July 6, 2017
Granite in your home upgrade

To Granite or Not to Granite

TO GRANITE OR NOT TO GRANITE? One of the most popular materials for kitchen countertops is granite due to its durability and appearance. Did you know that some granite countertops emit radon? Radon is a colorless, odorless radioactive gas that occurs with the natural breakdown of rocks and natural stones. Are granite countertops a risk? Research shows that only a minimal and acceptable amount of radon is emitted. Granite is not a risk because it […]
May 4, 2017
Single Family Home buyers

Single Home Buyer

SINGLE HOMEBUYER Since 2011, single women account for 17% and single men account for 7% of buyers. Here are some tips to help single homebuyers: Don’t house hunt alone. Take a friend or family member that is familiar with home buying. Consider future household additions. These can affect square footage, yard space, and safety needs. Also, consider renovations and employment changes. Add up annual maintenance expenses. Reports of costs can be provided by sellers. If […]
March 10, 2017
Stay prepared for storms

Stay Prepared For Storms

STAY PREPARED FOR STORMS It is never a bad idea to be prepared for storms, especially if there is a chance for a power outage. During the winter, this can be essential to staying safe and warm. Having a backup generator can keep things running smoothly. The generator can ensure that the heating/cooling is fully functional along with appliances, including the refrigerator and smartphones. Here are a few tips to find your perfect generator. Generators […]
December 5, 2016
Design Trends

Top Design Trends

TOP DESIGN TRENDS According to real estate professionals, their clients are requesting the following top design trends: Open layouts Neutral color schemes Multigenerational floor plans First-floor master suites No dining rooms White kitchens Extra-large garages Big closets Finished basements with 9-foot ceilings Barn sliding doors Credit: REALTOR Mag and BUILDER
November 12, 2016
christmas safety

9 Tips to Keep Your Home Secure This Holiday Season

9 TIPS TO KEEP YOUR HOME SECURE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON  Make sure gifts aren’t visible from outside. As nice as it is to see a tree with gifts beneath it through the window, it also allows burglars to size up your home. Watch what you post on social media. Burglars search social media to see what gifts people received and when people are going out of town. Be careful about disposing of packaging. Burglars tend […]
September 9, 2016
Access to public transit

Access to Public Transit Plays a Role in Decisions

ACCESS TO PUBLIC TRANSIT PLAYS A ROLE IN DECISIONS Access to public transportation is becoming increasingly more important to homebuyers today.  According to a study conducted by the HNTB Corporation, 55% of Americans said they are willing to pay extra for a home if commuting via public transit is an option. Here are the study’s other key findings: Millennials are the generation most interested in living near public transportation. 51% said that availability to good […]
February 9, 2018

A Warmer Basement for the Winter

Lots of times the coldest room in the house can be your basement.  Your entire house may be the perfect temperature, yet still the basement acts as if it doesn’t have walls. The heat loss from your basement may be adding to your bills. Here are five ways to reduce your heating costs and make your basement more inviting in the winter months. Seal air leaks. Cracks and gaps tend to happen, especially in rim […]
April 6, 2018

7 Spring Must Do Projects

Warmer weather is the perfect time to do updates on your home.  Starting early can save money in the long run and give you a leg up on time to complete your projects. Here are 7 must do projects for the warmer weather that will launch you into this summer! Inspect your roof. If you notice crooked or missing shingles, damaged flashing, or debris buildup, it is time to call a professional roofer. Not only […]
July 6, 2018

Luxury Home Trends 2018

Luxury Home Trends 2018 1. Wallpaper is back! More and more small boutique wallpaper companies are making digitally printed wallpaper. With so many options available you aren’t ever stuck with just one style! There’s vinyl, strippable or peelable wallpaper just to name a few. They are easy to swap out and really bold up a room! 2. Let your lights shine! It’s time to let creativity mingle with lighting. The current lighting trends happen to […]
October 11, 2018

8 Things Interior Designers Notice the Instant they Walk Through Your Door

An interior designer can scan a space in seconds.  A lot of things can stand out, and not always for the best reasons. While these snapshot judgments may seem to hit home for some people, they are entirely fixable! A wonky flow. Does the furniture placement promote good flow of traffic?  A common element in a room is to have a focal wall.  This wall can be anchored by a fireplace or television, which means […]
October 25, 2018

ATTENTION: Couples who don’t want to rush to marry, but still want to buy a house!

Unmarried couples accounted for 16 percent of first-time homebuyers in 2017, the highest share on record, according to the National Association of Realtors. Single men and women accounted for a quarter of first-time homebuyers. Today, just 57 percent of first-time homebuyers are married, compared with 75 percent in 1985.  The median price an unmarried couple pays for their first house is $177,000, according to the Realtors. Most married couples simply take the title, “tenants by […]
May 14, 2019

Millennials Prove Their Buying Force Has Arrived

Young adults are now taking on more mortgages than any other generation and increasing their purchase power in the housing market. Millennials represent 42 percent of all new-home loans. “Millennials are getting older, with better jobs and deeper pockets, allowing them to expand their collective purchase power and hence, their footprint in the market.”  “The stereotype that millennials primarily choose to buy homes and live in large metro areas isn’t the reality. Results show millennials’ expansion […]
May 22, 2019

4 Benefits of Gardening

As the summer approaches there is still time to spruce up your home’s exterior appearance.  Waiting lists for professional gardeners may be long, but there are several benefits to doing the job yourself! Relieves Stress- Gardening has proven to boost mood and lower stress levels. The physical activity element of gardening, combined with being in green spaces, gives your brain rest and can help with depression, anxiety, and stress. Improves your Health- If you’re growing […]