Copy of your Deed???

March 8, 2014

Homeowners are once again receiving solicitations from scam artists offering to sell them a copy of their deed. Hopefully, homeowners will ignore these sales letters and not provide any information to these scammers. For one, do you really need a copy of your deed?  Probably not. But if do want… Read More »

10 Things a Burglar Doesn’t Want You to Know

February 16, 2014

10 Things a Burglar Doesn’t Want You to Know Successful burglars have lots in common — home owners who unwittingly give invitations to robbery. Here’s how thieves thank you for your generosity. You come home to an open front door, a ransacked house, and missing valuables. How did a burglar… Read More »

10 Ways to Sabotage Your Home Sale

February 11, 2014

10 Ways to Sabotage Your Home Sale If you really don’t want to sell your home, here are 10 things that you can do to sabotage the sale (based on my real world experience working with buyers). 1. Make it difficult to see your home. If you really want to… Read More »

11 Ways to Create a Welcoming Front Entrance for Under $100

January 29, 2014

Wouldn’t it be nice to approach your home’s entrance with a grin instead of a grimace? Take our tips for beating a clear, safe, and stylish path to your front door. 1. Clear the way for curb appeal. The path to your front door should be at least 3 feet… Read More »

8 Tips for Adding Curb Appeal and Value to Your Home

January 28, 2014

8 Tips for Adding Curb Appeal and Value to Your Home Here are eight ways to help your home put its best face forward. The way your house looks from the street — attractively landscaped and well-maintained — can add thousands to its value and cut the time it takes… Read More »

Home Security Systems: Types and Costs

January 25, 2014

Understand home security systems’ price, installation, and options. What you’ll pay A home security system’s price comes in two forms. First, there’s the equipment cost, which can vary from $250 to $700, depending on the options you choose. Some companies may offer a basic package at a deep discount just… Read More »

Do-It-Yourself Home Security Check: 5 Essential Steps

January 24, 2014

Conduct a do-it-yourself home security check by walking around your house to assess what needs to be done to reduce the risk of a break-in. 1. Keep your home well-maintained on the outside. Burglars want an easy target. Stand on the street outside your house and ask yourself: Does my… Read More »

Existing-home sales in 2013 were strongest in 7 years

January 23, 2014

Existing-home sales last year hit their highest level since 2006 as the housing market continued to stabilize, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported. Compared to 2012, existing-home sales in 2013 increased by 9.1 percent to 5.09 million, marking the strongest performance since 2006, “when sales reached an unsustainably high… Read More »

10 Ways to Share the Joy During the Holiday Season

December 15, 2013

10 WAYS TO SHARE THE JOY DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON 1. Mend a broken relationship with a friend or relative during the holidays. 2. Every night of the holiday season, before going to bed, ask yourself, “Whose life did I make brighter today?” 3. Offer to run holiday errands for… Read More »

9 Surprising Things That Add Value to Your House

December 12, 2013

9 Surprising Things That Add Value to Your House By: Dona DeZube Published: December 3, 2013 A home’s value is dependent on many things. Here are nine factors you might not have thought about. 1. Surf Breaks Being within a mile of a surf break (a spot where surf-able waves… Read More »