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Category: Home Ownership

Category: Home Ownership

Why Sell Your Home This Winter

January 8, 2020  /  Green Living  /  Marti Reeder

While most people think that waiting for the coveted Spring market is their best option for listing their home for sale, there are some pretty compelling reasons to save some time and list your home in the winter market. 1…. Read more

Choosing The Best “Smart” Thermostat For Your Home

December 18, 2019  /  Green Living  /  Marti Reeder

Winter is Here! And with winter comes a drop in temperatures. Soon you’ll find yourself reaching for that thermostat that you haven’t looked twice at all summer. For many homeowners, a thermostat is something they don’t give a lot of… Read more

Think Vacation Homes Are Only For Other People!?

December 4, 2019  /  Budgeting  /  Marti Reeder

Think again! We’re seeing an increase in interest in second homes in our market. This interest is being driven by two main groups – millennials who fear they can’t afford a home in the area they want to live in… Read more

Why Being A Great Human Being Could Land You In Hot Water – (When You Need A Mortgage)

November 20, 2019  /  Budgeting  /  Marti Reeder

What in the world am I talking about? In short: cosigning a loan for a friend or family member. Let’s take the case of Tom and Sue. They have a mortgage on their home and weren’t planning on moving for… Read more

Surviving A Kitchen Remodel

November 6, 2019  /  Design  /  Marti Reeder

Chances are, if you’ve owned your home for more than a couple of years you’ve undertaken some sort of improvement project. Maybe it was a new bathroom vanity. Perhaps you painted the bedrooms. Or maybe you put in new flooring…. Read more

Putting Your Home To Bed For The Winter

October 16, 2019  /  Home Care & Maintenance  /  Marti Reeder

Talk to any gardener you know, and they’ll probably mention “putting their garden to bed for the winter”. In the gardening world that might mean raking leaves, pulling out annual plants, weeding, and putting down a layer of compost and… Read more

Saying Goodbye to PMI!

October 9, 2019  /  Budgeting  /  Marti Reeder

. . . and why PMI in the first place? PMI or Private Mortgage Insurance, is the lender’s protection in case you default on your mortgage and your home goes into foreclosure. Homebuyers unable to come up with a 20%… Read more

7 Ways The New Tax Law Affect Homeowners!

September 25, 2019  /  Budgeting  /  Marti Reeder

SEVEN WAYS THE NEW TAX LAWS AFFECT HOMEOWNERS With new tax changes having come into effect in the past year, it’s a great time to revisit how some of those changes might affect homeowners. While everyone’s situation differs, there are… Read more


September 5, 2019  /  Budgeting  /  Marti Reeder

I recently wrote about upgrades that are WORTH THE SPLURGE? , which got me to thinking about remodeling, refreshing, and rearranging your home. In the good old days, homeowners had few options when it came to “test driving” potential purchases… Read more


August 21, 2019  /  Budgeting  /  Marti Reeder

One of the most common questions I am asked by both buyers and sellers has to do with upgrades to a home. Sellers want to know if the investment they make will pay off. And buyers are wondering if they… Read more

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