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3 DIY projects that will instantly improve your home
September 18, 2020 - News Shorts

(BPT) - Buying a home is exciting. Once you purchase a property, you want to make it your own. Whether it's a 100-year-old beauty or a fresh new build, there are improvements you can make that not only personalize the space, but add instant value to your real estate investment.

Project 1: Update the garage door

Garage doors take up a lot of visual real estate on the exterior of a home, meaning they dramatically boost curb appeal. Because you never get a second chance to make a first impression, bland designs, old styles and damaged doors detract from a home's appearance and overall value.

Updating a garage door has a midrange cost but an impressive ROI. According to Remodeling Magazine's 2020 Cost vs. Value report, the average national job cost of a garage door replacement is $3,695, with an impressive 94.5% cost recouped at resale.

When choosing a garage door, select one you like that matches the home's design. For example, carriage-house garage doors have a rustic look that work well with American Craftsman style homes. Contemporary garage doors with clean lines work well with mid-century modern homes. Raised panel garage doors are popular and work with many types of homes.

Project 2: Add a bathroom

Wish you could add a bathroom where no conventional plumbing exists in your home? Basements, attics, garages and unfinished spaces are tricky, but there is one way to add a bathroom without busting through concrete or sacrificing the structural integrity of a home: above-floor plumbing such as macerating toilets and drain pumps from Saniflo.

This was the case for David Pirain of NextHome PPM Realty, who wanted to add a half bath to a home he was flipping in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The primary challenge: Sewage access was above grade and 40 feet away from the basement, which is situated about six feet below the sewer line. Installing conventional plumbing was impossible without installing a large sewage ejector system that would require breaking concrete to dig a pit to hold the system, which he estimated would cost $9,000.
He decided above-floor plumbing options would be an effective alternative at a much lower cost. He spent $1,100 and now estimates that adding a basement bathroom increased the value of the home by $20,000. Learn more about adding a bathroom anywhere you want without the traditional cost at

Project 3: Revitalize ceilings

Dingy, cracked ceilings are eyesores that date a property and can make it look older than it is. By updating your ceiling, you not only improve the appearance, but you also increase the home's overall value. If there are chips and cracks, it's important to repair these issues before applying any paint. Once repaired, vacuum cobwebs and remove dust to ensure that fresh coat of ceiling paint adheres properly.

Don't like the style of ceiling you have? Many homeowners are opting to replace popcorn texture ceilings with flat or knock-down styles. While a ceiling is a personal preference, updating it to a more modern option may command a higher price at resale. If the ceiling has never been painted, you may be able to remove the popcorn texture yourself; otherwise, hiring a professional should get the job done quickly. Keep in mind, popcorn textures and other ceilings applied before 1979 may have asbestos, so you'll want to get it tested before removal.

Enhance the value and enjoy the results

As you look at different properties, you imagine yourself in each house, enjoying the space and making memories. Even when you find "the one," there are things you want to update. By making these improvements, you will personalize the space, instantly enhance the value and have a property you enjoy.

Get connected to our FREE LifeandHomes Weekly Newsletter. Each week's email includes the area's most-current real estate digital publication that high-lights the local Agents & Brokers current listings. We also publish informative news articles and expert home & lifestyle tips & tricks that can help you handle your do-it-yourself & beyond projects. If you need more expert help, we have included a Products & Service Directory of local professionals as a resource for you. Don't forget ALL the money saving Coupons as well! To get your LifeandHomes Weekly Newsletter emailed over to you FREE - Just click here .
How a smart home can help you save money
September 18, 2020 - News Shorts

(BPT) - Hundreds of millions of people have sheltered in place as governments issue executive orders to help slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). As a result, many homes are becoming a fortress against the virus, a makeshift school, an office outpost and a daycare facility. As homeowners continue to spend more time at home with the appliances and lights on, they are looking for ways to optimize the efficiency of their homes.

The typical U.S. family spends at least $2,200 a year on home utility bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. On average, that’s 7% of a consumer’s annual income. Utilities that used to be considered “optional,” such as Internet and mobile phone service, are now considered essential during the coronavirus era, adding additional expense to a family’s monthly budget.

So where can a homeowner look to cut back?

When thinking of a smart home, some people might just think of cool, connected gadgets that make life easier or more convenient. However, many smart-home solutions are becoming part of sustainable living, and they can save you money along the way.

Here are four ways you can introduce smart-home solutions into your daily life, reducing the monthly strain of high utility bills.

Don’t sacrifice efficiency for comfort — automate your thermostat

Homes are a source of comfort and the temperature of your home should help you achieve that feeling. However, heating and cooling can account for nearly half of a family’s monthly utility budget. A smart thermostat, like the Honeywell Home T9 thermostat, can reduce this cost by tailoring to your temperature preferences during the day and at night. By adding smart room sensors to your most popular rooms, you can deliver the right temperature to the right room at the right time. Look for trusted brands that are Energy Star certified. You'll be doing your pocketbook and the environment a favor.

Sign up for rebates

When a sudden heat wave or cold snap hits a large swath of the country, air conditioning systems and heaters in houses, apartments, hospitals and office buildings all crank on at once, and utility companies go into overdrive trying to meet their clients’ increased energy demands.

This kind of short-term increased demand puts a strain on the electric grid and can even become a public safety hazard if overloaded systems crash just when consumers most need them. To prevent this, utility companies implement a variety of voluntary energy-saving programs (known in the industry as demand response, or DR) that incentivize consumers to reduce their energy use during periods of peak demand.

Many utility companies offer consumers a rebate for joining energy savings programs that connect to smart thermostats. You can search for rebates at

Light up the room, but only when you’re in it

Parents can often tell the exact path their children have taken based on what lights have been left on throughout the house. Turning off lights is an easy thing to forget, even as adults. We’ve all accidentally left that closet light or bedroom lamp on all day. Consider installing automated and motion-activated lighting solutions. With easy DIY installation, a weekend lighting project can give you long-term energy savings. Interested to know how much energy and cost are associated with running various home appliances? You can find an energy calculator at

Get to know your water usage

Most of us don’t think twice when turning on the faucet, flushing the toilet or running a warm bath, which takes energy to heat. Water is our planet’s most precious resource, but it’s something we take for granted because it’s available at the turn of a tap. Monitoring and being aware of your water footprint can help reduce your monthly bill, while reducing strain on water supplies. For example, your money goes down the drain when dishes are washed by hand — using up to 27 gallons per load — instead of using an Energy Star certified dishwasher that can use as little as three gallons per load.

Smart washing machines can help you optimize your laundry preferences — and can find the right wash cycle and water-temperature preferences suitable for that load.

Resideo’s Wi-Fi Water Leak and Freeze Detector can alert you and your smartphone if it detects a possible water leak.

Are you feeling like you want to start improving your home's efficiency, but don’t know how to begin? HVAC contractors and security dealers are considered essential businesses during the coronavirus in many states. Most credible professionals have adjusted their protocols when interacting with homeowners as well. Contact a professional that can recommend efficient whole-home solutions to help optimize your home's water and energy resources.

