Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Real Estate

Prepare Your Home for Holiday Celebrations

(BPT) It’s the season for big meals, festive gatherings and making memories that will last a lifetime. But hosting friends and family can be a daunting responsibility. In fact, nearly 40 percent of consumers say that entertaining guests is the most stressful part of their holiday season, according to a recent holiday survey. The

Easy DIY Tips to Save on Your Winter Energy Bills

(BPT) Here’s what Americans have to look forward to this winter: While the south will be drier and warmer, the northern U.S. can expect “wetter, cooler conditions,” predicts the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

“Regardless of the outlook, there is always some chance for extreme winter weather, so prepare now for

The Real Estate and Mortgage Markets Under President Trump

Like many on election night, I didn’t get much sleep – but I certainly wasn’t dreaming when they announced that Donald J. Trump was elected as our 45th president of the United States. In an unprecedented victory, (I said unprecedented, not unpresidential!) Trump widely defeated Hillary Clinton in a historic

When Education Precedes Housing

Millennials were born in mid-1980s through the 2000s. They follow the generation known as X. For the millennials who want to buy a home, obtaining a mortgage has become a challenge. Why? Many millennials have taken on substantial student debt in order to further educate themselves and expand their job opportunities, which

Five Ways to Put Fall Leaves to Work in Your Garden

In fall my town holds leaf collection days, when homeowners (or their landscape services) blow or rake fallen leaves off their properties into big piles in the streets. Later a truck comes and vacuums them away. What I see being vacuumed up are dollar bills, the money these homeowners will spend next year on lawn and

Why Is It So Hard to Find a Landlord Who Loves My Dog as Much as I Do?

Several years ago, a fine gentleman whom I had placed in a co-op sublet decided that he wanted to buy a co-op apartment of his own. We found the perfect place: a lovely, large Jr. 4 apartment in a doorman building, complete with terrace and great views. “I want to bid on this!” he exclaimed. “My dog and I will just love it

The Rise of the Basement: Top Tips for a Better Space

(BPT) With fewer homes for sale and good returns on the remodeling investment, more homeowners are reclaiming their lower levels and remodeling their basements.

Basements are coming out of hiding these days. And they’re doing it in style, with before-and-after transformations featured everywhere from HGTV to Pinterest and

Flood Protection... For Those Without An Ark

First and foremost, I would like to give a shout out to Dena K. for “almost” finishing my article last week. I greatly appreciate the effort. This week’s topic is all about the tantalizing and highly stimulating Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973. Yes, a real page-turner! Interestingly, there are many pockets of blocks

Why Is My House Not Selling?

Even the most wonderful, accurately priced homes in the best locations do not always sell quickly. Sometimes, the reasons are beyond the seller’s control because a local market may be experiencing the impact of economic forces over which the individual seller has no control—for example, if the economy is in recession or if a

Four Easy Ways to Pest-Proof Your Home

(BPT) It’s late and you’re in your favorite, cozy pajamas. You get in bed and pull up the warm comforter. You turn out the light and are just about to drift off to sleep when you hear a noise coming from the attic. You sit up to listen, but it quickly goes quiet again. You lay back down and close your eyes, and just as

What to Expect When You’re Renting

What should I expect in a rental?

First you need to ask yourself a few questions. Are you relocating and, if so, for how long? Are you testing out a neighborhood or are you unsure you can afford to buy a home?

You need to

It’s Time to Upgrade Your Home Security System

(BPT) - Think of what has changed forever in the span of a decade. How do you watch movies at home? You’ve replaced the DVDs with digital streaming. How do you send a picture of your kids to your parents? You skip the printing and post it on social media or send a quick text.

Another thing you can add