Local Real Estate News & Market Trends

You’ll find our blog to be a wealth of information, covering everything from local market statistics and home values to community happenings. That’s because we care about the community and want to help you find your place in it. Please reach out if you have any questions at all. We’d love to talk with you!

Feb. 26, 2021

Mid-Century Modern vs.-Contemporary

There has been a great deal of excitement in the design field concerning the Mid-Century Modern style. This ’50s and ’60s home décor trend is evidenced in every furniture store as more brands are incorporating the vintage look with modern lines. Yet what differentiates a Mid-Century Modern style from one that is merely Contemporary? 

Both styles tend toward the minimalist look, but Mid-Century often features more color. Colorful carpets, walls, and

View More
Feb. 19, 2021

Bring Restaurant Design to Your Dining Room

Remember the feeling of walking into your favorite restaurant and looking forward to a nice meal in a great atmosphere? With the shutdown of indoor dining around the country, social media has been flooded with beautiful pictures of homemade food. Now it’s time to bring that same enthusiasm to your dining room décor and complete the

View More
Feb. 15, 2021

Why did my home not sell? The Tale of an Expired Listing

Listing agreements all have an expiration date. No one wants to think about what happens when the listing expires; both the seller and agent hope the home will sell long before that time. But it does happen. An expired listing means two things; first, the home is now off the market, and second, you as the seller are no longer under contract with your agent. 

Now you have some decisions to make. The most important question is to decide if you still want to sell the home. Let’s face it, it’s a challenge to have your home on the market; the home must always be kept show-ready and the last-minute scramble to accommodate a potential buyer is tiring. You should also consider the real estate market and

View More
Feb. 5, 2021

Try Color Blocking to Update a Room

Repainting a room is one of the easiest ways to freshen the décor while changing the feel of the room. The hottest design trend this year takes this to a whole new level. Color-blocking techniques are dominating magazines and social media with vivid color palettes and bold geometric patterns, turning the traditional painting project into something special. 

Color-blocking takes many forms—everything from a simple way to differentiate one space from another by changing the wall shade, to artistic pairings that would feel at home in a modern art gallery. Your style most likely falls

View More
Jan. 29, 2021

5 Tips to Organize Your Kitchen Pantry

The kitchen pantry is one of those areas that can quickly become a mess. Older cans and boxes keep getting pushed to the back and forgotten. How many of us have found cans of green beans dating back a decade or two during a spring cleaning? Or a box of crackers that went stale because you forgot (or didn’t know) it was opened? 

If you have a free weekend and are looking for a satisfying project, consider a pantry clean-out and reorganization. It’ll eliminate some stress if you can actually see the groceries and supplies you have, and make sure they’re fresh! 

Here are a few quick ways to bring order to your food pantry:

  1. Use Clear Storage Containers – Using clear and stackable storage containers with simple labels will not only

View More
Jan. 22, 2021

Tips for First Time Home Sellers

There is a lot of attention paid to first-time homebuyers. Most real estate agents and lenders have some kind of guide to help first-time homebuyers navigate their first home purchase, but what about the first-time seller? 

Selling your home for the first time can be just as confusing as a home purchase, so here are a few things to remember as you navigate your home sale. 

Before that first showing, it’s important to prepare. This involves not only cleaning, decluttering, and staging the home,

View More
Jan. 15, 2021

Tips for a Kid Friendly Home

Have you ever been to a home where it’s clear that the kids have taken over the space? It’s obvious that the home has become more of a playground, filled with toys and bright-colored plastic everywhere. Homes like this often sacrifice style for durability or stain-resistance. Maybe this is your home? The good news is that it’s possible to create a home

View More
Jan. 8, 2021

5 Refinancing Mistakes to Avoid

Mortgage interest rates are the lowest they’ve been in years and perhaps you’re wondering if it’s time to refinance your loan. Lenders advertising their refinancing services make it sound as easy as filling out a form and paying less each month. While refinancing does not need to be complicated, here are 5 common mistakes that could cost you thousands

View More
Posted in Homeowners
Jan. 1, 2021

10 Home Inspection Red Flags

Most homebuyers realize that they can’t expect a perfect home inspection report when buying a resale home. Cosmetic flaws and minor repairs are easily managed and shouldn’t be deal breakers. That said, there are some issues that are more serious and should give the buyer pause if not addressed adequately. 

10 Home Inspection Red Flags 

  1. Leaky and Rundown Roofing – watch for signs of current or past water damage.
  2. Poor Drainage – drainage issues can cause serious damage to the home foundation, siding, and basements. 
View More
Dec. 25, 2020

Budgeting For Closing Costs

Saving for a down payment in preparation for buying a new home is pretty common knowledge. With the mortgage meltdown, most mortgages that allowed zero down payments disappeared. While FHA and VA loans still offer little to no money down, most potential homebuyers will need to save at least 3-20% of the home value. 

Unfortunately, many first-time homebuyers are dismayed to learn that in addition to the down payment, they also owe

View More