Hire the Right Contractor

Hiring a contractor can be stressful, especially if you’re planning a major renovation. Use the following guidelines to help you hire the right contractor for your next home project. These tips also apply if you’re hiring a trades-person or service professional to tackle any project around the home. Get referrals. Ask your family, friends and […]

How to Boost Curb Appeal

If you’re thinking of selling this year, I would be happy to help you decide which of these projects would net the best value based on my experience. Even if you’re not planning to sell any time soon, updating and maintaining your home regularly shows you take pride in owning it. Wash the exterior. Over […]

The Benefits of Great Credit (and How to Boost Yours)

Whether you want a loan to make a large purchase or you’re applying for a job, a high credit score may give you an advantage. It not only helps you secure a lower interest rate and save money over the life of your loans, it also demonstrates to lenders and potential employers that you’re financially […]

It’s Tax Time!

Tax day, April 17, 2018, is just around the corner. Whether you plan to complete them in a weekend or are pulling together the information to give to your tax preparer, here are a few tips to get started. Be Prepared Create a tax checklist to gather all of the documents you’ll need. Download the […]

3 Important Things to Do Before You Buy Your First Home

Buying your very first home is an exciting experience. It’s your chance to take a step onto the property ladder and start living the American dream. The only problem is, successfully purchasing the perfect property isn’t always as simple as it seems. After all, this is likely to be one of the biggest purchases you’re […]

Market Insights 2018

What’s in store for the market in 2018? While it’s impossible to know for sure, experts analyze current trends to predict what may happen.   Home prices and values are expected to rise modestly. Home prices have been increasing around the country, with cities such as Dallas, Portland and Seattle experiencing the largest year-over-year price […]

HOLIDAY TRAVEL TIPS

Since many people take time off to visit family and friends in other places, the holidays are the busiest time of year to travel. According to a survey from the American Automobile Association (AAA), more than 99 million Americans travel between the days leading up to Christmas and New Year’s.1  It’s also one of the […]

How to Throw a Party without Going Broke

The holiday season is rapidly approaching, making now the time to start planning your holiday party.  Whether you host a holiday party every year or it’s your first one, here are some tips to help you plan a party that’s fun, festive and budget friendly.   Set a budget. List potential expenses, such as invitations, […]