Gardening With Less Water

Valuable information for buyers and sellers. Flowers and other plants are an important part of creating curb appeal, especially during the spring and summer months. But, they can also require significant time and attention in order to stay vibrant and healthy. You can save not only time, but money, too, by using less water in […]

Spring Selling Tips

While it’s never a bad time to sell your home, many owners put their homes on the market in the spring. Current conditions in the real estate market may make this spring a particularly advantageous time to sell a home. That’s because we are in a seller’s market in which buyers are competing for the […]

Window & Light Cleaning Tips

Valuable information for buyers and sellers. The brighter days of spring can really help make a home shine by allowing more light to come in and by providing homebuyers with a good view of the home’s outdoor areas. Whether your home is for sale or not, giving your windows a good cleaning – both inside […]

Consumers Growing More Confident

According to Fannie Mae’s most recent monthly National Housing Survey, consumer sentiment continues to improve. In fact, the share of people who believe the economy is on the right track rose to a five-year record high. It also exceeded the share of people who believe it’s on the wrong track for the first time. Another […]

Why People Move

If your home is on the market or you’re planning to sell in the future, it’s helpful to understand the reason why people choose to move from one home to another. According to the Demand Institute, which surveyed 10,000 households, location is the driving factor in most moves. In fact, 75 percent of respondents cited […]

Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Homebuyers are more interested than ever in purchasing an energy-efficient home. With the weather still shockingly cold in some areas of the country, people are looking toward the warm-weather months ahead. Extreme temperatures also mean that buyers will be looking at a home’s cooling/heating costs and energy-saving features with a more critical eye. There are […]

Staging May Increase a Home’s Value

A home’s first impression is critical when it is for sale, and it is important to make sure it is in the best shape possible before putting it on the market. Sometimes, this involves what is called home staging, making a home more welcoming, appealing and attractive to potential buyers. Staging has been around for […]

Now this is Great News!!!

Salesman Jim Weichert I told you last week that I believe 2015 will be the best year for real estate in a while. I outlined the unique selling situation we are in, highlighted by interest rates still near their all-time lows, a better selection of inventory than we’ve had in a long time and buyer […]

“Cost vs. Value”

Midrange 2015 National Averages JOB COST RESALE VALUE COST RECOUPED CHANGE VS 2014 Attic Bedroom $51,696 $39,908 77.2% Backup Power Generator $12,135 $7,263 59.9% Basement Remodel $65,442 $47,637 72.8% Bathroom Addition $39,578 $22,875 57.8% Bathroom Remodel $16,724 $11,707 70.0% Deck Addition (composite) $15,912 $10,816 68.0% Deck Addition (wood) $10,048 $8,085 80.5% Entry Door Replacement (fiberglass) […]

Small Projects Add Value to Your Home

According to Remodeling magazine’s 2015 “Cost vs. Value Report,” Realtors say that simple, lower-cost replacement projects tend to return the greatest value upon resale of a home. For example, a steel door replacement costs only around $1,000, but on average sellers recoup 101.8 percent of the expense when they sell their home. Other affordable replacement […]