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 […]

Make Homeownership Your New Year Resolution

The new year provides an opportunity to start fresh and develop goals and resolutions for the coming year. Some people strive toward financial aspirations or a professional achievement, while others might choose to pursue a lifelong goal, such as owning a home. If 2015 is the year to achieve your dream of homeownership, the following […]

Keeping The Warm Air In

Heating your home can get expensive during the brutally cold days of winter. What you might not realize is that a lot of that precious warm air is quickly escaping your home through gaps and cracks you probably don’t even know are there. No one wants to waste money, so it’s a good idea to […]

Autumn Planting Improves Curb Appeal All Year Round

Now that autumn is upon us, it’s a great time to plant new bushes and add assorted shrubs. Doing some landscaping at this time of year can invigorate your home’s look and add some valuable curb appeal to help attract potential buyers. Why plant in the fall? During the fall months, the soil is still […]

Fall Home Checklist

Fall is officially here, and the first frost is soon to follow. Along with the arrival of colder weather are a number of key maintenance tasks homeowners should tackle in order to prevent structural damage, save energy and keep their home’s systems running properly. By completing these tasks now, you will allow plenty of time […]