Seven Reasons Why You Need a
Real Estate Professional to Help
Sell Your House
Eventually almost everyone faces the task of selling their home. During these transitions, many people wonder if they should save some money and list their house for-sale-by-owner (FSBO) instead of using a real estate agent. In reality, using a qualified agent can simplify the process and save you thousands of dollars in the long run. Here are seven perks that a qualified real estate professional can provide:
1. Multiple Listing Service (MLS) Database
This is the digital age and buyers no longer... Read More
More Sales, More Competition in the National Housing Market
Existing-home sales increased for the second month in a row. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), existing-home sales climbed in April by 1.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.45 million; this is 6 percent higher than a year ago. While sales dipped slightly in the South and West, an impressive increase in the Midwest coupled with a more modest increase in the Northeast more than offset the losses... Read More
Seven Touch-Ups to Help Sell Your House
1. Door Detail
If you want buyers to come rushing to your door, make sure it's well painted. A fresh coat of paint will make a great first impression.
2. Enticing Entrance
Next up is the entrance hall, where prospects get their initial glimpse of the interior. At the very least, clean every surface and touch up areas where the paint shows marks or nicks. Better yet, put on a fresh coat... Read More
Stay One Step Ahead of Household Pests
No one likes sharing their home with unwanted visitors, especially the creepy-crawly kind. Fortunately, there are some easy ways to keep insects at bay. Use the following tips to prevent infestations.
1. Eliminate Entry Points.
Walk both the interior and exterior of your home looking for red flags such as cracks, holes, deteriorating weather stripping, and poorly sealed windows and doors. Correct any such problems as soon as possible. Cracks and holes, often found around the entry points of pipes, can be sealed with inexpensive copper mesh or steel wool. Also, make sure your landscaping does not encroach upon your house or its foundation; tree branches, mulch, and shrubs provide a way... Read More
Eight Tips to Maximize the Efficiency of Your HVAC Equipment
There are two times each year when we should put the most thought and effort into ensuring that our HVAC system is in good working order: the winter and summer, when the temperatures change dramatically. An efficient HVAC unit not only provides you with a comfortable home but also reduces your energy consumption and helps you save on your monthly utility bills.
If you are taking steps to create an energy-efficient home, your HVAC unit is just one small part of the big picture. It is, however, an important part. Here are eight things you can do to maximize the efficiency of your HVAC equipment and keep it operating at... Read More