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What Gen Y Looks for in a Home to Buy

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If you’ve lived in your home for some time, you notice when the neighborhood around you is changing to a younger demographic. Thinking this might be a good time to sell, you wonder what was so appealing about the house down the street to the young couple that just moved in. The first thing you…Read More »

Should You Wait Until Spring to Put Your Home on the Market?

Put Your Home on the Market

Typically the end of the Holiday season and New Years signal the advent of Spring, so putting your home on the market around the time of the Spring Equinox might be the perfect option for you. Markets vary, so only your local professional real estate agent can advise you on what is best in your…Read More »

Know Your Style: Country French Style

Country French Style Homes

Originally called French Provincial, Country French Style evokes the casual simplicity and rustic elements of a country home in the South of France. By paying tribute the region’s sunny, warm landscape, Country French style adds cheerful vitality to a home’s design. Typical elements in a Country French style home include high-pitched hipped rooflines, symmetrical multi-paned,…Read More »

How to Survive Transition

How to Survive Transition

Timing the closing of your new home purchase with the end of your lease agreement or sale of your existing home is tricky, to say the least. Rarely does it work out that you move directly from one home to another on a perfect schedule. During the transition, you need a place to live and…Read More »

Add a Romantic Touch to Your Open House

Romantic Touch to Your Open House

When staging your home for an open house, consider connecting to the season, holiday or local events to give your home that memorable “I see myself living here” quality. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, consider adding a vase of roses to the dining room. Even a single red rose or a spray of…Read More »

Mortgage Rates and Housing Prices Expected to Rise in 2014

Mortgage Rates Rise

Even though 30-year fixed rates dropped in the first half of January, many analysts expect fixed mortgage rates to go up somewhat in 2014, but to top out at around 5%. What this means for buyers is that while higher than 2013’s historic lows, the rates will remain favorable and predictable for homebuyers. What is…Read More »

Do I Need to Paint the Whole House White?

Paint the Whole House White

You are getting ready to paint a home you know you will sell within a couple of years. Chances are, a helpful family member or friend reminds you that to sell, everything should be painted white. After all, a buyer needs a neutral “clean slate” to look at. Just the thought of all those white…Read More »

Greening an Older Home

Greening an Older Home

Your budget dictates that you buy an older home, but your heart wants that home to be environmentally responsible, so what do you do? Here are some ideas for making any home greener. If you plan for these in advance of your purchase, you might just lower your bottom line. Apply for an energy-efficient mortgage…Read More »

Thinking About Purchasing a Condo as Your Home?

buying a condo as your home

If you’ve been trying to decide how to finally own your home, buying a condo can be a good first step out of renting and into home ownership. There’s good news about condos right now, too. The National Association of Home Builders reports that the production of condominiums and apartments is at an all time…Read More »