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10 Ways to Save on Utility Bills This Summer

Now that the weather is beginning to warm up, it’s time to start thinking about ways to save on utility bills and energy costs before you’re shocked by your first big bill this summer. Luckily, there are many steps you can take to prepare your home (and your wallet) for the summer heat without sacrificing comfort. So, before you crank up the AC,... (more)

10 Paint Colors Designers Use Most

With hundreds of paint colors to choose from, selecting the shades just right for your home can be daunting. Good Housekeeping magazine recently rounded up the top 10 paint colors most often used by professional home designers. Get inspired by them: 1. Palladian Blue — By Benjamin Moore, this blue-green-grey shade can be used in any room, and is especially ideal... (more)

Minimalism, Your Way

———–  A Panel Discussion  ———– Moving soon? Or just have too much stuff? Come learn from the experts what Minimalism is and how to make it work for you whether you’re: Moving or Downsizing De-cluttering Curious about the Minimalist Movement Looking to stage/sell your property You’ll come away from this free presentation... (more)

Pros and Cons: Buying a Property for a College Student

There’s no way around it, supporting a college student can be very expensive. Food, books, and most importantly, housing — all add a hefty expense on top of tuition. That’s why the idea of purchasing a property for a college student can be a good investment strategy for families and an alternative to paying rent for four years. If you have clients with... (more)

3 Tips for Homebuyers in a Competitive Market

Homebuyers traditionally face competition at the height of real estate season. Now, with market indicators reaching record post-recession milestones, competition is stiffer than ever. To gain an edge as a buyer, real estate professionals advise: Getting Pre-Approved – Getting pre-approved for financing will give you significant leverage in negotiations with the... (more)

Spring Lawn Care Tips You Can Do Now

Warming temperatures, rainy days, sunny skies—these are just some of the signs that spring is here. While your lawn probably maintains its dingy brown winter look, soon, it will be blossoming with the rest of the flowers, shrubs and trees – but only if you provide the right care for it now. Set aside a few hours to maintain your lawn and you’ll be assured... (more)

Breaking Down Spring Home Project Costs

Before you grab your toolkit or enlist the help of a professional for spring projects this season, do your wallet a favor and conduct some research. HomeAdvisor’s most recent True Cost Report found that 38 percent of homeowners don’t know how much it will cost to hire a professional for home projects, and nearly 70 percent are concerned about overpaying... (more)

5 Home Improvements that Pay Off and 5 that Don't

By Suzanne De Vita Favorable economic conditions have long triggered investment in home improvements—more money, more upgrades—and progress on the housing front is set to spur the next wave of homeowner spending on both necessary and discretionary projects. How should homeowners invest their remodeling dollars this year?  By and large, homeowners can expect to... (more)

Is Your Roof Reindeer-Ready?

The holidays are fast approaching! Amid the gift-giving, gathering with loved ones and decorating, the season serves as an important reminder for homeowners to make their roofs “reindeer-ready,” or review their roofs. To do that, the experts at the Metal Roofing Alliance advise completing the following 10 checks, which can be done without a ladder: 1. For homes... (more)

Holiday Shopping? 7 Bad Spending Habits to Avoid

Holiday shopping may be fun, but it can also negatively impact your finances if gone unchecked. Avoiding debt is the goal. The holiday season is an exciting and inspiring time of the year that promotes giving, but spending within your means is the best gift you can give yourself. Managing a realistic budget and developing a shopping list that compliments it... (more)

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