How to Ease Home Buyer Stress

The home buying process can be a happy and exciting experience if you prepare yourself before beginning your home search. You can minimize stress if you take the following steps: Determine what you can afford. Examine your financial position, total income, monthly expenses and the amount you have available for a down payment. Check your

Bunk Bed Safety Tips

  Bunk beds are a practical option for families looking to save space. Kids love them, but bunk beds can be dangerous. The following guidelines can help you avoid bunk bed nightmares. Place bunk beds in a corner, with walls on 2 sides. Don’t allow children under age 6 to sleep in the top bunk.

What is Your Home Worth?

  A variety of websites have emerged in recent years that attempt to estimate what your home is worth. If you intend to sell your home, it is important that you understand how these estimates are determined before you use them to set an asking price. These websites use something called automated valuation models (or

Potential Causes of a High Water Bill

If your water bill is unusually high, it could be due to a water leak somewhere inside or outside your home. The most common cause for a high water bill is a leaking toilet tank, but other leak sources can exist, such as: leaky faucets, especially ones outside the home… a leak in a water

Choosing a Neighborhood

Before you start your home search, keep in mind that you’re buying more than just a home, you’re buying a lifestyle. The neighborhood you choose will influence your family’s life for years to come so it is important to identify neighborhoods that will meet the needs of you and your family. When evaluating a neighborhood

Questions to Ask When Buying a Condo

Buying a condo isn’t exactly the same as buying a home. With a condo, you have to consider both the unit you are buying as well as the condo project as a whole. So, before you buy a condo, make sure you know the answers to some important questions. Ask about the condo association’s rules

How Much Homeowners Insurance Should You Buy?

Before you start shopping for a homeowners insurance policy, you need to think about how much coverage to purchase. If a disaster strikes, you’ll want enough insurance to rebuild the structure of your home, to help replace your belongings, to defray costs if you are unable to live in the home, and you’ll also want

What are Comparables?

Comparables (or “comps”) is a real estate appraisal term that refers to properties with characteristics similar to a subject property whose value is being determined. If you are purchasing a home or using your home as collateral for a loan, your lender will ask a licensed or certified appraiser to determine the current market value

Five Key Reasons a Home Sells

There are five key reasons a home sells: Price. The right price is one that is in tune with what similar homes in the market are selling for. If your home is priced higher than competing listings, it simply won’t attract as much buyer attention when it hits the market. Location. The number one rule

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