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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 […]

When Stopped By Law Enforcement

When You See the Flashing Lights of the Patrol Car Turn on your hazard/flashing lights. Reduce speed and pull over to a stop on a side street and/or exit the freeway (to ensure the officer’s safety). Roll the driver’s side window completely down. Place your hands on the steering wheel at the 10:00 and 2:00 […]

Home Buying in 6 Easy Steps [Infographic]

The home buying process can seem daunting to potential homebuyers, but a qualified real estate professional who understands the entire process can help ease many of these worries. Make sure you are prepared with these useful tips from NAR and contact our office to begin your search: Home Buying in 6 Easy Steps

Do Paint Colors Affect the Sales Price of Your Home?

There are numerous factors that impact a buyer’s decision to make an offer on a home. One of those is paint color—a feature that may be positively or negatively received by buyers. A recent Zillow Digs® analysis found that listings with kitchens painted soft shades of yellow sold for more $1,360 more than anticipated. Generally, […]

Tips to Get Settled in Your New Zipcode

Now that the dust has settled and your belongings are put away (just kidding, we know the boxes are still piled high!), it’s time to get a lay of the land. Whether you moved a few houses down the street or across state lines, settling into a new zipcode can be a fun adventure…so long […]

Tips to Protect Your Valuables When You Move

Beyond the flowers blooming, the sound of birds singing and the burst of warm weather, something happens in May and June. After a long winter, the rising temperatures make spring a prime time to move. College students are moving out of dorms, young families are transitioning to new homes after the school year and retirees […]

Seven Easy Ways to Make a Grand Entryway

The entryway or foyer of your home conveys an important first impression to your guests. For homeowners bent on making it a great first impression, designers at ElleDecor.com suggest seven easy ways to make an entryway look larger, brighter, and more welcoming: Use the Power of Mirrors – A well-placed mirror can instantly open up […]

Can a Garage Door Sell Your Home?

Is that home improvement really worth its cost? A new garage door may be! According to ContractorQuotes.us, a Web-based contractor referral service, a garage door replacement can increase your home’s value by an average of $1,410. The project costs an average of $1,595, recouping 88.4 percent of your investment. One pitfall, however, can skew those […]

What if You Could Own Your Own Home?

It’s an all too familiar monthly event: you write out a rent check and wait for the funds to disappear from your bank account. But what if instead of making endless payments on something you don’t own, you could own a home of your own? When you finance a home purchase with a mortgage, you […]

Things to Discuss with Your Partner before Buying a Home

In a relationship, you count on your significant other to be there with you through the good and the bad. They are your best friend, your confident and your closest ally. And you count on being able to have important conversations with them as well. One of those important conversations every couple should have focuses […]

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