July 6, 2017
Granite in your home upgrade

To Granite or Not to Granite

TO GRANITE OR NOT TO GRANITE? One of the most popular materials for kitchen countertops is granite due to its durability and appearance. Did you know that some granite countertops emit radon? Radon is a colorless, odorless radioactive gas that occurs with the natural breakdown of rocks and natural stones. Are granite countertops a risk? Research shows that only a minimal and acceptable amount of radon is emitted. Granite is not a risk because it is not used in large amounts in homes. Also, kitchens and bathrooms are typically well ventilated. If radon emissions are still a concern, go to […]
May 4, 2017
Single Family Home buyers

Single Home Buyer

SINGLE HOMEBUYER Since 2011, single women account for 17% and single men account for 7% of buyers. Here are some tips to help single homebuyers: Don’t house hunt alone. Take a friend or family member that is familiar with home buying. Consider future household additions. These can affect square footage, yard space, and safety needs. Also, consider renovations and employment changes. Add up annual maintenance expenses. Reports of costs can be provided by sellers. If gift funds are used for down payment, check the mortgages offered as some limit how much of the down payment can be received as a […]
March 10, 2017
Stay prepared for storms

Stay Prepared For Storms

STAY PREPARED FOR STORMS It is never a bad idea to be prepared for storms, especially if there is a chance for a power outage. During the winter, this can be essential to staying safe and warm. Having a backup generator can keep things running smoothly. The generator can ensure that the heating/cooling is fully functional along with appliances, including the refrigerator and smartphones. Here are a few tips to find your perfect generator. Generators are sold by wattage. That being said, a 5,000 watt generator is sufficient to power the basics of a home. Determine if the generator you […]
December 5, 2016
Design Trends

Top Design Trends

TOP DESIGN TRENDS According to real estate professionals, their clients are requesting the following top design trends: Open layouts Neutral color schemes Multigenerational floor plans First-floor master suites No dining rooms White kitchens Extra-large garages Big closets Finished basements with 9-foot ceilings Barn sliding doors Credit: REALTOR Mag and BUILDER
November 12, 2016
christmas safety

9 Tips to Keep Your Home Secure This Holiday Season

9 TIPS TO KEEP YOUR HOME SECURE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON  Make sure gifts aren’t visible from outside. As nice as it is to see a tree with gifts beneath it through the window, it also allows burglars to size up your home. Watch what you post on social media. Burglars search social media to see what gifts people received and when people are going out of town. Be careful about disposing of packaging. Burglars tend to look through trash to see type of gifts that may be present in the home.  Don’t let packaging sit out for days. Don’t run […]
September 9, 2016
Access to public transit

Access to Public Transit Plays a Role in Decisions

ACCESS TO PUBLIC TRANSIT PLAYS A ROLE IN DECISIONS Access to public transportation is becoming increasingly more important to homebuyers today.  According to a study conducted by the HNTB Corporation, 55% of Americans said they are willing to pay extra for a home if commuting via public transit is an option. Here are the study’s other key findings: Millennials are the generation most interested in living near public transportation. 51% said that availability to good transit increases their interest in moving to and living in a particular area. 73% said that they would support changes in community land use and […]