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

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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

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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,

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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

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

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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

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Home’s First Line Defense

A home’s roof is an invaluable asset.  It’s a properties first line of defense against harsh weather and assist in lowering a home’s monthly energy costs.  Here are tips to identify and fix issues before they become a major problem: Inspect a roof twice a year or after extreme weather for missing, loose, and damaged

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Garage Cleaning Tips

Feeling overwhelmed with a cluttered garage? Here are a few tips from Houzz.com on how to get your messy garage organized. Be realistic. Break the organization down into manageable chunks. Do some reconnaissance. In other words, take note of the items in the garage, especially larger items. Compile a local resource list. Decide where you

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Energy Costs

Did you know that heating and cooling costs are typically the largest energy expense for homeowners? According to the U.S. Department of Energy, they account for ~48% of a utility bill. Homeowners can take many steps to conserve energy.  One is an online appliance energy calculator, which can be used to determine how much energy

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Researching a Properties History

Researching a property’s history can give a homeowner an exciting trip into the past.  More importantly, the information can be beneficial when making significant renovation decisions.  Here are a few search tips: Start by visiting the local library and the communities historical society.  Consult newspapers and local history publications.  Census data records, marriage and death

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