When you’re thinking about renting an apartment, naturally you consider rental price, number of bedrooms, square footage and amenities. But location also figures big in your decision. The neighborhood surrounding your apartment is the locale where you will buy groceries, gas up your car, visit restaurants, dry cleaners, and of course, enjoy the outdoors. You have requirements for that, too. For example, is there a park? A bike trail? Can you bike to work? These are real questions that many renters want answered before they choose their new home.
By Julie Rowe
Did you know that the average renter owns around $30,000 in possessions? Think about what you own—of course there’s your clothes, books, TV, DVD’s—computer—the items you use every day. But what if you have cherished family heirlooms, furniture, pictures, jewelry--valuables you might consider precious, even priceless. No one can predict disaster, but anyone can protect him or herself from financial hardship if it occurs.
By Wayne Failoni
Does your house need painting? It’s smart to plan for it, whether you do it yourself or have it done by a professional. The aesthetics and beauty of your home are important—for your enjoyment, and as a means to attract potential buyers. Because your home’s overall appearance contributes to its perceived condition and value. Another crucial benefit of painting is that it protects windows and wood trim from peeling and deterioration. And that helps prevent long term problems and costly repairs. So, plan in advance for this project. The benefits far outweigh the costs.
Welcome to part two of our kitchen renovation series; Home is Where the Hearth is.
By Elena Johnson
What is your property really worth today? We can help you figure it out by considering some of these influences.
Depending on when you purchased your property, you may have been on a crest of financial circumstances or you may have been in a ditch. For example, if you bought a property in the midst of the 2008 recession and its wake, the property you purchased was most likely sold for a lower amount than what it would now. On the other hand, if you purchased when the market was flowing and growing, your house may be of equal or lesser value now. It’s important to do your research on how the market in your area has changed since your original purchase.
By Elena Johnson
Whether it’s something as easy as a fresh coat of paint or a little more demanding such as