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The First Thanksgiving in Your New Home

The First Thanksgiving in Your New Home

You’ve invited everyone to celebrate Thanksgiving with you in your new home … a joy-filled day with family and friends, good company, great food, celebrating old traditions and creating new ones!  The first holiday gathering in your new home celebrates…

Winterizing Your Vacant Home

Winterizing Your Vacant Home

Whether it is your summer vacation cottage, or your recently vacated home put up for sale, proper winterizing prevents your home from deteriorating while it’s empty and saves you money both now and later. Make a list Decide what needs…

Holiday Decoration Safety

Holiday Decoration Safety

Each year, fire departments across the country respond to home and structure fires caused by holiday decorations. In a study by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in 2011 showed an annual average of 230 structure fires that began with…

Lighting a Fire in Your New Fireplace

Lighting a Fire in Your New Fireplace

As the weather chills, snow falls and socializing moves indoors, what could be more inviting than a warm cup of cocoa in front of a bright crackling fire? If your new home has a wood fireplace, here are some basics…

New Gadgets for Your Wish List

New Gadgets for Your Wish List

As you think about gift-giving this season, don’t forget to give your new home a gift of its own. Advancements in technology mean that your home can be smarter, cleaner, cooler or the hottest thing on the market. Here are…

Is Painting Cabinets a Good Idea?

Is Painting Cabinets a Good Idea?

Gone are the days of the sticky painted kitchen cabinet that peels, chips and generally looks cheap. Modern paint finishes means you can rejuvenate or renovate your dated kitchen or bath cabinets with just some elbow grease and your own…

Attracting Homebuyers in the Winter Months

Attracting Homebuyers in the Winter Months

As temperatures drop, snow piles up and people’s minds turn to holiday celebrations, you may think that your house won’t sell. In fact, many people take their homes off the market during this time and wait for spring to relist…

Is this Neighborhood Headed Up? Or Down?

Is this Neighborhood Headed Up? Or Down?

When searching for a home on a budget, you’ll often find great deals on the edge of up-and-coming neighborhoods. But how do you tell if a neighborhood is headed up? Or, if it’s on its way down? Of course, the…

How Oil Prices Affect the Housing Market

How Oil Prices Affect the Housing Market

Most of us rejoice when the prices at the pump go down. To use that means freed-up cash in our personal economy. When we’re consider buying or selling a home, however, the price at the pump can impact our bottom…

8 Creative Tips on Saving for a Down Payment

8 Creative Tips on Saving for a Down Payment

You’re finally ready to think about buying a home, but you doubt your ability to save up the necessary down payment. Twenty percent of even a modest home can seem out of reach for first-time homebuyers. Here are some creative…

Tax Considerations for Home Sellers

Tax Considerations for Home Sellers

Now that the wrapping is all of the gifts and the tree is looking a little bedraggled, it’s time to take a look at your end of the year financial picture. Congress recently passed a bill extending a collection of…

2015 Programs for Home Buyers

2015 Programs for Home Buyers

Although the federal government has offered homebuyer programs in the past, for Tax Year 2015, most of the available home buyer programs will be at the local and state levels. State and local agencies, along with lenders and non-profit organizations…

What Does the Cost of Living Index Mean?

What Does the Cost of Living Index Mean?

The cost-of-living index measures the relative cost to live in a certain region. There are several theories about how to arrive at the cost-of-living index, but in general it measures the differences in the cost for goods or services required…

Getting Organized to Sell Your Home

Getting Organized to Sell Your Home

When you’ve lived in it for a long time, getting a home ready to sell can seem daunting. If you are considering selling your home this year, make it your New Year’s resolution to get started early. That way, whether…

What is Live-Work Space?

What is Live-Work Space?

Many buildings tout themselves as live-work spaces, but live-work designations are not all equal. For example, a primarily residential building that has no restriction on working from home can be called a live-work space but it is hardly comparable to…

Growing an Indoor Garden

Growing an Indoor Garden

With several more weeks of winter to go, you might be hankering for some fresh greens, herbs or sprouts in your diet. Changes and improvements in lighting, soil and planting techniques mean that you can grow lovely plants in your…

Minimalist Home-buying

Minimalist Home-buying

When you’re house hunting, it’s good to know your “living personality.” The home you choose should reflect the way you like to live rather than the latest trend in home design. If you are a minimalist at heart, you may…

Is Adding a Skylight a Good Investment?

Is Adding a Skylight a Good Investment?

During the gray and cloudy days of winter, a bit of sunshine can make a huge difference in how you feel about your home and yourself. The physical and psychological affects of daylight are well documented. You could leave the…