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Home Decor

Among the numerous recent changes in our society, the lockdown orders may result in a lasting impact on how we think about our homes. Look for an increased interest in the following interior design features in resale properties. Read More
Ready to clean out those closets, basements, and other dark corners of your home where piles of junk collect? Good news. It's yard sale season! Here are some tips: Read More
The entryway can be easily overlooked when decorating your home, but the truth is it makes a lasting impression. Here are a few do's and don'ts to make the most of this space.Do…Reflect your style. ... Read More
Each year brings about new home design trends, and one of the most popular rooms to study is the kitchen. Looking at trend studies can provide inspiration for homeowners considering updating or remodeling their kitchens, so check out these findings from the latest House report! Read More
Paint offers the opportunity for change. Your home can reflect your personality with just a fresh coat of color. Read More
Here's how to organize kids' rooms from cradle to college. Read More
Hanging Shelves, closet systems, and artwork means drilling into your walls- but do you know what's back there? Hidden inside your walls are plumbing pipes, ductwork, wires, and cables. Read More
Stepping stones are a decorative way to provide walking paths through your garden and prevent dirt, mulch and other debris from being tracked into your home. Plus, you can easily make your own stepping stones. Here are some tips for creating custom stepping stones: Read More
Simply because you are a pet owner doesn't mean you have to let your home decor go to the dogs! You can have a beautiful, stylish home that is also comfortable and animal friendly. Keep these tips in mind: Read More
When attempting to predict future trends, looking to the recent past often can yield clear signs of what is to come. This holds true even for something as fluid as homeowner style preferences. Read More
The old-fashioned concept of a linen closet is again in vogue. Read More
If you enjoy entertaining, but are limited on space you may be concerned about the comfort of your guests. Read More
Flowers can brighten a room and bring a smile to your face - unless you suffer from allergies. But even if you do have allergies you may be able to enjoy the beauty of fragrant blooms without itchy, watery eyes, sneezing and other symptoms. Read More
What is spacious, flat and takes up a large portion of any room, yet is often overlooked? Read More
Choosing the wrong office chair can literally be a pain in the neck. Working in an office often involves sitting for a good deal of the time which can put stress on your spine and lead to back pain, fatigue, varicose veins, stress, and even digestive problems.\r\n Read More
The dining room has undergone a lot of changes in recent years. It is no longer reserved just for dining or used only when company is expected for dinner. Read More
Your DIY paint job doesn't have to include jagged edges or paint splatters on your trim. Use these ideas from HouseLogic.com and PopularMechanics.com to produce a polished, professional result. Read More

Home Maintenance

A few simple tasks can keep your dishwasher running smoothly and help you avoid costly repairs down the road. Read More
Homes cost a lot of money to maintain. But are you spending extra money unnecessarily on upkeep? Here are the 10 most expensive mistakes you could be making in your home.1. Using Traditional Light bul... Read More
As the weather begins to warm up, now's the time to let your house breathe and so some spring cleaning. Set aside a day or weekend to tackle your entire living space so you can freshen up your home without dragging out the process. Use this list to organize your cleaning room by room. Read More
Did you know fireplaces are responsible for over 20,000 house fires each year?\r\n\r\nHere are 15 tips we recommend all wood, gas, and electric fireplace owners follow to stay warm and safe this winter. Read More
Along with Christmas and hot cocoa, winter also brings cold weather, snow, and ice. without adjustments, the harshness of winter can result in expensive heating bills and water damage for homeowners.\r\n\r\nThese 8 tips can help protect your home for winter and save you some serious cash. Read More
Regular maintenance on your home gives you peace of mind and keeps your resale value strong. Putting some energy into seasonal and biannual tasks now will set you up well for holiday entertaining. H... Read More
It doesn't matter what time of the year these tasks get done, as long as you do them once and year.\r\n Read More
If you toss the pulp, seeds, and other guts you're scraping out of pumpkins for Halloween into your garbage disposal, expect some creepy noises, and a plumber bill. Read More
Here's a list of four fall home project ideas. Read More
The risk isn't worth it. Even small trees can fall awkwardly, damaging your house, property, or your neighbor's property. In some locales, you have to obtain a permit first. Read More
This goes hand-in-hand with not knowing where you attic access is located, so let's start there. Read More
Ceiling fans can also circulate heat. Blades rotating clockwise push warm air down. Read More
As the fall season approaches and the temperature drops, take care of the following things:\r\n Read More
Appliances and electronics account for 30 percent of a household's energy consumption. Read More
When spring comes, you want to get ready to relax in the summer by doing the following things: Read More
You can't put it off any longer - it's time to mow the lawn. Just be sure to be safe. Every year, around 75,000 people in the United States are injured in lawn mower accidents, and about 10,000 of those accidents involve children. You can avoid serious injury if you take some basic precautions like: Read More
Love sitting in your big backyard, but don't like sharing your view with the neighborhood? Installing a fence can provide privacy and visual appeal. Read More
A ceiling fan is an energy-efficient way to cool your home (and reversible fans will also help circulate heat in the winter).* There are many types, sizes and styles of ceiling fans available, but when shopping keep these tips in mind: Read More
Whether you're cleaning windows, applying a fresh coat of paint, removing leaves and other debris from your gutters or hanging decorations, it's wise to use caution when working on a ladder. Read More
The well being of our family is priority all year, but is especially considered during the holidays when statistics about accidents abound. Read More
Coffee Filters\r\nOLD USE: These sturdy paper cones allow your favorite morning brew to flow through while blocking coffee grounds.\r\n Read More
Tennis Ball\r\nOLD USE: Used to play a competitive racquet game. Read More
While working from home, take some time to work on your home too. A little upfront effort ensures your home will be “listing ready” as soon as the timing is right for you. Read More

