Importance of Smoke Detectors in the Home

Thousands of people lose their lives each year as a result of home fires. Many of those lives could have been saved by a simple device… a smoke detector. It’s important to have working smoke alarms in your home to quickly detect smoke particles from fires – especially ones that flame fast and give off

What is Condo Insurance?

When it comes to getting insurance for a condo unit, you should make sure you have coverage that fits your needs. Unlike home owners, condo owners don’t own the building or the land it is built on. With a condo, these are owned by the Homeowners Association – and the association typically carries a master

Tips for First Time Home Sellers

  If the time has come to sell your home and you’ve never been a seller before, here are some tips for getting it right the first time: Make sure your property is in “tip-top” shape so it creates a great first impression. Thoroughly clean your home and make sure all mechanical systems are in

Buying Versus Renting

Considering buying your first home? You’re probably trying to decide if it is better to buy or rent. The benefits of owning a home become much clearer as you compare the two options. Let’s take a look at the primary benefits of buying versus renting. When you own a home you can truly make it

What is a Counter Offer?

When a buyer finds the home of their dreams, they submit an offer to purchase to the seller. The seller then has the right to accept the offer, reject it or make a counter offer. Let’s take a look at what a counter offer is. A counter offer usually states that the seller will accept

Pros and Cons of Solar Energy for the Home

Solar energy is becoming a more popular home energy source. Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of solar energy. On the plus side, solar energy is a clean and silent energy source that can reduce your electrical bills and improve the value of your home. The sun is a powerful and abundant power

Is Moving Insurance Necessary?

Most people don’t think to buy moving insurance because they’re under the impression that their moving company automatically covers items that are damaged or destroyed during the move. The fact is moving companies don’t provide moving insurance, they only provide “valuation” coverage which is not the same. Valuation coverage is a predetermined limit of liability

Buying a Home in Today’s Market

Today’s housing market is very competitive. As a potential home buyer, you can increase the odds of being the winning bidder on the home of your dreams with these important tips. Get pre-approved, not pre-qualified. Pre-approval confirms you are able to secure a loan for a set amount based on your verified credit, income and

Avoiding Common Seller Mistakes

  When it comes to selling your home, it is important to view it as the product it is. To sell your home in the shortest amount of time – and for the best possible price – you’ll want to avoid these common mistakes some sellers make. Your REALTOR® is well-versed in local market conditions