Helen Ford, PMP, Realtor, GRI's Blog

Your Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Fall is a good time to take care of big home repair projects before shorter days (and in many areas, ice and snow) make outdoor work too difficult. And if you do live in an area with cold winters, take some time this fall to boost energy efficiency throughout your home, and prevent damage from winter...

6 Surefire Ways To Get Your House Sold

We're coming to the end of summer, and that means that families seeking to buy a new home before school starts have likely already done their thing. But that doesn't mean you're out of luck if you're looking to sell. Whether you're just getting ready to list your home or haven't...

Clever And Creative Ideas For Kids' Study Areas

The school year has started, and that probably means your kids are doing their homework: sprawled on the bed, on the couch in front of the TV, on the floor, or at the dining room table. It probably also means their stuff is everywhere and the distractions are making it hard from them to properly...

The biggest mistakes to avoid when building a new home

A great deal of time is wasted searching for the perfect home. You look at apartments and houses until you realise that the perfect home does not exist. No property will ever be perfect and you should not be angry at the market for not offering you what you want. Stop searching for an existing home...

The Best Time to Buy a House May Be Fall After All

The best time to buy a house has long been considered the spring and summer. Meanwhile, their seasonal sibling, fall, often gets tossed to the leaf pile by potential buyers who might think autumn is just about haunted houses and turkey dinners rather than house hunting. But...

The Worst Mistake You Can Make Before Selling Your Home

  If you've ever gotten ready to sell a home, you know that in order to fetch top dollar, you need to get your place in good shape. But that costs money—hiring contractors, painters, and other pros—so you might be wondering: Why not save some cash by tackling a few of...

7 Qualities of a Good Neighbor

If you want good neighbors, you’ll first have to become one yourself. Master these seven techniques, and even you (yes, you!) can win the approval of your entire neighborhood. 1. Good neighbors bring cookies Whether you’re new in town or haven’t kept in touch, a delivery of...

Small Kitchen? Try These 9 Tips for Making the Most of Your Limited Sp

Is there some kind of law that requires rental apartments to supply no more than a single square of kitchen counter space to each unit? Between the white walls, scarce and often outdated cabinets, and a lack of amenities, it’s rare to find a solid kitchen in the world of yearlong leases. But...

Reasons To Redo Your Front Door

We all know the importance of curb appeal, and while that may make you think exclusively about your yard, it can be a mistake to ignore your front door. "If you're looking to add some interest to your curb-appeal, changing your front door color is an easy update," said Southern...

Renovation Projects on Your Wish List (and What They’ll Cost!)

You’ve got the enthusiasm. You’ve got the dream. The budget? Weeeell … Budget-conscious homeowners sometimes put off a home renovation they really, really want because it feels like a treat, rather than an investment. Here are the projects most homeowners covet,...

Save Time and Money on Home Maintenance

7 Household Expenses You’re Probably Wasting Your Money On The washer/dryer combo was perfect! Such a delightful way to brighten laundry day — with a cheerfully colored front-loader set. They could actually make laundry fun! “They were this gorgeous, greenish-teal, and they...

Channel Your Personality To Create The Perfect Home

You're not boring, and your home shouldn't be either. But, you can obey all the design rules and end up with a place that looks like it came right out of a magazine but still lacks a little spark. Here's how to inject a little "you" into it. Art You don't have to have...

6 Don'ts When Buying Your First Home

These are exciting times. You've finally outgrown apartment life or living with your parents or sharing a place with waaaaayyyyy too many roommates, and you're ready to take the leap to homeownership. Now it's time to prepare. As you embark on this journey, beware of six important don'ts...

Hands Off? 5 Rules for What You Can—and Can't—Take When You Sell Your

When standup comedian Nathan Brannon moved into his newly purchased home in rural Washington state, it seemed the joke was on him: The previous owner had left the pegboard on the garage wall, but had taken all the pegs. “When I first saw the pegs were missing, I was superconfused;...

What You Need to Know About Buying a House in Summer 2018

Thinking about buying a home this summer? The sunniest time of year is great for exploring new neighborhoods and visualizing future patio parties during viewings. But before you start any serious shopping, it’s important to understand what the housing market is like for buyers right...

How To Make Sure You're Buying A Home In A Safe Neighborhood

"Crime levels have declined sharply in the US over the past two decades. According to FBI statistics, the rate of violent crime fell 50% between 1993 and 2015, the most recent full year available," said Business Insider. Yet, school shootings are increasingly...

