Staying in the Light

 Take advantage of the direction of the sun, when it’s brightest and best for your property. While the sun may not always be in your control, you can increase light levels on your own too, with a bit of tried-and-trusted elbow grease. Scrub the windows inside and out, select lightweight material for curtains, and head outside to prune trees or bushes that may be obstructing light. Head back indoors and tour the rooms to see which ones need an extra lamp, or perhaps simply increased bulb wattage to brighten things up. These tricks will allow you to make a sparkling impression, even without floor-to-ceiling windows. Remember,…

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Student loan debt, lack of a down payment and even remembering the “financial carnage” of the last economic downturn, are all reasons millennials do not consider buying a home and turn to renting. Even though it’s been cheaper to buy a home than to rent since about 2012 or 2013. “It’s not that they don’t want to buy a home. They just believe they can’t afford to,” said Dan Green, CEO of Growella, a financial site that “pairs simple explanations with actionable steps so readers can make better, stronger choices with their money.” Green is also a former mortgage lender who believes with the right preparation and armed with the right knowledge, most people can afford a home. 

                                                 

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Thinking of selling your home on your own? Online listing sites may lure you into thinking that the process is simple. Take a few photos, buy a "For Sale" sign and wait for buyers, right? But the process is much more complicated than that. If you're considering selling your home on your own, here are a few sure signs you should call a professional real estate agent.

1. You're not sure what your home is worth

Calculating the right price for your home is an art and a science. Price your home too high, and it can grow stale, sitting on the market. Price it too low, and you could leave money on the table. Agents have the most current information about how much comparable homes in your neighborhood sold for and how long they were on the market.…

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A fresh coat of paint in the right color may help sell a home for more money. Homes with rooms painted in shades of light blue or pale blue/gray can sell for as much as $5,400 more than expected, according to a new Zillow report. Zillow’s 2017 Paint Color Analysis looked at more than 32,000 photos from sold homes around the country to see how certain paint colors impacted their sale price on average, when compared to similar homes with white walls.

Curious what colors may help you sell your home for more? See below for the full results of the 2017 Paint Color Analysis.

Blue kitchens

  • Homes with blue kitchens, often found in soft gray-blue, sold for a $1,809 premium.

Light blue bathrooms

  • Homes with light pale blue to soft…

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1. Swap bulbs

If you still haven't switched to CFL's (Compact Fluorescent Light)  for environmental or economic reasons, do it to be cool. Incandescent bulbs waste about 90 percent of their energy through the heat they emit.

2. Keep a cool head

Try out a buck wheat pillow for bedtime. They don't absorb and retain heat like cotton and down pillows.

3. DIY AC

Place a big bowl of ice water in front of a fan for a cheap alternative to central air.

4. Mind the blinds

Close your window blinds or curtains when you leave to prevent your home from heating up like a greenhouse while you're gone.

5. Grill and chill

Cooking outside on the barbecue keeps you from heating up your home…

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Bedrooms: Downstairs master bedrooms or main-floor living layouts are popular amongst home buyers as it makes everything feel united. 

Design: Details that are your own such as brushed and polished contemporary interior details make the home look unique and gives it character. 

Kitchen: Open plans for a casual lifestyle, this include larger center islands, bigger kitchen and great room layouts. The kitchen brings the home together therefore most people will start here when choosing or renovating their home. 

Family Room:
 Show casing taller ceilings and built in bookshelves is the new must have look as this helps with the open floor plan.

Storage: Larger pantries and well-designed closet shelving and cabinetry are…

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It’s termite season! Whether you are buying a home, selling a property, or are living in your own home… beware! Termite season is here, and these pests are on the hunt for new wooden structures which to feast on both inside and outside of the home. Here are some fast signs to determine if there may be termites invading your home or listing:

Swarms of flying insects: Thousands of termite swarmer’s will emerge suddenly, or a pile of these dead winged insects would be found on the ground throughout the house. A quick tip is to use Windex as a knockdown when you see this occurring. A second tip would be to call a professional immediately as it is better to catch the problem early on. Keep in mind that as the weather changes from cold to warm termite swarms…

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Build your dream home - One of the biggest advantages of owning a home is having the luxury to customize your living space completely. Not to mention that as life changes, families grow and tastes changes, owning a home will give you the flexibility to adapt your space to fit your lifestyle.

 

Tax deductions- There are several deductions for homeowners that may result in a higher tax return, including property tax deductions, private mortgage insurance deductions, vacation home tax deductions. A tax professional can further inform you on which deductions you may be eligible for.

 

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  • Fresh and simple - Fresh flowers are a must but creating an arrangement doesn't have to be a chore. Pick up a few bunches at the grocery store or local florist, snip the ends then plop them in a vase. Tulips are a natural choice because they're available year-round and their droopy shape lends itself to fuss-free arrangements.

                                        

  • Play with color- A guest room should be fun and colorful with something a little unexpected. This elegant green, black, and white room is all about color, color, and more color. With three or four different shades of green, an elegant chandelier above the bed and a bevy of black and white patterns, this room is enveloped in color. The classic combination of pale blue and…

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