Market Ready

Q. Does it matter how I stock and organize my fridge and pantry before showings? A. With so many other concerns to address when preparing a home for sale, you might think that the appearance of your refrigerator and pantry shelves is relatively insignificant. But it does matter. Buying a [...] Read more »

5 things to know about open houses

(Money Magazine) Open houses are a great source of information about the property, neighborhood and local markets. Nearly half of real-estate buyers go to one. 1. Look past window-dressing A full 94% of sellers do some “staging,” such as repainting or bringing in new furniture, says Coldwell Banker. “You can [...] Read more »

Home inspections worth the effort

You qualified for a mortgage, searched for a home, found a good one, made an offer and it was accepted.   Next up, the home inspection.   Those two to three hours spent with an inspector — and yes, you should definitely attend the inspection — can provide an invaluable [...] Read more »

HAMP, MHAP programs extended through 2015

The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) have announced an extension on the Obama Administration’s Making Home Affordable (MHAP) Programs including the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) through December 31, 2015. The new deadline provides alignment with the Federal Housing Finance [...] Read more »