Lower Your Water Bill This Summer

When the temps rise, so does water usage. And that means a larger impact on areas that are already struggling with drought conditions, not to mention the impact on your wallet, regardless of where you live. "Summer's rising temperatures often coincide with rising outdoor water use, primarily...

Patios Can Appeal To Buyers

Depending on where you live, a patio might not be the kind of thing you think about during the cold, and maybe snowy, winter months. But a patio is what many people enjoy on a sunny warm afternoon. It just feels good to sit outside and sip some iced tea or lemonade. That's the picture your real...

Ten Mistakes That Will Keep Your Home From Selling

When you're selling your home, you need every advantage you can get. And there are few homes that are magically market ready without a little help. If your home needs a touch more than a little help, it's time to get focused. After all, listing your home when it's not in the right condition...

What You Need to Know About Buying a Home in Spring 2018

Springtime means warmer temps, blooming flowers—and real estate season. But the market is different from year to year, and spring 2018 is a uniquely challenging one for buyers, especially those looking for starter homes. This is due to several factors: low inventory, higher prices, and...

Freshen Up Your Home With Spring And Summer Updates

Updating your home can seem like a huge undertaking, especially if it's been a while and it seems like everything needs an overhaul. But there are easy ways to freshen it up and make it look spring- and summer-ready that won't break the bank and won't create a long, drawn-out hassle....

What Not To Do When You Are Moving

Whether moving across town or across the country, packing up and moving can be stressful, costly and full of surprises. From shady movers and inaccurate price quotes, to overpacking or not allowing enough time to get the move set up, every step of a move has the potential for mistakes that can make...

When You Want To Renovate Everything, How Do You Choose What To Do Fir

New fence. Covered patio. Expanded bathroom. Painted kitchen cabinets. They all cost about $3,000 (give or take a couple bucks). So when you want to renovate everything, how do you chose? What comes first, and what shouldn't you bother with at all? It's all so confusing. That's the...

How to Set a Home Renovation Budget

Ready for a kitchen renovation? Anxious for a bathroom remodel? The easy part is knowing your goal for home remodeling — whether you’re trying to keep up with your growing family, add office space, or increase your home’s value. But figuring out how to plan a home renovation...

Small Kitchen Updates That Make A Big Impact

Does walking into your kitchen make you want to walk right back out? A kitchen that’s outdated or just plain drab can be depressing, but so can the realization of how much it will cost to renovate it. The good news is that you don't need to do a complete overhaul to get happy in your space...

How to Tell if You’ll Love a New Neighborhood

The key to a big move is research and careful consideration. Here's where to start. When searching for a new place to live, don’t feel confined to your current location. Yes, buying a home is a big commitment, but it’s also an opportunity to make a change and venture out...

4 Surprising Things That May Increase How Much Your Home Is Worth

For most Americans, their home is their most important financial asset. But in the past, homeowners only knew how much it was worth when they bought or sold their home. Zillow was founded to democratize this sort of information — starting with the Zestimate, Zillow’s estimated market...

Make a Competitive Offer Against All-Cash Home Buyers

Buyers making a cash offer on a house are active in many markets, and they can strike fear in new buyers who are bidding on a home. Cash home buyers can perform and close quickly and provide sellers with a sense of comfort. But does this mean a solid buyer putting down 20 percent or more shouldn’t...

Afraid of Selling Your Home Too Soon—and Missing Out on Tons of Cash?

If you sold your home at a good price, you’d be thrilled, right? But what if, a year or two later, you check in on your old home by idly punching your former address into realtor.com ... and discover that its value has shot up even higher? In other words,...

Landscaping a New Construction Home

You’re excited about closing on your new home and can’t wait to dig into the blank canvas of a newly sodded lawn. Well, here’s the bad news: That emerald green grass is also hiding terrible soil, unmarked wires and pipes, weed seeds, and years of hard work. The good news is...

Ask These Questions to Save Money When Buying New Construction

If you’re in the market for a brand-new home, you’ve got a ton of options. Sales of new homes surged to an eight-year high in 2015, according to data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau, and single-family production is estimated...

Pay Attention in 2018!

We may have a tricky year ahead of us, so what's the best and easiest strategy for consistent success in 2018? Pay Attention! Start the year with or without New Year's Resolutions, but commit to success this year by paying attention: #1. To how well informed you and information sources...

