Being a Good Neighbor

Ask yourself, ”Am I a good neighbor”? Good neighbors are important.  Living in a neighborhood where you feel safe and connected can impact your level of happiness and even reduce stress.  You may not be able to change your neighborhood, but you can certainly change the experience you have in your neighborhood by getting out…

Winter’s Wrath

If you have been impacted by the current arctic temperatures, or if you live in an area frequently hit by winter storms, this article is for you! While you can’t change the weather, you can minimize some of winter’s biggest threats to your home.   Here are a few suggestions to help avoid potentially expensive…

Wrapping Up Your Home for the Holidays

In the movie “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” Clark Griswold may have gone a little overboard with his Christmas lights, but if he was selling his house, he may have had the right idea. “Great decorations really set the tone for the holidays, a time when you can showcase your home in a different way to…

Affordable Home Heating

Approximately 1/3 of our nation’s energy consumption comes from the residential sector and about 70% of this usage is from homes that are more than 30 years old. Whether you are heating one of these older homes or a home built more recently; saving money AND energy is important to all of us.  Here are…

Prudential Real Estate Q3 Consumer Outlook Survey

Prudential Real Estate has released the results of its third quarter Consumer Outlook Survey indicating men and women tend to take up different tasks in the home-buying process and view homeownership through a slightly different lens. However, both say their real estate agent helped ease the decision-making process. Take a look at the infographic in this…

Autumn Home Checklist

 Fall made its official arrival on Sunday, September 22nd. Although some days are still sunny and a bit warmer than usual, don’t be fooled! Crisp, colder days are winter days lurking around the corner; NOW is the perfect time to prepare your home for them! Here is a checklist to help you get started…. A…

Real Estate: Buy or Sell First?

When it comes to home buying, the ideal situation would be to find a new home, just as you receive an offer on your existing home. You would then be able to close concurrently and move into your new home a few days prior to closing on your previous home. This does happen more often…

DIY Projects to cool your home!!

Summer is a great time for some of our favorite activities, like hiking, swimming, relaxing at the beach, or just enjoying the outdoors.  But at times the heat of summer can become a bit uncomfortable…..especially in your home. Tackle these simple projects to make your home more comfortable for those times you are ready to…

Prep Your Home for Vacation

Before you head out the door to your favorite summer vacation spot, take a few minutes to run through this checklist and prep your home before you leave; it could make your return just a little bit sweeter. Light it up – the kitchen (usually in the rear of the home) is a favorite break-in…

Paint Like a Pro

Paint Perfection A fresh coat of paint is the fastest, most economical way to spruce up any room in your home. Here are some simple guidelines to help you achieve results that will make any professional painter envious. Pick your paint type – Water-soluble latex dries quickly, is easier to clean up, and emits fewer…

Planting your Garden

“No two gardens are the same. No two days are the same in one garden”. ~Hugh Johnson  It may seem like there is no end in sight to these cold days of winter but time passes quickly and spring will be here before you know it.  Now is the perfect time to do a bit…

Market Changes for 2013

With it looking like the real estate market is in recovery-mode, a lot of individuals are making the leap into buying or selling a home. The housing market is very different than it used to be; even as recently as six months ago. Read on to discover some of the ways it has changed since…