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Do I Want to Buy with Cash?

Do I Want to Buy with Cash?

According to Market Watch, 43% of homebuyers in 2014 so far have purchased with all cash. While some analysts believe that the cash-buying frenzy will not last, there is always more room for negotiation when the buyer brings cash to…

Living Small

Living Small

No matter what our background, we all have an ideal dream home size in mind. When it comes down to the actual living in it, however, can smaller be better? If your dream is for an urban dwelling with access…

Choosing Paint by Light Direction

Choosing Paint by Light Direction

Light exposure in your room plays a large part in the visual drama of your paint colors. In rooms with multi-directional sun exposure—either opposing (east/west or north/south) or perpendicular (north/west, north/east, south/west, south/east)—the play of light over your walls, reflecting…

Choosing Paint by Light Direction

Choosing Paint by Light Direction

Light exposure in your room plays a large part in the visual drama of your paint colors. In rooms with multi-directional sun exposure—either opposing (east/west or north/south) or perpendicular (north/west, north/east, south/west, south/east)—the play of light over your walls, reflecting…

Tips for Home Buyers

Tips for Home Buyers

Finding a new home can be one of the most exciting times of your life. It’s a little like dating – the pursuit, the “getting to know you” period, the proposal (aka “offer”), and the marriage (aka “closing”). If you…

Pinterest for Home Buyers and Sellers

Pinterest for Home Buyers and Sellers

Pinterest for Home Buyers Some people are great at articulating exactly what they want in their next home. But some of us know what we want yet find it tough to explain that vision to someone else. It usually comes…

Do I Want to Buy with Cash?

Do I Want to Buy with Cash?

According to Market Watch, 43% of homebuyers in 2014 so far have purchased with all cash. While some analysts believe that the cash-buying frenzy will not last, there is always more room for negotiation when the buyer brings cash to…

What Homeownership Can Mean for You

What Homeownership Can Mean for You

When you’ve never owned your home, your relationship to it is less personal. Let’s face it, when something goes wrong in your rented apartment, you call the landlord or manager to fix it. You don’t worry about insurance against natural…

Greening an Older Home

Greening an Older Home

Your budget dictates that you buy an older home, but your heart wants that home to be environmentally responsible, so what do you do? Here are some ideas for making any home greener. If you plan for these in advance…

Are You Aware of Your Home Mortgage Options

Are You Aware of Your Home Mortgage Options

Have you considered refinancing your home lately? If so, you are not alone. According to the Freddie Mac Quarterly Refinance Report, many homeowners throughout the United States lowered monthly mortgage payments, shortened the length of their loans, and utilized fixed…

Your Home Options Increase After 55

Your Home Options Increase After 55

Have you found that your home no longer suits your needs and lifestyle? Perhaps your family size has changed or you have recently retired and are just seeking something new. If you are in the 55 and over age bracket,…

Your Home and Generational Home Buying Trends

Your Home and Generational Home Buying Trends

While your home is unique and a reflection of you and your lifestyle, when it comes to home buying, as with most things, societal trends are noted through at-large studies and statistics, not individual results. Study pools are often segmented…

NAR Reports Most Agree Buying Your Home is a Good Idea

NAR Reports Most Agree Buying Your Home is a Good Idea

Was buying your home a good financial decision? According to a recent study by the National Association of Realtors® (NAR), most people living in the United States would answer that question affirmatively. The 2013 National Housing Pulse Survey revealed that…

NAHB Reports Importance of MID on Your Home

NAHB Reports Importance of MID on Your Home

There’s been lots of talk of mortgage rates and tax credits and cuts in the news lately and it can be hard to understand how it all applies to you and your home. A recent analysis by economists at the…

How Does Your Home Garden Grow?

How Does Your Home Garden Grow?

Gardening is more than a popular trend, it’s also just plain fun to grow food at your home. Touted as a step towards self sufficiency, gardening can save you money and has other perks, such as the fact that homegrown…

Should You Remodel Your Home?

Should You Remodel Your Home?

Is your home no longer the home of your dreams? Do you look around your home with your partner and constantly see outdated rooms and projects that you would love to see completed? If you answered yes, you need to…

Tips For Selling Your Home

Tips For Selling Your Home

No matter where you live or are selling your home, there are simple things that play an important role in how welcome your potential buyers will feel. Showing off your home in its best possible light is extremely important, so…

Landscaping Your Home Using Sustainable Beauty

Landscaping Your Home Using Sustainable Beauty

How beautiful is the landscaping of your home? Does it flow with the lines of your house and blend well with your neighborhood? Have you noticed others making upgrades over the summer and dreamed a bit about making some improvements…