Be safe when decorating your home for the holidays

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‘Tis the season – to decorate for the holidays. Your home usually is your haven – a safe place, a refuge – but be sure it doesn’t turn into a dangerous place when you are decorating. About 76% of Americans decorate their homes for Christmas. Do not be like Clark Griswold in the movie, “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” where the …

Three reasons why the rental market is heating up

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The rental market is heating up – and so is your rent. Here is why: »Home prices are higher, so more people are renting. You probably have heard about the crazy real estate market we have experienced. Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the national Association of Realtors, states, “The reason for strong rental demand is that many potential first-time buyers …

Realtors provide trusted advice about selling homes

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Are you ready to sell your home? Do you need a different home because your lifestyle has changed, your family has grown or your job has relocated? “The housing market has been particularly robust this year, with high demand for homes in almost every area of the nation. The real estate market has emerged as a boon for sellers and …

Tips to help you prepare for the changing season

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As fall approaches, there are preparations you can make in and around your home. There’s nothing like owning your own home. We all enjoy putting out a fall wreath and lighting pumpkin candles, but what should you check around the house? It may not be cold yet (and let’s not rush things), but it always is better to be prepared. …

What to consider if you plan to own a rental home

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Owning real estate is a primary tool for building wealth. There are so many considerations that you need a Realtor to guide you to the right property. »  A personal retirement plan: Can we even count on Social Security as a retirement option anymore? When managed correctly, investment properties are a very good potential source of passive income for when …