustainable as possible. You’ve changed out the toilets for low-flow versions and added insulation, installed bamboo flooring, energy-efficient windows and natural gas appliances. Now, it’s time to tackle the yard. Before…

Elections Affect Homeowners

Elections Affect Homeowners

One of the very first discussions the Founding Fathers had was about how to balance the rights of all individuals with the rights of those who owned property. They knew that if only property owners could vote, the rights of…

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…

DIY Renovation Tips

DIY Renovation Tips

If you’re thinking of buying a fixer-upper for the first time, whether to live in yourself or to flip, doing some of the renovations yourself can be satisfying and economical. You’ve watched plenty of television shows where novices remodeled a…

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…

Pamper Your Home with More Spring Cleaning Tips

Pamper Your Home with More Spring Cleaning Tips

We all love a good pampering. Your home is no different. A little spring sprucing gives you house that extra special attention it needs. Whether you start on the inside or the outside, give your home some special treatment and…

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…