Sell your Home

There are a few ways to conduct virtual showings, and the best option depends on time, budget, and the type of space you’re showing. Read More
Mid-global-pandemic may not seem like the best time to enter the real estate market, but many industry professionals agree that now is a great time to sell your house – potentially even the best time in years. Read More
When staging, each room should include minimal furniture-just enough to suggest how a room might be used, leaving enough open space for potential buyers to envision how their furniture would fit. Read More
5 Ways to Declutter Before Listing the Family Home Read More
Many winter home buyers try to minimize their travel time in the cold by starting their home search online. Follow these tips to make sure your online listing is positioned to sell your home fast this winter. Read More
Despite the cold weather and icy roads, almost a million homes were sold during the winter last year. Here are some advantages to putting your home on the market this winter. Read More
Over the last 10 years, the world has become increasingly digital, and the real estate industry is no exception. Read More
No matter how perfect a home is, if the listing photos don't stand out, potential buyers will keep scrolling. Read More
Understanding the factors that affect a home's value is crucial to the selling process. Here are 5 factors that can increase or decrease the value of your home.\r\n\r\n Read More
Of course your realtor should have all of the expert knowledge necessary to complete the buy or sell, but he or she should also be a partner who keeps your best interest in mind and works to help you reach your goals. Here are 7 questions you can ask to help you find the best agent for you. Read More
This Saturday marks the official first day of fall, and while the temperature may be cooling down, the real estate market is not. Here are some tips to help you take advantage of the fall real estate market. Read More
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) offers these suggestions for measuring square footage. Read More
Bookshelves have a tendency to collect not only books, but also papers, odds and ends, and dust. But designed creatively, they can make an attractive statement in your home. Read More
When it's time to improve the curb appeal of your house, you might not know where to start. Read More
Top 10 Home Improvement Myths\r\n\r\nNot all home improvements are created equal. Even in a seller's market, it's important that homeowners make the right investments that will yield higher returns. As you go toward a profitable sale, make sure you're an expert on the top 10 home improvement myths. Read More
Built-in bookshelves help feed another common buyer craving: the desire for extra storage. Don't let sellers clutter shelves. Stagers Heather Cook and Alana Merritt of Rooms in Bloom offer tips for staging bookshelves and wall units. Read More
Stage a kitchen so that it shows off counter space. Stager Anthea Click of Fresh Perspectives in Nashville offers three tips for countertops. Read More
If you're getting ready to sell your house, you may not have extra cash to spend on home improvements. But some basic improvement can be inexpensive, and the results are worth it. Read More
Could your kitchen use a facelift? According to Remodeling magazine's latest Cost vs. Value Report, the average minor kitchen remodel costs $21,695. And considering the amount of time people spend in their kitchens, it could be well worth the investment. Homeowners typically recoup about 73 percent of the cost, according to the report. Read More
If you are a pet owner, no matter how valiant your housekeeping efforts, sometimes pet odors can affect your home. Read More
Real estate pro and stager Barb Schwarz, founder of the International Association of Home Staging Professionals, recommends some of the following general staging tips in prepping homes for sale. Read More
While many markets around the country continue to experience challenges as the market makes it's slow turnaround, here are the 5 top things to sell your home faster. Read More
What can you do to get your house ready to sell? Banish the clutter! Trim the bushes! Hide your Star Wars collection! Take down the family pictures! Here are some tips, hints, and ideas for sprucing up, cleaning out, decorating, styling, and staging your home to create a great first impression and make the house appealing to buyers. Read More
Here are a few, simple tips to improve the look and feel of your home fast--all for under $400. Read More

