03/06/2014 - 9:30am | safety, buying a home, family

There is little that is more important than feeling secure in your own home. While we can only control a small bit of the world around us, here’s some basic information to keep a home safe.

The goal of securing your home is two-fold: protecting your possessions, but also protecting the... READ MORE >

02/03/2014 - 9:08am | Home Buying, Add character

When searching for a home, it is easy to "fall in love" with a property. Before you put in that offer though, ask yourself can you BE in love in the house? How a home stacks up in the realm of romance might take top tier in some people's list of priorities, but even if it doesn... READ MORE >

01/20/2014 - 9:54am | Sell, Sell My Home, preparation, Repairs, For Sale, Home For Sale

Did the holidays leave your home looking a little worse for wear? Were you too busy trimming the tree and ringing in the new year to take care of routine maintenance? Did holiday guests leave lasting proof of their visit all over the carpets?

If you’re planning to sell your home this year... READ MORE >

01/02/2014 - 9:33pm | Selling, pets

A beautiful cat or friendly dog might be just the thing for you and your family. As members of the household, pets have a place in your home and your heart. But what about pets and all that go with them when you are buying or selling a home? In the case of a large investment such as buying or... READ MORE >

12/05/2013 - 10:04am | Sell, Sell My Home, Renovation, Repairs

When evaluating a home that has been renovated one or more times, there are many ways to proceed. Establishing the value placed on a renovation requires some knowledge and looking so that you can understand pricing of a home. In this arena, real estate agents and home inspectors can be... READ MORE >

10/31/2013 - 9:00am | Repairs, Sell My Home, Help

Whether you are in over your head or juggling too many tasks, hiring help can be a great idea. Projects can benefit from specialized expertise, more work can be accomplished at one time, and as a homeowner you can step back from the tasks at hand to... READ MORE >

10/24/2013 - 10:19am | Home Buying, Negotiate

So, you're finally off the fence and ready to buy a home before prices mortgage rates rise any further. Here's what you need to know about jumping into the market at this time of year.


10/03/2013 - 9:08am | Fall, Repairs, preparation, For Sale


While spring may be the time for cleaning, fall is surely the time for fixing. Simple improvements can save money in utility bills as well as prevent costly repairs in the future. Like a well-played game of football,... READ MORE >

09/26/2013 - 10:51am | Home For Sale, For Sale


If you haven't had a chance to check out the financial advice from Dave Ramsey, we recommend you take a stop by his website - He has great information and tips on how you can save money and make better... READ MORE >

09/05/2013 - 9:23am |

It’s September and you are selling your home entering into the fall and winter months. With light dwindling and temperatures dropping, evaluating your home with regard to warmth is a smart idea. Homes that are warm in the winter (and cool in the summer) are highly desirable – and achievable, if... READ MORE >


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