Shopping for a Home

Buying a home is one of the most important decisions you will make. That’s why it’s in your best interest to choose an experienced real estate agent who listens to and understands your needs, and has detailed knowledge of the area in which you want to want to live.  Read more HERE.

Where Housing Costs Less, Energy Costs More

In metros were home owners pay the least amount for housing, they often spend some of the highest amounts on energy each year. On the other hand, in some of the priciest areas, owners get more of a break, according to a new report by Redfin.

Energy costs should be an important factor guiding home buyers. After all, energy bills can increase total housing costs by as much as 50 percent or more. This is particularly common in the Rust Belt, Redfin researchers note.

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Know Your Neighborhood

When you buy a home, you’re investing in a community. You’ll spend a significant amount of time and money supporting the schools, community organizations and commercial centers in the area. Before you make the final decision, take a good look at the location and make sure it fits your lifestyle.  Read on for MORE

5 Insurance Tips for Home Renovation Projects

A home renovation can be an overwhelming experience with high stakes for your clients. There’s creating the overall vision of the project, gauging its financial feasibility, finding a reliable contractor, and hoping for a smooth construction process. But an important consideration that often falls by the wayside is making sure the project is adequately insured.

Whatever a home remodel entails, it’s important that all the players involved are insured—from the homeowner, to the general contractor, to any subcontractors involved, says Mark Komiskey, Director of Homeowners Products at Esurance.

Here are five insurance tips to help keep financially sound as you consider a home renovation.

4 Lawn Maintenance Tips for Fall

Fall lawn maintenance isn’t just about clearing away leaves, says The National Association of Landscape Professionals. Your clients will want to do a few things in their yard not only to prep it for the colder months, but to ensure that it’s in good shape for spring.

Maintaining a healthy lawn is also great for a home’s curb appeal, and just adopting a standard lawn care program can recover 303 percent of the project cost, according to the 2016 Remodeling Impact Report: Outdoor Features.

Consider these lawn tips and remember that lawn care is something you need to think about throughout the year.

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