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…

Marks of Quality

All home builders advertise that they offer quality construction, but what does that mean?  How can buyers evaluate the quality of new construction without seeing the work in progress? Here are three elements of quality to consider and ways you can determine a home’s quality. Workmanship.  Even a novice can tell when finish work has…

Countertop Choices

Real Estate is a people business.  An agent’s job is to connect with their client, listen to their needs and concerns, and provide guidance and service.  That being said, it often surprises me how little some real estate agents actually know about houses and the materials used to build them. If you ask about the…

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…