• Buying a Home

    Tips for Finding the Perfect Neighborhood

    See for yourself. Once you’ve narrowed your focus to two or three neighborhoods, go there, and walk around. Are homes tidy and well maintained? Are streets quiet? Pick a warm day if you can and chat with people working or playing outside. Are they friendly? Are their children to play with your family?Make a list of the activities—movies, health club, church—you engage in regularly and stores you visit frequently. See how far you would have to travel from each neighborhood you’re considering to engaging in your most common activities. Check out the school district. The Department of Education in your town can probably provide information on test scores, class size,…

  • Renting

    Renters take note: patch and repair to reclaim your full deposit

    (ARA) – Whether you’re renting a truck or paying for movers, costs can add up quickly when you’re changing residences. If you’ve been renting, the full return of your security deposit may come as sweet relief as you move from one place to the next. Because you’ve been without that healthy chunk of change since moving in to the place you’re now leaving, anything less than a full refund would be a disappointment. It would be a shame if a spot on the carpet, a broken blind or knick gave your landlord a reason to withhold a large portion, or all, of your security deposit. With a careful eye and…