My Kind of Gifts

Tis the season for gift buying guides.  Often when I read the suggestions listed in magazines I think to myself, “That looks like something that will be at Goodwill by next year at this time.”  I’m cursed with a practicality that makes it difficult for me to buy anything at a “gift” store.  I don’t…

Quick Fixes with Big Returns

Thinking about selling your home but feel like there is too much to do?  Wanting to make the most money you can from a sell without putting much money into home improvement projects?  Here are a few inexpensive things you can do that will add value to your home and help you sell faster. Prune…

Obstacles to Home Ownership

Much has been written and reported about the difficulties young adults face in our economic times.  Wages have stagnated, inflation has not. An income that could support a family of four fifty years ago cannot pay the rent on a two-bedroom apartment in today’s dollars.  With the rising cost of higher education, those who have…

An Argument For Open Houses

I have heard it said that open houses are more for real estate agents trying to find potential clients than they are a means of marketing a home for a seller.  While there is some truth to this claim, agents can make new contacts at an open house, the open house is also a valuable…

De-cluttering 101

  One of the most effective ways to make your home feel larger, newer, and cleaner is to remove excess items.  Often we collect things over time and don’t realize how much we have until there is no more room for anything new.  Here are some tips to get started on your journey to a…

Look Before You Leap

It’s Open House season and many of us have caught home shopping fever.  It’s easy to see why.  It’s so much fun to dream about what you will do to make a new and different house your own: plant a garden, host parties on the deck, or enjoy a relaxing night by the fire, but…