How to Avoid a DIY Disaster When Tackling Home Improvements
Home improvement projects are rarely inexpensive. If you're good with your hands, it can be tempting to tackle the job yourself. But for every DIY-success story there is a project-that-ends-in-disaster story. And when something goes wrong, it can go wrong quite spectacularly and expensively.
That's not to say that you should never attempt any DIY. But it's certainly sensible to approach any... Read More
Buyer Demand Remains High, but Supply Remains Low
Existing-home sales have been sluggish for most of the year, and the trend continued into May. For the second month in a row, existing-home sales were down; every region save the Northeast experienced declining sales activity. With 5.43 million homes sold in May, sales dropped three percent year over year.
Harder to Buy
The increase in mortgage rates this past spring contributed to the decline, as did... Read More
How Hardscapes Can Add Value
to Your Home
Outdoor hardscape projects add resale value to a home and bring extra enjoyment to the homeowners who are living there, according to the Remodeling Impact Report: Outdoor Features by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP).
The report confirms that investing in landscaping and hardscaping is a win-win, whether you... Read More
Selling Your Home—What to Do about Sale Contingencies
After listing your house for sale, one or more potential buyers might make a purchase offer soon. Since most people already own a home, you are likely to receive offers that are contingent upon the buyer selling his or her house first. Should you accept a contingency offer, wait for a better deal, or make a counteroffer? The following is important information on contingencies to help you make the best decision.
What Are Sale Contingencies?
A contingency offer means the buyers need to sell their property before they can close on yours. In some cases, the property may already be sold... Read More
Easy Summer Style Tips for Outdoor Dining
Are you planning to do more outdoor entertaining and want to leave your guests wowed by your incredible summer style? Try these outdoor dining decor tips:
Color and Comfort
Add pops of color by choosing cushions in bright hues. The key is to offer plenty of cushions casually arranged for your guests to sink into. Add an outdoor throw rug on the floor to tie the look together, and your patio is sure to be a hit.
Be sure to offer your guests a respite from the sun with an overhead shade covering. You want your visitors to enjoy your beautiful outdoor space without having to worry about becoming sunbaked in the process. Choose a shade umbrella large enough to cover your outdoor dining table, and your guests will thank... Read More