Category: Homeownership

22 Jan 2019

How much is my home worth?

how much is my home worth
Regardless of whether or not you plan to sell anytime soon, it’s a good idea to keep a pulse on how much your home is worth relative to the market around it.  How do I determine what my home's worth? For your most accurate assessment of your home, it's best to contact a Realtor that will conduct a comparative market analysis based on the local real estate market, as well as trends specific to your area and neighborhood. What factors affect my home's value? In typical market conditions, home values tend to appreciate, granted you maintain it well. Here are some factors that can affect your home's value one way or another: Market conditions, i.e., how much inventory is on the market at any...
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22 Oct 2018

Kitchen cleaning hacks

As a self-proclaimed neat freak, I can appreciate a good cleaning tip or two. And with Thanksgiving exactly one month away, I’m kicking up my cleaning game. Looking for ways to deep clean your kitchen before you invite the masses over to feast on turkey and sweet potato pie? You can be sure to impress even your most OCD family member with these tips. Vent hood Go ahead find the vent hood in your kitchen. Chances are you’ve never even seen this thing, let alone attempted to clean it. This one’s easy: Just grab some borax and treat the vent hood to a nice relaxing soak in hot water. It’ll be as good as clean in an hour or so. Oven Nobody...
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3 Jul 2018

10 things you must do after closing

From decluttering to packing to labeling and organizing your belongings, there’s a lot that goes into packing up one home and moving to another. But what about all the items that need to be accomplished after you sign your name on the dotted line? Overwhelmed with odds and ends? Use our complete guide to make sure no task is left undone. 1. Turn on the lights Don’t get caught in the dark. Make sure to transfer power, water and gas (if applicable) to your new address. It’s a good idea to go ahead and get on the schedule for cable and internet service, too. 2. Plan for moving day If you have small children or pets, you’ll need to do some planning ahead of time...
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15 Jun 2018

Home maintenance tips you need

Whether you only recently took that great life leap and purchased your first home, or are an old pro, it never hurts to do a check to make sure are you being the best homeowner you can be. Follow these tips and you could prevent expensive problems and increase the value of your home throughout the years of your homeownership. And wouldn’t that be awesome? Home, awesome home Even if you are a brand new homeowner, you’ve probably already come up against some maintenance issues. Maintaining your home could mean frequent and multiple trips to the big box stores for hand tools, power tools, appliances, lawn equipment and supplies, cleaning supplies, light bulbs—well—you name it. Start a list to keep from overbuying, try to...
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20 Mar 2018

5 questions to ask before becoming a landlord

Whoever first decided to categorize rental properties as a source of passive income, clearly was not a landlord. Just ask Allen Tate Regional Vice President Tony Jarrett. “If you’re thinking of becoming a landlord, either by purchasing investment properties or by renting out a home you’re not currently living in, then there’s work to be done!” Jarrett has assisted many successful landlords throughout his real estate career; but he knows of some disappointing outcomes, too. So Jarrett’s first advice to anyone considering a role as landlord is to get definitive, detailed answers to these five questions: How do I disconnect my emotions from the property? If you are transitioning a property from “home, sweet home” to a rental, those nostalgic feelings about...
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8 Mar 2018

6 most common mistakes homeowners make when hiring a General Contractor

Whether you’re getting ready to tackle your outdated kitchen or fixing up your home to sell, you’ll likely need to lean on the expertise of a general contractor to get the job done. Here are the six most typical mistakes homeowners make when it comes to working with a GC and how you can avoid them. Not getting referrals Don’t go with the first contractor you google, but rather ask around for a better experience. Ideally, your efforts will hopefully provide you with a list of three to four candidates. If you’re unable to get referrals through trusted sources, use sites like Angie’s List, Houzz or NextDoor to help you find the right person. Just be sure to evaluate these recommendations carefully...
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6 Mar 2018

Keep calm and clutter free

We all have that one friend. The one who could use a little help organizing their home by removing accumulated clutter. In my circle, I’m that friend. If you can empathize, you don’t have to wait for spring to hit your cleaning stride. Instead, make a resolution to say ‘so long’ to the growing collection of rarely used items in the most commonly used areas of your home like your bedroom closet, bathroom and kitchen. Here are some easy solutions to help us all reclaim your much-needed personal space in the most popular rooms in your home. Closet cleanout When it comes to cleaning out your bedroom closet, be tough. Donate any clothes that no longer fit, are out of style or haven’t been...
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27 Feb 2018

Credit score surprises and what to do about them

Smooth sailing. Wouldn’t you like to describe your mortgage application experience this way? You can – and this is true even if you encounter the “dreaded” credit score surprise, says Vice President of Loan Origination for Allen Tate Mortgage, Lisa Green. That’s right: You don’t have to fret over a credit score that’s not what you expected. In fact, Green continues, “You may discover that your homebuying credit score is higher than you thought it was.” Free credit score reports are offered today by many credit card companies and credit services. “But these companies use a different credit model than mortgagers do,” she explains. “Their model is designed for personal or car loans, or credit card applications, which are smaller commitments...
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8 Feb 2018

No mudroom, no problem

First impressions count, so when it comes to making an entrance--or should I say an entryway--make sure visitors are wowed by the lack of clutter piled by your door. If the word mudroom is flashing in your mind right now, we’re on the same page. Whether you’re unloading a haul of groceries or storing shoes, backpacks and coats, a mudroom is a must for a busy family. If you’re lucky enough to have a room dedicated to organize your odds and ends, rejoice! If you don’t have a dedicated drop zone, the following ways to find functionality in the unused spaces of your home are for you. Rethink a closet An underused closet can be converted into a mudroom faster than you think....
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