Home Staging Tips Using the Five Senses

To sell a home quick, real estate agents will often recommend higher-income clients hire a home stager. The stager comes into a home, removes extra furniture, and makes aesthetic changes that make the home easier to sell. The end result …

Marsala Magic: Incorporating the Color of the Year into Your Decor

When many people hear the word “Marsala,” they think of the Italian wine. Only after Pantone named it the color of the year did homeowners and interior decorators realize the beautiful red-brown color of Marsala wine actually looks great on …

The Bank of Mom and Dad Becoming More Popular For Young Buyers Tight on Cash

With sky high housing prices, strict credit requirements, and mounds of student debt, it can be tough for parents to cut the financial cord to their adult kids.

More and more young homebuyers are relying on friends and family to …

5 Quick & Easy Fall Scent-sational Décor Ideas for Your Home

If your home is currently on the market, spicing up your home with some quick ideas will make your buyers feel welcomed home.

SMELL – What do they smell? 

Add some fall décor scents.  Pumpkins, cinnamon and apple pie

6 Ideas for Creative and Unique Housewarming Gifts

As the real estate market picks up, almost everyone knows someone in the process of buying a house. Once the boxes are unpacked and the place starts to feel like home, it’s only natural to start planning a housewarming party. …

Understanding the Piggyback Loan, and How it Can Save You Money

Piggyback loans are appropriately named – they’re basically second mortgages secured at the same time as the first mortgage on a home purchase. Essentially, the second mortgage “piggybacks” the first.

This combo was commonly used years ago, but lost its …

Classic Characters and Their Living Spaces

People have long been inspired by the lives their favorite fictional characters lead. From the clothing they wear to their personal interests, the women and men of literature and screen can be extremely inspiring, especially to young women seeking inspiration. …

8 Things in Your House That Deserve an Upgrade

No home is perfect. Even after buying a brand new home, homeowners often see things they’d like to change. Fortunately, if they stay in those homes for a while, they’ll likely make a few upgrades to make it their own.…

House Passes Bill to Protect Mortgage Industry Experts and Homebuyers Under New Mortgage Disclosure Rules

On October 3rd, the House passed bipartisan legislation to eliminate delays for homebuyers closing on their new homes

The bill, named the Homebuyers Assistance Act, passed 303-121 with bipartisan support, and is now headed to the Senate, followed …

What is an “Umbrella Policy,” and Do I Need One?

Do you need to purchase home insurance when you buy a property?

You should – just about every mortgage lender will need to see proof of property insurance in order for a loan to be approved. And even if you …