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Can You Purchase Your Home During the Government Shutdown?

Can You Purchase Your Home During the Government Shutdown?

If you are in the process of purchasing your home and are worried about the government shutdown, recent news from Freddie Mac may have you sleeping a little better. The announcement, effective October 8, 2013, allows lenders to use signed…

Maintain the Plumbing in Your Home Before Guests Arrive

Maintain the Plumbing in Your Home Before Guests Arrive

There are many great things about owning your home, but dealing with plumbing problems is not one of them, especially as holidays approach. The good news is that there are several simple and inexpensive steps you can take to keep plumbing…

Smart Selling to Today’s Homebuyers

Smart Selling to Today’s Homebuyers

If you’re considering selling now that the housing market outlook is improving, take a few moments to consider how buyers have changed what they look for in the home buying process. During the past six years, changes in how buyers…

Steps to Winterizing Your Home

Steps to Winterizing Your Home

Autumn is in full swing, which means it’s a good time to start winterizing your home. Start off the season by getting your furnace inspected and cleaned if necessary. It’s wise to change the filters on your furnace every month,…

Dress Up Your Home with a Costume Party

Dress Up Your Home with a Costume Party

Halloween is just around the corner, so it’s the perfect time to make plans for throwing the best costume party in your home. A costume party can be as simple or elaborate as you’d like. With creative costume ideas and…

Real Estate Terminology: Ratios, the Third in a Series

Real Estate Terminology: Ratios, the Third in a Series

In the vocabulary of real estate, various ratios help buyers and mortgage services determine the viability of a purchase. A ratio is a way of expressing the relationship between two values or amounts. Usually, ratios compare how much of one…

Keeping Your Home Debris Free

Keeping Your Home Debris Free

There’s definitely a chill in the air, and we are even starting to experience the first storms of the season. Now is a great time to clear away any debris from the exterior of your home. If you have spider…

Will Your Home Weather Winter Storms Well

Will Your Home Weather Winter Storms Well

Though we haven’t yet gotten to Thanksgiving, many parts of the country are already experiencing winter storms. Now is a good time for getting ready for snow outside your home. You don’t want to be caught unprepared by the first…

Clearly Seeing Windows in Your Home

Clearly Seeing Windows in Your Home

Updating the windows in your home can be a big investment. However, it can be a great way to improve your energy efficiency, especially as cold weather approaches. Here are a few things to consider as you weigh updating the…

Organize Your Home to Make Room for Holiday Memories

Organize Your Home to Make Room for Holiday Memories

It is never too early to begin preparing your home for holiday gatherings. Be sure to think about how many guests you will be having well in advance so you can prepare enough seating and clean and organize the rooms…

Unwrap Relaxation at Your Home This Season

Unwrap Relaxation at Your Home This Season

Planning an adult only holiday party in your home can be a wonderful way to de-stress this holiday season. We all know that this time of year is full of joy, but also filled with crowded malls, whiny children, and…

Easy Curb Appeal Upgrades You Can Do On a Weekend

Easy Curb Appeal Upgrades You Can Do On a Weekend

Sometimes the idea of getting your home ready to sell can seem daunting, and you might be tempted to sell it “as is” instead. Adding a little curb appeal, however, will help your home sell faster and for more money.…

Wanting More From Your Home

Wanting More From Your Home

Is your home not giving you the lifestyle you need? Thinking about purchasing a second home? Now could be a great time to do so, but there are several things to keep in mind before taking the leap and purchasing…

Tips For Upgrading Kitchen Flooring in Your Home

Tips For Upgrading Kitchen Flooring in Your Home

The kitchen is the heart of your home, literally as well as figuratively. That means it’s a room in need of a sturdy floor that can cope with spills, dropped dishes, and stomping feet (even if the feet are small).…

Buy, Sell, or Update Your Home?

Buy, Sell, or Update Your Home?

Are you thinking about selling your home? According to the July 2013 National Housing Survey conducted by Fannie Mae, 74% of those surveyed feel that now is a good time to buy a house while 40% believe that now is…

Expressing Gratitude For Your Home

Expressing Gratitude For Your Home

Thanksgiving is a time to consider all the amazing gifts and treasures we are awarded in our lives. It’s a time to be grateful for your home and possessions. A time to show your gratitude for your freedoms and country,…

Selling Your Home Over the Holidays

Selling Your Home Over the Holidays

Keeping your home on the market over the holidays can be a tough call. Many experts think that it is not worth it because sellers will seem desperate. Most offers coming in over the holidays are generally lower than asking…

Considered Making Your Home in Two Houses?

Considered Making Your Home in Two Houses?

Even if you love your home and have not thought about buying a second one, you may reconsider after learning about the tax breaks available to those who own a second home. Many politicians and celebrities use their ownership of…