Seven Ways To Ruin Your Listing Tour

April 23rd, 2015

The Internet is a great tool for looking at homes for sale, but sooner or later, you’re going to have to get offline and tour listings in person. That means you’ll have to find a real estate agent to get you past the lockboxes. Sounds simple? Not really. Here are six ways you could turn your house-hunting trip into an epic fail.

6 Water-Saving Landscaping Ideas

April 23rd, 2015

With the sun shining down on your lawn this spring — and the chance you could be facing days without rainfall — you’ll probably be watering or turning on the sprinklers more often. Rather than watching your water bill dramatically increase, take this opportunity to look at how you can make your landscape water-efficient. Water-efficient landscapes can:

Five Landscaping Ideas For Sellers

April 22nd, 2015

You’ve probably heard how important curb appeal is when you’re trying to sell your home. The first thing buyers look at when they pull up to your home is the big picture — the house, the yard, the trees, the flowers. Here are five jobs you can do that help you make the most of your home’s drive-up appeal.

Earth Day Special – 10 Easy Ways To Go Green With Little Effort

April 22nd, 2015

Earth Day always makes us recommit to eco-friendliness, but I don’t think we’re alone in saying that many of our grand efforts can be short-lived. Thankfully, even if you’re not ready to start compositing or devising an elaborate rainwater catching system, you can still have an impact. Another benefit to being nice to the Earth – green measures are also money savers! Ready, set, go green!

HOA Calendar Planning

April 21st, 2015

There is an old saying that goes, ‘If you fail to plan, you plan to fail’. Nothing is truer when it comes to a homeowner associations. If your HOA does not already have one, forging an Annual Planning Calendar will be an enormous step toward solving many nagging maintenance and administrative problems.

Choosing A Fifteen Year Mortgage Is Not A Good Idea

April 21st, 2015

For some time I have been wondering if I should consider getting a fifteen (15) year mortgage, as I do not want to be burdened with a mortgage in addition to condominium fees. Assessing how and when to consider such a change is confusing to me, and I would appreciate your advice on the advantages and disadvantages of the fifteen (15) year versus the thirty (30) year mortgage.

Student Loan Debt And The Real Estate Market

April 20th, 2015

What we know for sure is that there is a lot of student loan debt out there. What we know or believe with less certainty is what kind of effect that debt has on the real estate market — both now and in the future.

Higher Prices Don’t Deter First-time Buyers

April 20th, 2015

The typical first-time homebuyer is more financially savvy than the general population and is responsible, well-educated, employed and in a relationship, says a new survey by mortgage insurer Genworth Canada.

Ask These 7 Questions to Create a Whole House Color Palette

April 20th, 2015

It seems so simple, but picking a paint color is one of the biggest obstacles my clients have when updating their homes. Once they realize they’re really picking an overall palette, they’re positively paralyzed.

The Man Cave Offshoot That Could Just Save Your Marriage

April 19th, 2015

If you’re one who believes that women need that one special place of their own, the “She Shed,” so named by folks at Lighter Side of Real Estate, might be your answer. Check out a bevy of their She Sheds here, and then see a few more examples below.