Get connected to our FREE LifeandHomes Weekly Newsletter. Each week's email includes the area's most-current real estate digital publication that high-lights the local Agents & Brokers current listings. We also publish informative news articles and expert home & lifestyle tips & tricks that can help you handle your do-it-yourself & beyond projects. If you need more expert help, we have included a Products & Service Directory of local professionals as a resource for you. Don't forget ALL the money saving Coupons as well! To get your LifeandHomes Weekly Newsletter emailed over to you FREE - Just click here .
Keep your home pest-free this fall
September 18, 2020 - News Shorts

(BPT) - Autumn is a wonderful time of year — leaves show brilliant colors, there’s a refreshing crispness in the air — but, unfortunately, more bugs and rodents are finding their way into your home. As the season changes, insects and other critters are searching for places to hunker down for the cold weather and scoping out new food sources.

A recent survey conducted on behalf of Tomcat found that 73% of consumers said they would do whatever it takes to get rid of rodents. Over 21 million households see rodents in their homes every winter, and more than 60 million households experience insects indoors. Insects and rodents can be a real health hazard, bringing dirt and diseases into your house.

While everyone is spending more time at home, they’re also noticing signs of unwanted visitors in their homes more than ever before. According to a recent survey conducted by Ortho, the number one reason consumers moved away from a professional pest service in 2020 was COVID-19. For health and safety reasons, many were just not willing to invite new people inside their homes. Instead, they've opted to try to handle the problem themselves.

Why wait to discover evidence of pests in your home to take action? If you wait until you see one insect or rodent, there are likely many more already lurking in the nooks, crannies — and walls — of your home. The best way to deal with these unwanted intruders is to be proactive, and keep them out of your house in the first place.

To help you better prepare to prevent bugs and rodents from entering your home this fall, Ortho and Tomcat's Gretchen White, Home Pest Scientist, has shared the following tips:

1. Keep your home clean


  • Clean up food crumbs or spills promptly. Avoid leaving pet food out overnight.
  • Store food in containers that can’t be chewed through. Especially pet food.
  • Use a trash can with a lid in the kitchen.
  • Keep pipes and drains in good repair, as bugs and critters also need sources of water.
  • Clear out piles of debris, newspapers or cardboard that could be used by rodents for nesting material in garages, attics or basements where rodents might take up residence.


  • Keep trash containers tightly closed, and store bird food or seeds in sealed containers.
  • Check around your home for piles of leaves, debris or wood where insects and rodents can nest.
  • Remove any standing water.
  • Make sure your chimney is capped.
  • Seal any openings in the exterior of your home.
  • Cut back any vegetation touching the exterior that pests could climb to gain access to any openings.

2. Block them from entering


According to the Ortho survey, the most common pests homeowners try to get rid of are:

  • Ants
  • Crawling insects
  • Spiders
  • Flying insects
  • Termites
  • Carpenter ants
  • Bed bugs

Unfortunately, it's hard to keep small insects from entering through holes and cracks you may not even see.

One easy solution is to use an indoor barrier product like Ortho Home Defense Max Indoor Insect Barrier against all common household insects. It kills and deters ants, cockroaches, spiders, fleas, ticks, scorpions, beetles, earwigs, silverfish, centipedes, millipedes and more. The fast-drying formula has no fumes and leaves no stains, so you can use it with confidence indoors. People and pets can reenter the space once the product has dried. It spreads easily into cracks, crevices, under appliances and into hard-to-reach places where insects hide. This is the perfect product to use before you even see any insects — putting down a preventative barrier to keep bugs out.


Rats and mice can enter your home through small holes, cracks or crevices — even as small as a dime. Check your home's exterior for holes or cracks and seal with caulk, expanding foam, or weather-stripping depending on the size and where you find the holes. When possible, use these flexible materials in combination with those that rodents can’t chew through, such as steel wool, hardware cloth, galvanized sheet metal and cement.

Those measures aren't fool-proof, however. You can also keep rodents from even trying to come inside by spraying potential points of entry like doors, windows, pipes, cracks, crevices and vents with Tomcat Repellents Rodent Repellent Continuous Spray, which uses essential oil technology to give off a smell and taste rodents naturally hate, but is safe to use around kids and pets when used as directed. It's easy to apply, and features a no-stink, long-lasting rain-resistant formula.

Following these tips will help give you peace of mind so you can enjoy your home this fall — and year-round — without the constant worry, annoyance and potential health risks insects and rodents can bring.

