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Posted by Bill Hoey on 3/20/2019

When it comes to painting inside your home, you might have to fight that inner voice that says "white, white, white" or just barely off-white when you visit the paint store. Or you might hear the voice of a television designer saying "go with that neutral gray, or beige, or greige, whatever that is. But if your soul seeks color and your heart skips a beat when you see reds, blues, greens, and even oranges, don't let fear of the voices hold you back.

Paint is one of the few ways to individualize your home that (a) won’t break the bank and (2) can be covered up when necessary. So, if you’re drawn to bold colors, just go for it. Add some into your life. Here are five ways to creatively use paint to add color to your walls.

  • Accent wall. When you’re first starting out adding color to your home, it’s okay to take baby steps. One way is to choose a single wall on which to add a bold, deep, bright, or dark hue. While you may not have too many options, the best wall to choose is one that has architectural details that your color can highlight. That means, choose the wall with the arch, the French doors, the clerestory windows or that sit below the stair rail. 
  • Another accent wall to choose is the fireplace wall. Since most of the space likely has brick, tile or stone, paint the area above or to the sides of the fireplace as an accent.
  • Doors are another place to be bold. Of course, it's fashionable to have a bright splash of color on your front entry, but you can dress up the rest of your doors too, so give them some rich farmhouse red or deep aqua that makes your heart sing.
  • Cabinets or built-ins. Because shelving, doors, and other built-ins lend themselves to lovely semi-gloss or high-gloss paints, turning your set-in bookshelves, kitchen island cabinets, or bathroom vanity into a beautiful colorful display gives just the right juxtaposition to your white or light walls and ceiling.

When preparing to paint in a more deeply saturated color family, start by bringing home sample sizes of the colors you love. Paint a swatch on the proposed wall (if you’re brave) or on a sheet of butcher paper and then hang it on that wall. Live with it for several days and observe the color in all light variations from early morning to late evening so that you know what the final result will be before you put it on the wall.

If you’re renting and want a wall of your own to paint, and the house that goes with it, speak to your local real estate professional to get started on your home search now.





Posted by Bill Hoey on 3/13/2019

The home selling journey may prove to be long and arduous, particularly for those who fail to plan ahead. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to expedite the house selling cycle and quickly achieve your desired results.

Let's take a look at three tips to help you accelerate the home selling journey.

1. Understand Your Target Audience

You know you have a great home. Now, you just need to figure out who may want to purchase it. If you analyze the buyer's perspective, you can determine your target audience and map out the home selling journey accordingly.

Think about why you decided to buy your house in the first place. Also, consider any unique features that may make your home an attractive option to potential buyers.

If you assess the buyer's perspective, you may discover innovative ways to stir up interest in your home. As a result, you could reap the benefits of a fast, profitable house selling experience.

2. Craft an Engaging Home Listing

A home listing is important, as it enables you to introduce your residence to prospective buyers. Therefore, it is crucial to create an engaging home listing that captures a buyer's interest.

As you craft a home listing, it usually is a good idea to provide clear, concise details about your house. Furthermore, you may want to include pictures of your residence's interior and exterior to help buyers see the true beauty of your house.

In addition, you should include accurate information about your home in your listing. Because if you educate buyers about your home's features, you can help them make an informed decision about whether to pursue your residence.

3. Collaborate with a Real Estate Agent

For those who want to speed up the home selling journey, there is no reason to work alone. Lucky for you, real estate agents are available around the country, and these housing market experts can help you seamlessly navigate the house selling cycle.

A real estate agent understands what it takes to sell a home, regardless of the current housing market's conditions. He or she will teach you about all aspects of the housing market and help you create an effective property selling strategy. Plus, if you have concerns or questions throughout the home selling journey, a real estate agent is ready to respond to them right away.

Let's not forget about the assistance a real estate agent provides as you review an offer to purchase your house, either. Deciding whether to accept, reject or counter an offer to purchase your home sometimes can be difficult, but a real estate agent can help take guesswork out of this decision. In fact, a real estate agent can provide honest, unbiased recommendations to help you make the best-possible decision regarding a home sale.

Want to expedite the home selling journey? Use the aforementioned tips, and you should have no trouble selling your home without delay.





Posted by Bill Hoey on 3/6/2019

When many people think of the local library, they recall the strict institution of bygone days. They imagine the librarian who doesn’t allow speaking, and the only thing that they have are books, so why go—especially now with books so readily available online? The simple answer is fun and the connections that you can make there. 

Long gone are the days of the strict institution 

Today's libraries have so much more to offer users. If you are new to a neighborhood, it should be one of the first places that you find and check out. In addition to the traditional books, they also offer movies, music, computer and internet usage, and printing and faxing services—to name a few.

During tax time the library can be one of your go-to places for finding the forms necessary for filing, and sometimes assistance in learning which ones you may need. When you are new to an area, libraries provide invaluable information about the area and keep you posted on upcoming events. Local publications such as the city update paper and local parenting magazine, usually found for free at the library, often contain announcements ranging from local events to road closures and even services provided by doctors and other trusted local professionals in the area. Knowing about local services makes the neighborhood feel less strange and gives you a little more comfort. 

