Reliable tactics for when the appraisal is low

2017-06-25T01:24:48+00:00 March 25th, 2017|buyer, Invesment, Mortgage, Selling|

Few things in the home buying process are more frustrating than having your offer accepted, only to have the appraisal fall below your offer. But all is not lost! If the appraisal comes in below your offer, there are several tactics and strategies that can lead to a happy solution. Get a second opinion: There's [...]

Five hidden renovation costs

2017-04-15T01:58:46+00:00 March 15th, 2017|buyer, Invesment, maintenance, Selling|

Renovations never seem to go as planned. There's always a cost you didn't anticipate, or a problem that didn't reveal itself until the project was underway. Here are five common costs to look out for. 1. Higher utility bills: If contractors and builders are working in your home all day, there's a good chance they're [...]

Reconsider These Choices When You’re Designing Your Kitchen

2017-04-15T01:50:36+00:00 February 25th, 2017|buyer, Invesment, maintenance, Mortgage, Selling|

The kitchen is one area of the home that sees the most wear and tear. All the water, heat, and food spills add up quickly so it’s important to focus on quality and lasting appeal when you’re choosing materials for a kitchen remodel. Here are a few things you should avoid: Cheap Laminate Countertops: The [...]

Five Bathroom Trends for 2017

2017-04-15T01:47:29+00:00 February 15th, 2017|buyer, Invesment, maintenance, Selling|

Staying on top of the latest trends in home decor isn’t for everyone, but even for traditionalists, it can be fun to incorporate some new ideas. Here are five bathroom decor trends that are appearing in 2017. 1. Geometric Patterns: Many homeowners are selecting bold patterns in geometric shapes, like chevrons, triangles, or hexagons. These [...]

What affects property values?

2017-02-15T22:30:50+00:00 January 15th, 2017|buyer, Invesment, maintenance, Selling|

Some the features that increase property values are obvious-like a remodeled bathroom, a modern kitchen, or a sought-after neighborhood. But here are a few features and circumstances you have not have realized can affect property values. 1. The neighbors: Not every neighborhood or community has an HOA that can keep the neighbors from going overboard [...]

Five money-saving green upgrades

2017-01-10T22:10:39+00:00 December 15th, 2016|buyer, Invesment, Selling|

Going green is great for the environment, but that’s not the only benefit. When you make green upgrades in your home, it can also lead to some major savings. 1. Solar panels: The upfront cost is big, but the long-term savings are huge. Solar panels will cost several thousand dollars to install, but ongoing maintenance [...]

Priority tasks for your move in

2017-01-10T21:57:41+00:00 December 5th, 2016|buyer, Invesment, maintenance, Selling|

Moving into a new home is an exciting time, and you’re probably daydreaming about decor and paint schemes and new furniture. But before you get into the fun stuff, there are some basics you should cover first. Change the locks Even if you’re promised that new locks have been installed in your home, you can [...]

Open house alternative: The Broker’s Open House

2016-12-09T18:34:32+00:00 November 25th, 2016|Selling|

You’re probably familiar with the traditional open house, where your real estate agent hosts an open house at your property for a few hours on the weekend, allowing prospective buyers and passersby to see the place in person. But there’s a different kind of open house, and it can be a valuable tool for selling [...]