Get connected to our FREE LifeandHomes Weekly Newsletter. Each week's email includes the area's most-current real estate digital publication that high-lights the local Agents & Brokers current listings. We also publish informative news articles and expert home & lifestyle tips & tricks that can help you handle your do-it-yourself & beyond projects. If you need more expert help, we have included a Products & Service Directory of local professionals as a resource for you. Don't forget ALL the money saving Coupons as well! To get your LifeandHomes Weekly Newsletter emailed over to you FREE - Just click here .
Top tips for weathering storm season
September 18, 2020 - News Shorts
September is the most common month for hurricanes to make U.S. landfall, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association.
Putting Your Home to Work: 5 Things to Know About Solar Panels
July 15, 2020 - News Shorts
As people have been spending more time at home and watching their utility bills increase, solar energy is becoming a topic of interest.
Stunning and Affordable DIY Backsplash
July 15, 2020 - News Shorts
The kitchen is the heart of the home for many good reasons. It serves as a central location for people to cook and catch up.
Your Backyard Is Not Cancelled
April 10, 2020 - News Shorts
Home Safety Tips For Spring
March 06, 2020 - News Shorts
As people become more active during the warmer months, keeping home safety top of mind can sometimes go by the wayside
Now Is The Time To Find the Right Mower For You
March 06, 2020 - News Shorts
Whether you're a first-time homeowner or looking for an upgrade, deciding what lawn mower to purchase deserves careful consideration.
Plan Ahead for Peak Travel Seasons
March 06, 2020 - News Shorts
A family getaway is the perfect chance to unwind and reconnect with loved ones away from the distractions of daily life.
3 easy projects that instantly transform a bathroom
February 28, 2020 - News Shorts
Updating the bathroom with the latest trends is something many homeowners desire, but the thought of a complete remodel can be overwhelming.
How to keep your car on the road longer
February 28, 2020 - News Shorts
Did you know that one in four Americans keep their cars for an average of seven years or more? Nearly another third (29%) say they typically own their car for three to four years.
Spring cleaning for spring allergies
February 28, 2020 - News Shorts
As days grow longer and new blooms appear, it can only mean one thing: Spring is here and with it comes the task of spring cleaning.
Get Your House Ready For Spring Entertaining
February 21, 2020 - News Shorts
Whether hosting family and friends for your first or fifteenth time, you want your home to be ready to impress.
Preserving Analog Photos Made Easy
February 21, 2020 - News Shorts
When it comes to passing down family memories, there's nothing like the visual impact of a photograph.
Smartphone Upgrades Do Not Have To Cost A Fortune
February 21, 2020 - News Shorts
With the latest flagship smartphones like the iPhone 11 and Samsung Galaxy S10 carrying price tags near $1,000, upgrading to a premium phone may seem out of reach to someone on a limited budget.
4 Home Improvement Ideas
February 14, 2020 - News Shorts
Whether you're thinking about a bathroom update, kitchen overhaul or any other type of home improvement project, these tips from the experts at the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and can help you get started.
Celebrate Agriculture
February 14, 2020 - News Shorts
From the food on your table to the clothes on your back, agriculture provides a variety of things you eat, wear and use daily.Those items don't magically arrive at the store or appear in your home, however.
Energy-Efficient Ideas to Upgrade Your Home
February 14, 2020 - News Shorts
Energy bills are likely among the largest expenses for homeowners, but you can take action to lower those costs.
7 Tips For Long Road Trips With Kids
February 06, 2020 - News Shorts
Whether the length of your drive is three hours or 30 minutes, it can seem an eternity with a bored child in the car.
Bringing the indoors out: 2020 outdoor living trends
February 06, 2020 - News Shorts
2020 outdoor living trends are all about enjoying your backyard alfresco — but with the comfort and ease you expect from your indoor spaces.
Tips to stay warm and safe from carbon monoxide
February 06, 2020 - News Shorts
As temperatures drop and we crank up the heat or turn to alternative power sources, the risk for carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning significantly increases.
Five Things To Take Your Basement From Unlivable To Lovable
January 31, 2020 - News Shorts
With a little effort and some design flair you can make your basement come alive-and reclaim valuable living space
Red Flags and Smart Steps to Avoid Scams
January 31, 2020 - News Shorts
You work hard for your money. Unfortunately, crooks work hard as well, attempting various tactics to take your money.
Thank A Farmer - Celebrate Agriculture
January 31, 2020 - News Shorts
From the food on your table to the clothes on your back, agriculture provides a variety of things you eat, wear and use daily.
How to Create a More Functional Laundry Room
January 24, 2020 - News Shorts
A laundry room may be one of the spaces that you use the most, but cramped quarters and clutter can hinder your productivity.
Starting a Home Remodeling Project
January 24, 2020 - News Shorts
Outside of the home itself, remodeling is typically one of the largest investments you can make as a homeowner.
Welcome a 4-Legged Family Member with Care
January 24, 2020 - News Shorts
Bringing home a new pet can be exciting and heartwarming.
6 Simple Steps To Take Control of Your Finances
January 16, 2020 - News Shorts
It comes as no surprise that money is the No. 1 driver of stress for many of us.
De-Stress By Bringing The Outdoors In
January 16, 2020 - News Shorts
This year you might have goals like ramping up your workout routine, increasing your self-care regimen or finding time to de-stress
Trees Not Tombstones: New Options For End-of-Life
January 16, 2020 - News Shorts
The vast majority of Americans have not completed their end-of-life planning.
5 Financial Tips for Teens
January 09, 2020 - News Shorts
When it comes to economics, many teens' mouths write checks their knowledge can't cash.
Let Trends Guide Your 2020 Travel
January 09, 2020 - News Shorts
While there's plenty to be said for taking the proverbial road less traveled, fellow tourists can provide a wealth of knowledge to help shape a vacation filled with lifelong memories.
Put Safety First
January 09, 2020 - News Shorts
From quick DIY repairs around the house to contractors on the jobsite, power tools can make nearly any job faster and easier.
5 ways to be more productive in the new year
December 27, 2019 - News Shorts
When the calendar flips to a new year, many people are inspired to make resolutions, promising productivity, healthy lifestyles, self-care and more.
How to make financial wellness your New Year
December 27, 2019 - News Shorts
While the holiday season is a wonderful time of year, it can also put great financial strain on individuals going into the new year.
Remodel Your Way to a Bigger ROI
December 27, 2019 - News Shorts
Homeowners and renters remodel, redesign and restructure their homes for a variety of reasons. Even a newly constructed dream home needs improvements over time
5 ways to be more productive in the new year
December 26, 2019 - News Shorts
When the calendar flips to a new year, many people are inspired to make resolutions, promising productivity, healthy lifestyles, self-care and more.
Home upgrades that are good for the environment
December 26, 2019 - News Shorts
Consumers today are more mindful about the environmental impact of everything they do, from driving and traveling to energy usage in their homes.
How to protect your most valuable asset
December 26, 2019 - News Shorts
If you're like many Americans, your home may be your most valuable asset. That's why it's so important to protect it with homeowners insurance.
Do Not Let Winter Injuries Freeze Your Fun
December 19, 2019 - News Shorts
For many people, dropping temperatures mean it's time to bundle up and head outdoors for their favorite winter activities.
Manage Investments through Divorce
December 19, 2019 - News Shorts
Not only can financial problems in a marriage be a significant factor in a couple's decision to get a divorce, the financial fallout from divorce can leave spouses struggling to pick up the pieces.
Tips For Holiday Road Trips With Kids
December 19, 2019 - News Shorts
Whether the length of your drive is three hours or 30 minutes, it can seem an eternity with a bored child in the car.
