Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Real Estate

How to Blend Contrasting Materials for High-Impact Design

(BPT) The melding of contrasting materials throughout the home is a sophisticated way to add visual interest and depth to your design. Bold finishes coupled with muted color tones create an eye-catching statement, while natural wood combined with cool metal boasts a stunning blend of nature and machinery. From partnering unconventional

Rejuvenate Your Run-Down Patio

Stop the Pests That Make Your Patio Look Untidy

It’s hard to enjoy your patio if it’s covered in debris scattered by the wind or by critters with a penchant for digging and trampling. Stop critters with the humble pine cone —instead of regular

Get Em In, Move Em Out

How First-Time Homebuyers Can Buy a Home With Minimal Savings

It doesn’t take a lot of money in terms of down payment and closing costs to buy a home. There are many new programs on the market and several ways to structure a mortgage loan. The less you put down, the

You Can Count On Me

This week, my wife and I are blessed and privileged to be celebrating the bar mitzvah of our son. It’s truly a wonderful milestone in our lives, and even more so for him. What I find most fascinating about the event is the transformation that takes place instantly. One day he is a little boy sitting next to me in shul that is

Ten Ways Your Real Estate Agent Is Like Your Mother

  1. She makes you clean your room.

When selling your home, the overall first impression is most important to prospective buyers. Don’t be surprised if your agent reminds you to tidy up before showings, make your bed, and not stuff your dirty laundry in the closet like you

Black Is the New Black: Black Makes a Comeback as a Home Improvement Trend

Four reasons why black shingles are resurging in popularity

(BPT) Grays, browns, taupes - after decades of neutral-colored shingles dominating entire neighborhoods, homeowners are turning to the dark side. Home improvement experts agree black roofs are making a comeback, offering a

Tips to Step Up Your Patio Experience This Season

(StatePoint) Ready to step up your outdoor living experience this season? You’re not alone. Nearly 70 percent of design and build firms report an increased demand for outdoor living space, according to the American Institute of Architects.

When updating your outdoor living areas, focus on additions

Uniquely You Hues: Decorating With Your Personality in Mind

(BPT) Whether you realize it or not, the colors you select for your home and your personal belongings tell a lot about your personality. In fact, according to a recent survey by PPG, 58 percent of 2,500 consumers surveyed agree that colors selected for their home, car and consumer products - such as appliances and electronics -

The Disposable Economy

These days, it seems like the “great recession” is but a distant memory. The stock market is soaring, the economy is growing, and employment is on the rise. Similarly, in the world of real estate, Americans are buying houses again - from new construction, to renovations - homeownership continues to increase, along with the

How Much Extra?

Does a low credit score cost you?

As we all know, mortgage rates fluctuate on a daily basis, so the goal, as a borrower, is to lock in the best rate you can. Keep in mind that locking in a rate, in and of itself, may not necessarily guarantee that you wind up with that rate, especially

Spring Into Home Fire Safety

(BPT) As spring fever takes hold, it is important to seize the opportunity to do more than cleaning around your home. The spring season marks the perfect time to evaluate your home’s fire safety quotient and make necessary updates to ensure you are prepared!

Follow these three fire safety

Before Buying a Home, Learn the Lingo!

(StatePoint) Buying a home for the first time? You may discover that one of the biggest obstacles is learning the lingo. Homebuying can be overwhelming and perhaps a bit intimidating if you aren’t familiar with the terminology.

To help aspiring homeowners gain confidence in the homebuying