Buy a Home

With remote work becoming more common, it seems people are interested in relocating further away from the office to get closer to nature in the beach or mountains. Read More
Search by map and filter results according to your budgetary and housing needs. Read More
If you need to purchase a home during the coronavirus pandemic, here's what you need to know to conduct a virtual house hunt that's as good as the real thing. Read More
Don't worry - most walkthroughs come and go without a hitch, and your real estate agent will be there with you every step of the way. However, it's still important to be prepared and know what to look for. Read More
Lenders use your credit score to assess the probability that you will repay your loan. Follow these steps to increase your credit score so you can get the best possible interest rate on your mortgage. Read More
Don't let the frigid temperatures deter you from finding your dream home this winter! Here are some of the advantages of buying a house in the winter. Read More
We've compiled this information about the advantages of both renting and buying to help you make an informed decision. Read More
Here are the top 10 reported reasons people begin searching for a new home. Read More
Your offer on your dream home has been accepted. Now it's closing time! Read More
You know realtors help buy and sell homes, but you may not know everything that goes into the process and all the ways an agent can help. Here's a broad overview of what a realtor brings to the table. Read More
Whether you're a first time homeowner or an experienced buyer, this move-in checklist can help make sure you cover your bases. Read More
Navigating the rental market can be confusing and intimidating, but it doesn't have to be! Whether you're looking for a rental home, an apartment, condo, or loft, these 7 tips can help send you in the right direction. Read More
Whether you're moving down the street or across the country, finding the right real estate agent can be tricky. Here are 5 tips to help you find the right realtor for your moving needs. Read More
A professional home inspection is often one of the final hurdles between you and your new home, but what exactly is a home inspection and do you really need one? Read More
Moving or renovating your home can be stressful, and it's easy to get caught up in the details. But don't overlook your kids, who may be feeling stressed about the pending move. Read More
Three out of five homebuyers say school boundaries are a major factor in their home buying decision, and many of them are willing to pay above their budget to have access to a good school, according to survey by Move.com. Read More
Working through financial jargon with a mortgage lender can be confusing, but you can make the process easier if you clarify queries up front. Real Estate ABC and About.com offer a few tips for talking to your lender and finding what home loan fits you best. Read More
Even as home values have fallen in many areas of the country, property taxes are on the rise. According to the National Taxpayers Union, a nonprofit group that promotes lower taxes, as many as 60 percent of properties are over-assessed. Could you be paying too much? Read More
Moving can strain both your muscles and your budget, but think twice before deciding to handle the entire move on your own. Licensed movers are required to carry insurance which can lesson any risk involved in your move. That peace of mind may be well worth the cost. Read More
Here are some things not to do as a new homeowner. Read More
Fixed-rate loans accounted for more than 95 percent of all refinance loans in the fourth quarter, regardless of whether the original loan was an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) or a fixed-rate, according to a report by Freddie Mac. Read More
Shopping around for a home loan or mortgage will help you to get the best financing deal. A mortgage--whether it's a home purchase, a refinancing, or a home equity loan--is a product, just like a car, so the price and terms may be negotiable. You'll want to compare all the costs involved in obtaining a mortgage. Shopping, comparing, and negotiating may save you thousands. Read More
Is it better to Buy or Rent? Whether renting is better than buying depends on many factors. The information listed here will assist you in helping answer this question. Included are statistics and studies on homeowners and renters as well as financing options and tips. Read More
When buying a home, there are some things you should never compromise on -- or you'll likely regret your home purchase, according to Realtor.com. Read More

