Home Ownership

5 Home Ownership Perks You May Not Have Thought Of

5 Home Ownership Perks You May Not Have Thought Of
Of course, we all know that buying a home is an investment, and it’s one of the most common ways to build wealth for the future. Unlike other larger purchases, such as new cars or recreational vehicles, homes often don’t depreciate over time. Many homes can become more valuable with changes to the area, home improvements and increases in...

Home Details That Supercharge Your Value

Home Details That Supercharge Your Value
Home values soar and fall, but when you look at them over an extended period of time, they almost always trend upward. Home values rise by about 3% to 4% annually, as reported by Realtor.com, and that’s just the average. Home values in the Seattle market increased by nearly 10.5 percent in the course of one year back in...

How the Seller’s Market Affects Your Finances Right Now

How the Seller’s Market Affects Your Finances Right Now
Noticing an increase in the number of “for sale” signs in your neighborhood? When homeowners stand to gain more than usual from selling their homes, families who weren’t intending to sell may be convinced to pack things up and start a listing. You might not be one of them, but the seller’s market can still affect your finances in...

Must-Knows for Living in a Condo

Must-Knows for Living in a Condo
Condo living is an attractive option for many couples looking to purchase a home, and who can blame them? Free amenities, low maintenance, low purchase price and high-end upgrades all make condo living easy and affordable. But before you get dazzled by a complex’s luxurious pool and fully equipped gym, be sure to do your research. Don’t purchase any...

Ready To Buy Your First Home? 5 Things To Consider

Ready To Buy Your First Home? 5 Things To Consider
In today's landscape of home buying, the millennial generation touts a strong sector of first-time home buyers. These are tech-savvy, well educated individuals, many of which are considering whether or not it is their time to purchase a home for the first time. Here are 5 things to consider before diving into home ownership. 1. Do you have a steady...

Why Take Your Shoes Off At the Door?

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Have you ever wondered why people take their shoes off at the door instead of wearing them throughout the house? There’s a good reason for that particular custom. Your feet track a lot of dirt, grime, and bacteria through your home (oh – and poop, too).In this post, we’ll get “down and dirty” about the reality of this risk....

Do New Windows Really Pay For Themselves?

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Old, drafty windows look unsightly, make your home cold in the winter, and are touted as a nightmare when it comes to controlling your energy usage. But is that really the truth? While replacing all of the windows in your home may seem like a great way to save money, this one renovation may not pay off as much...

3 Little Home Improvements That Pay Off Big

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Home improvements aren’t always about aesthetics. While it’s nice to replace outdated and worn out paint and fixtures, little improvements can also increase your home’s value, especially if you choose the right ones. In this guide, you’ll learn about a few of the best ways to improve how your home looks, how it functions, and how much it’s worth...

When to Repair or Replace Appliances

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Sometimes, homeowners replace old appliances as they make improvements to their home. Others are eager to replace outdated models with new ones to stay connected with the latest trends and technology.And then you have the people who prefer to repair existing technology, sticking with the older and familiar versions. After all, they’re familiar, comfortable to use, and may even...

Big Home Repair Coverage, Small Price

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Have you recently purchased a home or a new homeowner’s insurance policy? Perhaps you know someone else who has. Either way, someone involved with the sale may have suggested home repair insurance (sometimes referred to as a home warranty) to help protect you from costly repairs in the future. Home warranties can be a fantastic way to boost your...

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Set Healthy Boundaries to Gain These Benefits

Set Healthy Boundaries to Gain These Benefits

Do you find yourself always saying “yes” to everything? When a friend asks for help moving? How about tackling some extra projects at work?...