4 steps to financial fitness in the new year
December 13, 2019 - News Shorts
4 steps to financial fitness in the new year
Mother Nature inspires
December 13, 2019 - News Shorts
Mother Nature inspires 'new neutral' home design trends
Smart homes are not smart without fire sprinklers
December 13, 2019 - News Shorts
Smart homes are not smart without fire sprinklers
December 06, 2019 - News Shorts
Pointers On Protecting Your Packages And Property
Keep the heat in and the cold out this winter: Tips for a cozy home
December 06, 2019 - News Shorts
Winter this year promises to be harsh across much of the U.S. The Farmers' Almanac predicts conditions will be "bitter cold," "unseasonably cold," "very chilly" and "frigid" for states east of the Mississippi River. In a word, brrrrrr!
Six Quick Tips For Winter Driving
December 06, 2019 - News Shorts
Making sure your vehicle is properly prepared for all of winter's elements
Travel Trends To Inspire Your 2020 Vacation Planning
December 06, 2019 - News Shorts
Basics Of Home Buying
November 15, 2019 - News Shorts
The most important investment you will ever make is probably the purchase of a home. Finding the right home for you can be a long and arduous process, but there is no getting around that.
Defining home improvement ROI: Its not just about the money
November 15, 2019 - News Shorts
If home improvement was only about increasing a home's resale value, perhaps more people would live in homes that had steel entry doors, manufactured stone veneer and/or vinyl siding and interior walls that were a uniform beige. But when you're calculating the potential return on investment of any home improvement project, you need to consider more than just the cost
Millennials: How to make your home ownership dreams a reality
November 15, 2019 - News Shorts
Owning a home is part of the American Dream, yet standards on income, credit and debt are making it tougher to buy a home than it was 10 years ago. Even though requirements are relaxing, only three out of five borrowers get approved.
Renting Versus Buying A Home
November 15, 2019 - News Shorts
Renters are often in a quandary as to whether it makes sense to continue renting or buy a home. Buying a home makes more sense, particularly when taking a long-term view. Yes, even in the current hot real estate market.
The easiest resolution to keep: Upgrading your bathroom
November 15, 2019 - News Shorts
Whether committing to losing weight, improving your health or furthering your career, New Year's resolutions create stress and require time and hard work.
Why You Need To Consider Staging Your Home
November 15, 2019 - News Shorts
Are you planning on selling your own home or perhaps helping others to sell their home? Have you considered 'redesigning' or 'home staging' your property? If you can believe what you read, 'home staging' or 'redesigning' a property will assist in the sale of the property more quickly and for more money.
4 winter-blues-busting home improvement projects
November 14, 2019 - News Shorts
Three percent of the U.S. population suffers from seasonal affective disorder (SAD) every winter, according to Psychology Today. But you don't have to be diagnosed with an actual disorder to suffer a bad case of the winter blues - it can happen to anyone.
Deter deer damage: 8 facts you need to know about deer during the cold-weather season
November 14, 2019 - News Shorts
While humans prepare for cold weather, deer have something else in mind when temperatures drop. Cold weather signifies mating season for deer.
How to stay comfortable this winter without breaking the bank
November 14, 2019 - News Shorts
Throughout the cold days of winter, homeowners are inclined to turn up the dial on their thermostat to maintain a warm, comfortable home. However, homeowners may not realize the presence of drafts and air leaks throughout the home can lead to temperature fluctuation and higher than normal heating bills.
Fall: The Best Season for Home Improvement
November 07, 2019 - News Shorts
A new fall tradition has emerged for nearly 74 million American homeowners; home improvement.
Simple Ways To Protect Your Home Against Burglary
November 07, 2019 - News Shorts
Protecting your home against break-ins may be easier than you fear. Here are a few hints that can help
Snow Sells Houses - Winter home-staging
November 07, 2019 - News Shorts
As our favorite flowers get buried under the snow and the shrubs shed their greenery, it is all too easy for your house and front yard to blend in with all the other white places in your area. But when your house is on the market it is advantageous to have it defined and noticeable, looking like the pick of the bunch.
4 questions to ask before purchasing a new home
November 06, 2019 - News Shorts
Never buy a new home without asking these 4 questions
How Much Mortgage Can I Afford?
November 06, 2019 - News Shorts
Shopping for a home can be an exciting time in one’s life. There are so many things to consider; how many rooms, how many bathrooms, the neighborhood and the school district. However, perhaps the most important consideration is how much house one can afford.
Tips on how to prepare your windows and doors for winter and save energy
November 06, 2019 - News Shorts
How much do you spend on utilities? Are you looking for ways to save? A typical American household spends about $2,100 on energy bills each year, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Change-of-season checklist for lowering home energy costs
October 31, 2019 - News Shorts
The change of season creates a need for many adjustments around your home, from switching over wardrobes to warmer clothes, to completing necessary yard work and home repairs.
Timeless interior design - perfect for protecting your kitchen investment
October 31, 2019 - News Shorts
Kitchens are the heart of the home. It's where you prepare meals, help your kids with homework and entertain guests.
Many homeowners abandon their conventional roofs for something better.
October 24, 2019 - News Shorts
It's hard to believe, but the polar vortex wasn't all bad. Sure, it brought North America record cold and snow, in one of the worst winters ever. But the weather phenomenon's silver lining was in persuading many homeowners it was time to forever abandon their conventional roofs for something better.
Sell your home this winter, reduce competition, stress
October 24, 2019 - News Shorts
Stop waiting - go ahead and put your home on the market. Even now, with temperatures dropping, airports bustling and retailers prepping Black Friday deals, it's a good time to sell.
Home Equity Loan vs. Refinancing
October 17, 2019 - News Shorts
Confused whether to get home equity loan or go for cash-out refinancing? You are not alone! Know more about these two types of loans.
Preparing for fall and winter pests: How to keep wildlife and insects out of your home
October 17, 2019 - News Shorts
For many pests, including rodents, spiders and cockroaches, the change in season indicates the need to find shelter from the colder temperatures ahead. In some cases, this shelter is the same place that keeps your family warm and dry.
Winter is coming for your home: What you can do now to protect your wallet
October 17, 2019 - News Shorts
It's coming - the white, windy weather of winter. Are you ready? Is your home? Now is the time to protect your home and wallet with a quick window and door checkup to make needed repairs and reduce costs.
6 Backyard Projects For Your Lawn & Garden This Fall
October 11, 2019 - News Shorts
When it comes to caring for your yard, maintenance is crucial – especially during the fall when it needs to recover from the wear and tear of summer and prepare for winter’s harsh conditions.
Timely, budget-friendly solutions for getting your house ready for the holidays
October 11, 2019 - News Shorts
Timely solutions for getting your house ready for the holidays
5 things to discuss with your significant other before purchasing a home
October 03, 2019 - News Shorts
In a relationship, you count on your significant other to be there with you through the good and the bad. They are your best friend, your confident and your closest ally. And you count on being able to have important conversations with them as well.
Easy, affordable home winterization ideas with big impact
October 03, 2019 - News Shorts
Although you may prefer to forget, last winter's subfreezing temperatures may not be an isolated occurrence. Weather experts are already discussing if El Nino and arctic air from a polar vortex will cause colder than normal winter weather throughout the country. Is your home ready to withstand the chill?
Homeowners liable for snow, ice control
October 03, 2019 - News Shorts