A 3-Step Plan for Finding and Buying Your Next Home

Chances are you’ve considered buying a home — maybe you even attended a couple of open houses and ran the numbers. But once you get serious, there are a few points you need to consider before signing a contract and heading to your closing. Buying a home takes more time...

What To Watch in Dallas-Fort Worth Real Estate in 2018

Timing the cycle is anyone’s guess. But a robust pipeline and emerging trends tell us what the real estate industry will be watching closely in 2018. Amazon’s HQ2 The real estate world lost its collective mind in September, when Amazon released a request for proposals for a second...

Make Shopping New Construction Easier

Buying new construction seems simple, right? Just pick out the floor plan you want, choose the perfect lot, and watch it go up. No sellers to deal with, no unexpected repairs that come up during inspection, no drawn-out negotiations. Right? Not so fast. In any real estate transaction, it’s...

5 Things Every Home Buyer Needs to Know About New Construction

Any buyer shopping for a home today, in any market and at any price point, is likely to come across new construction homes for sale. The sellers are both large national builders and smaller local developers. Some homes are for sale as a part of a subdivision, while others are one-off homes. But...

5 New Year's Resolutions That Can Help You Buy a Home in 2018

Thinking of buying a home this year? We compiled five New Year’s resolutions that can help you keep your financial resume in tiptop shape. 1. Avoid job hopping Employment history and income are two of the biggest factors lenders look at when evaluating a mortgage application. A new job...

How to Buy a House This Year: 5 Tips to Get an Edge

Figuring out how to buy a house is no small feat—particularly since the rules keep on changing. So even if you've bought a home in the past and feel like the process is old hat, watch out: What worked in 2017 might not fly in 2018. It's a whole new real estate world out there! In...

Diversify Your Portfolio And Invest In Real Estate

The Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute categorizes real estate as an alternative investment that includes residential and commercial properties as well as mortgage-based securities and real estate investment trusts. For most real estate investors, these investments are characterized as income-generating...

Live It Up in a Smaller Space!

If the house or condominium that you can afford seems too small, maybe you're not thinking about space the right way. Buying the best location you can afford is what successful real estate ownership is all about. These are the properties that hold value even in down markets and that appreciate...

Wildflower Art Studio gets commercial space for Denton art classes and

When Emile Stewart was in fourth grade, she started her first business: Handmade Holiday Cards.  From bubble letters to block letters, she laid out her designs on a table in front of her grandmother's antique shop in Bridgeport for sale.  Now, 20 years later, Stewart is still...

Construction underway for mixed-use development in Corinth

Construction has popped up at Millennium in Corinth, a new mixed-use development along the east side of South Interstate 35E.  The 24-acre project, which combines luxury apartments, retail, office and hotel space, officially broke ground at the end of October. Now, groundwork is underway...

Slaying That Credit Score - New Tips For A New Year

Getting ready to buy a house or just thinking about it? Where to buy, what to buy, and how you'll afford it are probably top of mind. But if you're not also concentrating on your credit score - and by concentrating on, we mean actively trying to raise your scores as much as possible - you're...

Sneak Peek: 5 Home Design Trends You'll Be Seeing in 2018

Twice a year, true interior design magic happens when the industry gathers in North Carolina for High Point Market. This massive trade show gives the design world an opportunity to show off the newest styles in furnishings, lighting and accessories. We left the event with a wellspring of...

Home-Selling Checklist: 12 Things to Do Before Selling Your House

Getting ready to sell your house? Then it's time to roll up your sleeves and get to work! Selling a home, after all, entails a whole lot more than just planting a "For Sale" sign on your front lawn or uploading a few random photos of your place—especially if...

Tips For Getting Your Home Sold In The Winter

So you've decided to list your home this winter. Perhaps you've had a job change, need to relocate out of the area, or have financial or family reasons for moving. No matter what is driving the move, you may be concerned about selling at this time of year. But just because you missed the...

What Keeps Buyers From Finding Their Next Home

Buying a home is like searching for a mate. You'll go on many first dates and in the end, the one that has most, but maybe not all of the characteristics that you want, will win your heart. However, first-time buyers and sometimes even serial homebuyers are disappointed by how long the process...

Prepare Your Home For Holiday Guests This Weekend

It'll be here before you know it: holiday season. If those two words just sent a chill up your spine, it's probably time you started getting prepared. The good news is that while may think your house needs a bulldozer, or at least a few teams of HGTV stagers to make it guest-ready, it will...

