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

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