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It seems like just yesterday I was bemoaning the ubiquity of granite, hoping and praying it would go the way of the dodo bird and I’d never have to see its speckled self in a kitchen again. Now, after several years of declining use, the day has come: another surface has officially surpassed granite in … more »
Nothing takes away the thrill of moving to a new home quite like discovering that something you love was damaged in the process – especially if that thing was also very expensive to repair or replace. Accidents happen, however, there are a few precautions you can take for your next move to prevent a mood-killer … more »
Summer gives us warmer and longer days, but it is winding down. Many contractors and other pros often find this time of year a little slower, as many homeowners are waiting until fall to tackle big interior projects, which means that you’ll have an easier time finding the right person for the job. These eight … more »
It’s normal for rent or mortgage payments to be the biggest single monthly expenditure for a household. But if housing starts to take up too big a percentage of your available income, you’ll find yourself strapped for cash. Zillow’s most recent housing affordability survey shows that housing expenditures are clearly on the rise, with typical … more »
Buying a home for the first time is confusing for most.  Don’t be offended by the title, you are not a dummy! Many first time home buyers don’t have a clue where to start or what they should be thinking about when buying their first home. I work with many first time home buyers and … more »
After a definite slump over the previous decade, the housing market is on a path to recovery. Housing prices are on the rise, and home equity has nearly recovered. Existing home sales are also on an uptrend. All of this is good news if you’re a homeowner thinking of plunging some money into your home … more »
When looking for a new home, be smart. Don’t only passively observe, but look for the important things especially when you could potentially be making the biggest purchase of your life.In many cases, and more so in competitive markets as the one we are in, you will often walk into an open house that has … more »
Imagine that you have taken all the necessary steps to prepare your family to purchase a new home. You have a great relationship with a REALTOR® and are deep into the house hunt, but realize there’s not much to look at. Having few options, or maybe even nothing for sale in your price range is … more »
The home buying and selling process can be time-consuming, and there are few guarantees. Unless you have a highly desirable home and are willing to part with it for only a fraction of what it is worth, you are probably going to need some time to sell it. The fact that you will need to … more »