Mummify Your Front Door for Halloween

Materials Needed large roll of white crepe paper large googly eyes adhesive putty scissors   Cut + Attach Paper Outline all four sides of the door with balls of adhesive putty. Cut multiple strips of crepe paper the width of your door and attach...

Prepare Your Home For Fall

The days are getting shorter, and the nights are getting cooler. The kids are trudging off to school again with their backpacks and light jackets, and leaves are starting to fall from the trees. Yep, it’s official: Fall is here. Now is the time to finish up any last-minute late-summer...

Surprising Benefits Of Buying Or Selling Your Home In The Fall

Seeing fewer for-sale signs now that summer is over? That can be great news for buyers who are looking to score a new home and buyers who want to get rid of their place and buy a new one. If you think you missed the boat on making your move this year, we're here to tell you why buying and selling...

Home Upgrades For Your Vacation Rental Space

Vacation rentals are experiencing a surge of popularity as websites like VRBO and Airbnb make them more accessible. Guests can find a place that fits their budget, location and accommodation needs. Hosts can easily list their property. The real challenge is creating a space which stands out and...

Best view in Denton? New restaurant on the Square

The Wells Fargo building on the Denton Square has loomed there since 1963, like a chaperone over the shenanigans that take place on the blocks below. In 2018, the top floor of that building will transform into its own hangout: a restaurant with the best view in town. From up there on...

Rayzor Ranch Town Center Getting More Businesses, Apartments

Two restaurants, an apartment complex and four other businesses were announced as the next occupants of Rayzor Ranch Town Center, a development on the south side of West University Drive, according to a press release issued Monday by RED Development.  Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen and Zoës...

North Texas Fair and Rodeo gets ready to grow — again

Bright neon lights swirl. Carnival rides twist and turn. Crowds cheer in the rodeo arena. Music fills the air thick with hay, animals, fair food and cotton candy. It is fair week in Denton. The North Texas Fair and Rodeo opened Friday night to thousands of fair-goers delighting in Denton's...

Spiral Diner & Bakery Now Open in Denton

Denton's only all-vegan restaurant is here: Spiral Diner & Bakery quietly opened its doors to customers for the first time Tuesday.  The restaurant has been working on getting the Denton location up and running since last July, from building out the space to hiring the right staff....

New Aldi Set to Open Sept. 14 in Denton

Grand-opening celebrations are set for Denton's newest Aldi store at 1317 Ector St., right on the corner of West University Drive. At 8 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, the store will host its ribbon cutting and officially open its doors, the company announced in a press release Friday. The first...

3% or 20% - Which Is The Smarter Down Payment Strategy?

The minimum down payment on an FHA loan is 3.5 percent, which makes it a popular choice among those who don't have the funds for a large down payment (and also those who don't meet the higher credit score requirements for other types of loans). And that's not even the lowest you can go....

Trend Alert: Rounded Furniture

  Over all those hard edges? We have some good news for you. After many years of being dominated by straight lines, curves are making a comeback in interior design. Business Insider called rounded furniture one of the hottest design trends this year. "The furniture is a lot...

Is Dallas’ Housing Market Cooling Off?

They are workers relocating from Southern California, following employers like Toyota and Jacobs Engineering. They are college graduates moving from the Midwest to start careers in what is, reportedly, the country’s best city in which to find work. They are highly skilled immigrants from...

Housing markets in Texas are Booming

The Texas economy is booming - and that’s even more true in the Tyler area - but the boom presents some challenges to the real estate industry, one of the state’s leading experts said on Wednesday. Gary Maler, director of the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M, updated the Greater...

Add a Personal Touch to Your New Garden

Find out how to give your landscape your personal stamp while respecting what is there and not exceeding your budget. You've moved to a new place, and you're already imagining what you're going to do to improve the outdoor space. Maybe it's a new development, offering a blank canvas,...

Rehabbing a Home? Be Ready for These 5 Costs

So you want to calculate the price tag on a house rehab, but you have no construction background. How do you go about it? Understandably, this is a common scenario that holds many people back from flipping houses. It’s also one of the most common questions people ask Tarek and me. A rehab’s...

How to Sell a House: 4 New Rules

These days, knowing how to sell a house isn't as simple as sticking a "For Sale" sign on your lawn. Times have changed—and the good news is the market is largely tilting in your favor. “It’s undeniably a seller’s market," says Linda Sanderfoot,...

