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Is It Time to Stop Renting?

Is It Time to Stop Renting?

It’s not your imagination that rent keeps going up. In fact, across the United States, from the end of summer 2013 to the end of summer 2014 rents increased over six percent … and in some housing markets rents increased…

Professionals Answer: “How Do I Increase My Home’s Value?” (Part 1 of 3)

Professionals Answer: “How Do I Increase My Home’s Va

When preparing to sell their home, a common question pops up. Homeowners want to know what they can do to get the maximum selling price on their home. Of course, the answer to “What can I do to increase my…

Planning Appropriately for a Renovation

Planning Appropriately for a Renovation

You walk into a home that potentially has the perfect layout, although the kitchen is dated, the floors need upgrading, the bathrooms are awkward … but the price is right and you’ve always wanted to customize a home … so…

Planning a Fall Open House

Planning a Fall Open House

Your home is newly on the market this and you want to have an open house, but you don’t know how to show it best in the shorter autumn days. As the weather turns toward fall and winter, consider these…

Apple Watch and other Smart New Home Products

Apple Watch and other Smart New Home Products

Not just relegated to the workspace or entertainment, home technology products focus on every room in your house. Check out these smart-home products geared to make your life easier: Apple Watch useful apps for home In addition to your social…

How to Make Your Living Room Flow

How to Make Your Living Room Flow

One of the first decisions you make in your new house is where to place your furniture. In the living areas, furniture placement can make or break your home’s “flow” or ease of movement. A sofa placed just two feet…

Getting a Mortgage for Self-Employed

Getting a Mortgage for Self-Employed

Prior to the new banking regulations, getting a home mortgage if you owned a business, worked freelance, on contract or were otherwise self-employed was possible, if complicated, using stated income, bank statements and other alternatives to W2 income statements. New…

Downsize to Upgrade

Downsize to Upgrade

Whatever your reason for wanting a smaller home—empty nest, tired of cleaning, less mobile, closer to grandkids, moving from the suburbs to be nearer to work, single again—downsizing does not mean downgrading. In fact, when moving into less space, make…

Pesky, But Potentially Costly Home Maintenance

Pesky, But Potentially Costly Home Maintenance

If you’re new to home ownership, you may not be familiar with all of the responsibilities that are now yours. All of those things you used to call the super or management office for now fall in your lap. Here…

How to Choose Lights for Your New Home

How to Choose Lights for Your New Home

It’s not just about wattage anymore. Light fixtures and light bulbs come in myriad types, sizes and colors. Do you want LED? Should you use “soft” bulbs? And what is the difference between watts and lumens? With the phase-out of…

Monochromatic Decorating Ideas

Monochromatic Decorating Ideas

The use of a single color, or range of shades in a color gives your home a sophisticated designer appeal. Do you have to hire a designer to achieve the look? No, you can do it yourself if you keep…

Why More Americans Do Not Own Homes

Why More Americans Do Not Own Homes

Even while home prices are on the rise—fueled by the low supply, low mortgage rates and investor buying—the number of Americans that own homes, as a percentage of the population, is decreasing. The reasons vary, since many current renters are…

Choosing Paint by Light Direction

Choosing Paint by Light Direction

Light exposure in your room plays a large part in the visual drama of your paint colors. In rooms with multi-directional sun exposure—either opposing (east/west or north/south) or perpendicular (north/west, north/east, south/west, south/east)—the play of light over your walls, reflecting…

Living Small

Living Small

No matter what our background, we all have an ideal dream home size in mind. When it comes down to the actual living in it, however, can smaller be better? If your dream is for an urban dwelling with access…

Do I Want to Buy with Cash?

Do I Want to Buy with Cash?

According to Market Watch, 43% of homebuyers in 2014 so far have purchased with all cash. While some analysts believe that the cash-buying frenzy will not last, there is always more room for negotiation when the buyer brings cash to…

Keeping the Old House when Buying the New

Keeping the Old House when Buying the New

The current housing market, while picking up in most areas, has one basic problem: low supply. With many buyers choosing to keep their old home when they purchase a new home, fewer homes are on the market, driving up demand.…

What Homeownership Can Mean for You

What Homeownership Can Mean for You

When you’ve never owned your home, your relationship to it is less personal. Let’s face it, when something goes wrong in your rented apartment, you call the landlord or manager to fix it. You don’t worry about insurance against natural…

How to Sell for Full Price

How to Sell for Full Price

Often, homeowners try to “test the market” with a higher than fair-market price when first listing their home. That can be a poor marketing strategy. When your agent tries to talk you out of it: Listen! Setting “too high a…