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 »

Quick Kitchen Upgrade: Open Shelving

Quick Kitchen Upgrade: Open Shelving

One of the first places homebuyers want to make changes is to an outdated kitchen. Visions of granite countertops, new cabinetry and shiny appliances grace the pages of architectural and remodeling magazines and websites and get our creative juices running … only to come to a screeching halt when we starting to price those new…Read More »

Qualifying for a Mortgage When You’re Self-Employed

Qualifying for a Mortgage When You

During the past several years, as folks struggled to survive the economic downturn and job loss, many smart people turned to entrepreneurship. In fact, working for yourself, either part-time or as your full-time gig is the reality for millions of Americans. Additionally, many companies turned to hiring freelance or contract labor (1099 status) rather than…Read More »

Slower Closing Procedures Soon in Effect

Slower Closing Procedures Soon in Effect

This year, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) begins requiring banks to provide consumers with a longer window in which to review loan documentation. The new rule, potentially in effect October 3, 2015, can push closing by as many as six days—to more than a week—longer than usual. Buyers needing to close quickly may need…Read More »

Selling After Labor Day — Curb Appeal

Selling After Labor Day — Curb Appeal

While Spring rightfully is touted as the busiest home-selling season, you don’t have to give up plans to sell your home until nest year. September through December may actually be the right time to sell your home. Conventional wisdom is that once Spring gives way to Summer and school starts, you’ve missed the opportunity to…Read More »

Are You Ready to Buy a Home?

Are You Ready to Buy a Home?

Okay, it’s one of the biggest decisions of your life, so when do you know if you’re ready? Homeownership readiness can come at any age … there are young twenty-somethings that took the plunge, and there are empty-nesters that buy after the kids are gone. The right time for you could be now, or anywhere…Read More »

Preparing to Sell Your House in the Fall: Boomers and Millennials Don’t Follow the Spring Trend

Preparing to Sell Your House in the Fall

If you put your home on the market in the Spring, and it hasn’t sold, you’re probably thinking about taking it off the market until next year. Conventional wisdom says that Spring and early Summer are the only times to sell a home. But, even though families typically move in late Spring and early Summer,…Read More »

New or Pre-Owned Home?

New or Pre-Owned Home?

Some homebuyers want nothing but a brand-new home with pristine appliances, sparkling bathtubs and stickers still on the windows. Others look for established homes in neighborhoods with mature landscaping, developed infrastructure and character. Both options carry advantages and disadvantages, so if you’re ambivalent about which way to go, take a moment to determine your actual…Read More »

Landscape for Your Climate

Landscape for Your Climate

Visions of lush green lawns, English gardens bursting with color and a sparkling fountain filling the air with the tinkling of thousands of water drops may float through your head when dreaming of your ideal home. But, you’re responsible, so you’ve planned for your new home to be efficient: changing outdated toilets for modern low-flow…Read More »

A House for the Whole Family

A House for the Whole Family

While multigenerational families sharing a home is common nowadays, finding a home that works for everyone is a little trickier. If you’re searching for the perfect house to share with both young children and aging parents, you need to consider a variety of potentialities. While completely mobile now, in the future your parents might need…Read More »