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    Tips and Tricks for Persistent Drafts

    By Sue Carter | December 10, 2020

    Oh, baby, it’s cold outside… and inside, too, if you’re standing close to a drafty window, door, or mysterious source of outside air. Persistent drafts are funny things. They can be massive pains when the wind blows just right, and almost unnoticeable when it’s still, making it both difficult to locate the problem, and hard... Read More

    With Home Values Surging, Is it Still Affordable to Buy Right Now?

    By Sue Carter | December 3, 2020

    Housing inventory is at an all-time low. just reported that there are 39% fewer homes for sale today than there were last year. At the same time, buyer demand remains strong. In a recent newsletter, research analyst Ivy Zelman explained: “Although the headwind of severe supply constraints in most markets has contributed to slight moderation in seasonally-adjusted and year-over-year new... Read More

    Get Started With Home Winterization

    By Sue Carter | November 24, 2020

    While fall has been mild and even warm in many areas, it’s important to realize that winter is right around the corner. There’s no way to tell what the winter might hold, and even if you don’t see much in the way of snow and ice you can still run into some problems if your... Read More

    Why Do I Need Earnest Money?

    By Sue Carter | November 16, 2020

    When you’re shopping for a home, it can feel like you’re hemorrhaging money. You’ve got all sorts of things to pay for, from loan application fees to home inspections, so when the issue of earnest money comes up unexpectedly, it can be a “slam on the brakes” moment. Now that the days of low to... Read More

    Homeownership Is a Key to Building Wealth

    By Sue Carter | November 11, 2020

    For years, real estate has been considered the best investment you can make. A major reason for this is due to the net worth a household gains through homeownership. In fact, according to the 2019 Survey of Consumer Finance Data from the Federal Reserve, for the average homeowner: “…a primary home accounts for 90% of the total wealth of a family... Read More

    Dealing With Popcorn Ceilings

    By Sue Carter | November 6, 2020

    Popcorn is great with a movie or possibly for stringing around an old-fashioned Christmas tree, but it’s a little less universally loved when it’s applied to the ceiling as a texture. “Popcorn ceiling,” a type of texture that looks a lot more like cottage cheese than popcorn, was widely used in homes from the 1950s... Read More

    The Oddest Contingencies Sellers Are Requesting

    By Sue Carter | October 27, 2020

    Some home sellers are requesting odd contingencies—from maintaining the wardrobe of a plastic skeleton at the front door to caring for their family pets—before they’ll accept an offer. Contingencies typically involve obtaining financing or fixing issues discovered during the home inspection. However, The Wall Street Journal reports that sellers, who have the upper hand in the market,... Read More

    Yard Updates To Boost Curb Appeal

    By Sue Carter | October 22, 2020

    The need for curb appeal continues to increase, especially as many local buyers hesitate to enter unfamiliar homes and distant buyers narrow their home-shopping lists from afar in the pandemic. A dismaying front yard may prompt them to move on, whether in person or on the internet. You only get one chance to make a... Read More

    How Long Should You Live in Your Home Before You Sell?

    By Sue Carter | October 16, 2020

    5 Factors To Consider Whether you just got your house keys last week or you’ve lived in your home for almost 20 years, you could always sell your home whenever you want. However, experts strongly advise homeowners to follow the “five-year rule” — stay in the same home for at least five years before selling.... Read More

    Do You Have Enough Money Saved for a Down Payment?

    By Sue Carter | October 13, 2020

    One of the biggest misconceptions for first-time homebuyers is how much you’ll need to save for a down payment. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t always have to put 20% down to buy a house. Here’s how it breaks down. A recent survey by Point2Homes mentions that 74% of millennials (ages 25-40) say they’re interested in purchasing a home... Read More