During the winter months, it’s common to see shopping centers and business owners out and about clearing snow and ice from pathways, parking spaces and entrances.
Expert advice for surviving severe weather
September 27, 2019 - News Shorts
It's out there - that next bout of severe weather is on its way. No matter where you live in the United States, the potential for severe weather always exists and sometimes it comes without much warning.
Make your new house feel like home to your family pets
September 27, 2019 - News Shorts
Moving into a new home is exciting - for the humans in the family. It can be less comfortable for pets who need time to adjust to a new environment, learn their way around and discover the best nap spots in their new home. As a loving pet parent, you want every member of your family to be as happy and comfortable as possible.
Five fall home-buying trends for this year
September 19, 2019 - News Shorts
If you're in the market for a new house this year, don't be fooled by the brisk chill in the air - the spring house-hunting season is actually closer than you think. That means now is the perfect time to start your planning.
Home improvement investments that pay you back
September 19, 2019 - News Shorts
Homeowners are looking for value in every home improvement project they take on — whether they are upgrading for resale or their own pride of ownership. With new technologies and products on the market, it is easier than ever to add value to your home with projects that ultimately pay you back in numerous ways.
5 fabulous fall upgrades can extend your deck time this year
September 05, 2019 - News Shorts
Who says you have to give up time on the deck you love just because summer is over? Whether you're just relaxing or tackling home improvement projects, time outdoors is a great way to recharge at the end of a hectic day or tiring week.
First-time homebuyers: You are closer to a down payment than you think
September 05, 2019 - News Shorts
For many first-time buyers, saving for a down payment is the most difficult step in the home-buying process. However, it's a common misconception that you need 20 percent down to buy a home.
Houses- Building them better than they used to
August 09, 2019 - News Shorts
The phrase, “they don’t build them like they used to,” has been applied to nearly everything from cars to footwear, but most often it seems people say it about houses. In fact, this sentiment has become so common, that many believe the homes today aren’t built to the standards they were 60 or 70 years ago.
Moving? 5 tips to keep your valuables safe
August 02, 2019 - News Shorts
Beyond the flowers blooming, the sound of birds singing and the burst of warm weather, something happens in May. After a long winter, the rising temperatures make spring a prime time to move. College students are moving out of dorms, young families are transitioning to new homes after the school year and retirees are looking for an easier, more maintenance-free living situation.
5 ways to reinvent your garage
July 26, 2019 - News Shorts
The garage - it's that space where you used to just store your car, lawn mower, power tools, bikes, bats and boxes of things you wore in the 90s. But to say a garage is only for storage is like saying a truck is only for hauling dressers and box springs.
3 things to look for when buying a new home
July 14, 2019 - News Shorts
Purchasing a new home is an exciting and sometimes stressful experience. Whether you're moving to a new town or looking to upgrade from your current space, finding a new home requires patience, expert guidance and a keen eye for detail.
6 simple ways to freshen your home inside and out
September 09, 2016 - News Shorts
Looking for some easy ways to breathe new life into your home? Whether it's the air inside or the decor itself, freshening things up can make your home look and feel more welcoming at any time of year. You don't need a lot of time or money to reinvigorate your home; just a few simple and affordable, yet high-impact DIY projects will do the trick.
Top 5 secrets from professionals on home renovation
August 26, 2016 - News Shorts
When asked what kind of upgrades homeowners would like to make in their home, most have a similar wish list that includes features like marble or granite counter tops, an open concept kitchen, a remodeled bathroom and a deck.
6 tips to protect your children from hidden dangers around the home
August 19, 2016 - News Shorts
Even in the most safety-minded homes, the most serious hazards for children can be hiding in plain sight. Know which unexpected items can be risky, and what to do to prevent an accident. Many parents feel they know the top child proofing items to check off to keep kids safe - cover electrical outlets, lock kitchen cabinets and secure baby gates on stairs.
Fast fixes to boost curb appeal for a quick home sale
August 05, 2016 - News Shorts
It takes just seven seconds to form a first impression after meeting someone new. The same psychology applies to the first impression people get when shopping for a new home. Within seconds of arrival, home buyers are forming positive and negative opinions about the property.
Tips for creating a multi-purpose home office space
July 22, 2016 - News Shorts
Many Americans feel working from home would be a dream job, and more than one-third are already living that dream; 37 percent of U.S. workers telecommute, according to Gallup.
Separating fact from fiction: A closer look at American hardwoods
June 17, 2016 - News Shorts
As home improvement projects take center stage, the search is on for products that will enhance, rather than jeopardize the health and well-being of our families and loved ones. Products made from American hardwoods have been the natural choice for healthy home and work environments for generations.
Cool summer renovation ideas keep homes more comfortable when the heat is on
May 27, 2016 - News Shorts
Once spring cleanup is done, you may feel ready to tackle some renovation projects this summer. If so, you're not alone: 62 percent of homeowners plan to undertake a home improvement project this year, according to a Harris poll.
Meaningful Ways to Support Veterans this Memorial Day
May 23, 2016 - News Shorts
All gave some. Some gave all. You likely hear that phrase around Memorial Day every year, but do you know its origin?
Real estate insight: Hot tips for buying a home in a competitive market
May 14, 2016 - News Shorts
As the weather gets warmer and school comes to a close, the real estate market also heats up. If you're planning on buying a home, you'll likely find more properties on the market during the summer months. However, increased competition could present challenges on the path to landing the home of your dreams.
Trending real estate investment: Land ownership
April 29, 2016 - News Shorts
Smart investors know a diversified portfolio is the best way to weather any storm. Considering the volatility of the current stock market, the desire for better options has never been greater. Rather than gamble on the next buzzworthy stock or bond and hope it lives up to expectations, there's an alternative that's gaining traction: land ownership.
Improve your homes energy efficiency with these tips
April 15, 2016 - News Shorts
With spring upon us and the emphasis on home energy efficiency continuing to grow, building industry experts say now is the best time for homeowners considering a home improvement project to look at how energy efficient their home truly is.
5 tips to help you make the most of this year's real estate season
April 01, 2016 - News Shorts
Sell or stay, these home improvements pay off in the long run
March 11, 2016 - News Shorts
Homeowners undertake home improvements for two basic reasons: to please themselves or to please others who may one day buy their home. Some types of improvements are for the sake of a speedier sale, such as planting a row of shrubs between your backyard and a busy street behind your home.
5 ways to improve your outdoor space with retaining walls
February 26, 2016 - News Shorts
When you picture a retaining wall, do you imagine it holding back dirt? That's the most common use for retaining walls - to address elevation changes and prevent erosion. But concrete segmental retaining wall (SRW) units are multi-purpose landscaping tools with many more uses.
8 homeowner dilemmas solved with 1 simple fix
February 05, 2016 - News Shorts
Unless you are the latest lottery winner or Queen of England (thank you for reading, your Majesty), you try to make your home improvements really count, and sometimes have to choose one upgrade over another. What if we told you there is a rather quick improvement that will take care of eight issues around the house, all at once?
5 smart upgrades for the most-used rooms in your home
