New years often bring new goals. It’s a time when people promise to lose weight and exercise more, take better care of themselves and the planet, get out of debt and save more. And oftentimes the latter marks a much bigger goal: buying a new home.
If this is the year for you to make your move, here are five steps to get you started.1. Contact your agent. Agents know the housing market and various neighborhoods and have the resources and negotiating skills to get you the best deal and do it more quickly than ... read more
If you’re looking to add some Thanksgiving flair to your decor this week but are short on time, you need look no farther than out your own window. Some of the most beautiful fall displays are just a few steps outside your door (or, if you’re like this brown-thumbed writer, at your local produce aisle).
1. Pumpkins and gourds. These have been used for years to dress up homes for fall. Take it up a notch by arranging them on platters, mixing in a few vines or oak branches and tossing in some acorns.
2. ... read more
Here in the upper Midwest, winter can be unpredictable but it virtually always brings some ice and snow. While homes here are built to handle it, there are still some smart steps you can take to make sure it’s ready for winter.
1. Clear leaves from gutters. It’s a dirty but important job, especially when the leaves drop. You’ll need a place for melting snow and ice to drain properly. Not only will it protect exterior walls, it will also protect your basement. It’s also wise to be sure any d... read more
A study published this year by the National Association of Home Builders reveals what today’s home buyers across the nation really want … and what they don’t.
What do you think? Does this hold true for the River Valley region? What’s hot on your list?
Energy-Star rated appliances
Energy-Star rating for whole home
Exhaust fan in bathroom
Bathroom linen closet
Energy-Star rated windows
Table space for eati... read more
For most of us, our money is hard-earned, so we understandably want to be thoughtful about how we spend it. That’s especially true when it comes to buying and selling the biggest asset most of us will ever own: our homes.
When contemplating a real estate transaction, some people are tempted to forgo the help of an agent to save on commissions. What those consumers often don’t realize, however, is that a qualified agent can actually help save them the cost of commissions and then some.
If you’re ... read more