Yearly Archives: 2016

Bathroom Renovations for the Best Return On Your Investment

While the approach of the holidays has many people focused on gift lists and celebrations, you’re thinking about the guest bathroom. More specifically, you’re thinking about your mother-in-law’s commentary on the dripping showerhead, your brother-in-law’s judgment of the archaic toilet that uses gallons of water per flush, and your sister-in-law’s reaction to the total lack […]

Protect Resale Value – Be A Proactive Homeowner

We’ve all heard homeownership sometimes referred to as “a money pit.” Sure, homes are expensive, but there is no substitute for the sense of pride and comfort you achieve from living in a space that is truly your own. That said, it’s true that from the day you move in to the day you sell […]

Tips to Ease the Stress of House Hunting

Purchasing a new home is an exciting and sometimes stressful experience. Whether you’re moving to a new town or looking to upgrade from your current space, finding a new home requires patience, expert guidance and a keen eye for detail. As a home seeker, the first thing you’ll evaluate is location, space and amenities such […]

4 Questions to Ask When Remodeling Your Home

If you’re like millions of Americans who are contemplating selling their home within the next year, you’re doing some sort of home improvement project. Have you thought about how you’ll select your remodeler? Don’t be wooed by beautiful before-and-after photos – they are created to grab your attention and impress you, but they don’t tell […]

Fall Is the Ideal Season for Homebuyers

The data have it: October is one of the better months to buy, or sell. Homebuyers, according to RealtyTrac®, tend to get the best deals in October, based on an analysis of more than 30 million single-family home and condominium sales that happened over the last 15 years—of the 2.7 million sales closed in October […]

Credit Report Change Benefits New Homebuyers

An upcoming change on credit reports could be beneficial for homebuyers. Equifax, one of the nation’s three leading credit reporting bureaus, recently announced the addition of up to two years of debt balance and repayment history on its credit reports. The change became effective Sept. 24, 2016.

Navigating the Multiple Offer Minefield – Part I

Multiple offer situations, or cases in which more than one competing offer is placed on a home, can be challenging for a homebuyer, especially one new to the process. Knowledge is half the battle when navigating the multiple bid minefield. Below are insights and tips from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) all buyers should […]

And the 2017 Color of the Year Is – Poised Taupe!

The Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year informs interior décor decisions for designers and homeowners, echoed in seasonal trends throughout the year. In 2017, that color will be Poised Taupe, an understated, “modern take on a timeless classic” blending the best of browns and grays. “Poised Taupe celebrates everything people love about cool gray as a […]

When is the Right Time to Replace Windows?

That’s a good question! For those weighing that decision, here’s a list of questions to help make a clear decision about whether to replace a window. Should you DIY or hire a pro? The window fit, installation and type can make or break a replacement project. If you’re hiring a company to replace wood or metal […]

What Makes a House a Happy Home?

What makes a homeowner happy? What makes a house a happy home? A safe community? A short commute? What about walkability? The answer is all of the above, according to HomeAdvisor.com’s recently released Homeowner Happiness Index, an industry indicator ranking the happiest cities in the nation. “A homeowner’s quality of life is more likely to […]

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