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Having a Thanksgiving Weekend Open House

Having a Thanksgiving Weekend Open House

To have an open house or not to have an open house over the Thanksgiving weekend: that is the question! Many sellers assume that the Thanksgiving holiday weekends and the week between Christmas and New Years Day are less than…

The First Thanksgiving in Your New Home

The First Thanksgiving in Your New Home

You’ve invited everyone to celebrate Thanksgiving with you in your new home … a joy-filled day with family and friends, good company, great food, celebrating old traditions and creating new ones!  The first holiday gathering in your new home celebrates…

Current Color Trends — Sophisticated Gray

Current Color Trends — Sophisticated Gray

Out with the old … beige, cafe au lait, pale mocha, bone … favorite neutrals for the past decade, may give way to more sophisticated gray-based neutrals. So you might ask, isn’t gray just black and white mixed? Well, yes…

Winterizing Your Vacant Home

Winterizing Your Vacant Home

Whether it is your summer vacation cottage, or your recently vacated home put up for sale, proper winterizing prevents your home from deteriorating while it’s empty and saves you money both now and later. Make a list Decide what needs…

What to Know about Your FHA Mortgage Insurance

What to Know about Your FHA Mortgage Insurance

An FHA mortgage is a loan insured by the Federal Housing Administration. The FHA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, insures loans so that lenders will offer appealing rates to less qualified borrowers at a…

Holiday Decoration Safety

Holiday Decoration Safety

Each year, fire departments across the country respond to home and structure fires caused by holiday decorations. In a study by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in 2011 showed an annual average of 230 structure fires that began with…

Lighting a Fire in Your New Fireplace

Lighting a Fire in Your New Fireplace

As the weather chills, snow falls and socializing moves indoors, what could be more inviting than a warm cup of cocoa in front of a bright crackling fire? If your new home has a wood fireplace, here are some basics…

How to Prepare for Emergencies in Your New Home (Part 1)

How to Prepare for Emergencies in Your New Home (Part 1)

When you move into your new home, you may not think to revise and update your emergency plan, but natural disasters strike without warning. Avoid being caught without a plan in place at your new address. Here are ten steps…

Use Memorial Day Sales to Your Home’s Advantage!

Use Memorial Day Sales to Your Home’s Advantage!

Keeping your home comfortable and up-to-date seems like an expensive endeavor. With trends changing so fast, our wallets can hardly keep up! Lucky for us, Memorial Day is just around the corner. If you shop smart at the sales this…

New Gadgets for Your Wish List

New Gadgets for Your Wish List

As you think about gift-giving this season, don’t forget to give your new home a gift of its own. Advancements in technology mean that your home can be smarter, cleaner, cooler or the hottest thing on the market. Here are…

From Hi-Tech Race Car to Hi-Tech Home

From Hi-Tech Race Car to Hi-Tech Home

Necessity drives innovation. Last week, quadriplegic former Indy 500 driver, Sam Schmidt drove a modified Corvette around the Indianapolis Speedway by moving his head and biting down with his teeth. Arrow Electronics, a medical and consumer electronics company used existing…

Is Painting Cabinets a Good Idea?

Is Painting Cabinets a Good Idea?

Gone are the days of the sticky painted kitchen cabinet that peels, chips and generally looks cheap. Modern paint finishes means you can rejuvenate or renovate your dated kitchen or bath cabinets with just some elbow grease and your own…

How to Prepare for Emergencies in Your New Home (Part 2)

How to Prepare for Emergencies in Your New Home (Part 2)

In a new home or neighborhood, preparing for emergencies in advance might just save you or your family member’s life. In Part 2, we cover the basics for inside your house. Know your home: Learn how to turn off gas,…

Attracting Homebuyers in the Winter Months

Attracting Homebuyers in the Winter Months

As temperatures drop, snow piles up and people’s minds turn to holiday celebrations, you may think that your house won’t sell. In fact, many people take their homes off the market during this time and wait for spring to relist…

Expand Your Summer Living Space

Expand Your Summer Living Space

As the temperatures heat up and barbeque season is in full swing, the outdoors beckons. Early morning coffee on the back deck as the sunrises and late evening gatherings to watch the stars come out do not require shade, but…

Is this Neighborhood Headed Up? Or Down?

Is this Neighborhood Headed Up? Or Down?

When searching for a home on a budget, you’ll often find great deals on the edge of up-and-coming neighborhoods. But how do you tell if a neighborhood is headed up? Or, if it’s on its way down? Of course, the…

How to Prepare for Emergencies in Your New Home (Part 3)

How to Prepare for Emergencies in Your New Home (Part 3)

The last in our series, preparing for emergencies in your new home means taking extra measure to protect your investment. Surviving a disaster is just the first part. Recovering takes longer and requires more advance planning. Start by designing your…

How Oil Prices Affect the Housing Market

How Oil Prices Affect the Housing Market

Most of us rejoice when the prices at the pump go down. To use that means freed-up cash in our personal economy. When we’re consider buying or selling a home, however, the price at the pump can impact our bottom…