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Learning and Earning

October 17th, 2018
learning light bulb

"If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you.   If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you." - Zig Ziglar

How To Boost Your Home's Curb Appeal

October 10th, 2018

 curb appeal

Ideally, you would like buyers to wait until they’ve viewed your whole property before they judge it. However, the reality is buyers start forming an impression of your home as soon as they see it from the curb. So it pays to do everything you can to improve your property's "curb appeal".

Here are some ideas:

  • You can improve the impact of your landscaping by trimming hedges, removing a ...

Creating The Ideal Working Relationship With Your Agent

October 2nd, 2018

 shaking hands

If you're working with a landscaping contractor, you want to develop a good working relationship with that professional, so you can avoid delays, stress and other issues. After all, the last thing you want is a tree planted in the wrong spot because of a misunderstanding!

The same holds true when working with a real estate agent. Whether you're buying, selling, or both, you want the proce ...

Meeting Obstacles Head-On

September 18th, 2018

"Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs." - Henry Ford

5 Ways To Create Extra Space In Your Home

September 11th, 2018


 Is your home feeling a little cramped? If so, there are many relatively inexpensive ways to free up more space. Here are some ideas: 

  1. Convert traditional into non-traditional space. We’re all familiar with converting a spare bedroom into a home office or kids’ playroom. You can also create space by finding other uses for pantries and walk-in closets. 
  1. Explore smart storage solutions ...

Should You Renovate Or Move?

September 4th, 2018


If you need to upsize or you’re simply ready for a change, it’s tempting to consider a major renovation. After all, renovating means you don’t have to go through the process of selling your property and buying another more suitable home. You just fix up the one you’ve got!

However, you need to carefully consider the pros and cons of renovating before going this route. You don’t want to in ...

Barbecue Maintenance That Will Save Your Life

August 22nd, 2018


According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), more than 160 people are injured each year in BBQ mishaps. That doesn't sound like a lot considering the thousands of people who flip burgers on their backyard grills each year. But, you certainly don't want to be one of those injured! 

The best way to prevent fire and injury is maintenance. Remarkably, few people are even awar ...

3 Not-So-Obvious Indicators It's Time To Sell

August 8th, 2018

time to sell 

There are many good reasons to put your property on the market. Some examples include a relocation, the kids leaving the nest, the need for something bigger or smaller, and the list goes on and on. 

However, there are also some less-than-obvious indicators that it may be time to sell. Consider the following: 

1. Your Property is no longer a Good "Fit" 

Your home may have been perfect fo ...

Lowering Shipping Fees When Shopping Online

July 30th, 2018


Online shopping is growing by an average of 20 million new shoppers each year. That's a lot of people clicking and buying! You may be one of them.  However, there's a cost to online shopping that's all too easy to overlook. Shipping fees. Imagine saving $10 on a luxury cookware set, only to be hit with a $15 delivery charge. Ouch. 

So how do you avoid those fees? 

First of all, always ch ...

Four Things You Should Know About Staging

July 10th, 2018

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You've probably heard about "home staging". As the name implies, it's all about arranging each room in your home in a way that will make the best impression on buyers. Here's what you need to know about staging if you're thinking of listing your property.

1. Staging can get you a higher price.

On average, a fully-staged home tends to sell for 17% more than an unstaged home of the same t ...

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