Simple Ideas to Refresh Your Master Bedroom

Simple Ideas to Refresh Your Master Bedroom

We’re all spending more time at home these days. With the entire family stuck together, the home has been placed under a microscope. If your master bedroom is not the oasis you wish it were, here are a few simple ideas you can use to…

A Background on Credit Scoring Models

A Background on Credit Scoring Models

Homebuyers who have a better credit history over a longer stretch of time than a shorter one may benefit by a change to the credit-scoring model used by Experian. Up until about 2016, mortgage lenders didn’t use trended credit data and didn’t differentiate between types…

3 Things to Know Before Renting Out Your Home

3 Things to Know Before Renting Out Your Home

Home-sharing services such as Airbnb, HomeAway and FlipKey can make turning your home into a money-making vacation rental easy. The sites hold payments from guests who are renting private rooms or entire homes. All the host has to do is provide a key and then…

Moving in the Middle of the School Year – A Good Idea?

Moving in the Middle of the School Year – A Good Idea?

When you want to move, there is no guarantee that things will happen quickly. You might find your dream house in a few days, secure a mortgage and be able to move in right away. On the other hand, it might take months to find…

Clearing Out the Pet Smell in Your New Home

Clearing Out the Pet Smell in Your New Home

Let’s say you’ve found the perfect house for you and your family at the right price, but there’s one problem. The previous owners had dogs or cats, and that pet scent can be detected throughout the house. This can be a serious concern for families…

Paying Off Your Mortgage in 15 Years vs. 30

Paying Off Your Mortgage in 15 Years vs. 30

Paying off your mortgage early and living mortgage-free so you can use the money for other things—such as travel and an early retirement—can sound like a pipe-dream that’s impossible to get to, but it doesn’t have to be. If you have a 30-year mortgage, there…

What to Do If Your House Is Slow to Sell

What to Do If Your House Is Slow to Sell

If you recently put your home on the market, you want it to sell quickly. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen. When a house is slow to sell, it’s usually because of one of three things: price, appearance or marketing strategy. Price You need to set…

5 Ways to Protect Outdoor Wood Furniture

5 Ways to Protect Outdoor Wood Furniture

While wood furniture is gorgeous outside, you’ll need to protect it to lengthen its lifespan, or you could face rot and unsightly discoloration in no time. Below are several tips to help your wood weather. Paint A coat of paint is the top way to…

Home Ownership and the New Tax Plan

Home Ownership and the New Tax Plan

By now you’ve likely heard that the GOP recently passed a tax reform bill. What you may not know is how homeowners will be impacted in the New Year. If you’re in the market to buy or already own your home, here’s how the new tax…

Pre-Sale Tips to Use Now

Pre-Sale Tips to Use Now

  Many home sellers often overlook easy and relatively inexpensive fixes that not only increase visual appeal, but may also add to a home’s selling price. While major remodeling is costly and may not address the needs and tastes of prospective buyers, these repair and…