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July 21, 2017 - 02:21pm

Myth #103: Zestimates are always accurate

July 21, 2017 - 02:19pm

Myth #104: It's okay to lowball your offer

Myth #105: Always go with the lender with the lowest rates

July 17, 2017 - 12:00am

We get it, you have a very busy life. And keeping your home clean on a daily basis can be tricky, even for those who are stay-at-home parents or work from home. Most every home is challenged with “clutter-control” issues. Stacked up old magazines, kid’s projects, or even garage items that you never throw away…all lend itself to a visually messy-looking home.

If you think that decluttering your living space has to be time consuming, it doesn’t. By spending just a few minutes a day, reducing home clutter can become a way of life. The long-term benefits will save you time and energy…...

June 27, 2017 - 12:00am

First and foremost, selling your home is stressful. So prepare yourself before you jump in with both feet. That being said, consider this a warning — today’s buyers are demanding. They’re savvier about market dynamics, can easily access home value data online, and will most likely want to see your home on their own schedule. Today’s buyers will come to an open house armed (and dangerous!) with research, analytics and tough questions. Baking cookies...

June 16, 2017 - 12:00am

Savings-savvy homeowners know the value of comparing estimates from different companies, but it’s a good idea to look at relative costs across service menus as well. Most people assume that DIY, van rentals, and other “self-serve” options are cheapest, but this isn’t always the case. It may not be significantly more expensive to hire a full-service moving company, especially when you consider the opportunity cost of packing and transporting everything all by yourself. Of course, it’s also a good idea to look for customer reviews – a discounted price isn’t worthwhile if it nets you shoddy...

June 14, 2017 - 12:00am

Everyone wants to live in a safe, friendly place. We should feel secure and comfortable on our evening stroll, early morning run, or while we sleep the night away. But great neighborhoods need the people who live there to pitch in and create this kind of safe environment. Get your friends and neighbors excited about protecting your homes and each other with a Neighborhood Watch!

June 14, 2017 - 12:00am

Everyone wants to live in a safe, friendly place. We should feel secure and comfortable on our evening stroll, early morning run, or while we sleep the night away. But great neighborhoods need the people who live there to pitch in and create this kind of safe environment. Get your friends and neighbors excited about protecting your homes and each other with a Neighborhood Watch!

How it Began
The National Neighborhood Watch program was launched in 1972 with funding by...

May 24, 2017 - 12:00am

 

You’ve just signed on the dotted line for your new home. Whether it’s your first home, a larger home for an expanding family or a downsize as you start that next phase in life…don’t just haul your boxes in and start unpacking. Take care of these important tasks before you get comfortable. The house may be move-in ready, but you still need to tie up some loose ends on your new home purchase.

May 12, 2017 - 12:00am

Are you planning the perfect open house to make your home marketable and fast-track a sale? It takes a lot of work to whip your place into shape to land a buyer with a dream offer. For a terrific open house—the kind where every room looks magazine perfect — keep in mind, the kitchen is always the heart of a home. Here are some simple tips to stage your kitchen to make a great impact for minimal effort or money.

April 28, 2017 - 12:00am

People with pets will readily admit, their animals are a part of the family. But when it comes time to sell your home, potential buyers may not be welcoming of your four-legged family member. Believe it or not, there is a pretty big part of the population that are not animal lovers (gasp!) Or, it could be a simple case of allergies that will concern a buyer. Regardless of the reason, you may find buyers are turned off by a home where pets previously lived. When selling a home with pets, use these tried and true strategies.