Moving to a new home is a big job, so it’s no wonder many people waffle on the decision.
Clearly, life changes, like marrying, divorcing, job changes, are often the biggest factors, but sometimes the reasons are less obvious.
While it can be difficult to be 100 percent certain it’s time, the following considerations can help you decide with more confidence.
#1 Money. The first question is whether you can afford it (or can’t afford not to), remembering that in addition to a different mortg... read more
Amid holiday shopping, kids’ Christmas concerts, visiting Santa and sending greeting cards, you may wonder how you’ll find time to decorate your home for the season. But holiday decorating doesn’t need to be time-consuming or expensive, especially with these quick and easy shortcuts.
Decorate your home for the holidays with ease
The key is to spread the cheer throughout the house using items you probably already have on hand or can easily add to your grocery list.
HOLIDAY DECORATING... read more
With Christmas just weeks away, it’s time to finish up your shopping. If a new homeowner’s on your list then our list of the top 10 gift picks for new homeowners can help.1. Tools — You can’t always predict when you’ll need them, so it’s a good idea to help the homeowners in your life get stocked up. Start with the basics: a wrench set that includes an adjustable wrench, slip-joint and needlenose pliers, a claw hammer, screwdrivers and wire cutters.2... read more
When it’s time to put your home on the market, you want it to make a great first impression. You want it to say “welcome home” to prospective buyers and present it as a space they won’t want to leave. That’s where staging your home comes in. It may sound unnecessary or time-consuming, but it will make a significant difference once you list it.
Staging your home means more money in your pocket
The National Association of Realtors’ 2017 Profile of Home Staging study reported... read more
When you’re determining how much you can afford to spend on your new home, you’re likely to pull up a mortgage calculator, punch in what you can afford in a monthly payment and begin your search based on the calculator.
Don’t forget closing costs
But what many first-time buyers don’t realize is there are several other costs that go into purchasing a home. The cost of closing alone can add thousands of dollars ($3,700 on average) to the price of a home, not to mention thousands more fo... read more