Best Smart Home Upgrades

From robot vacuums to fully integrated smart home hubs your home can be as smart as you want it to be. Each year, the list of smart home upgrades grows as does the percentage of homeowners integrating these devices into their houses.    According to MediaPost, in 2021, 69% of households in the U.S. have… Continue reading Best Smart Home Upgrades

Boosting Curb Appeal Can Help You Sell Your Home Faster

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. For home sellers, your home’s first impression starts at the curb. A little time spent on your home’s curb appeal has the potential to pay off in big ways.   A study done by Michigan State University found a home with landscaping and some… Continue reading Boosting Curb Appeal Can Help You Sell Your Home Faster

How Homeownership Can Help You Retire Early

For many, early retirement isn’t about getting rich quick, it’s about “buying back your time.” That was the case for Akaisha Kaderli who retired at the age of 38. Using your home and your status as a homeowner is helping many ambitious individuals buy back their time and retire early.      Buying Early Leads… Continue reading How Homeownership Can Help You Retire Early

5 Home Renovations With the Highest Return on Investment

Home renovations are on the rise. According to a Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies report, home improvements and repairs grew more than 3% in 2021 despite the overall economic downturn.    However, not all home upgrades and renovations are created equal. Whether or not a project is “worth it” is twofold.    “When my… Continue reading 5 Home Renovations With the Highest Return on Investment

5 Ways to Build Equity in Your Home

It doesn’t feel like it, but when you send off your mortgage payment every month you’re actually saving money. How’s that possible? Well, a little thing called equity increases with each payment you make.   Equity is the difference between your home’s market value and the amount you still owe. To calculate your equity you… Continue reading 5 Ways to Build Equity in Your Home

2021 Housing Market Predictions: Crash or Boom?

Buying or selling a home in 2020 certainly looked a bit different than usual due to a global pandemic, government-mandated social distancing, and record-high rates of unemployment. But 2020 has taught us different isn’t always a bad thing, at least in the world of real estate.    Here’s what we’ve learned from 2020’s unique challenges… Continue reading 2021 Housing Market Predictions: Crash or Boom?

The Ultimate New Homeowner Checklist

Homeownership is a big responsibility – one that’s just beginning when you sign the closing papers.   “Buying a home, whether it’s your first time or your fifth, involves quite a bit of work upfront and a decent amount of ongoing upkeep,” says Kelly Boenzi of the Zimmerman Group. “A little pre-planning can make the… Continue reading The Ultimate New Homeowner Checklist

Should You Buy or Sell First? Consider These 3 Factors

As a current homeowner, you’re already familiar with the home buying process: determine your wants and needs, find a REALTOR®, secure financing, and begin your house hunt. You’d think your second time around would be easier, but buying a new home when you already own a home is a uniquely challenging situation.    It’s generally… Continue reading Should You Buy or Sell First? Consider These 3 Factors

Self-Employed? Here’s How to Get a Mortgage

For most American’s, getting a mortgage is an essential step in the home buying process. Potential homebuyers must provide their credit score, reveal their outstanding debt, and verify their income in order to qualify. For the approximately 16 million self-employed Americans, this last step gets a bit complicated.    Lenders are primarily concerned with two… Continue reading Self-Employed? Here’s How to Get a Mortgage

How Are My Property Taxes Calculated?

Understanding how property taxes are calculated can be confusing, especially when the amount you pay may be vastly different than the amount homeowners in neighboring towns pay.   What Exactly Are Property Taxes?   Property taxes are based on your property’s value, which includes your home, any other buildings (like a garage or shed), and… Continue reading How Are My Property Taxes Calculated?