Home Owner Education

Home Owner Education Home Remodel Mistakes That Could Cost You Remodeling your home is a big project and an even bigger investment. With the expense and time associated with a remodel, we all want to get the most bang for our buck. However, it is important to note that not all updates are equal, and some can end up costing you long-term. To ensure your […]
Home Owner Education What’s Your Home Actually Worth? Discover What Buyers Will Pay in Today’s Market It’s easy to look up how much money you have in your savings account or the real-time value of your stock investments. But determining the dollar value of a home is trickier. As a seller, knowing your home’s worth helps you price it correctly when you put it up for sale. If you price it […]
Home Owner Education Real Estate Relocation Guide: 7 Steps to a Seamless Move Whatever your reasons are for relocating to a new area, the process can feel overwhelming. Whether you’re moving across town or across the country, you’ll be changing more than your address. Besides a new house, you may also be searching for new jobs, schools, doctors, restaurants, stores, service providers and more. Of course you’ll need […]
Home Owner Education Top 12 Tips for a Safer Holiday Home   Top 12 Tips for a Safer Holiday Home Our world is full of risk at every turn—from perilous jobs to dangerous driving conditions. That’s why we all love to get back to our homes and not worry about everyday safety hazards. It’s great to feel comfortable and safe at home, but is it as […]
Home Owner Education The Compound Effect: Building Your Household’s Wealth The Compound Effect: Building Your Household’s Wealth Wealth is within reach for many people; however, the majority of Americans say it’s not likely they’ll become rich.1 While younger people are more likely to say they’ll achieve wealth one day, only 34 percent of people aged 30 to 49 and 21 percent of people aged 50 […]
Home Owner Education 20 Ways to Save Money and Stretch Your Household Budget 20 Ways to Save Money and Stretch Your Household Budget These days, it seems like everyone’s looking for ways to cut costs and stretch their income further. Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to reduce your household expenses without making radical changes to your standard of living. When combined, these small adjustments […]
Home Owner Education Top 5 Home Design Trends for a New Decade Top 5 Home Design Trends for a New Decade Whether you’re planning a simple refresh or a full-scale renovation, it’s important to stay up-to-date on the latest trends in home design. Sellers who make tasteful updates can generate increased buyer interest and, in some cases, a premium selling price. And buyers should consider which features […]
Home Owner Education Take Advantage of Your Home Equity Take Advantage of Your Home Equity: A Homeowner’s Guide Homeownership offers many advantages over renting, including a stable living environment, predictable monthly payments, and the freedom to make modifications. Neighborhoods with high rates of homeownership have less crime and more civic engagement. Additionally, studies show that homeowners are happier and healthier than renters, and their […]
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Home Owner Education Lowe’s, AARP Team Up to Help Consumers Age Lowe’s, AARP Team Up to Help Consumers Age in Place  Which flooring is best for minimizing falls? What aging-in-place modifications do I need to do at home? What are the small, steady upgrades I should be making as I age? How can I make my bathroom safer? It’s harder to manage in my kitchen, so […]
Home Owner Education Winter Pet Safety Winter Pet Safety Wintertime presents unique challenges for pet owners. Even though most household pets are covered in fur, this doesn’t mean that you can just turn them out for hours or days at a time and let them fend for themselves. Responsible pet owners need to adjust their routines to keep their furry family […]
Home Owner Education Shut Down Home Intruders – 7 Safety Strategies Shut Down Home Intruders With These 7 Safety Strategies According to the FBI, more than one million burglaries are committed in the United States each year, with victims suffering an estimated $3 billion in combined property losses.1 Fortunately, there are some proven tactics you can use to decrease your likelihood of a home invasion. Most burglars […]
Home Owner Education Radon Gas and You Radon Gas and You Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas that you can’t see, smell or taste. According to the Surgeon General, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. And if you’re a smoker, your chances of contracting lung cancer are even higher if your home has high levels […]
Home Owner Education Buying and Selling Your Home at the Same Time! Buying and Selling Your Home at the Same Time! Selling your home when you still need to shop for a new one can feel daunting to even the most seasoned homeowner––especially when the demand for new homes keeps rising, but the supply feels like it’s dwindling.¹ You’re not alone either if you’re already feeling drained […]
Home Owner Education Real Home Value Calculator: Assessed Value vs Market Value Real Home Value Calculator: Assessed Value vs Market Value   Understanding a home’s true market value is about more than pictures, software assessments and price-per-square-foot. Whether you’re a current homeowner thinking of selling or are house-hunting, it’s crucial you understand what factors affect home valuation. By partnering with a local market expert, sellers will avoid […]
Home Owner Education Tornado Tips Tornado Tips Tornadoes in the United States occur most often in “Tornado Alley,” a swath of land that bisects the country: southern South Dakota, Nebraska, eastern Colorado, most of Kansas and Oklahoma, and the panhandle area of Texas. Most twisters move from southwest to northeast, or west to east. Most last less than 10 minutes. […]
Home Owner Education Should You Rent Your Home? Should You Rent Your Home? If you, like 68 percent of Americans, own your own home, the thought has probably crossed your mind: if you were to be offered your dream job out of state, should you sell or rent your home? Naturally there are many factors to weigh before making such an important decision. […]
Home Owner Education Lawn Care   Lawn care needn’t take up all your time, but you do need to make a commitment to having healthy grass. Why? It not only provides a comfy carpet for kids to play on, but prevents soil erosion, absorbs many air pollutants and filters contaminants from rainwater. Healthy grass also helps clean the air by […]
Home Owner Education Burglar-Proof Your Home Burglar-Proof Your Home Burglars break in to 65,000 American homes per year. That’s a scary statistic, but you don’t have to become part of it if you know how to protect yourself, your family and your valuables. Think that hollow plastic rock out front where you keep your key fools anyone? Never leave keys in […]
Home Owner Education How to Increase Your Home’s Value How to Increase Your Home’s Value There is really only one reason to try to increase the value of your home: if you’re trying to sell it. If you’re not, deliberately increasing your home’s value most likely will increase your tax bill as well. There are ways to increase your home’s value for resale that […]
Home Owner Education Home Inspections Home Inspections Atop the long list of items to do when buying or selling a house is the home inspection. But what is involved? How much does it cost? Why is it done in the first place? It’s important to understand what a home inspection entails and how it affects the sale of your home […]