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Hosting Thanksgiving

Hosting Thanksgiving at your house this year? With so many details to coordinate, guests to host and dishes to cook, having a plan will save headaches and pave the way for a beautiful feast you can really feel grateful for. This breakdown of just what to do and when, from the early preparations to Thanksgiving day, can help.



What Affects Property Values?

Does my neighborhood affect my home's value?

Some the features that increase property values are obvious-like a remodeled bathroom, a modern kitchen, or a sought-after neighborhood. But here are a few features and circumstances you have not have realized can affect property values.

  1. The neighbors: Not every neighborhood or community has an HOA that can keep the neighbors from going overboard with decorations or neglecting to care for their home. Homes adjacent to eccentric neighbors can potentially be undervalued.
  2. Trendy groceries and coffee: Recent statistics suggest that if your home is a short walk from popular grocery stores like Whole Foods or coffee chains like Starbucks, it can actually appreciate faster than the national average.
  3. Mature trees: A big beautiful tree in the front yard is enviable, and it’s not something that can be easily added to any home. Homes with mature trees tend to get a little boost in value.
  4. Parking: This isn’t too much of an issue if you live in the suburbs or in a rural area, but residents in dense cities can have real problems with parking, and homeowners might need to rent a spot just to guarantee a place to park each night. That’s why having guaranteed parking in urban areas will raise property values.
  5. The front entrance: First impressions matter to buyers-many will cross a home off their list within 10 seconds of stepping through the front door. An appealing front door, a friendly entryway, and a functioning doorbell are all necessities for getting top dollar.

Plan a Home Downsizing Coup!

Article repost: http://www.homevestors.com/10-smart-downsizing-tips-empty-nesters/

downsizing home items into boxes


I really liked and understood these tips from this post. It could save a lot of time and encourages one to begin before a deadline!


After the kids head off to college, it doesn’t take long to realize how much extra space you have in your home. And most of that space is probably filled up with stuff. Now is the perfect time to downsize, simplify your life, and put some cash in your pocket. Free up your space with these top 10 downsizing tips. Your current home may have been perfect while the kids were growing up, but times change. Spend time thinking about what you want the future to hold for you. Downtown living? Less yard work? More travel? It’s up to you. (more…)

Basic Home Preservation

an inspector and couple looking at a home exterior

Image by (Bent Nail)

Should you currently own a home, you no doubt consciously stay aware of the apparent day-to-day normal wear and tear of your home. Updating and modernizing is of importance to maintaining the home’s value, but I am going to start with the basics of easy and cost-effective measures that help save before the major disasters occur. There is so much valuable information as to the maintenance and upkeep of a house available online; online is a great source to stay above water and on schedule with preserving your investment. I was lucky enough to get my awareness growing up.

I gained great insight about home caretaker-ship from my parents who included the children for the care of the family home. As any prepared team, here were their three main objectives our parents explained to us, in keeping the home in good condition: “A good roof,” “A dry foundation,” and “Early detection of the small problems.”


Oh No, I Forgot; Renter’s Insurance!


cartoon apartment buildings covered by Renters Insurance

As a reminder to those who are renting before buying a home, Renter Insurance is a must! (more…)