Home Owners

July 22, 2019

2019 Outdoor Living and Design Trends

Blurring of Indoor and Outdoor Areas

Beyond windows and patio doors, home designs are truly blending indoor and outdoor areas thanks to features such as folding walls and collapsible screens. For example, imagine a family room that opens up completely to an outdoor patio for easy entertaining, made possible by ...

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Posted in DIY, Home Decor, Home Owners
July 12, 2019

July 2019 Real Estate Review

The seasonality in the Maricopa County real estate market couldn’t be more obvious, or consistent. Lots of sales in April, May and June; not as many in December, January and February.

The highs have risen slightly higher each year, but the lows have gotten lower as well. Overall volume per ...

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July 12, 2019

Housing Inventory Increases as House Prices Moderate

After years of an inventory shortage in the housing market, conditions are finally improving. This all adds up to buyers having more choices when looking for homes. Yet sellers will also have to adapt to the new market conditions, as an increase in inventory often leads to a slowdown in ...

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July 8, 2019

Save on Summer Cooling Costs

Turn Up the Thermostat. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends setting your thermostat to 78 degrees when you are home and even higher when you’re away. If this sounds too balmy for you, try setting it one or two degrees higher than normal and work up from there. You ...

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July 3, 2019

Prepare Your House Before You Go on Vacation

If you’re going on vacation for a week or more, you’re probably doing tons of planning. However, it’s also necessary to spend some time preparing your house for your absence. Otherwise, you might encounter some nasty surprises upon returning home. Those surprises could be really serious, such as burglary or ...

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May 30, 2019

Ideas to Enhance Your Yard’s Natural Benefits

Your healthy yard is more than what meets the eyes. Healthy lawn and landscape filter the air of pollutants and prevent unwanted runoff. Simply looking at trees and plants can reduce stress. Inspired? Here are some tips to make your yard look even better.

• Mow Properly:

Raising the deck ...

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Posted in DIY, Home Decor, Home Owners
May 9, 2019

Looking to Sell? Don’t Make These Three Home Improvement Mistakes

It might seem obvious that home improvements are a good investment and will increase a property’s value. Unfortunately, that’s not always true. Many improvements don’t raise a home’s value enough to repay their costs, leaving you out of pocket. Even worse, some projects can actually lower your home’s value.

If ...

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April 25, 2019

Positive Signs for the National Housing Market

According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), sales of existing homes climbed in February; what’s more, month-over-month sales recorded the highest increase since December 2005. According to Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the NAR, several factors led to the impressive rise in sales including “a powerful combination of lower ...

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April 23, 2019

Tiny Touches to Increase Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Painting the Front Door

The front door is the first thing buyers will see as they walk into your home. A dull, drab, weathered front door is likely to give them a negative first impression that can be difficult to shake. On the other hand, a bright, vibrant front door ...

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April 19, 2019

Six Ways a Mortgage Preapproval Reduces Homebuyer Heartache

There’s plenty to think about when you’re searching for a new home, and arranging a mortgage might not be at the top of your list. However, it’s important not to leave this task to the last minute.

Receiving a mortgage preapproval before you even begin house hunting has many advantages ...

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