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September 2018
September 2018

The Federal Reserve announced another quarter-percentage-point increase in interest rates Wednesday as expected, citing a strong labor market and economy.

The Fed raised the benchmark borrowing rate to a range of 2 percent to 2.25 percent, the third hike this year.

In its announcement, the Fed said: the labor market "has continued to strengthen and ... economic activity has been rising at a strong rate. Job gains have been strong, on average, in recent months, and the unemployment rate has ...


June 2017
June 2017

 

When the temperature rises outside this summer, use these tips to help keep your home cool without turning on the air conditioner.

KEEP BLINDS CLOSED

Up to 30% of the heat in your home comes from your windows. Shades and window coverings, especially on south and west-facing windows, canlower indoor temps by up to 20 degrees and save you 5 to 7% on your energy bill.

SET CEILING FANS TO UPDRAFT

Having ceiling fans rotate counter-clockwise helps pull warm air up toward the ceiling, making ...


March 2017
March 2017

Mortgage interest rates have risen over the last few months and projections are that they will continue their upswing throughout 2017. What impact will this have on the housing market? Here is what the experts are saying:

Laurie Goodman, Co-director of the Urban Institute’s Housing Finance Policy Center:

“In 1984, 1994, 2000, and 2013, every time we have rate increases, we have increases in nominal home prices. We expect this to be more pronounced, as there is a big demand-and-supply gap ...


January 2017
January 2017

On a scale of 1 to 5, how much do you need to declutter? Professional organizer, Dorothy Breininger, has a clutter scale that can help you get your closets, cupboards, and counters in tip-top shape. This list is also great for getting your ready to put on the market or preparing for moving into a new house.

The Clutter Scale

5 — Important items whose place in your home is non-negotiable. For me, this included my green-stained Depression glass, photos, business files, office equipment, and my ...


November 2016
November 2016

It is once again time to pay property taxes.

Though the first installment was technically due on November 1st, you have until December 10th to send in payment without being charged a penalty. Be sure to postmark your payment on December 10th to prove it was sent by the final deadline. It is also wise to send registered or certified mail. Always include your APN # in the memo section of your check.

The second installment is due on February 1st but again, doesn’ accrue a penalty unless ...


October 2016
October 2016

Millennials, otherwise known as Generation YGeneration Me and Echo Boomers, have grown to represent 32 percent of homebuyers, which is the largest portion of the home buying market. According to millennial Austin Hale, product manager for real estate investment software company Realeflow, “Millennials present an entirely new dynamic in the real estate market. [They’re] much more likely to rent, to congregate in urban areas, and to be cautious when taking on debt.”

The purchasing and ...


October 2016
October 2016

If you're looking to sell your home quickly and for full market value, don't neglect your yard. Good landscaping will show buyers that you pay attention to details and that your home is properly maintained overall.

How does landscaping your yard add curb appeal and increase buyer interest?

Maintain Lawn & Pick Up Leaves

Neglecting to pull weeds makes it easier for them to spread and grow and makes your yard look untidy. Commercial products can help to kill weeds while improving the ...


September 2016
September 2016

Now that fall has arrived, there are a few things to do to ensure your home is properly prepared for whatever winter brings.

  1. Inspect and clean gutters and downspouts.
  1. Seal gaps and cracks around windows and doors with weather-stripping and caulk.
  1. Have your roof inspected for damaged or curled shingles, corroded flashing, or leaky vents. Repair as needed.
  1. Take steps to repair damaged sidewalks, driveways, and steps.
  1. Drain and winterize outdoor faucets and irrigation ...

August 2016
August 2016

Though some people prefer to purchase a move-in ready home, others prefer to buy a fixer-upper, allowing them to customize the residence to fit their lifestyle. But before you move in and immediately embark on a major remodel or addition, it’s wise to live in your home for awhile.

Here are 3 reasons why you should take your time to settle in before making major home improvements.

  1. Living in the home can change your mind

When you actually live in the house, you’ll get a better feel ...