Category Archives: Real Estate Tips

  • Buyers: Don’t Let Halloween Creep Up On You

    BY Wayne Smith

    Conventional wisdom is that spring is the best time for selling—and buying—a home. It’s the time of year when the most home are on the market. In fact, lots of buyers believe that if they haven’t found the... 

  • School for Homebuyers?

    BY Wayne Smith

    Now that the kids have gone back to school, vacations are over and the weather is starting to turn, it’s time to get serious about hunting for a house. Homebuying used to be simple: you saved up some money for a downpayment,... 

  • Sell Your Home in Any Season

    BY Wayne Smith

    As we slip into autumn, many homeowners take their homes off the market, believing that their home will not sell in the fall or winter. While it is true that selling heats up in spring and early summer, people buy homes... 

  • New FHA Leeway for Approvals

    BY Wayne Smith

    Having a low FICO score usually means there is no way for you to quality for a FHA mortgage, but changes to the underwriting process August 2015 means that more borrowers may qualify. According to some analysts of the new... 

  • Decorate and Economize at the Same Time

    BY Wayne Smith

    Once you get into your new place, you want to paint, upgrade fixtures and add window coverings. While at it, consider extras that improve your bottom line. Some simple ideas that lower electricity and gas bills put your... 

  • Back-to-School Organization

    BY Wayne Smith

    With school starting, it’s time to do a little reorganizing to make early mornings and after-school activities run smoothly. When starting school after moving to a new home, consider some of the additional challenges... 

  • Qualifying for a Mortgage When You’re Self-Employed

    BY Wayne Smith

    During the past several years, as folks struggled to survive the economic downturn and job loss, many smart people turned to entrepreneurship. In fact, working for yourself, either part-time or as your full-time gig is the... 

  • Preparing to Sell Your House in the Fall: Boomers and Millennials Don’t Follow the Spring Trend

    BY Wayne Smith

    If you put your home on the market in the Spring, and it hasn’t sold, you’re probably thinking about taking it off the market until next year. Conventional wisdom says that Spring and early Summer are the only... 

  • Are You Ready to Buy a Home?

    BY Wayne Smith

    Okay, it’s one of the biggest decisions of your life, so when do you know if you’re ready? Homeownership readiness can come at any age … there are young twenty-somethings that took the plunge, and there are... 

  • Fascinating Home Technology — Run Your House on a Battery

    BY Wayne Smith

    The biggest challenge to solar energy is the inability to both capture it and store it in any meaningful way. In fact, while efficiency in capturing solar power has increased from about 15 percent of most solar panel models...