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October 2016

Found 4 blog entries for October 2016.

Foyer DIY Project While new homes often feature an entry hall with vaulted ceilings and no shortage of storage space for coats and boots, older homes may lack a foyer entirely. In smaller houses, it's common for the front door to lead directly into the living room.

While this saves space, it's not always convenient — and it may leave you wishing for an area with more visual impact to welcome guests into your home. 

Luckily, making a foyer in the living room isn't impossible. If you get creative, you can carve out a welcoming spot and some room to store your outerwear without taking up too much of your living space.

Weatherproof the Floor

One main advantage of a foyer is that its floor is typically tiled in ceramic or stone to keep you from tracking dirt

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Fall Home For Sale Many people think of summer as the best time to sell a house, but autumn can also be a good time to put your home on the market. Knowing what buyers are looking for and how to avoid the pitfalls of the season can help you sell your home fast.

Focus on Curb Appeal

Autumn is a very dramatic time in many neighborhoods. With leaves changing colors and rain storms rolling in and out, lawn maintenance and exterior home maintenance is more important than ever.

  • Rake leaves continuously: Piles of un-raked leaves on the ground will remind home buyers of yard work, and may even lead them to believe that your lawn requires too much maintenance. Keep your leaves raked and out of site at all times.
  • Clean your home's exterior: Your home's exterior
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Home Has not Sold The process of selling a home does not always go according to plan, and homeowners can find themselves sitting on a home for longer than expected. In fact, there are no guarantees that any home will attract the right buyer and proceed to the closing table.

However, when a home fails to attract buyers and languishes too long on the market, there are often specific issues that can be addressed to improve the chances of a successful sale.

If you are trying to sell your home and are experiencing poor results, here are four of the most common reasons why and how they can be resolved.  

Market Conditions

If your home is not selling but neither are many others in your area, chances are that market conditions are at fault. This can happen when

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Home Buying Without Stress Buying a home can be stressful, but there are many things you can do to reduce your stress during the buying process. Being prepared and working with knowledgeable experts can help.

Below are some of the most important things you can do to make your real estate purchase as stress-free as possible.

Give Yourself Time

Buying a house takes time. Even after you find a house to buy, making an offer can take days or weeks as a price is negotiated, and the escrow and closing process can take another month after the price is settled. Trying to rush your purchase can create stress and lead to mistakes.

If you need to vacate your current residence by a set date, give yourself several months lead time to find an agent, find a house, make an

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