Should You Wait Until Spring to Put Your Home on the Market?

Put Your Home on the Market

Typically the end of the Holiday season and New Years signal the advent of Spring, so putting your home on the market around the time of the Spring Equinox might be the perfect option for you. Markets vary, so only your local professional real estate agent can advise you on what is best in your…Read More »

Fascinating Home Technology — Run Your House on a Battery

Fascinating Home Technology

The biggest challenge to solar energy is the inability to both capture it and store it in any meaningful way. In fact, while efficiency in capturing solar power has increased from about 15 percent of most solar panel models to 35 percent efficiency in the higher ends, even when captured the energy grid is unable…Read More »

Capturing Clutter

clutter

Whether you’re preparing your home to sell, or your packing up to move to your new home … clutter can be your worst enemy. But, getting chaos under control isn’t always easy. The problem isn’t that you lack resources. In fact, a whole industry sprang up to help folks tackle the problem of clutter: from…Read More »

Can My Real Estate Agent Offer to Buy My Home If There are No Offers?

Can My Real Estate Agent Offer to Buy My Home If There are No Offers?

The short answer is “yes,” but know what you’re signing up for. In a seller’s market it seems like most homes should sell — given enough time and exposure on the market. But there are some situations where a home MUST sell: the owners need to move for work or because of a job loss;…Read More »

Disappointing Appraisal?

Disappointing Appraisal

You’ve found the perfect home at the perfect price and made an offer that the sellers accepted. But, the appraisal came back lower than your offer. BUMMER! What do you do now? Any home financed through a bank or mortgage lender requires an appraisal to protect them against originating a loan is upside-down (the loan…Read More »

Backyard July 4th Celebration!

Backyard July 4th Celebration!

Celebrate your new home with a backyard barbecue! Nothing speaks independence like owning your own home. If you’ve rented for most of your adult life, the freedom to paint walls, barbecue on the patio or hang party lights in trees is a special feeling. As July 4 rolls around, here are some ideas to celebrate…Read More »

Marketing Your Home Out-of-Town, Out-of-State, Out-of-Country

Marketing Your Home Out-of-Town, Out-of-State, Out-of-Country

In a tough sellers’ market, homeowners looking for the best possible sale sometimes consider marketing to out-of-town, out-of-state and even out-of-country buyers. So, how do you attract buyers from out of your area? Relocation Services Statistically, homes most often sell to local buyers. But if you are in a prime growth area with new industry…Read More »

When to DIY and When to Hire a Contractor

When to DIY and When to Hire a Contractor

Whether you’re preparing your home to sell, or you’ve just moved into your home and want to tackle some of the changes you have in mind to make it your own … knowing which items to do your self and which need a professional licensed contractor can save you from costly mistakes. If you are…Read More »

Need an Air Conditioner But Don’t Have Ducts?

Need an Air Conditioner But Don

As scorching or humid summer days approach, you may be second-guessing the purchase of that vintage or historic home you’ve had your eye on. In fact, in many places homes as new as 15 to 20 years may not have air conditioning. If your home doesn’t have ductwork and is missing the attic, basement or…Read More »

Does Size Really Matter?

Does Size Really Matter?

Now that you’re embarking on home ownership, you might wonder how large a space you actually need. After all, apartments tend to be a bit smaller than the average home and the siren song of extra space lures many a buyer into purchasing the biggest bang for their buck. While the size of houses increased…Read More »