33 ways to make your home energy-efficient

Not too long ago in our country's history, talking about making your house "greener" might get you labeled a hippie tree-hugger. But times change, and as gas, electricity, and water prices creep up, more and more homeowners are seeing the (strong) advantages that come with considering the environment when you make decisions about your household.Are you interested in making your home more energy-efficient -- and saving money in the bargain? You have a lot of options, from cheap to expensive, so...
21 Things A Real Estate Agent Should Do For You

Just like in any other profession, there are good real estate agents ... and there are, unfortunately, subpar real estate agents, too. But how do you know if you've got a dreamboat or a dud handling your real estate transaction?One way to know whether you've got a good agent (or not) is to consider some of the tasks and activities that a really good agent will manage for a client, then apply what you've learned to your own agent. If you don't have time to track down all of the things that a...
What you Need to Know About Fixed vs. Adjustable Rates

You're about to become a first-time homeowner—this is an exciting time! As you begin working with lenders on securing pre-approval for a mortgage, you probably hear some terms when it comes to mortgage interest rates such as "fixed" and "adjustable."
The 5 Biggest Mistakes to Avoid When Buying Your First Home

Buying a home can be an anxiety-ridden process, and that potential anxiety gets amplified for anyone who’s embarking on homeownership for the very first time. There’s so much to do and so much you don’t know that “being overwhelmed” hardly seems like an appropriate description of how it feels.And even though you don’t want to scare yourself away from the entire process, you still need to be wary of falling into a few common traps that first-time buyers...
5 Home Seller Strategies for Staging Your Home Perfectly

There’s a reason why people love looking at photos of homes for sale — it’s rare that we get to see a place look it's very best, and scrolling through gorgeous room after room helps serious buyers see themselves settling down in those very rooms.But as any seller (or photographer) can attest, getting a home ready for its close-up (also known as “staging”) is not easy and is definitely not always fun. It involves a ton of cleaning, some furniture removal (or...
The 4 Most Important Questions You Need to Ask Before Selling Your Home

There comes a time in every home owner's life when he or she realizes: “I am not the same person I was when I bought this place.” Maybe your lifestyle or your family configuration has changed, or maybe the house just isn’t as appealing as it was when you signed that ream of paperwork on closing day.If you’re thinking about moving on, then there are a few questions you need to ask yourself before you take the plunge and list the house. When you can answer these questions,...
Why Working With a Real Estate Professional is the Best Decision You’ll Ever Make

Most people don’t buy a home every day -- it’s a once-or-twice-a-decade activity for many of us as opposed to a day-in-day-out activity.So when you start getting serious about buying, whether it’s your first home or your fourth, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed pretty quickly. Some parts of the process (like searching for a home) have recently become more accessible through technology, but when every buyer has access to the same technology and resources, it’s tough to...