Basement Flood? Read This!

By: The Virani

Basement Flood? Read This!

Tags: BASEMENT, FLOOD, WATER

April showers may be necessary for May flowers, but the extra precipitation is certainly not welcome in the form of a flooded basement! If you do find yourself with a flood, whether from excessive rainfall, melting snow, a burst water supply pipe in the home or a sewer backup, keep these points in mind: 1. Cut the basement's electrical power immediately to avoid the risk of electrical shock. ...Read More

The Millennial Movement

By: The Virani

The Millennial Movement

Tags: MILLENNIALS, FINANCIAL STABILITY, PRIME HOME BUYING YEARS, FIRST-TIME HOME BUYERS

The first wave of Millennials – the offspring of the baby boomer generation – are now moving into their prime home-buying years. According to realtor.com., Millennials represented nearly two million sales in 2015 – one-third of all homebuyers. This number is projected to grow, with first-time homebuyers between the ages of 25 and 34 expected to have a significant presence in the...Read More

Tax-Time Reflections

By: The Virani

Tax-Time Reflections

Tags: TAX, BUDGET, CHANGE IS GOOD

You just made the tax deadline (phew!) but yet again, during the tax filing process, found yourself wondering where all your money went last year. Why not take some time now, while your income and expenses are top-of-mind, to make some changes to the way you approach your money? Start by looking at your mortgage. If you're receiving a tax refund this year, don't view it as an opportunity ...Read More

Renovating For Resale

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Renovating For Resale

Tags: RENOVATING, RESALE, FLIPPING

Renovating your home for your own enjoyment is very different than renovating it to sell. Keep these tips in mind when giving your property a makeover intended for the market. - Kitchens and bathrooms are tops. These areas, more than any others in your home, have the ability to 'make it or break it' for prospective buyers, so you'd be wise to concentrate your renovating efforts and bu...Read More

Overpay? No Way!

By: The Virani

Overpay? No Way!

Tags: BIDDING WARS, DON'T OVERPAY, STRATEGY

From first-timers to flippers, most homebuyers' biggest fear is overpaying for their next property. But fear not! Listed below are some strategies and resources that can help you avoid paying too much for that home: - Understand all your mortgage options. Getting the best possible deal on your home loan is as important as getting the best possible deal on the property itself. - Get pre-appro...Read More

Staging Slip-Ups

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Staging Slip-Ups

Tags: HOME STAGING, MAXIMIZE PROFIT, SELL FASTER, SHOWS BETTER

Staging your home can help sell it faster and for more money – provided it's done right, that is. Avoid these staging mistakes that could sabotage your sale. - Not staging your storage space. It's tempting to cram everything you want hidden out of buyers' sight in your closets and cupboards, but they're definitely going to be looking inside your storage spaces, so make sure ...Read More

All In A Day's Work

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All In A Day's Work

Tags: CURB APPEAL, PAINT, LANDSCAPPING, HARDWARE, LIGHTING, DRIVEWAY

Amping up your curb appeal doesn't have to be time consuming. Each of these five projects, guaranteed to enhance your house's exterior, can be done in just a day. - Paint your front door in a bold color. Set against neutral brick or siding, a door that contrasts but coordinates with the rest of your house can add some pizzazz to your front entrance, helping your home stand out. - Add som...Read More

Value Added

By: The Virani

Value Added

Tags: RENOVATIONS, REPAIRS, CONDO IMPROVEMENT, SAVE MONEY, ADD VALUE

Even on a tight budget, it's possible to make improvements that will add value to your condo. Try these easy, inexpensive ways to freshen up your unit. - Add trim and moldings. With similar layouts and finishes (like hardwood and stainless steel), condos in the same building tend to look much the same. Details like crown and panel moldings, door and window casings, and chair railings are grea...Read More

Renovation Resolution

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Renovation Resolution

Tags: RENOVATIONS, REPAIRS, HOME IMPROVEMENT

Do you tend to bite off more than you can chew when it comes to home improvement projects? Resolve to make 2016 the year you stop overextending yourself and finish the unfinished! Take inventory of all those projects that are on your to-do list or that are already underway. Prioritize them, putting at the top of your list any repairs or renovations that will make your house safer (e.g., adding ha...Read More

Money-Saving Maintenance

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Money-Saving Maintenance

Tags: SAVE MONEY, MAINTENANCE, QUICK AND EASY FIXES

What better incentive to stop putting chores off than a financial one? By regularly taking care of these home maintenance tasks, you can start saving money right away! - Identify and seal leaks in your house's envelope. By making sure air isn't entering or escaping around windows, doors, and plumbing and electrical fixtures that pass through your house's exterior, you can keep a more ...Read More