January 22, 2016 - News Shorts
Kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms are typically the rooms in any home that get the most use, which could also be why homeowners, when surveyed, consistently cite those rooms as the ones they most want to renovate.
5 easy fall home updates
December 04, 2015 - News Shorts
There are so many reasons to love fall. From the brisk breeze and color-changing leaves outdoors, to prepping for the holidays and watching football inside, there couldn't be a better time to make a few updates around your house.
Reduce the risk of home fires
November 27, 2015 - News Shorts
While the number of home fires occurring in the U.S. each year has fallen by more than 50 percent since 1977, the ratio of people who die in home fires has remained virtually unchanged, based on <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">data from the National Fire Protection Association</a> (NFPA).
Ceiling revamps: Leave the popcorn to the movies
November 21, 2015 - News Shorts
Calling all DIY enthusiasts: Those popcorn ceilings have to go. They don't get much love from homeowners or homebuyers, and they can really bring down the overall look and feel of an otherwise attractive room.
Looking to buy a home? 5 mortgage steps you need to know
November 06, 2015 - News Shorts
The home loan process can seem intimidating, especially for a first-time homebuyer. It is not a simple process, but it doesn't have to be too complicated. There are many resources available to help you prepare for your home buying journey, and your mortgage lender can answer the questions you have throughout the process.
4 approachable modern home design ideas
October 30, 2015 - News Shorts
Once limited to simplistic, clean lines and cool color schemes, modern design has evolved to include sleek, minimalistic looks with gentle, warm, organic elements.
Design tips for a chef-centered kitchen
October 09, 2015 - News Shorts
Many homeowners with a passion for cooking desire a kitchen that mirrors those of renowned chefs. To achieve this, various design elements and simple upgrades can be incorporated to create the ideal kitchen that combines ultimate functionality with sophisticated style.
How smart home chefs are going green with kitchen design
October 02, 2015 - News Shorts
Home chefs everywhere are taking a new approach when designing their dream kitchens. Beyond upscale tools and high end appliances, they also want features that are eco-friendly and environmentally smart. Here are the top trends in eco-friendly kitchen design.
Avoid expensive energy bills with this hot new housing trend
September 11, 2015 - News Shorts
Imagine being able to heat your home with no more energy than used by a hair dryer turned on low, or even going off the grid altogether.
5 simple design tricks to revamp your home
September 04, 2015 - News Shorts
Whether you've just moved into a home or you've lived there for years, it might be time for a design tune-up. While many may think tackling their home décor takes a bundle of time, money and expertise, it doesn't have to be so frightening.
5 outdoor projects that will add value to your home
August 28, 2015 - News Shorts
Everyone wants a great outdoor space, but backyard projects can be a lot of work - and in many cases, a lot of money. So it just makes sense to choose projects that will enhance your quality of living for summers to come as well as yield a great return on investment.
5 tips for settling into your new home
August 21, 2015 - News Shorts
Though summer is winding down, for many families, hectic moving schedules are still underway. Whether you are moving this season or planning for a move in the near future, consider some helpful guidelines on packing up, moving out and settling in without a hitch - plus, the latest technologies to turn your new house into a home.
3 steps to prepare your credit for homeownership
August 14, 2015 - News Shorts
Homeownership is a dream for many Americans, and maybe it's one of yours as well. Making this dream a reality requires hard work, dedication and the proper preparation.
Dress up your floors with top tile trends
August 07, 2015 - News Shorts
If you are renovating any area of your home, it may be time to try something new-such as bringing tile into main living areas in addition to your bathrooms and kitchen. New designs, styles and technologies are making tile the most versatile and accessible flooring material.
Glass act: How modern fenestration improves a home's energy efficiency
July 31, 2015 - News Shorts
Most people probably think of windows and skylights only when they're buying or selling a house, when they get dirty, when they leak, or when the kid next door lobs a baseball through one.
Planning a home improvement project? Financing is the first tool you'll need
July 24, 2015 - News Shorts
If you're planning a home improvement project this year, you're in good company. The economy and housing market are recovering, home values and equity are rising, and many homeowners are beginning projects they had put off over the past few years. A recent report by the Joint Center of Housing Studies at Harvard University predicts that the home improvement industry could post record-level spending in 2015.
5 easy ways to make your outdoor space the best on the block
July 16, 2015 - News Shorts
When the calendar flips to the summer months, all you can think about is getting outside and soaking up the sun. But when you look out the window into your yard, what do you see? Is it an inviting space that encourages you to get out and enjoy the fresh air? Or could it use a bit of sprucing up?
Quick tips to reduce moving stress
July 10, 2015 - News Shorts
Three super-simple ways to make your new deck look amazing
July 04, 2015 - News Shorts
Do dreams of lazy days soaking up the sun have you looking for a way to move the indoors out? T
Creating an island paradise: Tips for adding an island in your kitchen renovation
June 26, 2015 - News Shorts
Custom cabinetry, granite countertops, reclaimed wood flooring and accents, and top-of-the-line, high-tech appliances - what more do you need to make your kitchen renovation perfect? How about adding an island?
5 ways to get buyers to see your open house as their next house
June 19, 2015 - News Shorts
What makes a person or a family decide a home is the perfect for them? Is it all location, location, location? What about price, schools or the neighborhood? Or is it something else; a feeling they get when they walk in the door, a detail they notice or a scent in the air.
How to determine the true value of home improvements
June 12, 2015 - News Shorts
Before spending a significant amount of time and money on your next home improvement project, consider these tips.
This simple DIY home improvement saves money and helps the environment
June 05, 2015 - News Shorts
In the typical American home, heating and cooling account for 50 to 70 percent of total energy use, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
How to tackle stains and odors
May 29, 2015 - News Shorts
From wall stains to washing machines, indoor stains and smells can be a challenge to tackle. Luckily, there are surprisingly simple methods to erase them for good. Here are a few tips to freshen up the most stubborn spots in your home.
One smart update can upgrade your entire home
May 22, 2015 - News Shorts
If your home is 10 years old or older, your garage door is probably a plain-Jane raised-panel steel door that adds little or nothing to the overall design of your house.
Plan now for your big move this summer
May 15, 2015 - News Shorts
The big move & it should be in all-caps and announced with a deep, authoritative voice. THE BIG MOVE. And it's coming to your family soon. It might be from one house to another across town, or it might involve crossing many state lines. No matter the distance, amount of belongings or number of people, your big move is going to be a big deal.
How to determine the true value of home improvements
April 17, 2015 - News Shorts
As the U.S. housing industry continues to emerge from the Great Recession, signs are pointing toward positive recovery. In fact, a recent report from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University states that the home improvement industry could see record spending in 2015.
Improve your spring-cleaning routine and create a healthier home
April 09, 2015 - News Shorts
Spring is cleaning season. You've opened the curtains to let in the sunshine, and every cleaning product you have in the house is primed and ready for action.
Termites 101: What every homebuyer should know this spring
March 27, 2015 - News Shorts
It's a cruel coincidence that the spring's real-estate buying season corresponds with another far less pleasant one - termite swarming season.
