How to Efficiently Declutter Your Home

How to Efficiently Declutter Your Home

  If you're like most homeowners, you probably like the idea of cleaning up some of the clutter and reclaiming lost space. However, you might be at a loss of where to even begin. After all, the sheer thought of decluttering your house might seem like a huge undertaking. Fortunately, it doesn't have to be. [...]

Selling Your Home in a Slower Market

Selling Your Home in a Slower Market

The housing market is a little slow these days.  And that's normal. The market typically slows in the fall because many buyers decide to take the holidays off, focusing their time (and funds) on other things.....figuring they'll get back to searching for a home sometime late-January when the hustle and bustle of the season is [...]

Real Life. Realtor Life. It can be scary sometimes…

Real Life.  Realtor Life.  It can be scary sometimes…

This job does come with risks.  Meeting with strangers.  Going into empty houses with them.  I try really hard to never put myself in a situation where I may be at risk. But Open Houses- gah.  Those can be really scary.  And they are a necessity to our business. Truth be told, I haven't been [...]

Down Payment Myths…

Down Payment Myths…

Saving for a down payment is one of the biggest obstacles faced by first-time home buyers. Dispelling these myths can open the path to homeownership for many.  Myth #1: “I Need a 20% Down Payment” Buyers often overestimate how much they need to qualify for a home loan. According to an article by First American: [...]

Home Tips: Keep Your Garbage Disposal in Good Working Order

Home Tips:  Keep Your Garbage Disposal in Good Working Order

Garbage disposals are great, until they don't work and you end up with a sink full of food scraps and nastiness.  My top tip is to always make sure to use COLD water, and run a lot of water down the drain during and AFTER.   And as a Landlord, the most common call that we [...]

Prepare Your Home for Winter

Prepare Your Home for Winter

1. Inspect Your Roof Winter weather can hurt your home’s roof in many ways. High winds, heavy rain or snowfall can cause strain, and excess leaves or debris could clog gutters and create build-up on the roof. A damaged roof will significantly impact your home’s value, and it’s easier (and cheaper) to take precautionary steps now [...]

HOME EMERGENCY: Unresponsive Furnace

HOME EMERGENCY: Unresponsive Furnace

This one hits close to home, as I just experienced this myself! If your furnace isn’t working, the first thing you can do is try cycling the power.  You do this by turning the power off (typically at the breaker) and leaving the power off for 5 minutes.  Make sure the on-off switch located on [...]

National Snapshot: What’s Ahead for Real Estate

National Snapshot:  What’s Ahead for Real Estate

The U.S. unemployment rate is at a 50-year low, and consumer confidence remains high.  However, if you follow national news, you’ve probably heard speculation that we could be headed toward a recession. Global trade tensions and a slow down in the GDP growth rate has sparked volatility in the stock market, leading to economic uncertainty. [...]

Interest Rates Have Dropped Again!

Interest Rates Have Dropped Again!

Mortgage rates have dropped to their lowest level in 16 months! If you remember, interest rates climbed consistently throughout 2018 until the middle of November.  During that time, a lot of buyers lost purchasing power and the housing market saw a slight stall as buyers pulled away from the market.  If you were in the [...]