Things to Know If You’re Trying to Get a Mortgage With Bad Credit

Believe it or not, your credit doesn’t have to be stellar to get a mortgage. Many banks and lenders will extend a mortgage to applicants with at least a 640 credit score. However, not all lenders are created equal — and, even if you can score a home loan, bad credit is going to seriously...

7 Top Design Tips for a Small Backyard

Long to be a land baron, with acres of lush grounds to create the ultimate outdoor paradise? That may be a dream for another time. For now, a smaller space is your reality, but that doesn't mean it can't be amazing. These 7 tricks will help your small yard live large. Don't be scared...

11 Essential Summer Home Maintenance Tips

Another summer is here, and if you endured a couple seasons of harsh weather conditions, or if you have some deferred maintenance to take care of, it's time to get started. Rain, wind, and other weather fun may have wreaked havoc with your roof, your fence, or your yard, but the "obvious"...

Design Trends: Summer

Top designers share the hottest design trends for this summer, plus easy ways to incorporate them in your home.   Bright and All White “When the weather turns warmer, and the days become longer, people tend to clean out their homes, reduce the clutter and gravitate toward...

Three Things Home Buyers Should Never Do

Talk to a home buyer who just lost out in yet another bidding war and you'll hear genuine disappointment and frustration. Listen to a buyer who found the perfect starter home, then asked probing questions only to discover undisclosed deal-breaker problems like UFFI, a significant foundation...

Two New Projects Are Giving North Texas Residents More Housing Optio

Two new projects are giving North Texas residents more housing options. Just south of Dallas in Waxahachie, developers are breaking ground today on a community with 28 cottages that will house adults with intellectual and developmental delays. The Daymark Living development will include...

Outdoor Trends You Need To Know

  It's time to get outdoors. But if your outdoor area isn't looking its best, it's time to fix it up. We've got the trends you'll want to focus on to give you the best yard on the block. Indoor/outdoor living Outdoor living isn't just about being outside. Today,...

Your Earnest Money Contract: 3 Things You Must Triple-Check

When making an offer on a home, you will show the sellers you mean business with two things: 1) a chunk of cash called an earnest money deposit, and 2) a piece of paperwork known as an earnest money contract. Odds are you’re focused on the first. The earnest...

Tired Of White Everything In Your House? Paint It Black!

WRITTEN BY JAYMI NACIRI   White is crisp and cool. But if it's all starting to feel a little clinical, you might be ready for a change. Bring some drama and sophistication to your space, not to mention a chic counterpoint to all that white, with the unexpected addition of black. Afraid...

Who Should Say What Projects Get Built in Texas?

By Emily Donaldson In Texas, affordable housing projects are competitive to build. Each project seeking federal funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development applies through a statewide point system for selection. Currently, the points system takes into consideration developer...

How Far Does Your Dollar Stretch in the North Texas Housing Market?

Jason Wheeler, WFAA Home prices in North Texas have been on a steady climb. According to Texas A&M statistical reports, the average price of a home has gone from about $191,000 to about $286,000 in the past five years.  Perhaps real estate really is about location, location, location....

Tarrant County Ranked Top Healthiest Housing Market

BY AZIA BRANSON The top 10 healthiest housing markets in Texas are in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, a 2017 report by SmartAsset shows. Six of the top 10 cities are in Tarrant County: Benbrook (3), North Richland Hills (4), Bedford (5), Grapevine (7), Burleson (8) and Haltom City (10). Those...

What You Can Expect Your First Year In A New Home

Moving can be exciting, and it can also be scary. It can be smooth sailing or so wrought with silly (or serious) issues that your cat peeing in the box of towels because you haven't unpacked his cat dish yet sends you into the kind of rolling-on-the-ground, slapping-your-leg, crying-big-fat-tears...

Compared to Last Year, Homebuyers Are More Inclined to Buy Now

When asked how their perspective has changed in the past year, just over 43 percent of homebuyers said they are “more inclined to buy now,” according to a recent Redfin survey of 1,002 homebuyers. This marks a 10.1 percentage-point increase from last year at this time. Buyers this...

Texas Housing is Now Hotter Than Ever

It was another record-setting year for Texas real estate, as home sale and home prices both hit all-time highs – for the second year in a row. According to a new report from the Texas Association of Realtors, there were more homes sold in the Lone Star State in 2016 than in any...

