• Selling a Home,  Winter

    Selling Your Home in the Winter

    Winter is widely known as the slowest season in the real estate industry. The busy holidays, cooler weather and short days often keep home owners in place from December through March. However, it can also be a great time to sell, because, even though you may have fewer buyers during the winter months, you also have less competition from other sellers. If you cannot wait to sell your home until the spring, you may need to try some extra marketing strategies for selling buyers on your home. Find the hidden advantages of your home during this slow season. With the leaves gone from trees, potential buyers may be able to…

  • Home Maintenance,  Winter

    Protecting Your Home from Winter Windstorms

    A Few Modifications Will Protect Your Most Valuable Asset from the Elements (ARA) – Like a scene from a Hollywood movie, winter winds rage through town, whipping up leaves, smacking shutters against siding and sending shingles flying. Huge trees snap like feeble twigs. It’s no mystery why scary movies often portray ominous scenes against a backdrop of a dark and stormy night. It’s even more frightening in real life. The roof over your head is your home’s critical shield of protection from high winds and rain, and it’s often the first to be damaged during a windy storm. But with a few simple modifications and defensive strategies, homeowners can prepare…

  • Buying a Home,  Mortgage

    Buying Your First Home? How to Select the Best Mortgage

    Getting the Keys to Your First Home with a Low Down Payment (ARA) – Home ownership has always been an important component of the American Dream, but many consumers are worried about their ability to buy a home at a tumultuous time in the real estate market. It’s important to know that there are still financing options available for borrowers seeking a responsible, safe and affordable way to buy a home. Traditionally, home buyers were required to put down at least 20 percent of a home’s purchase price in order to qualify for a mortgage. But with the national median home price still around $220,000, many buyers are unable to…

  • Home Decor,  Home Improvement

    Bathroom Renovation on a Budget

    (ARA) – When giving someone a tour of your home, do you conveniently skip over the bathroom? Does it look better with the lights off and door closed? If your bathroom is outdated, it might be time for a makeover. Small changes can make a big improvement, and even if you have a small budget, there are many ways to make your bathroom shine. “Updating a bathroom benefits the home’s overall appearance and is something the homeowners can enjoy every day,” says Dan Auer of Faucet.com, a Web site with a vast inventory which includes all the fixtures and accessories needed for bathroom remodels. “Simple updates can have a big…

  • Christmas,  Holiday

    Post Holiday Cleanup

    The holiday season has come and gone, and it’s now time to begin packing away your holiday decorations. While cleaning up after the holidays can be a drag, it doesn’t have to be. Follow these simple post-holiday clean up tips, and your home will be back to normal in no time. Organizing your holiday decorations when you pack them away is a good way to save yourself the hassle when you go to decorate next year. Using large plastic containers can help you organize your decorations. They can also save you space in your basement or attic. Be sure to pack your decorations away in groups and mark each container,…