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Uncategorized Staged to Sell—Fast If you’re thinking about selling your house quickly, don’t depend only on the brisk traffic other homes in your area may be experiencing. Do everything you can to make a great first impression. That means staging—a tactic that could make your house up to 17 percent likelier to sell. Minimize. Staging is all about making […]
Uncategorized Avoid Maintenance Pitfalls   Sometimes, owning a home can seem like almost too much work. However, by staying on top of maintenance, you can avoid many of the problems that make for the worst emergencies. Roof leaks. This may be the easiest expensive problem to avoid. There’s no trick to it. Simply inspect your roof often for missing […]
Uncategorized Nostalgia: Buying a Historic Home   Old homes—the hardwood floors, the gingerbread scrollwork, the crown molding. Oh, if they only made them like they used to! Charms may abound, but there are intrinsic drawbacks with age. However, with the right preparation, the benefits of buying a historic home—defined here as 75 years old or more—can outweigh the liabilities very quickly. […]
Uncategorized Making Great Family Memories at Home   As America begins to open up, more and more options for going out are, too. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still have fun together as a family at home, especially as the kids’ summer vacation really starts. Game It. Board games, many which have been crowd-funded, have enjoyed a wonderful resurgence of late […]
Uncategorized Seller Expectations in a Crazy Market   In this current market, what’s a seller to expect? Success, that’s what. Homes are still moving. Home prices in many, many areas are still rising. In fact, the median home price in the United States increased at an annual clip of 11.3 percent in the first quarter of 2020, hitting an all-time high of […]
Uncategorized Summer Lovin’— The Buyers   For buyers, summertime traditionally means three things for house-hunting: Eager sellers, great weather for browsing and big selection. Now, with interest rates at all-time lows, those big three just got even more enticing. With school just getting out and the economy about to rev back up, more people are going to be selling homes […]
Uncategorized Give your Outdoor Space Some Love Summertime ambience can add so much to a home. Three things come to mind: Lounging, lighting and logging (OK, not logging, per se, but hang with us). Lighting. One of the greatest inventions of the past 10 years is high-quality, inexpensive light strings for patios and decks. For about $40 per string, you can add […]
Uncategorized Saving for a Big Down-Payment   You’ve been thinking about buying a house for a long time or about getting a bigger place, but that 20-percent down payment idea is killing you. Don’t let it. You can do this. Here’s how to set the big and little goals necessary to achieve the dream. First, decide now what your price range […]
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Uncategorized Party in the Yard- Green and Brown Thumbs Unite   When you think about it, there are only two kinds of people: Those who can grow things, and those who kill them. They know who they are. They have the wilty plants with the yellow leaves scattered throughout their house and yard, and they claim they can’t grow a thing. Well, Mr. and Ms. […]
Uncategorized First-Time Homebuyer Wishlist   For the first-time homebuyer, the biggest temptation is trying to find the perfect house with everything from A to Z. But, if you’re like most first-timers, your eyes are bigger than your wallet. So, instead of shooting for A to Z, simplify your list to A-B-C: A. Must-have B. Should have C. Would be […]
Uncategorized Organizing Your Kitchen   It’s disorganized. It’s always dirty. It’s your kitchen. It doesn’t have to be this way. When you’re organizing your kitchen, don’t start with what you see, start with what you don’t—the inside of your cabinets. Chances are, you aren’t making nearly as good a use of that space as you could. And you could […]
Uncategorized Virtually Design Your Dream Kitchen   You’ve finally had it with the old Formica countertops and cabinet doors that won’t close all the way, haven’t you? Well, even if you haven’t yet, you’ll get there; and when you do, a virtual kitchen design will save you a thousand and one hassles on your way to the kitchen you want but […]
Uncategorized Staying Healthy and Entertained   While obeying stay-at-home orders, you have a choice: sink into helpless lethargy or take advantage of the lack of other distractions to make some new habits. But what to do with all those wonderful entertainment options just two clicks away? How about both? To do that, though, you will need to start with a […]
Uncategorized 6 Tips for a Productive Time at Home   Oh, productivity—so easy to attain when other people are watching, so hard to maintain when they’re not. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to help yourself: Make lists. You’d be amazed at all the professional people who don’t take advantage of this tried-and-true self-disciple tool. And make it the night before, just […]
Uncategorized Moving During the Quarantine While moving during the current coronavirus quarantine can be done fairly easily, there are some things you should consider: If your move date is at all flexible, put it off as long as you can. While rates of new infections are leveling off in many areas right now, new hot spots are emerging. So if […]
Uncategorized Easy DIY Home Projects So, you’re stuck at home with “nothing to do,” but you know in the back of your mind—no, the front of your mind—that projects need to get done around the house. Here are some easy, do-it-yourself projects that you can do as soon as you put down the remote: Garage shelves. A few 2-by-4s, some […]
Uncategorized 7 Things to Do at Home Now Whatever you do right now, don’t allow the reality of being restricted make you feel restricted. Here are seven things you can do to make the most of your time at home: Exercise every day. Inside or outside (outside is better), exercise at least 30 minutes each day—preferably at the same time. If it takes […]
Uncategorized 6 Tips to Prepare Your Home to Sell Trying to sell your home? Try these six tips that may save you many more headaches than that: Right-price. All other factors being equal, nothing will help you sell your home faster than doing your homework (or having your agent do it) and listing your home at the exact right price relative to the comparable […]
Uncategorized Can I sell my home during the quarantine?   What the current shelter-in-place requirements have taken away in some areas of life, technology thankfully has stepped in to pick up the slack. One of those areas, key to so much of the economy, is the housing market. Over the next couple of months, people can take advantage of several handy tools to sell […]
Uncategorized Spring is Here     Oh, the joys of chirping birds and sunlight and the smell of flowers (no, really—go outside and smell them. They’re grand this time of year). Yes, it’s spring, which means that you really do need to get out and make your home more, shall we say, viewer-friendly. Time to clean out the extra […]