Home Buyer Incentives

Do’s and Don’ts of Homebuyer Incentives By: G. M. Filisko Homebuyer incentives can be smart marketing or a waste of money. Find out when and how to use them. Be sure you’re sending the right message to buyers when you throw in a homebuyer incentive to encourage them to purchase your home. When you’re selling […]

Understanding Closing Costs

Purchasing a new home is a big undertaking. There are a lot of players and a lot of moving parts. Obviously, home buyers want to be aware of all of the costs that can be expected along the way. Beyond obtaining a mortgage, there are some additional fees associated with buying a home and particularly […]

What is Portfolio Lending?

The term “portfolio” doesn’t mean anything inferior. It’s not where bad people go to get a home loan. It simply means that the portfolio lending institution doesn’t plan to sell your loan to anyone else, and instead intends to make money every month from the interest you pay. The lender keeps your loan in their […]

9 Ways to Help Sell Your Home in the Winter

Here are nine ways to prepare and stage your home for success, and create a warm and welcoming vision for buyers, even when the weather outside is frightful. Have a cozy, crackling fire (or not). If you have a gas fireplace or new clean-burning woodstove, go ahead and light a fire to welcome visitors. But […]

Easy Projects to Personalize a Cookie-Cutter Home

Value-boosting ideas for your home’s interior to make it really yours.   There’s so much to love about a new home — especially the fact that it’s yours! No worries about an aging furnace or the source of a stain in the carpet. Yet it can also feel a little, well, uninspired. Like that neighborhood […]

Best Bang for Your Buck!

Wondering what home improvement yields you the highest rate of return?  It’s not one you might expect and it certainly is not first noticed.  Attic Insulation!  That’s right, a basic item that produces returns in a few ways.  Energy savings from attic insulation can be noticed almost immediately, it can save in both heating and […]

Thinking of a Kitchen Remodel

To achieve the dream kitchen dream kitchen that you want, first you should have a clear vision of what you want the end result to look like. Analyze the existing space. Take plenty of measurements with a tape measure and get a clear idea of the dimensions of your current layout. Pros vs. cons. Decide […]

7 Genius Entryway Storage Ideas to Get You Out the Door Faster

7 Genius Entryway Storage Ideas to Get You Out the Door Faster It’s so easy (and so unfair) how quickly your entryway can go from clean to chaos — and that chaos makes trying to get out the door brutal. Think of all that time wasted hunting for your keys and umbrella or digging through […]

What to do ASAP as a New Homeowner

What to Do ASAP as a New Homeowner If you’re serious about developing good habits, you need this worksheet. It’s finally yours. Your very own home. You can paint the walls whatever you like. Heck, even knock out a wall! There’s no landlord to fight you.   But if you’re serious about developing good homeowner […]