Why You Should Befriend Your New Neighbors When You Move Into a New Home

How well do you know the people who live in the homes next to you? If you’re like most Americans, you probably don’t do much interacting with your neighbors on a regular basis. In [...]


5 Important Things To Consider Before Listing Your Home On Airbnb

Airbnb has taken the world of vacationing by storm and is even gearing up for an initial public offering on the stock market later this year. An attractive and relatively easy way for homeowners [...]


Benefits of Having a Small Home vs. a Big Home

The American Dream often suggests having a large home is the best way to show the world that you “made it.” The large home with the white picket fence that fits your spouse, a pet, [...]


The Pros and Cons of Converting a Garage to a Living Space

Who doesn’t want more space in their own home? With housing prices rising across the country, people are looking to find ways to push their own spaces further. For some, this means [...]


Is It Worth It to Install a Pond in Your Backyard?

Have you been dreaming of a backyard oasis complete with a water feature like a pond? Ponds are an exciting way to welcome new visitors to your backyard like dragonflies, koi fish, songbirds, and [...]


The Negatives Of Having Leverage

Leverage in real estate can be a great thing, especially when you are trying to sell or buy a house. Whether you are selling or buying, having leverage means that the ball is in your court and [...]


The Pros and Cons of Non-conforming Mortgages

Non-conforming mortgages, also known as jumbo loans, turn dreams into reality.  Non-conforming loans provide the financing home-seekers need to snag their coveted home.  However, there are some [...]


The Pros and Cons of Buying A Historic Home

Buying a home is a thrill in and of itself.  Buy a historical home and the experience will be that much more exciting.  Historic homes typically appreciate in value.  Perhaps most importantly, [...]


Pros and Cons for Having A 2nd Mortgage

Did you know you could have access to the equity you built on your home without having to sell the house itself? By taking a second mortgage, you could have access to a large sum of cash while [...]


The Pros and Cons of Renting A Home

If you are in the market for a home, don’t be so quick to plunk down your savings on a down payment.  Renting a house might be a better option than buying.  Renting allows you to be [...]