3 reasons why winter is a smart time to buy a home

  BPT) – Don’t give up on buying a home as winter nears. In fact, December through February may be better for buyers than the busy season in spring and summer. Enjoy less competition and lower prices. Fewer properties are typically available during the winter, as sellers and buyers aim to complete transactions before the school year begins. You can turn that to your advantage. “In winter, there are fewer properties, but it’s less competitive, with fewer buyers per property,” says Greg Jaeger, president of USAA Residential Real Estate Services Inc., and former real estate agent. The more favorable supply-demand

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How to Prevent Burst Pipes in Winter

Live in an area where extreme cold is likely during the winter months? Don’t risk thousands of dollars in plumbing repairs… take the time to protect your pipes from bursting. When water freezes in your pipes, the ice expands, adding to the overall pressure in your home’s plumbing. When this force builds, it can cause pipes to split. In addition to plumbing repairs, you might find yourself on the hook for flooding damage, too. The pipes most at risk? Those exposed to the lowest temperatures, of course. This includes plumbing on the exterior of the home, in exterior walls, and

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Turn your backyard into a winter wonderland for wild birds with simple, smart, timely tips

(BPT) – You may think warm weather is prime-time to enjoy the rewarding hobby of bird-feeding and bird-watching. Winter, however, is the time of year when birds need you most – and when you have the greatest chance of attracting them to your backyard. Natural food and water sources become scarce, competition for limited resources is fierce and non-migratory birds are looking for a reliable, good quality meal. It’s your moment! The bird-feeding experts at Cole’s Wild Bird Products offer some timely tips for drawing wild birds to your backyard this winter: * Feed without guilt! There is absolutely no

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Winter Is Best Time to Sell, Study Shows

The housing market doesn’t hibernate in the winter. Sellers who list and buyers who buy often find the winter season the most advantageous time to make a move in real estate, according to a new study by the real estate brokerage Redfin. The winter season officially takes place between Dec. 21 and March 20, and real estate professionals should be ready for a season that often brings in more focused and active sellers and buyers. In an update to a two-year analysis it completed last year, Redfin researchers studied nationwide home listings, sales prices, and time-on-market data from 2010 through

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Rush to Buy Homes During the Holidays?

Home owners may be doubtful that the months of November and December will bring about a home sale. After all, aren’t potential buyers sidetracked with the holidays and likelier to postpone their house hunt due to bad weather and shorter days? But sometimes the “off-peak” time to sell can actually be the perfect moment for sellers. Several studies show that, on average, homes listed in November and December are more likely to sell, sell more quickly, and more closely approach the asking price, according to an article at Forbes.com. A 2011 study conducted by realtor.com® found that 60 percent of real

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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

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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

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Throw a Memorable and Safe Holiday Party

Throwing a holiday party is a great way to celebrate the season with friends and family. From great food and drinks to decorations and songs, here is everything you need to know to have a memorable and safe holiday gathering. Decorations can set the mood for your party. Whether you are looking for a formal feel with dark burgundies or hunter greens, or a relaxed environment with bright reds and greens, partygoers are sure to remember a well decorated party. Candles and white lights can also set a winter mood. Keep in mind, though, that the open flame of a

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Cut Down on Winter Bills

If you’re like most homeowners, you probably dread opening your energy bills during winter months. But there are ways to prevent energy loss and keep your home well-heated. Follow these tips and watch the cost of your energy bills drop this winter. Set Your ThermostatIn the winter, your thermostat really only needs to be set at about 62°F. If you feel a little chilled, put on a cozy sweater or some fleece-lined pants. And nothing beats a warm cup of hot chocolate to keep you toasty. Plug Up Leaks To find out if you’re losing heat through windows and doors,

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Winterizing Your Home

With the winter months upon us, it’s important that your home be ready for the cooler weather, both inside and out. A well prepared home will not only be warmer, but also save you money on your monthly energy bills. Remember to take time out to prepare your home. Follow these simple tips and ideas and you will be on your way to having a winter-ready home. Windows. A lot of warm air can escape through small cracks in your home’s windows. A good way to prevent this is to inspect both the inside and outside of each window. If

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