5 Helpful Tips for Selling Your Home

Welcome to the journey of selling your home. This journey can be both exhausting and exciting as you learn the various steps and tasks of putting your home on the market. Today we will go over 5 tips that you will want to know when selling your home, in addition to some ways to make this journey faster and easier. [Read more…]

Buying Your First Home

Bbuying your first homeuying a home for the first time can be a daunting, nerve-wracking experience, especially if you don’t have the proper resources.  You should begin as soon as you can, probably about a year ahead.  If you are purchasing your first home and are not familiar with the process, continue reading to see what you should expect when buying your first home.

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Rent or Buy a Home

rent or buy a homeOwning a home is part of the American dream, but today’s housing market is much different than it was years ago when it was easier to buy. The rent or buy a home debate has been a hot topic. It’s impossible to decide whether renting or buying is better because certain factors come into play depending on your situation.

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Protecting Your Home from Storm Damage

House in bad summer thunderstormFrom floods to falling trees, ensuring that your home is protected during a storm should be at the top of your list as a homeowner. Each year homeowners spend thousands of dollars on repairs that could have been avoided if their homes were protected properly. The number one reason why repairs can be so costly is that homeowners are often not prepared well enough. There’s a famous quote by Benjamin Franklin stating, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail”: when it comes to storm preparation, nothing could closer to the truth. Here are some tips on how to make sure that you will be prepared this upcoming storm season for whatever may come your way! [Read more…]

Looking Out for Your Home: Heating Safety

In 2011, according to the National Fire Protection Association, heating equipment was involved in an estimated 53,600 reported U.S. home structure fires, with associated losses of 400 deaths, 1,520 injuries, and $893 million in direct property damage. These fires accounted for 14% of all reported home fires. And these numbers rise with exceptional the brutal and further-reaching winters seen in more recent years. Here are some tips to keep in mind when heating your home to avoid home fires. [Read more…]

The Internet of Things: How Smart Homes Work

Did you leave the iron on? The smart home attempts to answer this question and questions like it, bringing automation into your home to help you keep track of everything. While “smart” homes used to rely on silly gimmicks (remember the Clapper?), new technology is not only cheaper, but also more interconnected as this business starts to boom. Sales of these automation systems could grow to around $9.5 billion by the end of 2015 (Berg Insight) and by 2017, it could explode to $44 billion (CNN). Instead of having to buy the same brand for everything in your home to be smart, companies—even big companies—are making their products on standard protocols, designed to be controlled by devices you already have. [Read more…]