Choosing a Retirement Destination

When most people retire, they tend to stay in the same place where they’ve spent most of their lives. But some people want a change of scenery. If you’re planning to relocate, here are some factors to consider:  Cost of Living. How does the new area compare to what you’re used to? Be sure

Things You Should Never Say When House Hunting

When you attend an open house or private showing, your agent will caution you to refrain from making any remarks in the presence of the seller or their agent that reflect on your feelings about the property. Here are some things you should never say when you are out house hunting: * Never say you’ve

Things First Time Homebuyers Need to Buy

Buying your first home is an exciting time, but it also means you’re going to need a few things you might not already own. Here is a list of the essentials you’ll need: * A toolbox… since you’ll need a variety of tools to fix things. * New locks and keys… so you can replace

Pitfalls of Trying to Sell Without a REALTOR®

Nearly 9 out of 10 homeowners are assisted by a real estate agent when selling their home. Why? There are many pitfalls in trying to sell on your own. Here are some things to consider if you’re thinking about going it alone. Setting the right price. Over-priced homes don’t sell. On the other hand, no

Buying a Vacation Home

Thinking about buying a vacation home? Now is a good time to buy. Interest rates are still low and home prices are affordable. Let’s take a look at some things you should consider before starting your search. Take stock of your finances. Ask yourself… do you plan to tap the equity in your home? And

What is Home Staging?

Home staging is the art of preparing a home to sell quickly and for the best possible price. The goal of home staging is to maximize a home’s appearance to potential buyers. A professional home stager will tour your home and make recommendations on how to make the home more saleable such as: Removing clutter.

Reviewing Your Homeowners Insurance Policy

Most insurance experts recommend that you review your homeowners’ insurance policy yearly. Start the review with your agent 4 to 8 weeks prior to the policy’s expiration date, and notify your agent if any of the following events take place: If you make major improvements or renovations to your home that change the value of

Packing and Moving Tips

Whether you are planning a move across town or across the country, here are some packing and moving tips to make your move goes smooth and successful: • Consider having a yard sale to get rid of unwanted or unused items, including clothing. • Make sure you have sufficient moving supplies… things like various sized

Thinking About Buying A Fixer Upper?

Thinking about buying a fixer upper? Homes that need work can be great investments, especially if you can purchase them below market price. But stay away from upgrades that won’t add value to the home. If a house needs major repairs to its plumbing, electrical, foundation or roof, keep in mind that fixing major flaws

Renovations and Homeowner’s Insurance

If you are considering a major addition or renovation of your home be sure to notify your home insurance company of your planned changes. While home improvements may or may not increase the cost of your homeowner’s insurance, it is always in your best interest to be upfront with your insurance company. For example, if