Selling a Home? Check Your Plumbing

If you’re selling your home, you’re to-do list is likely stacked: find a REALTOR®, get an inspection, make needed improvements, up your curb appeal, and the list goes on. Another important facet to keep in mind before listing is to make sure your plumbing...

Put Your Home Equity to Good Use

With home values enjoying a steady rise over the past several years, most Americans have witnessed a return of home equity, and many are leveraging that equity toward other important financial goals. A recent study by LendingTree, which assessed home equity loan...

Adding an Outdoor Family Room Can Increase Your Home’s Value

Whether you’re looking to sell your home, or are just interested in making improvements that offer ROI, an outdoor living space is a great investment. The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) shares the top four ways family yards and other living landscapes...

Creating Appeal: 8 Home Staging Tips That Work

By Barbara Pronin First impressions count – and experienced real estate professionals know that a clean, attractively organized home will pique buyer interest and sell more quickly than its neighbors. “Clients tend to focus not on what the house could potentially...

Hiring a Contractor? Do This First

Nothing is more exciting than embarking on a home renovation project! Hire the wrong contractor, however, and your dream remodel can quickly turn into a nightmare. That’s why it’s essential to do your due diligence when hiring a contractor, such as getting multiple...

Selling Your Home? Attack Issues Head-on

You’ve finally made the decision to put your home on the market – now comes the tough part: making sure it’s ready for prospective buyers. According to Buddy Stark, director of operations for HomeTeam Inspection Service, there are several steps home sellers...

5 Ways to Get Ready to Sell Your Home This Spring

Spring has long been one of the best seasons for selling a home. If you’re ready to put your home on the market, follow these steps to make sure you’re in prime showing shape once spring hits. Find a real estate agent. Use this time to interview several agents and...

5 Quick Ways to Jazz up Your Home’s Curb Appeal

By Barbara Pronin Curb appeal, a phrase often used by real estate professionals, describes the pleasing first impression viewers have at their first glimpse of a home. It could mean, ‘neat and clean.’ It could mean, ‘welcoming’ or ‘stately.’ It could be all of these...

5 Steps to a Healthier Home

Believe it or not, being healthy at home isn’t just about what’s happening in your fridge. Sure, it’s a good starting point, but there are actually many ways to create a pro-health environment throughout your home. Here are five simple ways to start. Declutter the...

Should I Dip Into Equity and Renovate?

Many homeowners will be taking advantage of winter savings on supplies and the off-season availability of contractors to use a home equity line of credit (HELOC) to finance home renovations. According to recent research from TD Bank, more than three quarters (80...

Best Financial Investments for Your Home

By Craig Middleton On popular home improvement shows, people repair or add new features to their homes to add substantial market value in the process. Whether you are looking to increase the value of your home or just make improvements for your own enjoyment, some of...

Home Remodeling Brings Enjoyment and Equity

A new report shows that homeowners who remodel gain not only equity and more resale value in their home, they are also more likely to find satisfaction and enjoyment from their home. The 2017 Remodeling Impact Report from the National Association of REALTORS®, with...

5 Quick Curb Appeal Projects

Need to add some curb appeal to your home to get it ready for market? Or are you just in the mood for a quick refresh? Here are five easy DIY projects to help dress up your home using lightweight, decorative millwork accessories or architectural elements. The...

Simple Tips for First-Time Homebuyers

Buying a home is always exciting, if a bit overwhelming. But when you’re a first time buyer, the process can seem even more complicated. “The biggest hurdle for the housing market in the middle of 2017 is low inventory,” Senior CFP Board Ambassador Jill...

Selling Your Home this Summer?

By John Voket To everything there is a season – even when it comes to home staging. For those selling your home this summer, you will be thrilled to learn that Megan Morris from professionalstaging.com recently released her top successful home staging trends for...