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How Buying Your Home is Like Finding the Perfect Holiday Gift

How Buying Your Home is Like Finding the Perfect Holiday Gift

In some ways, finding the perfect holiday gift is very similar to buying a home. You may spend a lot of time researching and thinking about your home purchase. You’ll probably even seek the advice of an expert as you…

Holiday Housekeeping and Your Home

Holiday Housekeeping and Your Home

Is a clean house on your list for Santa this year? If not, it may be worth considering since time just seems to evaporate this time of year.  Between attending community and work socials, school events for children, and family…

Fixed Mortgage Rates Dip – Good News for Your Home

Fixed Mortgage Rates Dip – Good News for Your Home

2012 has seen consistently low mortgage rates, but according to the Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®) recently released, those rates have gotten even lower this week! With the 30 year fixed averaging at 3.31% and the 15 year fixed averaging…

Celebrate Gratitude and Thanksgiving in Your Home

Celebrate Gratitude and Thanksgiving in Your Home

The secret to a winning Thanksgiving in your home is to approach it with a sense of gratitude. Compose your guest list of those you love and are glad to have in your life and include them in the meal…

Make Your Home the Place to Celebrate

Make Your Home the Place to Celebrate

When planning a party in your home, whether for the holidays or any occasion, preparation is the key to success. How you prepare may be as simple as cleaning your home if your event is a potluck or as detailed…

Get Multiple Offers on Your Home

Get Multiple Offers on Your Home

You may have been talking with a neighbor or simply heard a snippet on the radio or television, but suddenly you are aware that right now is a “seller’s market.” Thoughts of an instant million dollar sale of your home…

How Much Should You Spend on Your Home Purchase

How Much Should You Spend on Your Home Purchase

Buying a home starts with determining how much house you can afford. While it’s important to be careful of buying more house than you can afford, changes in the mortgage industry make doing that nearly impossible these days. Recent restrictions…

Loving Your Home Doesn’t Have To Be Expensive

Loving Your Home Doesn’t Have To Be Expensive

“What can I do to get my home ready?” This question is often posed when someone is ready to sell a home, but it doesn’t have to be. Making your home repairs and upgrades as needed can actually lead to…

Low Rates & Quick Short Sales May Help Your Home to Sell

Low Rates & Quick Short Sales May Help Your Home to Sell

The Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS) revealed on November 1st by Freddie Mac shows continued lowered interest rates, dipping below last week’s rates. This is good news if you are a home owner hoping to sell your home. Combining those…

Too Big? Too Small? Choosing the Size of Your New Home

Too Big? Too Small? Choosing the Size of Your New Home

Trends in home buying are based on averages, the medium between extremes. Today’s economy has spurred the need for downsizing and created a market for the so called “tiny home.” However it wasn’t too long ago when every new home…

Selling Your Home This Holiday Season?

Selling Your Home This Holiday Season?

Traditionally the holiday season is not the best time to sell your home due to tight schedules, weather conditions, and overall busy schedules. However if you still would like to sell your home before year-end, there are some things you…

Protecting Your Home From Winter Storms

Protecting Your Home From Winter Storms

Cooling weather trends bring with them rain and snow and can also result in damage to your home. Now’s the time to consider making needed preparations to your home, from roof repairs and securing insulation to cleaning the rain gutters…

Create the Best Jack-O-Lantern for Your Home

Create the Best Jack-O-Lantern for Your Home

As the days count down to Halloween you may find yourself trying to determine the best way to enliven your porch pumpkin.  While many techniques have been developed for jack-o-lantern carving and design, the following basic principles can guide you…

Maintaining the Fireplace in Your Home

Maintaining the Fireplace in Your Home

As colder weather approaches, images and thoughts of home-cooked baked goods and cider by the fire seem to be everywhere, from the local home improvement stores to pinterest. Have you readied your home for the approaching season? A little preparation…

Survey Says… Good Time to Buy or Sell Your Home

Survey Says… Good Time to Buy or Sell Your Home

Fannie Mae just released the results of September’s National Housing Survey which delivers good news if you are trying to sell your home or buy a new home. Americans at large are feeling positive about the housing market and economy…

Creating Art Displays in Your Home

Creating Art Displays in Your Home

If you’ve ever remodeled or purchased a new house, you know that blank walls in your home can seem daunting. While furniture and other items can add warmth to your home causing the wide wall expanse to diminish, there is…

Your Home and Fall Gardening

Your Home and Fall Gardening

As the weather cools and the leaves begin to change color, fall is the perfect time to get your home and garden prepped for winter.  Whether you are planting fruit trees or perennials, this is the perfect time to form…

Your Home For Sale – Does It Need A White Picket Fence?

Your Home For Sale – Does It Need A White Picket Fence?

Many of us grew up hoping we’d one day own the perfect American suburban dream, a home with a white picket fence. And, there is a certain charm and warmth that comes with a house lined with pickets. However, when…