Signs A Home Seller Is Ready To Bargain

As a buyer, any piece of insider information you pick up can provide a strategic advantage. In red-hot markets with low inventory, it might seem as though sellers are in the driver’s seat — after all, they can sit back and choose from a pile of competing offers. But with a little know-how...

UPDATE YOUR HOME ON A DIME

Updates and home renovations are frightening to many homeowners. But improving your home doesn't have to be a daunting task. Here are a few simple projects that will boost the value and looks of your home: Try a Fresh Coat of Paint Applying a fresh coat of paint can make a huge...

Spring Fashion Trends + How to Use Them in Your Home

Do these bouts of warm weather have you daydreaming about spring break, road trips and of course, spring decor? This year, take a cue from the spring fashion trends for 2016 and go all out! So, what’s hot for spring this year? Color Blocking Remember Taylor Swift’s...

Housing Shortage and High Home Prices

Shortage of inventory and high home prices continue to make headlines, and the gap between what buyers want and what is available on the market continues to grow. Home buyers are encountering difficulty in locating a home in their price range. In fact, 58.5% of Americans in the market to...

Room for 2: First-Time Home Buying Tips for Newlyweds

Buying or selling a house is more stressful than getting divorced, going bankrupt or getting fired, according to a survey of 2,000 adults by EstatesDirect.com. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by home buying with your loved one, you’re not alone. Figuring out how to merge your lifestyles,...

Staging Your Home: For Sellers

Spring time brings beauty to the outdoors, and buyers to the market! For sellers, it's time to bring the beauty inside the home too! Staging your home is a very important way to attract buyers, show them the potential of the home and make a great first impression. Here are some great home staging...

Thinking of Selling This Spring?

Everyone knows Spring is our swiftest real estate season! Supply and Demand While Spring is THE season with the largest pool of active buyers, it brings the largest inventory of homes for sale. That means sellers MUST put their best foot forward! Home Condition Have your home pre-inspected,...

What Drives Your Homes Value?

Since 2007, this question has become more significant than ever before. The reality is many things impact your home's property value and your home's value can fluctuate. The many variables affecting the value of your home can be pared down to five key factors:  1. Location A...

File Your Homestead Exemption

A homestead exemption helps you save on taxes on your home. An exemption removes part of the value of your property from taxation and lowers your taxes. For example, if your home is valued at $100,000 and you qualify for a $20,000 exemption, you pay taxes on your home as if it was worth only $80,000. You...

Take Care of Some Home Maintenance Before Spring Rolls In

Monthly and seasonal maintenance not only helps to keep your home running smoothly they also help to protect your investments and avoid costly repairs. Below, you will find several tips and reminders of household maintenance you can do each month.   Check Your Fire Extinguisher This...

Sell Your Home in 2017

People vow to do all kinds of things—hit the gym, get more sleep, quit Froot Loops—and if you plan to sell your home this year, making a few promises matter here most of all. After all, selling your home for top dollar takes work and the right mindset to strike a deal. To...

Got Savings? How To Build A Down Payment

Need to save $50,000? Here’s how to make it happen. Thinking about buying a home in the near future? Whether it’s a home for sale in Houston, TX, or Dallas, TX, you’ll need a solid savings fund to accomplish this goal. In addition to covering such expenses...

Top 10 Items That Get Damaged on Moving Day

If you're moving this season, let us help protect your precious belongings with tips from the pros. We’ve seen some folks pack themselves so, unfortunately, we know which household items are most likely to break and typically aren’t packed properly. We have compiled an old school...

Landscaping Tips That Will WOW Buyers

Your front yard is the red carpet inviting buyers into the beauty that is your home. If it's rugged, messy and unkempt, buyers will take one look and then keep on driving to the next property on their list. Don't let that happen by making your front yard luscious and as amazing as the inside...

Housing Predictions for 2017

  Heading into 2017, Redfin data scientists and thought leaders put their heads together to predict what the housing market has in store for the new year, under a new president.  The Trump administration ushers in three major policies that could significantly affect the long-term trajectory...

Staging Your Home For Sellers

Selling in the winter offers at least two positives – less competition and new customers.  During the winter, most people have taken their listings off the market, but agents can help buyers who have been forced into sudden moves, like executives with job transfers who are looking to purchase...

6 Gadgets That Will Increase Home Efficiency

For bolstered efficiency and enhanced convenience, it's worth it to equip your home with the newest technology. There are practical smart home devices that will help you save on utility costs, ensure the safety of your home and assist in home maintenance. There are also more personalized gadgets...