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Picture Perfect Reserves In Your HOA

A reserve study identifies a homeowner association’s future repairs and replacements like a snapshot in time. Imagine that you could picture the buildings and grounds as they would be in five, ten, even thirty years. A reserve study acts just like that by estimating the useful life of the common elements and the cost to […]

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House Fires: Less Than Two Minutes To Survive!

Have movies and super heroes lulled us into a false sense of security when it comes to house fires? On screen, the good guys survive fires with ease and have time for dramatic rescues among the flames. In reality, between 2500 and 3000 Americans die in house fires every year — a tremendous drop from […]

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What To Do When Your Home Isn't Selling

When sellers start the home-selling process, no one wants to think “What would happen if my home doesn’t sell?” But before you panic, recognize that there are many things that you can do so you don’t wind up in that position. Tip 1: Understanding the real estate market and the value of your home will […]

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Using Your Home's "Dead" Equity

Question. Our house is free and clear. We have a $100,000 home equity line of credit, and the interest rate is somewhere in the neighborhood of 7 percent. We itemize tax deductions and are in a high federal tax rate, and hoping that any new tax laws will reduce our taxes. My question concerns using […]

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REALTOR Analysis Of Tax Bill Is Worth Examining

It is no secret that the National, State, and Local Realtor® associations are strongly opposed to certain provisions in both the House and Senate versions of the current tax reform bills. The REALTOR® concerns range from worry that changes to the present capital gain exclusion will result in a further decrease to for-sale inventory, to […]

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Purple Power: How To Use Pantone's 2018 Color Of The Year

Seeing a whole lot of purple recently? It’s not an homage to Prince. It’s Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2018, and it’s about to be everywhere. Pantone, the world’s leading color authority, typically sets off trends with its annual color choice. So expect fashion and home décor to soon be wrapped in PANTONE 18-3838 […]

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Get The Look: Transitional-Style Kitchen

Transitional style is a highly coveted kitchen look, and yet many people don’t even know how to define it, let alone put it together on their own. This not-quite-modern, not-quite-traditional style has lots of room for self-expression, but there are common elements you can rely on to guide your design process. Take a peek at […]

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