December 2, 2020

14 Easy (and Affordable) Home Upgrades You Can Do Before the Holidays

14 Easy (and Affordable) Home Upgrades You Can Do Before the Holidays   We all know the feeling of looking around the house and wanting to make a few changes… As this year begins to wrap up and with the holidays right around the corner you may be wanting to upgrade a few things around the house. From simple DIY projects like changing the kitchen knobs to painting your tile, I’ve compiled a list of 14 easy (and affordable) upgrades you can make both inside and outside of your home before the holidays. Replace Your Cabinet Pulls Updating the knobs […]
December 2, 2020

How to Maximize your ROI when Selling your Home

How to Maximize your ROI when Selling your Home Your home is your treasured sanctuary. You’ve likely accumulated plenty of fond memories in your current place, from backyard cookouts to cozy winter evenings in. Sooner or later though, you’ll need to find a new house to accommodate the growing needs of your family. And when you’re selling a home, you want to do everything you possibly can to maximize the profits of your home sale. However, it’s not always an easy process to raise the value of your property. Some of the best ways to maximize the profit of your […]
May 28, 2020

Is Buying A Home Right Now A Mistake?

Is Buying A Home Right Now A Mistake? When you see all those “for sale” signs pop up in your neighborhood — and then see them change to “under contract” shortly afterward — it’s easy to feel like you’re missing out if you’re not buying a home this summer. So, you run the numbers, spend nights scrolling through listings, and start to imagine your new life in your dream home. There’s just one thing: you may not be ready to buy a home right now. While most real estate agents point to a hot market (and still low-interest rates) as […]
May 28, 2020

How Long You Should Live In Your Home Before You Sell It

How Long You Should Live In Your Home Before You Sell It Whether you just moved in or have lived in your home for 50 years, it’s common to wonder how long you should stay in your home before you sell it. According to the National Association of Realtors®, ten years is the average amount of time that a homeowner will stay in their home before deciding to sell it. If you’re under ten years and itching to sell, many experts say you should follow the “five-year rule” and stay in the same home for at least five years before selling. This […]
May 28, 2020

5 Things You’ll Wish You Knew Before Buying Your First Home

5 Things You’ll Wish You Knew Before Buying Your First Home We know that the home buying process is daunting, and it might seem like you have a million tasks on your plate. Everyone is giving you advice, but what should you really spend your time worrying about? We asked a recent first-time homebuyer what she wishes she knew before she bought her home. Here are the 5 pieces of advice she thought were worth sharing. Take Your Time With Mortgage Lenders It’s no easy decision when debating over the many home lender options. First-time home buyers typically do the […]
May 28, 2020

The Emotional Side of Home Selling

The Emotional Side of Home Selling   The decision to sell your home isn’t an easy one. In fact, research has ranked selling a home as second to relationship breakups for the most stressful experience in a person’s life. The same survey said Americans are more stressed out about selling their home than planning a wedding, getting fired or even becoming a parent. In other words, it’s perfectly normal to have strong emotions. The good news? Though the experience can feel overwhelming and inspire doubts, it doesn’t have to get in the way of a successful home sale, and there’s […]
May 28, 2020

The Hidden Costs Of Selling Your Home The Silicon Valley Way

The Hidden Costs Of Selling Your Home The Silicon Valley Way     Getting your home sold in just one day with multiple offers might sound too good to be true, but these days there are many start-ups and tech-backed companies promising to do just that. They guarantee a sale in a certain time period, buy the house directly from you, or offer a platform where you accept and review online bids from buyers. It sounds like a dream come true, right? Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work out and has some serious hidden costs.     Hidden Cost #1: Low-Ball […]
November 5, 2012

Are Buyers Overlooking Key Factors in Home Purchases?

Home buyers may be so swayed by the home’s appearance and price that they may be missing out on researching some other important factors about the home that may keep them happy there for years to come. Articles in U.S. News & World Report and the Community Associations Network highlight some of the most common areas that buyers’ are overlooking in their home purchases. Some of these overlooked areas include: 1. Nearby zoning. The surrounding area of a home or neighborhood can change drastically through the years so home buyers shouldn’t always assume that what they see today is what […]
October 29, 2012

Pros and Cons of Buying New Construction

Are you considering buying a home? If so, you know getting started is among the toughest steps—establishing budget, finding a Realtor and truly coming to know what type of home you want. Is a condo right for you? Are you interested in renovated properties? Planned communities? New versus old? That last consideration gives many potential homeowners pause. Why? Because there are so many great benefits to buying a newly constructed home; however, at the same time, there are downfalls that many buyers overlook. Here are a few of the pros and cons of buying new homes that will help you […]
October 22, 2012

What to Expect From Your Buyer’s Agent

If you’re going into the home purchase process well armed with information, you already know how important it is to use your own real estate agent and not the seller’s. If this is news to you, read on. Real estate agents owe their clients what is known as a “fiduciary duty.” Although it sounds like legal jargon, it simply means that the agent is obligated to act in the best interests of his or her client. What are these interests? At their most basic, the seller’s interest is to sell the home for the most money possible while the buyer […]