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Lighten Up Dark Spaces Naturally

Lighten Up Dark Spaces Naturally

      You saved up to finally afford the home you’ve dreamed about, packed up all your belongings, loaded the truck and moved into your new home. After several urgent days of unpacking, rearranging furniture and filling cupboards, you…

Quick Kitchen Upgrade: Open Shelving

Quick Kitchen Upgrade: Open Shelving

One of the first places homebuyers want to make changes is to an outdated kitchen. Visions of granite countertops, new cabinetry and shiny appliances grace the pages of architectural and remodeling magazines and websites and get our creative juices running…

Preparing to Sell Your House in the Fall: Boomers and Millennials Don’t Follow the Spring Trend

Preparing to Sell Your House in the Fall: Boomers and Millennials

If you put your home on the market in the Spring, and it hasn’t sold, you’re probably thinking about taking it off the market until next year. Conventional wisdom says that Spring and early Summer are the only times to…

When to DIY and When to Hire a Contractor

When to DIY and When to Hire a Contractor

Whether you’re preparing your home to sell, or you’ve just moved into your home and want to tackle some of the changes you have in mind to make it your own … knowing which items to do yourself and which…

Easy Update: Chalky Painted Kitchen Cabinets

Easy Update: Chalky Painted Kitchen Cabinets

If you’re hesitant to purchase an older home because you don’t love the kitchen or bathroom cabinets and the idea of having to sand all of that wood makes you cringe, fear not … chalk paint to the rescue. You…

What Matters Most? Why Location Trumps Everything!

What Matters Most? Why Location Trumps Everything!

Take a lesson from that old real estate adage, ‘location, location, location.’ Many seasoned homeowners will tell you that the size of your home and the amount of space you have—including extra living rooms, game rooms, or even lot size…

Does Size Really Matter?

Does Size Really Matter?

Now that you’re embarking on home ownership, you might wonder how large a space you actually need. After all, apartments tend to be a bit smaller than the average home and the siren song of extra space lures many a…

Home Loans Especially for College Grads

Home Loans Especially for College Grads

With outstanding student loan debt topping $1.2 trillion, and more than 40 million borrowers carrying student loan debt, the age of first-time homebuyers is edging upwards. Among millennials, homeownership is down from 43 percent a decade ago to just 36 percent today.…

Why Use Wood-Look Tile?

Why Use Wood-Look Tile?

A newer trend sweeping the building industry is the use of wood-look porcelain or ceramic tiles. While natural wood flooring is still an optimal choice for most homes, here are some reasons you may want to take a second look…

Futuristic Kitchen Upgrades

Futuristic Kitchen Upgrades

A recent display at the Saloni design fair in Milan, Italy, featured parts of Concept Kitchen 2025, a collaboration between IKEA, the IDEO design firm and Swedish design students. Their exhibit showcased concepts from tables that double as computers and…

Lofts — Not Just for the Young

Lofts — Not Just for the Young

With more than 20 years of experience in the industry, I can confidently tell you – as a real estate trend – loft living is here to stay! Originally thought of as a type of combined live/work space for artists…

Keeping Your House Show Ready

Keeping Your House Show Ready

Having your home on the market while you’re living in it can be a stressful time. You still have a life to live.  The dog still puts muddy prints on your freshly mopped floor. The kids still race down the hallway…

Final Four for Home Buyers

Final Four for Home Buyers

When it comes to basketball, we only have 64 teams to narrow down into our Final Four to fill our brackets. When it comes to buying our first home, we have thousands of options and dozens of choices to consider,…

The Value of Professional Staging

The Value of Professional Staging

Views vary widely on the value of hiring a professional stager to prepare your home for sale. Many real estate agents swear by it and have years of sales to back up their claim. They cite their own impressions, sales…

Should “Hidden” Costs of Buying a Foreclosure Keep me from Buying One?

Should “Hidden” Costs of Buying a Foreclosure Keep me

While the housing market in most places certainly has improved and the number of foreclosed homes on the market has decreased, there will always be some foreclosed homes available for purchase. However, because of popular television shows on house “flipping” and…

Your True Colors

Your True Colors

Much of the fun of owning a home is decorating it to your taste and personality. Even on a low budget, subtle or dramatic changes to color can make your home truly yours. Check out these color schemes for this…

How to Avoid Being House Poor

How to Avoid Being House Poor

Buying a home is exciting! If you’re young, it gives you the sense of formally stepping into the adult world. If you’re at some other life stage, (marriage, starting a family, empty-nester) the idea of a larger or smaller space…

Is Flipping Houses a Good Idea These Days?

Is Flipping Houses a Good Idea These Days?

Just ahead of the housing bubble, flipping houses was quite profitable for many investors. As home prices started to rise, many ‘would-be’ real estate moguls bought houses to flip hoping that the prices would increase enough in a six to…