Picking the Right Agent

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Finding the right real estate agent for you means a lot more than securing the services of someone who knows the market. Your agent needs to know you.Why? Because your goal is hiring a real estate agent...
Maximize Your Budget

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With hard times sometimes come hard choices, especially when it comes to budgets. To maximize yours, consider the following:Save for “surprise” expenses: Surprise expenses, especially for car or...
Prep your home for a great appraisal

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You’re in the thick of a house sale, and now it’s getting appraised. You want this to go well—really well. What do you do?First and foremost, be honest. What’s going to get the...
Backyard Movie Night

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Tired of watching movies inside? It’s summer: Time to take the show on the road—or at least to the backyard. Grab the popcorn and lawnchairs—it’s outdoor movie night!And no, you...
Outdoor Kitchen Must-Haves

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If you’ve made the leap to investing in an outdoor kitchen, making sure that it is the value-added addition to your home (and entertaining experience) that will serve you for years to come requires some...
Managing Stress During House Hunting

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The house-hunting process can strain the strongest of relationships (and nerves). From time constraints to last-minute schedule changes to the never-absent and niggling fears over money, searching for a home...
Experience Matters - Hiring an Agent

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No doubt, many people have succeeded in selling and buying homes on their own and come out satisfied. But in reality, that’s a rare story.In case you need expert guidance or a last-minute assist during...
Boosting Your Credit

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When you’re looking to buy a house, one top item on the list is securing financing. However, if you’re credit rating is lagging a bit, you could find yourself missing out on the record-breaking...
Fun Summer Activities

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If you’re like most people (admit it—statistically, you are), right about now, summer fun has become summer frustration. What’s left to do? Moooooooomm, I’m booooored!Don’t fret....
Operation ‘Add Value’ with Renovations

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That kitchen needs a remodel, but so does the backyard. And that carpet’s looking pretty gnarly, too. But which remodeling jobs will give you the best ROI when it comes time to sell?Kitchens top the...