Monday, January 22, 2018

Real Estate

The One Trick Pony

We recently embarked on a campaign to hire additional mortgage consultants as we execute our expansion goals for 2018. This week I got a call from a recruiter who caught a glimpse of one of our advertisements, and wanted to find out more. He was intrigued by the offering, and began asking very detailed and specific questions about

Smart Home Update 2018: New Products That Organize Your Life Through Voice

(BPT) The artificial intelligence that’s already taking the world by storm is ramping up even more in 2018, enabling a number of innovative new smart home tools that can make your life easier, more comfortable or just more fun.

Throughout the year, consumers worldwide are expected to

One Drop Can Be a Big Gain

One drop, as in dropping your monthly mortgage insurance (MI) payment. If you bought or refinanced your home, you may have taken mortgage insurance. Mortgage insurance is generally required when you have less than 20 percent equity in a property. There are many ways of structuring a loan with mortgage insurance, but for

Rent vs. Own: Which Is Right for You?

(BPT) If you’re thinking of buying your first home, you’ve probably wrestled with the decision to rent or own your home - and for good reason.

Owning a home is a big commitment. With it comes a lot of responsibility and a long-term financial relationship.

Creating a Dream Home With Cypress

(BPT) Transforming the unremarkable into the extraordinary need not be an impossible task. More and more homeowners are finding that lavish looks are both attainable and affordable. Their imaginative design professionals are making it happen, using cypress to create their clients’ dream homes.

Don’t Look Now …

As if there wasn’t already enough going on within the United States economy to start a busy year - this week we got some more news. We started the eventful first full week of the year, getting news of Bank of Japan’s decision to reduce the amounts of government bonds it is buying as part of their quantitative easing efforts.

DIY Projects That Are Perfect for Winter Months

(BPT) Cooler temperatures have arrived. But does that mean it’s time to shelve your DIY aspirations for the rest of the year?


Colder outdoor temperatures may have forced you indoors, but they don’t have to mark an end to your DIY

Tips for Selling Your Home

What should I do if I’m thinking of listing my house for sale?

Call on a professional. A Realtor knowledgeable of your local market can provide you with a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA). CMAs are a complimentary service that Realtor’s provide to help home owner’s assess the

Tips for Speed Cleaning Your Home

(BPT) What is one of the biggest sources of stress? It’s cleaning on a deadline, especially when guests are on their way.

But with the right plan in place, even last-minute cleaning can be efficient and stress-free, says Debra Johnson, Merry Maids home cleaning expert.

Looking Forward…

Predictions for a new year are always erratic, but this year will prove to be even more of a challenge. With the new tax plan in place, and President Trump in the full driver’s seat, the market is sure to change. Far be it from me to chime in on any of the myriad of delicate market considerations, but I did want to share some

Six Ways to Fool Burglars Into Thinking You’re Home

(Courtesy of Links Residential) Whether it’s the eight hours a day or eight days on a dreamy beach, allowing your biggest investment to fend for itself can be stressful. And it’s a legit concern; when your home looks empty, break-ins happen. A lot. Ugh.

You could deter

Presentation for New Homeowners to Be Held at Dougie’s on January 16

Congratulations. You’re now a homeowner. You left your apartment in the city behind in favor of more bedrooms, a big kitchen, a playroom and grass. However, you also left your super behind as well. Now what will you do when the toilet overflows, the sink clogs, the hot water turns cold, water seeps into the basement....