Marie-Josee Chasles's Blog

How Do You Choose a Home Pro?

There are a number of reasons that you might need to hire a professional to do work around your home. Maybe you want to make repairs, add a porch, redo your landscaping or change up the design of your interiors. Of course, when you hire a pro, you want to make sure that you’ve found someone who’s...

Homeownership Among Singles: A Growing Trend

When a lot of people think of buying a home, they picture it as a part of settling down and building a family. There’s a pretty good reason for this; couples and families do make up a significant portion of the home-buying population. But there is a growing trend among buyers that bucks this tradition:...

Is Peel and Stick Wallpaper Right for You?

When you think of wallpaper, you likely picture rolls of material that are plastered or glued in place. Once the wallpaper is up on the walls, that’s pretty much it; while wallpaper can be removed, the process usually isn’t very quick or easy. If you want the look of wallpaper without the...

6 Tips for Better Concrete Painting

Concrete has been used by humans for thousands of years, with some of the oldest examples of wells and houses made with the stuff dating back to 6500 BC. Although the ingredients have been refined over time, it’s still basically the same material that those ancient people valued so highly. Even...

Dealing with Surprises During Your Remodel

Congrats! Your fixer-upper is well on its way to be a fixed-upper now that you have a remodeling plan in place and a way to pay for it. You’re almost certainly imagining how lovely a soak in that new bathroom will be after a long day at work or how many family members you’ll be able to pack...

5 Things to Consider Before Starting a Master Bath Remodel

You got an amazing deal on your home, in part because the master bathroom was kind of really outdated. The wallpaper says it all — and that pink toilet, oh boy. You are so ready to do something about the Pepto Bismol nightmare attached to your bedroom, but you also want to be sure you’re...

3 Points to Ponder Before Starting Your Kitchen Remodel

For the third time this week, you’ve found yourself cursing the unusability of your kitchen. The drawers come out in all the wrong directions, the cabinets are so shallow that you can barely use them and the entire layout just puts you off. You’re ready to talk about a kitchen remodel. Or...

Six Questions to Ask Mortgage Lenders

A home is likely the biggest purchase you will ever make. A mortgage with favorable terms can give you the peace of mind you need to enter homeownership with confidence.  In some ways, a mortgage lender is your partner in your real estate purchase, so as with any other decision, you want to be...

Five Features of a Fantastic Flip!

Now that you’ve bought a home of your own, you might be thinking that you’re kind of good at handywork and you want to give flipping a go. It’s certainly one way to make money in today’s somewhat volatile market, provided you know what to look for in an optimally flippable property....

Financing Outside of Single-Family Homes

Most of the time, if you think about taking out a loan to purchase real estate, you’re likely picturing a single-family home. Depending on your needs and the properties available in the area you’re searching, though, you may find that other property types are actually a closer fit for you....

Are You Sure You Own Your Fence?

As Robert Frost (somewhat facetiously) said, “Good fences make good neighbors.” While many people have much better relationships with their neighbors than the saying implies, there is something to be said for a good fence on your property. Not only can fences add some visual appeal to the...

Renovation Investors and You

Depending on the condition of the house, renovation can be a major expense. However, this can also present real estate investors with significant opportunities. For those with the right know-how and a good eye for investment properties, homes in need of renovation can be reworked and then flipped for...

Should You Rent Your Home Decor?

It might seem like kind of an odd concept, but there are a number of companies that let you rent your home décor these days. Companies like Feather and CasaOne allow you to lease your furniture and other décor for a limited period or until you decide to buy it outright. Even some older...

I Love a Parade! High Traffic Flooring Options

A nice deep pile carpet can look great in your home, but if you have a lot of foot traffic then it’s just asking for trouble. Not only will you have to work harder to keep it clean, but you’ll also have to replace it sooner than you’d like because all those feet and shoes will leave...

6 Office Remodeling Suggestions For Better Productivity

Multiple studies have shown, employees who work in cozy offices always have better productivity. A perfectly-designed office impacts positively on employee morale and health, which in turn reduces absenteeism and lack of commitment. That is why you need to try the 6 tips below on how to brighten...

Bargain Buying 101

When you’re shopping for a new home, it’s not uncommon to face a little bit of sticker shock when it comes to price. This often leads to buyers trying to find a good balance between what they want and what they can afford. However, if you’re smart (and maybe a little lucky), you may...

Things to Know Before Jumping into Solar

Home solar may be the energy solution of the future, offering clean, reliable energy without having to depend on power companies and their high energy rates. With new financing options in the works from some companies, getting into solar could soon be easier than ever before. If you like the thought...

Purchasing your first home is an exciting major milestone

Purchasing your first home is an exciting major milestone, but one that requires a lot of preparation. One of the biggest concerns of first-time buyers involves money -- how much do you need, where will you get it, and what do you need to save for emergency needs? These tips will help you get your budget,...

Care and Feeding of Your Home’s Roof

While the roof is one of the most important parts of your home, it’s also one of the most neglected. The average homeowner gives little thought to the condition or maintenance needs of their roof until it starts to leak, at which point it’s usually too late. With a little bit of care and...

How Not To Suck At Design–A Non Designers Cheat Sheet

You may have heard that design is best left to the professionals, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t give it a go yourself. If you have a good eye for design and the skills to create something truly unique, taking on a project as a non designer can be beneficial. However, it’s important...

Top Gifts for Homeowners This Holiday Season

Figuring out what to buy for friends and loved ones during the holidays isn’t always easy. While some people are easy to shop for, there are always a few people on your list who seem to already have everything they might want. Fortunately, there are a few things that you can get for around the...

Put the Ho, Ho, Ho in the Holidays with These Holiday Decor Trends

Decorating for the holidays can be a lot of fun. What’s less fun is getting stuck in a rut with the same old holiday decorations year after year. Sometimes you just want to break away from the same old thing and do something new and exciting. What do you do if you don’t have any decorating...

Home Equity Loan or Line of Credit: Which is Better for You?

As you make payments against your mortgage, you build equity in your home. This equity can be used to secure future loans, making it easier to refinance your home or cover certain other expenses. Depending on your needs, you might consider taking out a home equity loan or a home equity line of credit...

Why Automation is Not a Bad Thing For Recruitment

  What could you do with your time if you were able to automate tasks such as collecting resumes from candidates, sending reminders, and updating candidate profiles into your ATS? A recruitment agency would be spending a lot of time doing what they are required to do: associating with the candidates...

Vacation Home Advice for Retirees

  Right now, there are more people 65 and up in the United States than there have been at any other time in our nation's history.  Currently, that figure stands at 15.1 percent.  Granted, not all people in their mid-60s are retired.  (According to stats from 2017, 19 percent...

Market Prediction: Is 2019 good year to buy a house

  The first 6 months of 2019 have undoubtedly been very promising to first-time homebuyers.  Beautiful houses, with amazing scenery, alluring wall art canvases and gardens have witnessed an increase in prices that did not seem to end. However, the worrying trend has been slowing down...

You've decided to rent out your house. Ask these 10 questions first.

  Are you thinking of renting out your home? In that case, you need to ask these 10 questions to anyone wanting to rent your house:   1. When are you planning to move in? This is the question that shapes the rest of your engagement with the potential tenant. The answer here...

Broaden Your Financing Options: Hacks for Homebuyers

.blog-img { margin: auto !important; } If you’re in the market for a new house but don’t like your financing options, you may be happy to hear that there are other, less conventional means that can help you make a purchase. Traditional financing may suit the needs of most buyers,...

Local Market Update for West Palm Beach

THE WEST PALM BEACH MARKET IS ON FIRE