Real Estate When to Get Excited About the Housing Market Real estate professionals get that consumers, by and large, ignore housing statistics and the market until they become involved in the purchase or sale of a home. It’s only natural then that what impacts the market is a bit of a mystery to many. What determines a buyers’ or sellers’ market? What factors influence home […]
Buying Top 4 Deal Killers for Homebuyers Falling in love is exhilarating. It can also be a bit scary, especially when a home has captured your heart. What if something goes wrong and you end up not spending the rest of your life with this stack of brick and mortar you’re lusting after? No matter how careful you are, some deal killers […]
Selling 3 Tips for a Higher Home Appraisal It may seem that homebuyers and sellers don’t agree on much, but they share one important concern: that the transaction is successful. This comradery is never more evident than during the appraisal process. It’s only natural, since the results of the appraisal can send the deal spiraling out of control.Appraisers take into account many factors […]
Real Estate Home Inspections A home inspection is a visual exam of the structure and systems of a house. It details problems with the property and if they’re serious enough to prevent a sale. The three main points of an inspection are physical condition, items in need of repair or replacement, and the remaining useful life of major systems. […]
Real Estate Spring Cleaning Checklist Time to get your Spring Cleaning Done!  Here’s a list to help you on your way.  Clean out the garage.  Inspect the roof and gutter.  Power wash the outside of the house, including windows.  Drain all sediment from your hot water heater.  Donate clothes not worn for more than two […]
Real Estate Tax Benefits Thomas is a single, childless guy who rents a house for $1200 a month. His adjusted gross annual income is $128,000. He has $3500 state income tax withheld from his paychecks during the year and qualifies for no itemized deductions. His federal income tax liability for the year: Adjusted gross income: $128,000 Standard deduction: single […]
Real Estate How to Increase Your Home’s Value Do you have any idea what your return on investment is on a home improvement?  This may help you decide on what improvements you may want to move forward with. How to Increase Your Home’s Value Project (average cost recouped, national) according to Realtor Magazine: Minor kitchen remodel (88%) Bathroom remodel (85%) Major kitchen remodel […]
Real Estate Essential Tools for the Homeowner I am sure you did not start out with a pink tool chest like I did!  I have since expanded and here are some ideas to make your life easier at home. Homeowner toolkit essentials: Allen wrench Ball-end Allen wrenches Box wrench Brads, bolts, screws, nails, and spikes, various sizes Channel-lock pliers (water pump pliers) […]
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Local Shop Smart at Farmers’ Markets Shop Smart at Farmers’ Markets There are more than 3,000 farmers’ markets operating in the United States currently, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, generating in excess of $1 billion annually. Is there any difference between buying from a chain supermarket and your local farmers’ market? Yes, says E Magazine, the online environmental magazine, […]
Local Healthy Holiday Eating Healthy Holiday Eating How about making a New Year’s resolution before the New Year? Resolve to maintain your weight during the holiday season, since the average American gains five to ten pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. But how can you maintain your weight surrounded by your favorite high-calorie goodies and holiday drinks? Read on […]
Other Winter Pet Safety Winter Pet Safety Wintertime presents unique challenges for pet owners. Even though most household pets are covered in fur, this doesn’t mean that you can just turn them out for hours or days at a time and let them fend for themselves. Responsible pet owners need to adjust their routines to keep their furry family […]
Other How to Garden with Flowers How to Garden with Flowers Planting flowers is easy if you know how. For transplants: Dig a hole just slightly bigger than the plant’s rootball. Tap each side of the container to loosen the rootball. Place one hand over the top of the rootball and turn the container upside down, so the rootball is resting […]
Market Trends Pros and Cons of Solar Energy Before you invest, be sure and research all options.  Here are some information points. Solar technology continues to advance. The latest, greatest thing to come down the PV pike is thin-film solar cells. These cells are made of layered semiconductor materials that are only a few micrometers thick. This thin film technology makes possible roof […]
Other Lawn Care Lawn Care Do some research to identify the best grass type for your climate and soil type. If you have an established lawn that isn’t all it should be in spite of proper care, consider replanting with a more suitable grass type. Test your soil. Testing kits are available, or you can use litmus paper. […]
Real Estate Get Your Home Ready To Sell Things to do to Get Your Home Ready To Sell Edge, mow and fertilize the lawn. Reseed any sparse areas. Trim hedges, weed lawns and flowerbeds, and prune trees. Cut back overgrown shrubbery. Reseal cracks in foundation, steps, walkways, walls and patios. Power-wash your home’s exterior. Consider repainting in a neutral shade if there is […]