Stop! Pre-listing Tips to Use Now!

Many home sellers often overlook some easy and relatively inexpensive fixes that not only increase the visual aspect, but may add to the final sales price.  Major remodeling is costly and will not necessarily equate equally in the sales price, and sometimes will hinder if upgrades are too personal or specific.  These repair tips and maintenance items will appeal to the masses and will help a property sell quickly and usually for a higher sales price.


If your exterior needs painting or repairs, you want to take care of that! &...

Have you saved enough for your closing costs?
By Chris
January 23, 2017

There are many potential homebuyers, and even sellers, who believe that they need at least a 20% down payment in order to buy a home or move on to their next home. Time after time, we have dispelled this myth by showing that many loan programs allow you to put down as little as 3% (or 0% with a VA loan).

If you have saved up your down payment and are ready to start your home search, one other piece of the puzzle is to make sure that you have saved enough for ...

Housekeeping Tips

Hate cleaning your house? No one could blame you!  Before hiring a housekeeper or cleaning service, do yourself a favor and start with these items to save you money and keep your maid happy!

1. Clear the clutter first. 

Maria Stickney, the Housekeeping Manager at the Radisson Blu Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, likes to clear the clutter out of a room, so she can start ...

Kidde Recalls more than 5 million combo smoke alarms!

Kidde recall: What you need to know

When's the last time you checked the smoke detector in your home?

This recall involves smoke/CO alarms with model number KN-COSM-IB and manufacture dates between June 1, 2004 and Dec. 31, 2010.

"When the alarm reaches the end of its useful life, it issues an end of life chirp every thirty seconds," Kidde says in an online post. "If the battery is replaced when the unit is at its end of life, and the test button is pressed ...

Renters Insurance

About a week ago, a young couple that I know had lost everything in a home fire.  They lived in a duplex and both units were total losses.  The young couple on one side, a family of 5 on the other, all had nothing except what they wore out of the home.

Most people do not have unlimited funds to purchase everything.  Imagine having to purchase all new clothes, a new cell phone, all new furniture, a new vehicle, new toiletries, new food, the list seems to go on and on.  One unit had ...