30 Tips for Increasing Your Home’s Value

The road to selling a home can be a long one. Learn to improve the value of your home based on your budget with these 30 tips. Home Improvements: Under $100 Tip 1: Spend an Hour With a pro Invite a REALTOR® or interior designer over to check out your home. Many REALTORS® will do this as…

Stage Your House in the Right Light

If you’re about to put your home on the market, you know about the staging, the paint touch-ups and the fixes you’ve kept putting off until now. Let’s add one more to the list—strategic lighting. The right light can make any room look bigger, airier and more desirable. It can create a dramatic mood, draw attention to focal points in your…

Top Mortgage Application Tips

The anticipation of home ownership is exciting, but you don’t want to let your dream home slip away because of unforeseen financial circumstances. To purchase the home, you’ll likely need a mortgage, and applying for one requires more than just a signature. Follow these mortgage tips to help get the most out of your investment.…

Choosing the Perfect Location in 5 Steps

A house is the place you call home. While homeowners can make changes to the external and internal appearance of a house (which will affect the re-sale value), other characteristics are not in the homeowner’s control. For this reason, it is imperative to choose the location of a home carefully. Taking time to research the…

Hidden Costs of Home Ownership

Some costs are apparent to the buyer from the outset of the purchase process, and require immediate attention. Others may be hidden, developing during or after the sale and many are longer-term, occurring either at regular intervals like taxes and repairs. Knowing these potential costs will help you prepare to buy a home and help…

Pre-Qualification vs. Pre-Approval

What kind of mortgage you can afford and what kind you can get are important things to know when you begin the home-buying process. You might have a ballpark price range for your next home, but you run the risk of setting your sights too high—or too low—without some additional legwork. Narrow down your range by getting…

5 Tips to Minimize First-Time Home Buyer Stress

So many choices! Never enough budget! So much paperwork! But with the right approach, you can keep your hold on sanity throughout the journey as a first-time homebuyer. Planning, homework and the professional guidance of a licensed REALTOR® are key. The tips below will help you stay focused on the main goal—Buying your dream home. –…

5 Funny Home Staging Fails

Home staging is the practice of strategically arranging furniture and décor in the rooms of a house for photographs and home tours. Usually, the goal of home staging for real estate is to make a house look better and more appealing to potential buyers. Home staging can help homes sell faster and for more money.…

Got Kids? 4 Tips for a Family-Friendly House

Buying a house is slightly more complex when looking for a place to raise a family. A single person may be willing to settle for a smaller home or one in a less attractive location. It could be difficult, however, to raise children in such an environment—they need a place not only to rest their head but…

Artist’s passion transforms 1952 bungalow

Corinna Della Serra has the heart of an artist, the confidence of a veteran project manager and the patience of a saint. It took an excess of all three to complete the transformation of a 1952 bungalow from a cramped, dated rectangle into a 5,000-squarefoot contemporary home flooded with natural light with an art studio…