This top garage trend keeps gaining momentum
March 20, 2015 - News Shorts
The carriage house garage door is to your house what the little black dress and strand of pearls are to your wardrobe; classic style elements that never go out of fashion.
How to secure the home loan you need
March 13, 2015 - News Shorts
Springtime represents new beginnings and is the prime time to get the house in order.
8 ways first-time homebuyers can make themselves mortgage-ready
February 27, 2015 - News Shorts
It's rare to get something right the very first time you try it, but when it comes to buying your first home, a lack of knowledge and experience can lead to costly mistakes.
Busting first-time homebuyer myths
February 13, 2015 - News Shorts
When buying a first home, most people are making one of the biggest purchases of their lives.
5 easy kitchen and bath upgrades that take only hours to complete
January 30, 2015 - News Shorts
Do your kitchen and bathrooms look a bit drab? If you don't have the time or budget for a full remodel, there are still many simple updates you can do to refresh these spaces and invigorate each with impressive style.
How to cut the clutter and take back your home
January 23, 2015 - News Shorts
You've reached your breaking point. You've tripped over the same thing in the living room too many times. Now you've picked it up to finally put it away and you realize - you have nowhere to put it.
Energy-efficient home trends for 2015 and beyond
January 09, 2015 - News Shorts
One of the top trends driving today's housing market is the demand for energy-efficient homes that don't sacrifice comfort for quality.
Expert tips to make your new house feel like home
January 09, 2015 - News Shorts
You know that moving into a new home can be one of life's biggest stressors - the packing, the paperwork, the unpacking and of course finding the nearest coffee shop. Making your new house feel like your home can help alleviate some of this stress and provide a safe-haven for some much needed relaxation.
Expert tips to make your new house feel like home
December 19, 2014 - News Shorts
You know that moving into a new home can be one of life's biggest stressors - the packing, the paperwork, the unpacking and of course finding the nearest coffee shop. Making your new house feel like your home can help alleviate some of this stress and provide a safe-haven for some much needed relaxation.
New homebuyers checklist to ID costly repairs
December 05, 2014 - News Shorts
When you’re about to buy a house, it’s easy to get excited about its great location, spacious floor plan or beautifully decorated interior. Yet the old saying, “beauty’s only skin deep” can apply to any home, especially if you’re considering an older, previously owned property. Before signing on the dotted line, use this checklist to help avoid some potentially costly surprises and anticipate repairs or upgrades that may be needed.
6 steps for choosing the best remodeling contractor
November 14, 2014 - News Shorts
A remodeling project is one of the most invigorating lifestyle changes a homeowner can make. However, trusting a contractor with both your home and your money can feel overwhelming.
Forward-looking luxury at the forefront of today
October 31, 2014 - News Shorts
Americans are renovating again, and instead of letting resale value alone drive their renovation choices, in 2014 homeowners are weighing many more factors. They are seeking renovations that are beautiful, luxurious and eco-friendly, and that both enhance resale value and their ability to age in place should they choose not to sell down the road.
The tools you need to increase your home's curb appeal this year
October 24, 2014 - News Shorts
The tools you need to increase your home's curb appeal this year
What a buyer wants: Green improvements that cut utility costs
October 10, 2014 - News Shorts
Going green is good for the environment, but it can also be good for a homeowner's wallet & and that's the aspect of eco-friendly improvements that seems most appealing to homebuyers.
6 simple steps to an organized and sensational garage space
October 03, 2014 - News Shorts
Move over kitchens and bathrooms, homeowners are focusing on a new part of the home: the garage. No longer just a place to park the car and lawn equipment, today’s garages are getting bigger and better.
Take the hassle out of moving your boxes to a new home
September 26, 2014 - News Shorts
While relocating to a new place is exciting, it also brings its own set of worries, with packing and unpacking topping the list of stressors. With careful planning and organizing, your move can be more celebratory than stressful – just follow these tips.
Are you spending home improvement dollars on the wrong door?
September 12, 2014 - News Shorts
How often do you use the front door? Not often, right?
Stylize your space with simple, smart buys and updates
September 12, 2014 - News Shorts
Giving your home a stylish update can sometimes seem like a daunting and expensive task.
Enjoying retirement in a home suited for an active life
September 05, 2014 - News Shorts
Preparing for retirement with a home designed for aging in place
One simple home improvement cuts noise pollution while boosting energy savings
September 05, 2014 - News Shorts
Whether it’s the neighbor’s lawnmower, low-flying aircraft, heavy traffic or loud music, noise pollution can hinder you from truly enjoying your home.
5 fast fixes for a fabulous bath
August 29, 2014 - News Shorts
With Americans working longer hours than ever before, most homeowners yearn for a luxurious place to relax and unwind at the end of a hectic day. This is likely why the bathroom is the most requested home renovation project, according to the National Association of Homebuilders.
Three success tips for converting an attic into living space
August 29, 2014 - News Shorts
Moving up – vacating your current, smallish home for a larger, roomier abode – was the American way before the Great Recession. Now that the economy is humming again, at least some of the people who stayed put during those lean years will be looking to move into larger, nicer homes this summer.
Tips to Reduce Moving Stress
August 20, 2014 - News Shorts
Four real estate tips to help buyers and sellers both win this summer
August 15, 2014 - News Shorts
The real estate market heats up when the weather does, and spring and summer are traditionally the most active seasons for home sales. This year, industry experts predict that home prices will continue to rise and, with mortgage rates remaining low, the spring and summer real estate season will be competitive for both buyers and sellers.
Tips on how to give your home an annual checkup
August 15, 2014 - News Shorts
There’s no better time than now to give your home the attention it deserves. Give it an annual checkup before cold weather arrives to help add comfort, save energy and cut home maintenance in the long-run.
Check the big move off the moving to-do list with ease
July 25, 2014 - News Shorts
When you're planning the big move, you've probably created a lengthy to-do list of everything that needs to be packed, planned and previewed.
Driveways to mailboxes: Oft-overlooked items that drive curb appeal
July 25, 2014 - News Shorts
Selling or staying, it makes no difference – everyone wants a home that looks great from the curb.
5 essential tips to turn your new house into a home
July 18, 2014 - News Shorts
Moving brings great opportunities in the form of careers, social connections and new beginnings.
How to prime your credit score before you house hunt
July 18, 2014 - News Shorts
Spring is traditionally the busiest home-buying season of the year.
Selling this summer? 6 upgrades to secure a speedy sale
July 11, 2014 - News Shorts
When the weather warms up, so does the real estate market. Spring and summer are traditionally the seasons when both home buyers and sellers are most active across the country.
Why a wood deck is one of the best investments a homeowner can make
July 11, 2014 - News Shorts
As the seasons turn, more homeowners look for projects that not only make their homes more livable, but also offer great return on investment. With demand high across the country for outdoor spaces that bring the comforts of the indoors outside, there’s no surprise that decks are one of the top remodeling projects for 2014.
Choosing a Real Estate Agent
June 27, 2014 - News Shorts
The ideal agent is not always the one with the most sales under his or her belt, or the most years on the job.
Top Ten Tips For Home Buyers
June 27, 2014 - News Shorts
More than seven million American homes are sold every year. If you want to become a homeowner, there are 10 tips you should know
