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 »

Hack Your Downpayment

Hack Your Downpayment

The biggest hindrance to home-ownership for most young couples is the dreaded downpayment. In fact, may couples believe that between living expenses and school loans, they’ll never be able to save up enough for a downpayment on a house or even a condominium. If making the move from renting to owning is a priority for…Read More »

The Best Place to Raise a Family

The Best Place to Raise a Family

We all have our own idea of the perfect place to raise a family. We want our kids to grow up with all the opportunities available to them. That might mean a large backyard or nearby parks, great schools, sports facilities, museums or libraries. You might think a low crime rate or access to shopping…Read More »

Protect Your Home-Buying Budget

Protect Your Home-Buying Budget

You know you love house hunting, and shopping for the perfect home is a fun pastime, but to move from being an open house and model home butterfly requires that big initial financial outlay … the dreaded downpayment. In fact, sticker shock sometimes deters potential homeowners from making the decision to buy at all. To…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 »