A Gracious Entry

Sometimes a house like feels like a home and you can’t pinpoint why.  Maybe its the path that leads you from the street to the house, or the front porch welcoming you to the front door.  An entry makes a strong first impression.  Whether you are designing your dream home or shopping for an existing…

Good to Have

I was so proud of myself this morning.  I packed a lunch, gathered my planner and supplies, and had my phone in my hand, sure not to leave it on the counter.  I get to the office only to realize I didn’t have my purse with my wallet containing my driver’s license, debit card, and…

Question Zillow

One of the aspects of my job as a real estate agent is providing broker price opinions.  I take photographs of a property, record information from the county assessor’s website, and research comparable properties that are currently listed or have sold in the last four to six months.  I look for homes that are of…

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…

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…