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Everyone needs a home office

If you have a home-based business or telecommute, you are one of the millions of Americans who probably have or want a home office.  What seems to be a staple of modern living wasn’t always so. The ho…

About insensitive descriptions

Realtors have their own lingo.  Some real estate language sticks around while some changes.  However, there are many words and phrases that have been designated taboo and can be considered violating t…

Fixtures: Take it or leave it?

If you are listing your home for sale with a realtor, you will likely encounter a one-page disclosure that is important yet often neglected. The purpose of the “Inclusions/Exclusions Disclosure and Ad…

An ongoing housing shortage

A common complaint from home buyers is that there is lack of quality homes for sale.  A fact that most overlook is that home sale inventory has been relatively low since 2011.  The shortage has been a…

Stay calm and start saving

The current U.S. economy just hit a milestone by becoming the longest stretch of economic growth in our Nation’s modern history.  The expansion is now in the 121st month. The previous expansion record…

Everyone gets into the pool

Wouldn’t it be nice to beat the summer time heat in a swimming pool? Besides cooling off, the idea of having a swimming pool is attractive to many home owners for many reasons, including entertaining …

Downsizing myths

Downsizing was once thought of as a rite of passage for empty-nesters and retirees.  It was considered the next stage of homeownership after enjoying the big house and puttering in the yard.  But ever…

Vacation summarization

Did you know that the AAA estimates that there will be about 100 million Americans who will take a family vacation this year ? If you’re one of those millions planning a trip this summer, you’re likel…