Healthy Living

When our nation largely shut down during the outbreak of the coronavirus, day-to-day life changed dramatically for most Americans. Though this unusual season has brought many challenges, some new habits formed during quarantine could be worth adopting long term. Read More
Dopamine is a crucial brain neurotransmitter that helps control movement, attention, learning, and emotional responses. As a part of your neurological reward system, dopamine plays a significant role in regulating your mood and motivation, and low levels can lead to decreased enthusiasm for many daily activities. A severe deficiency of this chemical is known to contribute to ADHD and Parkinson's disease.\r\nHere are some simple ways to maintain healthy amounts of dopamine. Read More
To properly fuel your body, try incorporation these four nutrient-packed foods into your diet.\r\n Read More
Sometimes life happens and adults move back into their parents' home. Here are some topics to discuss so the living situation run smoothly. Read More
Coffee consumption is on the rise, reported by the National Coffee Association. Sixty-two percent of the survey respondents reportedly drink more than one cup of coffee on a daily basis.\r\n Read More
It’s nice to treat yourself every once in a while with a sweet snack. Everything in moderation, right? But what if your daily sugar intake is a lot higher than you think?According to the American Hear... Read More
Curtains and other window treatments can make or break a room's dynamic. Traditionally thought to be an expensive decorating item, today's curtains are affordable, sustainable and fun. Read More
Precariously balancing your pan of leftover stir-fry atop the jug of milk in the only available refrigerator space can seem like a success, until it comes crashing down. Fast forward to the next morning when you're scrubbing sticky broccoli and rice off the kitchen floor. Read More
Lush, green and freshly mowed, well-maintained lawns may be as American as democracy itself. Many homeowners view managing pristine yards as a way to respect their property and neighbors. However, due to droughts in recent years plus a growing interest in sustainable living, more people are looking to "unlawn" America. Read More
A lot of work goes into owning a home, and while you're busy maintaining the obvious, you may be missing smaller, hidden tasks that could lead to damage or health and safety hazards if left unattended. Here are several to consider: Read More
Welcome your new neighbors with a housewarming gift that will make their transition a little more enjoyable. Read More
You can implement these five eco-friendly changes over the next month to help keep the planet healthy. Read More
A well-organized refrigerator keeps food fresh longer and lets you grab and go faster. Read More
Now that cold weather is here, you probably spend some extra time idling your car - whether it's warming up the engine in the morning, or keeping the car warm between errands. Read More
A Yummy Cure for Hiccups. When you've had a case of the hiccups, you know how frustrating it can be to get rid of them. If holding your breath, drinking a large glass of water and other folk cures haven't helped, try this tasty remedy. Read More
Old Use: Used to alleviate minor aches and pains and to reduce fever and swelling. Low doses of aspirin help in the prevention of strokes and heart attacks. Read More
When the summer sun makes you feel like all you want to do is stay indoors with the A/C on high, energy bills can quickly increase. Here are some ideas to help you keep your cool and use less energy: Read More
For many Americans, maintaining a healthy weight takes work; sometimes a lot of work. There are many reasons for this - not enough time to exercise, eating on the go, etc... But there may be a hidden reason for unwanted weight gain - your kitchen. Read More
Big or small, calm or energetic - dogs come in many shapes, sizes and temperaments. If you are considering adding a canine companion to your life, it's important to consider these traits before selecting a breed; some breeds will be more suited to your home, lifestyle and personality than others. Read More
Sleeping on the wrong mattress can cause or worsen back pain; insufficient support can lead to bad posture, muscle strain and spine misalignment. Read More
With hectic schedules, many people suffer from fatigue, but there are lots of little tricks that can help pump up your energy levels. Read More
There's no magic formula that can keep you healthy as you age, but according to the Mayo Clinic the following foods can help lower bad cholesterol (LDL) and increase good cholesterol (HDL). Read More
A recent study conducted by Ginger, an on-demand mental health service, reported that almost 70% of employees feel the pandemic has been the most stressful period of their careers. If you're feeling the pressure, a meditation walk is an excellent way to stay mindful and grounded.  Read More

Uncategorized

We’ve enhance our website to make it easier to find your perfect home, contact real estate agents, locate Open Houses, access local resources, and view real estate tips. Read More
3 Spending Habits of Thoughtful Consumers. Shopping is a great American pastime, but how can you make sure you're not supporting exploitative companies? Here are a few simple tips on how to become a more ethical consumer Read More
If you don't "speak finance" on a regular basis, here are a few terms that could come in handy: Read More
Hours of searching for the right gadget, no room to park your car in the garage, and rusty tools: these outdoor storage worries need to go. Read More
If a natural disaster or other emergency requires you to evacuate your home quickly, having access to important documents could be crucial to starting the recovery process. Consider keeping paper copies of documents in a fireproof and waterproof safe or in a safe deposit box at your bank. Store digital versions on a secure close-based platform or on a password-protected external drive in a "go-bag" that's easily accessible.\r\n \r\nFEMA.gov suggests including the following: Read More
If you had to cancel your summer travel plans, don't despair. Consider these fun staycation activities. Read More
Flooding can be extremely destructive,  costly and harmful to your health—even after the water is gone. While floods can be the result of sever weather, sustained rain, broken dams, or melting snow, the most common reason is plumbing failures, according to safewise.com. If your home floods, follow these steps: Read More