Archive for January, 2019

Ideas to free up your kitchen space

You probably don’t need a scientific study to tell you that the kitchen is one of the most used spaces in a family home. It serves as a hub for food, a communal space for gathering, and often a message center for family traffic. Some consider it the “brain” of the home. While giant master […]

Cold weather plant protection tips

When the colder months settle in, there’s no reason to sacrifice all of your plants. Depending on the type of plants you have and the severity of your winter, there are ways to help ensure your favorite decorative greenery sees another spring.   Before it’s too late, take the time now to plan your plant […]

How to Spot a Gas Leak

With the winter months upon us, it’s especially important to be on the lookout for gas leaks. Heaters which may not have been used recently, lines which may have been damaged in storms… they can all be the source of gas leaks. I wanted to offer you these tips, shared by Pacific Gas & Electric […]

Do you have “tree equity” in your home?

Landscaping plays a major part in your home’s curb appeal. When preparing a home for sale, it’s common practice to spruce up lawns by planting fresh flowers a bushes, weeding, trimming back trees, and staying on top of the overall condition of the lawn. But there is one major contributor to your property’s value which […]

How to Make a Down Payment Possible

Every month you pay the rent, you’re probably thinking, “I wish this money was going into my future.” For a lot of would-be first-time home buyers, it’s the down payment which makes home ownership seem impossible. Climbing the “down payment mountain” isn’t impossible. Like any major challenge, it’s all a matter of breaking your big, […]

5 Questions You Must Ask Yourself Before Home Shopping

It starts innocently enough… you pass a house in a neighborhood you like, you hear someone is selling their home, you happen to look up home prices online. Before you know it, you’re knee-deep in home shopping and open house visits. This can actually be exceedingly dangerous to your financial future.   Falling in love […]

Questions You Need to Ask Sellers

When you’re about to put your hard-earned money into a home, you want to know everything you can about that home’s history. While there are common questions to ask about a home’s condition, history, and location, there are some questions buyers often overlook.   Don’t rely on sellers to volunteer this information. In some cases, […]

Here’s how to know if you’re ready to sell your home.

I love to sell homes. It’s a privilege and an honor to be a part of the process. I get great satisfaction from making my living helping people move on to the next phase of their life, whether it’s upsizing, downsizing, or simply relocating to a new neighborhood.   But there is one sort of […]

Finding Resiliency in the Home Buying and Selling Process

Real estate deals are emotional roller coasters, often marred by unexpected setbacks. The dream house deal doesn’t come together. A closing fall through at the last minute. It happens. Sometimes the setback is so overwhelming we feel momentarily disoriented, unsure which direction to take next. We want to carry on, but we can’t quite muster […]

Buying a House with Less-than-Perfect Credit

Do you believe your negative credit history disqualifies you from buying a home? That might not be the case. And even if you’re not in the position to buy today, there are some simple, effective actions you can take to boost your future prospects.   If you’re like most people, buying a home means securing […]