Choosing The Best Refinance Mortgage Option
June 20, 2014 - News Shorts
When refinancing a mortgage loan, homeowners have several options. There are numerous reasons for refinancing an existing mortgage. The past five years have witnessed low mortgage rates. However, low rates will not remain forever.
Selling Your Home is Easier if You Prepare First
June 20, 2014 - News Shorts
Selling a house is a complicated thing to do. It involves a lot of paperwork, a lot of meeting with people and most of all, a lot of time. That being the case, it helps to prepare ahead of time. There are a few things that anyone who wishes to sell a house should do prior to putting the “for sale” sign in the front yard. The sooner these things are done, the easier the job of selling the house will be.
Make The First Impression a Great One
June 13, 2014 - News Shorts
First impressions are critical. Just like the view from the curb may prevent a buyer from getting out of the car, the view inside the house determines whether they make an offer. Buyers need to be able to imagine themselves living in your home, or perhaps more to the point, they need to envision your home as theirs.
Outdoor Home Staging Tips for the Hottest Season!
June 06, 2014 - News Shorts
Too hot for you to get out there and do some summer gardening? Well, if you’re selling your home you’d best be prepared to get out there and liven up your landscaping. In summer’s hot and competitive market, buyers are expecting yards to be parading their “best in bloom” colors, and showing off all their assets.
Advantages of a Fixed Rate Mortgage
May 30, 2014 - News Shorts
This is the most popular type of mortgage as the monthly payment for interest and principal remains fixed through out the mortgage term, Property Insurance and taxes may increase but the monthly repayment of the amount will be stable.
Make Your Home the Best it can be by Staging
May 30, 2014 - News Shorts
With the housing market groaning under its own weight these days, potential home sellers need every advantage they can get. One way that a family can help move their home faster is with a practice called home staging.
4 Easy Tips to Sell Your Home
May 23, 2014 - News Shorts
If you want to sell your home, make sure your house looks its best during these next few months. Since I have a background in real estate, I thought I would share some important tips that are easy to carry out but are often overlooked.
Radon - What Every Homeowner Needs To Know
May 23, 2014 - News Shorts
As a NYS Licensed Home Inspector, I am routinely asked “What is Radon gas and why should I test for it” The following will give you an overview of what Radon is and why homeowners need to be aware of it’s presence.
Tips For Enjoyable Warm Weather Entertaining
May 23, 2014 - News Shorts
Outdoor living, barbecues and the promise of spending more time outside with friends and family are some of the many perks of spring and summer.
10 Tips To Home Organization
May 16, 2014 - News Shorts
If you are looking for the perfect home organization plan, consider starting small and working your way up to the larger projects. A few simple tips will get you on the way to home organization at its finest.
5 Tips To Create Style And Elegance In Your Home
May 09, 2014 - News Shorts
Creating the perfect home requires a lot of time and energy. There are so many things you need to take into account, especially if you are new at it. There are some very basic things to get you started.
A Concrete Way To Raise Your Home's Profile
May 09, 2014 - News Shorts
Increasingly, homeowners looking for an inexpensive way to make their home more livable and increase curb appeal with an eye toward resale are embracing the nationwide trend of creating outdoor living spaces.
10 Quick And Inexpensive Ways To Brighten Your Home For Spring!
May 02, 2014 - News Shorts
Spring is a sign of renewal in many areas of our lives, and our homes are no different! There is something energizing and refreshing about bringing that bright, airy feeling of Spring into your home. Here are the 10 best ways to spruce up and revitalize your rooms, on a dime!
10 Ways to Jazz Up Your Outdoor Living Space
May 02, 2014 - News Shorts
The easiest way to jazz up your outdoor deck or patio is by using splashes of color. Sometimes it only means investing in a few accent pieces that make a bold statement and your outdoor living space perks right up. You don't always have to buy new ñwith a little elbow grease and some creativity you can make second hand items look brand new. Here are some ideas to help get you started.
Five Easy Steps to Owning Your Own Home
April 25, 2014 - News Shorts
Buying your own home is one of the largest purchases you will ever make. What should you do to get ready?
Home Staging: Making Your Home Sellable
April 25, 2014 - News Shorts
You’ve listed your home and the agent wants to start showing it to prospective buyers. Here’s a few tips to help it look its best.
30 Year Fixed Rate Refinancing
April 18, 2014 - News Shorts
30 year fixed rate mortgages are the "classic" mortgage in America (though they are not quite the original mortgage, in fact the concept originated during FDR's presidency over 60 years ago).
5 Tips to Maximize Your Home Value When You Sell
April 18, 2014 - News Shorts
5 Tips to Maximize Your Home Value When You Sell
Commercial real estate
April 18, 2014 - News Shorts
Real estate is often termed as the safest investment avenue. In fact, real estate investments done with proper evaluation of the property (and its true value), can lead to good profits.
Affordable Mortgage Size
April 11, 2014 - News Shorts
When shopping for a house, it can be easy to fall in love with the home of your dreams. Be careful, however, that you are aware of how much house you can afford so your dream home isn’t crushed at the lender’s office.
Avoid Home Buying Blues at Closing
April 11, 2014 - News Shorts
Buying a home is a stressful and emotional affair. You can avoid the home buying blues by keeping your cool at closing.
Why Get a Home Equity Loan?
April 11, 2014 - News Shorts
If you're a homeowner, chances are that you've been deluged with offers from finance companies to lend you money based on the equity you have invested in your home. A home equity loan is a loan extended to you that is secured by your home.
Life is a Stage - So is Your Home!
April 04, 2014 - News Shorts
Home staging prepares a home for sale, and for the dozens of enquiring eyes that will be scouring the property looking for flaws. It creates an image of the perfectly decorated home, in move-in condition.
Mortgage Brokers & The Nuts and Bolts
April 04, 2014 - News Shorts
Using a mortgage broker to shop for home loans can make the borrowing process a lot less stressful than doing it yourself. Here are the nuts and bolts on getting a good broker.
Quick sell tips
April 04, 2014 - News Shorts
Often wonder why some houses can have a number of showings after its first week on the market, and similar ones seems to be left with no attention? A quick sell of a house is common enough to be expected by home sellers, but rare enough to remain a phenomenon in the market.
Adjustable Rate Mortgages vs. Fixed Rate Mortgages
March 28, 2014 - News Shorts
Buying a home can be an exciting and stressful time for anyone. While you may be excited at the prospect of owning your own home, especially if it is your first home purchase, the idea of choosing between all of the many different types of mortgages may leave you feeling confused and apprehensive.
Mortgage Borrowing Tip - Length of Loan
March 28, 2014 - News Shorts
When borrowing money for a mortgage, homebuyers are primarily concerned with simply qualifying. Still, paying attention to the length of the loan is a borrowing tip that can save you a ton of money.
Staging Your Home for Sale
March 28, 2014 - News Shorts
In the effort to get top dollar when selling your home, staging; or the art of showcasing your home is vital.
First Time Buyers Mortgage Application Checklist
March 21, 2014 - News Shorts
If you have a dream about owning your own home and applying for a mortgage then you may be a bit nervous at the present moment. While having your own home is the American dream the high prices involved can be overwhelming. In addition to this, many lenders will be more concerned with earning a profit than with helping you find a home that matches your income. Below are some steps you can take to properly apply for your first mortgage.
Home Staging: Making Your Home Sellable
March 21, 2014 - News Shorts
You've listed your home and the agent wants to start showing it to prospective buyers. Here’s a few tips to help it look its best.
Choosing A Mortgage That Fits Your Lifestyle
March 14, 2014 - News Shorts