Buyers Tips

Is Your Smart Home CyberSecure?

In support of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the Online Trust Alliance (OTA) and the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) have partnered to create a Smart Home Checklist that offers guidance to help homebuyers, renters and sellers manage the privacy and security of their smart homes and devices. Today’s homes are being built and retrofitted with smart […]

Design Tips to Breathe a Little Life into Your New Home

If you’re thinking about selling your home or buying a new home, it might be time for a design tune-up. While many may think tackling their home décor takes a bundle of time, money and expertise, it doesn’t have to be so frightening. You don’t need to spend a fortune or go to design school […]

Don’t Make these New Homeowners Insurance Mistakes

Though saving money is important, shaving off key protections in order to reduce homeowners insurance premiums can be costly in the event of a disaster, especially a hurricane. “The best way to avoid living the cliché of being ‘penny wise and pound foolish’ is to know what less-than-full coverage will cost you,” says Lynne McChristian […]

Understanding Warranties and Insurance Terms for New Homeowners

A number of products and services exist to help homeowners protect what will likely be the largest investment they’ll make – buying a home. The key to their effectiveness is gaining a clear understanding of various industry terms, defined by the non-profit National Home Service Contract Association (NHSCA). Home Service Contract/Warranty A home service contract […]

Kitchen Gadgets and Appliances for the Luxury Home Buyer

Just when you think kitchen gadgets and appliances have reached the height of efficiency, a new generation proves you wrong. Design experts give us a close-up look at the newest high-tech kitchen gear: Google-powered oven tablet – Dacor’s Discovery IQ Oven goes way beyond convection options with a touch-screen control panel that is a Google-powered tablet. […]

4th of July Safety Tips for New Homeowners

Fireworks are a time-honored tradition on Independence Day. If you’re planning to host your own firework-filled festivities at your new home, keep in mind these safety tips and guidelines issued by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). • Make sure the fireworks you want to buy are legal in your area before buying or using […]

How to Prepare for Unexpected New Home Repairs

Owning a home comes with its fair share of expenses, including mortgage and insurance payments and maintenance costs, but how much can a new homeowner reasonably expect to spend on unexpected home repairs? “My recommendation for homeowners is to take a few simple precautions before moving into their home,” says Marianne Cusato, HomeAdvisor.com. “Complete a […]

Simple and Painless House Hunting Tips

As we move further into the home-buying season, now more than ever you need to make sure you have everything in order so that you can hit the ground running once summer arrives. To ensure the house hunting process is as simple and painless as possible, take the following advice to heart as you search […]

Tips to Create an Elegant Ceiling that Makes People Look Up

Want to infuse your home with architectural interest? Start at the top, says Brian Patrick Flynn, owner of FlynnsideOut Productions and whose interiors are regularly featured on HGTV.com. “The ceiling is the most overlooked design element in a space, hands down,” says Flynn. “Just like people, rooms need different layers to be one-of-a kind. That […]

Final Walk Through – an Important Part of Home Buying

The final walk-through is an important part of the home buying process. This step gives a buyer the opportunity to assess the home top-to-bottom before closing. Although a home inspector can accompany a buyer during the final walk-through, it’s essential for the buyer to evaluate the home as an inspector would. To successfully complete the […]

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