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Five “Is Grass Greener?” Challenges in Paradise

Are you so jazzed after an amazing vacation in your favorite corner of paradise that you feel ready to take the plunge and move there? PJ Wade cautions that there are 5 life-defining challenges to consider before you head for paradise. Just back from an extended tour of the South Pacific, I am ready to move to almost…

How Much Money Do You Need to Buy a Home?

Okay, more specifically, how much money do you need to qualify for a mortgage? There are different factors involved because there are so many different types of loans available. Even the very same loan program might require more or less cash to close depending upon someone’s personal situation. But this is indeed a very legitimate…

What’s New in Residential Roofing Styles

It’s probably safe to say that most homeowners give little thought to their residential roofing, until that roof leaks, sags, or otherwise is in obvious need of repair! Replacing residential roof shingles and tiles before they become worn and damaged or blow away in a storm is an excellent option for keeping your home’s roof…

An Insider’s Look at the Reality of Home Staging

When it comes to home staging, there are typically two buyer camps: The first thinks it’s a waste of money and doesn’t want to pay more to potentially make their home more attractive to buyers—even if their real estate agent says they’ll make it up (and then some; The second realizes the value and is…

The Biggest Hurdles When Renovating Old Homes and Buildings

Developers, home owners, and businesses alike all have a vested interest in purchasing the best properties within their budgets. Especially true in older communities and cities, a variety of high-quality buildings and homes can be found, many of which use more solid building styles and materials. You’ve probably heard the phrase “this home has good…

How to Determine a Seller’s Market

What the Heck is a Seller’s Market? There are no better words in the English dictionary that can make a home owner do their infamous happy dance than these four little words: “it’s a seller’s market”. So….you ask….how do you know if it really is a seller’s market and what exactly does that mean? I’m…

3 Ways to Reduce Your Closing Costs

Most loans today require some amount of a down payment. But they all require closing costs. There are lender fees, common ones are loan processing and underwriting fees, and there are non-lender fees. Non-lender fees include items such as an attorney fee or title insurance premiums. It’s the non-lender fees that can really add up…

Tips For Redecorating While On A Budget

Most homeowners have a desire to decorate in a manner that suits personal tastes while also being visually appealing. All those home magazines make it look so easy, but can also come with steep prices. When you are limited to a budget that’s somewhat smaller, you can still achieve the look you desire without breaking…

How to Scam-Proof Your Roof

Spring is here and, for many people across the country, that means storms. And storms, unfortunately, mean storm chasers. But not the kind who get in their car and follow the path of those storms so they can report dangerous weather and learn more about preparedness. We’re talking about those who show up at your…

Do Energy-Efficient Windows Really Save You Money?

Investing in energy-efficient windows is not simply a trend or passing fad; many homeowners today are concerned with saving as much energy in the home as possible, to lower their utility costs and create a comfortable interior environment. Solar roof panels, tankless hot water heaters, energy-efficient appliances, and thermal windows are becoming increasingly popular, but…

Why Is Everyone Moving to Austin?

The #1 Top Place to Live in the USA (U.S. News and World Reports). The #1 Top Place in the World for Tech (Savills). The #1 Best Place for Veterans to Live (WalletHub). These are but a few of the many, many accolades Austin has racked up in just the last few years, and all…

Why Is Everyone Moving to Austin?

The #1 Top Place to Live in the USA (U.S. News and World Reports). The #1 Top Place in the World for Tech (Savills). The #1 Best Place for Veterans to Live (WalletHub). These are but a few of the many, many accolades Austin has racked up in just the last few years, and all…

Dealing with Bully Offers in a Hot Market

Bully offers are not illegal but they are controversial and stressful for sellers. Real estate professionals can get themselves into trouble if they don’t handle them correctly. Canadian real estate markets have generally cooled down during the last year, but there are always popular neighborhoods where bidding wars between buyers end up frustrating potential homeowners.…

Ask the HOA Expert: Welcome to the HOA Board!

The annual homeowner association meeting convenes. The president announces that the floor is open for nominations. A fellow homeowner say to you, “You know, you would make a good board member.” Before you have a chance to reply, some body movement indicates that you are willing, ready and able to serve. “The nominations are closed”,…