Connections that can last a lifetime 

One of the best endeavors that contemporary libraries undertake is to provide classes and programs for the community. These can range from storytimes and playgroups to yoga and meditation to arts and crafts classes, and so much more. Of course, there are also book clubs and GED classes hosted, along with various technology classes available as well. In these environments, you can connect with folks that may have similar interests and desires, or people who have greater knowledge in something that you may want to grow in yourself. These are the types of connections that may very well last far longer than your participation in whatever class or program you started in. 

Find your local library today

If you might be one of those people that couldn't think of the library without hearing “Shhhhhh!” maybe it is time to give it a try again. You may find that you can’t live without it once you do. So find your local library and see what they have available for you!




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Posted by Bill Hoey on 2/27/2019

Buying a house is arguably the most expensive purchase most people will make in their lives. With real estate prices steadily rising year after year, many Americans are finding ways to save on housing.

At the same time, rent prices too are increasing, especially around metro areas where many young Americans are entering the workforce. With costs rising and wages stagnating, it can be hard to find an affordable place to live while still building equity that can be used later on down the road.

One option that many Americans are considering is the fixer-upper route. However, it takes know-how and a lot of hard work to make this method a good choice to save you money. In this article, we’ll tell you how to make certain buying a fixer upper is a good idea and what costs you can expect along the way.

Adding up the costs

Buying a house that needs work means you’ll need to spend a good amount of time calculating costs and getting quotes from professionals. Even if you’re familiar with several home maintenance tasks, there are some jobs that are safer if left to the pros. This isn’t only a matter of physical safety, however. If you start a job that you aren’t qualified to finish you could end up paying much more than if you had just hired a licensed professional to do the job in the first place.

When estimating costs for reparations and renovations, aim high. It’s better to plan for it to be more expensive and have more left over than to underestimate your projects and go over budget.

Get an inspection report

If you aren’t sure whether or not you want to go through with a deal, make sure you have an inspection contingency clause in your contract. This will enable you to back out if the home inspector makes you aware of any costs that you weren’t told about by the seller.

Don’t forget added costs

There are several closing costs you’ll be responsible for as a buyer. Make sure you keep tabs on how much you can expect to spend closing on the home. If you’re going through a mortgage lender, they are required to give you an estimate of closing costs.

Once you know the purchase price of the home and the closing costs, make sure you account for other aspects of your renovations, such as getting required permits.

Borrow wisely

If you do plan on taking out a loan to cover the cost of renovations, be smart with how you get and pay back that money. One option is the FHA 203(k) loan or renovation loan.

Renovation loans help you save on closing costs and simplify the lending process by giving you one loan that accounts for the cost of the renovations and of the home itself.





Posted by Bill Hoey on 2/20/2019

Looking to sell a house for the first time? Ultimately, your home's curb appeal may dictate how quickly you can proceed along the home selling journey.

Typically, a house with an awe-inspiring exterior will make a great first impression on homebuyers. This means homebuyers may become more likely to pay attention to this home over others and submit an offer that matches or exceeds a home seller's expectations.

On the other hand, a home that has a messy, uncut front lawn, cracked and chipped exterior paint and other exterior problems is unlikely to generate substantial interest from the right groups of homebuyers. As such, this home may remain on the housing market for an extended period of time.

Lucky for you, we're here to help you upgrade your house's curb appeal before you add your residence to the real estate market.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you bolster your home's curb appeal and increase your chances of a fast, profitable home sale.

1. Take an Objective Look at Your Home's Exterior

For first-time home sellers, it is important to do everything possible to guarantee that a residence stands out from the competition. And with a few simple home exterior improvements, a home seller can improve a house's curb appeal quickly.

Home exterior maintenance like mowing the front lawn, clearing debris from walkways and trimming the hedges can make a world of difference in the eyes of homebuyers.

Also, if you want extra help with home exterior tasks, don't hesitate to reach out to landscaping companies or other home exterior maintenance professionals. These home exterior experts should have no trouble helping you transform an ordinary home exterior into a dazzling one.

2. Conduct a Home Appraisal

A home appraisal offers a wonderful opportunity for a first-time home seller to identify potential home exterior issues and address such problems without delay.

During a home appraisal, a property inspector will assess a house both inside and out. He or she likely will spend several hours analyzing a house's strengths and weaknesses. Then, when the property inspector's evaluation is complete, he or she will provide a report that details the assessment findings.

A first-time home seller should analyze a home appraisal report closely. By doing so, this home seller can find out what it takes to upgrade a house's exterior and map out assorted home improvements accordingly.

3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent

If a first-time home seller is unsure about how to improve a house's curb appeal, consulting with a real estate agent is ideal. This housing market professional can offer honest, unbiased home exterior improvement recommendations to help a home seller bolster a house's curb appeal.

Furthermore, a real estate agent is happy to respond to a home seller's concerns and questions throughout the home selling process. He or she will serve as a home selling guide and do everything possible to help a home seller achieve the optimal results.

Take the guesswork out of boosting a home's curb appeal – first-time home sellers can use the aforementioned tips to enhance a house's curb appeal in no time at all.