Category Archives: General

  • Refresh Your Garden for Spring

    BY Wayne Smith

    Do you hear that? It’s the first breathy sigh of your spring garden, waking up from its winter’s nap. Longer days, warmer temperatures and dreams of lazy afternoons spent lounging among the flowers is enough to get any... 

  • Easy Home Improvements to Drive Away the Winter Blues

    BY Wayne Smith

    Whether you’ve just moved into a new house or are preparing to sell, don’t let the fact that it’s cold outside stop you from getting started. Here are some projects you can tackle even if the snow is piling... 

  • How do Fed Rate Hikes Affect Mortgages?

    BY Wayne Smith

    Eeeeek! Rates are going up … or are they? Last week, for the first time after years of historically low rates, the Federal Reserve decided to raise short-term interest rates. For homebuyers, any rate hike often is seen... 

  • Protecting Your Home During Holiday Travel

    BY Wayne Smith

    Plane tickets? Check Suitcase packed? Check Wrapped gifts packed? Check House protected? Oooops! If you’re planning on traveling for the holidays, don’t leave your home’s protection to chance. Coming home... 

  • The Lure of the Snowbird Lifestyle — Is it Right for You?

    BY Wayne Smith

    If you’re entering your retirement years, you may be considering buying a second home in a warmer (or cooler) clime. Perhaps your goal is to escape the winter weather. Or, maybe you want a home nearer to the grandkids. Whatever... 

  • What to Ask Santa For — A Downpayment!

    BY Wayne Smith

    You’ve been saving for a downpayment and you’re almost there. Almost! You just need a little more money in that account and you can make an offer on your starter home. Now, your parents and grandparents want... 

  • Holiday Decorating Faux Pas to Avoid in Your New Home

    BY Wayne Smith

    Thanksgiving is over and the holiday season is in full swing. You’ve been imaging all the ways you can decorate your new home to celebrate the season, so to keep you and your family safe in your new place we’ve... 

  • End of the Year Money-Wise Moves to Get Ahead

    BY Wayne Smith

    It’s the end of the year. You’re already thinking ahead to the spring. You have tons of plans for home improvements. So why bring this up now? December is the perfect time to make some money moves to improve your... 

  • Nifty Clutter-Freeing Hints & Hideaways

    BY Wayne Smith

    Whether you’re planning to sell your home and want to make it show-ready, or just want to get organized to simplify the holidays, check out these creative options for extra storage: Under Bed Locker That space under... 

  • Spooky or Spectacular?

    BY Wayne Smith

    Sometimes, a neighborhood appears awesome…but might be hiding some spooky, ghostly elements! You can’t know, for instance, how welcoming some neighborhoods are to families with small children unless you see small...