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

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.

“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

11 Halloween Candy Alternatives

Perhaps you’re not feeling candy this year. Maybe you’ve experienced the wrath of an over-sugared six-year-old (or their parents). Maybe you can’t trust yourself to sit for hours by the front door with a massive quantity of chocolate without eating most of it yourself. Or maybe you’re a dentist. Don’t worry, there are plenty of

5 Winning Tips for Writing an Offer Letter

In some hot housing markets, including a letter with your formal offer to buy a home is all but required. Unfortunately, Hallmark doesn’t make a card for the occasion (yet). Here are a few tips: 1. Get emotional. Take advantage of this opportunity to sail beyond the facts and figures to convey a personal connection

6 Lessons Monopoly Can Teach You About Home Buying

1. Patience MONOPOLY: So your family has decided to play Monopoly? Refill your beverage, grab a snack and change into comfortable clothes. You’re going to be there a while. LESSON: Buying real estate is a process. There’s pre-approval for a loan, interviewing agents, searching for homes, submitting an offer, maybe submitting another offer, the home

Ready to Sell? 3 Ways an Agent Helps Get You Started

The process of putting your home on the market and finding your next place can be overwhelming. Fortunately, an experienced agent can help you weigh all your options. Here’s where a professional might start: 1. Researching your home’s value An agent will have the pulse on the current market. Together, you can review how much

Home: As American as Apple Pie

Happy Birthday, America! In the spirit of celebrating the Fourth of July, we turned to famous Americans for their thoughts about home, homeownership and the feeling of sanctuary that comes with having your own place. Private property was the original source of freedom. Walter Lippmann Home is the place where, when you have to go

Honoring Dad: What He Really Wants on Father’s Day

Sunday’s the big day for honoring Dads, or anyone else who played a dad-like role in your life. If you’re short of ideas how to celebrate Father’s Day, here are a few suggestions based on an informal survey of three dads: Mow my lawn for me. Take me out to a ball game. Buy me