• Home Improvement,  Staging

    Kitchen Updates Worth Every Penny

    Mid-range Kitchen Remodels Reap the Rewards for Enjoyment and Resale (ARA) – In today’s buyer’s market many homeowners are hesitant to put the “for sale” sign in the front yard — even if they are not happy with their current home. Instead, wise homeowners are sinking their dollars into remodeling — to increase their homes’ values and their own enjoyment.   When it comes to remodeling projects that yield high returns, kitchens and bathrooms are king! According to Remodeling magazine’s Cost vs. Value report, a mid-range kitchen remodel ($45,000) will recoup approximately 91 percent of the costs, while an upscale kitchen remodel ($82,000) will recoup about 85 percent.   While…

  • Home Decor

    Upscale Bathrooms

    Marble counters, whirlpool baths and steam showers are hot trends and will make any bathroom more attractive. Minor renovations, such as a vintage mirror frame and sconce lighting are also great ways to update your bathroom. Contact me today for all of your real estate and home improvement needs!

  • Building,  Home Design

    Homeowners and Homebuilders Seek Eco-Friendly Materials

    (ARA) – With the country going green, many homeowners are looking for eco-friendly materials when building or remodeling their home. And as more homeowners struggle with high utility bills and become more concerned about the environment, many are building and updating their homes to be more eco-friendly.   The latest housing trend shows that many new homebuilders are constructing “green” homes. In fact, the National Association of Home Builders reports that eco-friendly construction will climb from 2 percent of all residential housing starts in 2005 to between 5 and 10 percent in 2010.   For those consumers in older or newer, there are many easy, affordable and immediate steps they…

  • Home Value,  Staging

    Model Home Tricks Help Maximize Your Home’s Value

    (ARA) – Perfectly manicured, emerald green lawns flanked by floral beds. Acres of granite counter top and gleaming stainless steel appliances. And everywhere you look are surfaces clean enough to eat off — that’s the appeal of the model home. There’s a reason why model homes look the way they do. Builders know that everything they do to make a house look visually appealing amounts to actual dollars, and often thousands of dollars, added to the sale price. The same principal applies to your home. Whether you’re planning on selling, or just sprucing up your house to make it more enjoyable to live in, mimicking the ideal appearance of a…

  • Mortgage

    Avoid Predatory Lending

    According to Policy Matters, a non-profit research institute, one in every 71 households in Ohio filed for foreclosure in 2005 — quite an astounding statistic. Predatory lending is especially prevalent among first-time homebuyers and consumers unfamiliar with home financing. How can you avoid the pitfalls of predatory lending as a prospective homebuyer? According to the National Association of Realtors® (NAR), homebuyers need to ask the right questions when shopping for the least expensive loan. Questions such as: *What is my credit score? Can I have a copy of my credit report? *What is the best interest rate today? Do I qualify? *Is the loan’s interest rate fixed or adjustable? *What…

  • Buying a Home,  Selling a Home

    Understanding Agency Relationships

    There are a handful of laws today governing agency relationships designed to help you relax and feel comfortable with your home-buying or -selling transaction. Keep in mind these laws differ from state to state, and agency policies differ among real estate companies. Read on to learn about the basic types of agency relationships. Buyer or Seller Agency: When you choose to be represented by a real estate brokerage in the purchase or sale of a home, the buyer or seller’s agent and the brokerage must act on behalf of and promote your best interests, be loyal and obey your lawful instructions, disclose material facts to you, maintain confidential information (which…