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It’s natural for winter to bring a lull to the housing markets. People just don’t want to trudge out into freezing temperatures and go through the rigmarole needed to secure a new place. Like, bears most of us just want to hibernate. Despite those inclinations houses are still selling and people are still buying. So, we examine in the new year some critical ways that you can sell your house. Here’s a quick list of tips.

 

1. PRICE YOUR HOUSE RIGHT!

While you might be tempted to make a lot on your beloved home, after investing money etc., buyers are savvy today and they know if a house is overpriced. Additionally, if your house ends up sitting on the market too long, due to the pricing issue, that opens doors for folks to think there’s something

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Don’t Over-Improve:

If you find that there are some appliances that might need updating or some cabinetry that needs replacement those are valuable investments. Yet, looking to create a man-cave or to trick out the basement in a Studio 54 kinda way, probably won’t fly. If you don’t have those items in place at the time of putting your house on the market – Don’t go and invest thinking that those are value-adds. Knowing what potential buyers want is never easy, but trying to assume they will love what you love as a new addition can pose a problem for a sale.

 

Don’t Over-Decorate

While you might have a certain style that appeals to you and is already in place throughout your home that is one thing. However, if there is any way you can

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Do you worry about your water? Does it taste a bit mineral-ish to you? Well there are 2 quick and easy ways to rectify this situation.

 

First, you can buy a water-filter pitcher. There easy to find and easy to fill. The problem of course comes when having to refill it if you an 8 cups of water a day person. Regardless, the filters do a good job of removing additives and minerals from your water. Then you should have a cleaner, crisper taste to your water.

 

Another, option, however, is to get a faucet filter. These are pretty easy to install and do a phenomenal job of filtering water. We’ve done some research and found an article that presents the Top 10 Water Filters systems. They range in price, thus allowing you to meet your household

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Winter has come. Now it’s time to think about how to maneuver out of the cold and into the warm! We’ve done some research and found recommendations for the best places to buy a winter home. If it turns out you can’t purchase a house, then it just might be a good place to go visit anyway. So enjoy the views and check out the places perhaps one could be the site of your next dream home! 

 

Finger Lakes Region/Schuyler County N.Y.

Although it’s cold here now there are still a lot of local breweries, wineries and fine restaurants. You can snuggle up in the colder days, but enjoy the gorgeous views of the lakes surrounding you.

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Franklin County/Apalachicola, Fla.

This cute getaway is the least populated county in Florida. Thus, allowing some

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With the holiday season upon us so is gift giving, so what better gift to give ourselves than that of home savings! There are ways to find savings throughout the house. Why? Because there are aspects of your home that are wasting money and you might overlooking them. This list gives you a super overview of areas where you can shore of savings.

 

1. Using Traditional Light bulbs

If you still have incandescent light bulbs in your home, you could be throwing a lot of money away every month on inflated electric bills. Over its life span, an incandescent bulb can use $180 worth of electricity. A CFL will only use $41 worth of electricity over the same time period. Even better is the LED bulb, which only uses $30 per bulb. Think what replacing every

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It’s that time of year! Of holiday fun and festivities when various towns hold all kinds of events to partake in. We’ve done some research to find out the latest and greatest events that are being held in the area and encourage you to take your family out for some fun. There’s nothing like good times and bonding and memory making.

 

Farmington Hills

When: Dec. 5, 2017 – 6:30p

The beautiful trees around City Hall in Farmington are lit up for everyone’s delight. Enjoy marveling at the magic of watching nature spring to light and life. 

Ferndale

When: Dec. 9, 2017 – 10a – 4p

Though we can predict this weather lately we certainly know what happens to water at 32degrees; it freezes but hopefully you won’t. Come out and experience the

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While the Spring and Summer time are the popular times to sell a house, there are ways to prepare your house for a Fall sale. And even though fall has been cruising along, we’re still in it…Winter has not come yet! So let’s review what you can do to aid in selling your house now.

 

  • Take advantage of the fall colors and pepper both the inside and outside of your home with lovely flower arrangements – make your place look appealing
  • Check the roof & gutters! You want to avoid water damage at all costs. Unclog the gutters.
  • Check shingles for cracks and wind damage
  • Inspect the roof! Look around an in the vents and chimneys
  • Ensure that in-ground irrigation systems are all ok
  • Shut off valves so that in prep of winter nothing has a chance
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Are you in the dark about the much talked about tax reforms. Are you wondering how this will impact the sale or purchase of your new home? We’ll we’ve done research to find the most palatable article on what the heck is going on with the House & Senate. Do yourself a favor and read this thoroughly as it’s super informative and sheds light on the mysteries that are governmental goings-on.

 

  • If eligibility rules for excluding the sale of a home from capital gains taxes are changed from requiring living in your home for two of the past five years, to five of the past eight, selling the median U.S. home after four years of ownership would mean $2,363 in taxes, from $0 currently.

Proposed changes to the laws governing the exclusion of home sales

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Are you in the dark at times when it comes to mortgage jargon? Well the information we offer today gives you some clarity on mortgage points and options on payments. Whatever strategy you choose we hope that this information proved valuable. 

When people want to find out how much their mortgages cost, lenders often give them quotes that include loan rates and points.

What Is a Mortgage Point?
A mortgage point is a fee equal to 1 percent of the loan amount. A 30-year, $150,000 mortgage might have a rate of 7 percent but come with a charge of one mortgage point, or $1,500.

A lender can charge one, two or more mortgage points. There are two kinds of points: 

  1. Discount points
  2. Origination points

Discount Points
These are actually

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While you might have an idea of certain amenities you want from a house, we found some suggestions for must-have features when looking for a house. 

One of the first things is a separate laundry room. Having this space independent from other living areas is a key must-have. It allows you to create and organize the area in an efficient way that works for you while avoiding intermingling with other living spaces.

 

Another popular feature that is a value-add in a number of ways is a patio. The pleasure of enjoying spring, summer and fall days is an unparalleled luxury. Of course, patios serve as wonderful places to entertain friends and family and help keep those memories coming.

 

Hardwood floors are another feature that can add value to

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