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Monthly Archives: February 2015

    6 DIY projects for this weekend.

    By Natasha | February 27, 2015

    Ah, the wonderful weekend is finally here! If you find yourself with some extra time this weekend, here are some great ideas to get busy on your home. A few small changes here and there can have a huge impact on your home environment, and even more importantly, they will make you feel accomplished and... Read More

    Four things to consider before renovating your home

    By Natasha | February 26, 2015

    You walk into a home that potentially has the perfect layout, although the kitchen is dated, the floors need upgrading, the bathrooms are awkward … but the price is right and you’ve always wanted to customize a home … so you buy it with renovation in mind. How hard could it be? After all, those... Read More

    Should You Wait Until Spring to Put Your Home on the Market?

    By Natasha | February 24, 2015

    Listing In Spring Typically the end of the Holiday season and New Years signal the advent of Spring, so putting your home on the market around the time of the Spring Equinox might be the perfect option for you. Markets vary, so only your local professional real estate agent can advise you on what is... Read More

    Getting a Mortgage for Self-Employed

    By Natasha | February 24, 2015

    Prior to the new banking regulations, getting a home mortgage if you owned a business, worked freelance, on contract or were otherwise self-employed was possible, if complicated, using stated income, bank statements and other alternatives to W2 income statements. New regulations on so-called stated income loans, however, make getting that mortgage a bit trickier for... Read More

    5 Easy Tips to Raise Your Credit Score

    By Natasha | February 18, 2015

    Let’s be honest, there’s no way around it. If you want to buy a home with a mortgage, you’ll get a better rate with a higher credit score. Unfortunately, your credit score takes into account several years of your past financial decisions and missteps in addition to your current situation. While there is no easy... Read More

    Maintaining the Fireplace in Your Home

    By Natasha | February 16, 2015

    As cold weather drags on, images and thoughts of home-cooked baked goods and cider by the fire seem to be everywhere, from the local home improvement stores to pinterest. A little preparation now will ensure that you are ready and able to get cozy when the opportunity to snuggle strikes. A call to the chimney... Read More

    Got Mold? Don’t Panic, Read these tips!

    By Natasha | February 10, 2015

    Enjoy These Tips About Mold and Your Home With the excitement of Spring, many of us take a closer look at the condition of our homes, even if we do not have a home for sale. Upon deeper inspection, we may find areas that need an extra bit of care. If you happen to notice... Read More

    5 Ideas to Raise Your Home’s Value

    By Natasha | February 6, 2015

    Below are a few ideas that raise the value of your home but don’t cost an arm and a leg: 1. Talk to a professional. Interior designers and other real estate professionals (me included) can give you lots of ideas for improvements. Easy changes like moving furniture or adding a new paint color can really... Read More

    Buying? Here is why you need an inspection.

    By Natasha | February 5, 2015

    If you ever watch any home buying or remodeling shows on satellite or cable TV, you know what kinds of secrets a home inspection can reveal about a seemingly-safe house! Home inspections are crucial before finalizing any real estate purchase. The purpose of a home inspection is to evaluate the physical condition of the home... Read More

    Early Spring Landscaping Tips

    By Natasha | February 4, 2015

    Bulbs, tubers, perennials and indigenous plants beautify your home and give year-round enjoyment for decades to come. If you bought your home in the fall or winter, you may not know what is under the snow or mulch, but you can prepare for spring planting anyway and liven up the atmosphere with color inside your... Read More