How to Choose the Right Real Estate Agent

4 simple steps homebuyers can take when deciding who to hire. By Laura Piscopio Are you ready to buy a home but don’t know how the process begins? First and foremost – even if you’re already driving neighborhoods or looking online – find a real estate agent. Sounds simple enough, right? With so many brokerages

8 Ways to Give Back to Your Community During the Holidays

Looking for ways to give back this holiday season? Here are a few ideas. 1. Go for wags and wiggles Local animal shelters always need an extra hand, whether it’s for walking dogs, socializing cats or the critical daily chores required to save homeless pets. 2. Yes you can Clear your cabinets of canned food

4 Mealtime Resources for a Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving dinner is probably the most anticipated meal of the year – which puts a ton of pressure on anyone with hosting duties. Don’t panic! The resources below will help you prevent (or smooth over) most cooking blunders. 1. USDA Leftovers and Food Safety Guide Don’t let food poisoning destroy your Black Friday shopping plans

October Sales Help Position Housing Market for Potential Gains

October 2019 home sales finished 3.9% higher than in October 2018, marking the fourth month in the past six with a year-over-year increase in sales. The October activity was welcome news in a market still challenged by limited inventory and rising prices. According to data in this month’s RE/MAX National Housing Report, October’s Months Supply

8 Tips for Quick Cleaning Before Guests Arrive

No doubt you’ll want your home to look its best for visiting family and friends during the holidays. Here are a few cleaning tips to minimize the time you have to spend making things sparkle. 1. Grout and tight corners Cleaning nooks and crannies doesn’t require elbow grease. A toothbrush is much more effective. 2.

5 De-cluttering Tips for Your Kitchen

Is the chaos on your countertop out of control? Here are a few tips to conquer the clutter. 1. Use it or move itIf you don’t use a mixer, food processor, or other tool more than once a week, stash it in a cupboard. Counter space is precious real estate. 2. Wall-to-wall organization Mount a

7 Signs of a Dog-friendly House

Embarking on a home search for a property that must be approved by furry, tail-wagging family members? Here are a few things to look for. 1. Greener grassDoes the home have a yard? Just a little bit of a fenced-in grass can be your pup’s paradise. Be sure to check that the HOA allows you

“Does it Come With The House?”

Heavy, bulky items can be awkward to pack up and difficult to move. They also can be seen as big perks to potential buyers. If you’re willing to part with the items below, have your agent mention them as features of your house. 1. Basketball hoop – This can be great for families with young

5 Things to Know About VA Loans and Housing Programs

By Stephanie Visscher As part of its mission to serve the nation’s military members, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provides several housing benefits to service members and their families, including assistance with home loans. If you or someone close to you has a military affiliation, it’s a good idea to know about the resources

4 Tips for a Great Home Theater

Creating a home media center means you’ll never have to put up with the annoying guy at the theater who talks through the whole movie (unless, of course, you’re married to him). Here are a few tips to get you started. Think about acoustics Choose a room with limited windows and doors to seal in