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Conserve Water on Your Summer Landscaping

Conserve Water on Your Summer Landscaping

Now is the time of year when lawns come out of dormancy - a time many gardeners eagerly await. This is also the time of year that we trade large heating bills for sometimes equally large water bills. As you consider your gardening plan this summer, why not resolve to conserve water? We use a lot of water The US Environmental Protection Agency claims that, across the country, watering our landscaping...

How to Avoid Homebuyer’s Remorse in a Hot Market

How to Avoid Homebuyer’s Remorse in a Hot Market

Buying a home is almost always a great investment, and of course it’s exciting to find and close on a home that you will get to call your own. That feeling of joy and confidence can fade quickly though if certain things are overlooked during the process. 43% of homeowners have at least one regret about buying their home, and that number jumps to 64% for millennials, according to a recent Bankrate...

How Does Inflation Affect Home Prices

How Does Inflation Affect Home Prices?

If you've followed the news lately, you've probably seen quite a bit about inflation. The consumer price index jumped 1.2% in March, bringing the total increase over the last 12 months to 8.1% – this is the largest annual jump in the last 40 years. So, how does inflation affects the real estate market? The Inventory Issue Interest rates have been kept low for so long it's created a bubble for...

Using Your Tax Refund To Achieve Your Homeownership Goals This Year

Using Your Tax Refund To Achieve Your Homeownership Goals This Year

If you’re buying or selling a home this year, you’re likely saving up for a variety of expenses. For buyers, that might include things like your down payment and closing costs. And for sellers, you’re probably working on a bit of spring cleaning and maintenance to spruce up your house before you list it. Either way, any money you get back from your taxes can help you achieve your goals. Using a...

Title Insurance

What is Title Insurance?

From contract contingencies to encumbrances, the home sale and purchase processes bring with them a new vocabulary. One of the processes that most first-timers find confusing is the title company’s role in a real estate transaction. Let’s try to clear up the confusion. A title company serves two main functions in the real estate transaction. Its first role is that of facilitator for the closing. A...

Get Prepped for Growing Season

Get Prepped for Growing Season

Dust off your garden gnomes! Spring is just around the corner, and gardeners across the country are counting down the days. Here are 3 steps you can take right now to prepare for the growing season. Plan for success Whether your passion is growing your own food, or you prefer ornamental landscaping, or both, creating a plan is your first step. Take stock of last year’s successes and failures and...

The Germs are Coming from Inside the House

The Germs are Coming from Inside the House

We encounter a host of germs every day, from bacteria and parasites to, yes, viruses, and the battle against them begins at home. Grab some disinfectant wipes, and let's break down the germiest items in your home. Kitchen & Bath Studies of germs in American homes find, unsurprisingly, that the kitchen is the most germ-ridden room. The biggest offender: your trusty sponge. Sponges can contain...

Selling your home this spring

Selling your home this spring? Here’s your winter to-do list

Planning to sell your home this spring? While this winter is expected to bring a record-breaking number of buyers to the market, spring will bring more inventory and more competition. Why wait until just before your home goes on the market to prepare it? There are plenty of things you can do right now that will cut down on the time and effort you’ll need to spend in the spring. Have your Home...

Do Solar Panels Increase Home Value

Do Solar Panels Increase Home Value?

Energy efficiency is a growing concern among homeowners, and solar panels are a well-known resource in improving efficiency and helping the environment. The amount of money a homeowner can save by using solar power is attractive enough, but how do solar panels affect property value? Solar Adoption is Growing Two years ago, the U.S. had hit 2 million solar installations and the researchers at Wood...

Growing Your Winter Herb Garden

Growing Your Winter Herb Garden

Now that winter weather has descended, there are still loads of things a homeowner can grow to keep the freshest of ingredients available for winter culinary adventures. Basil, chives, mints and parsley are just a few herbs that do very nicely in pots with bright indirect light. It might surprise you to know you don’t need direct sunlight for growing most herbs; the indirect light most of us get will...

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