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Monthly Archives: January 2015

    Is Adding a Skylight a Good Investment?

    By Natasha | January 27, 2015

    During the gray and cloudy days of winter, a bit of sunshine can make a huge difference in how you feel about your home and yourself. The physical and psychological affects of daylight are well documented. You could leave the drapes and blinds open, but then you lose privacy and the thermal insulation they provide.... Read More

    Minimalist Home-buying

    By Natasha | January 22, 2015

    When you’re house hunting, it’s good to know your “living personality.” The home you choose should reflect the way you like to live rather than the latest trend in home design. If you are a minimalist at heart, you may be looking for something different from the average homebuyer. What is a minimalist? Minimalism isn’t... Read More

    Ask Yourself: Is it time to stop renting?

    By Natasha | January 21, 2015

    It’s not your imagination that rent keeps going up. In fact, across the United States, from the end of summer 2013 to the end of summer 2014 rents increased over six percent … and in some housing markets rents increased by as much as 10%. Perhaps now is the time to make the move to... Read More

    9 Indoor Garden Ideas You’ll LOVE

    By Natasha | January 20, 2015

    With several more weeks of winter to go, you might be hankering for some fresh greens, herbs or sprouts in your diet. Changes and improvements in lighting, soil and planting techniques mean that you can grow lovely plants in your home year round. You can have a simple herb garden or an elaborate hydroponic system.... Read More

    Government Policy Change Aims to Help First-Time Homebuyers

    By Natasha | January 15, 2015

    Last week, the Obama administration announced that the premium that borrowers with an FHA-backed home loan must pay for mortgage insurance will be dropped to 0.85 percent from 1.35 percent by the end of this month. The move is estimated to save the average homebuyer $900 a year, as well as help save money for... Read More

    What is Live-Work Space?

    By Natasha | January 15, 2015

    Many buildings tout themselves as live-work spaces, but live-work designations are not all equal. For example, a primarily residential building that has no restriction on working from home can be called a live-work space but it is hardly comparable to a building that allows you to have employee, walk-in customers or clients, public access parking,... Read More

    6 Tips to Get Organized to Sell Your Home

    By Natasha | January 14, 2015

    When you’ve lived in it for a long time, getting a home ready to sell can seem daunting. If you are considering selling your home this year, make it your New Year’s resolution to get started early. That way, whether you decide to sell or not, your home is organized and easier to maintain.  ... Read More

    4 Ways to Keep Your New Home Secure

    By Natasha | January 13, 2015

    Winter is in full force and vacation plans may not be far behind! Whether you are embarking on a weekend getaway or an extended trip, it’s critical that you make arrangements to ensure the safety of your new home.  Consider these 4 tips and enjoy increased peace of mind on your get-away!     1.... Read More

    5 Ways to Sell for Full Price

    By Natasha | January 9, 2015

    Often, homeowners try to “test the market” with a higher than fair-market price when first listing their home. That can be a poor marketing strategy. When your agent tries to talk you out of it: Listen! Setting “too high a price” will be too high a price for you to pay in the end. Results... Read More

    Should You Put Your Home on the Market Before or After the Super Bowl?

    By Natasha | January 8, 2015

    As strange as it may seem to football fans, a majority of homeowners do not arrange their schedule around the Super Bowl. That being said, the Super Bowl typically signals the end of the Holiday season and New Year’s slump, so putting your home on the market around the time of the Super Bowl might... Read More