Packing can be the most time-consuming part of moving, but doing it right can mean the difference between a successful move or a disaster, especially if you’re moving belongings that are fragile or of sentimental value. Here are some pack hacks to ease the process. Continue reading →
Your home’s landscape and exterior space is the first thing that potential buyers notice. As they pull up to view your home, it is important that you are giving them a great first impression. These are a few great landscaping renovations that you can make to improve the chances of selling your home.Continue reading →
Moving into a new home with a significant other for the first time is an exciting process. In addition to deciding how you’ll pay bills and keep up with housework, you’re going to have to make some big decisions on your home’s decor style together. This can be a huge headache for many couples, so read on for some tips on how to seamlessly merge decor styles in your new home sweet home. Continue reading →
Realty Executives in The Villages is Realty Executives International’s Brokerage of the Month for March 2018. With more than 75 real estate professionals serving popular areas in Florida including The Villages, Ocala, and Wildwood, the firm has thrived and experienced incredible agent count growth under the leadership of Broker/Owner Glenn Stein, while remaining a leader in both sales volume and units sold over the last decade. *
“We’ve always seen growth but lately we’ve seen massive results. Realty Executives in The Villages has doubled in size over the last three years,” said Stein. Continue reading →
Energy saving strategies can change with the seasons, so it’s important to re-evaluate your home’s energy efficiency throughout the year. Check out this simple guide for tips to boost your home’s energy efficiency during the warmer months.
Plan to replace or clean air filters on a semi-regular basis, usually every few months. If you have pets, more frequent changes can benefit your system. Besides keeping tabs on air filters, checking to make sure the evaporator coil is working properly before the hottest months is a proactive step you can take. If you don’t have experience with air conditioner maintenance or cleaning, it’s a good idea to hire a professional.
Cultivating a home garden is a great way to teach your children where their food comes from while fostering a sense of independence and a healthy respect for the environment. Most of all, it’s a fun activity the whole family can enjoy. Keeping their dexterity and attention span in mind, here are some tips on gardening with children that will get you growing in no time.
Location, Location, Location. The most important consideration when deciding what you want to grow is where you want to grow it. Are you planting indoors or out? In summer or fall? How much sun exposure will you have each day, and how extreme are the temperatures? Checking a hardiness map for your area will help you decide what, when, and where to grow, and involving your child in the research makes for a fun geography lesson.
Is it time to purchase your first home? Owning your own home may offer many advantages including building equity, qualifying for tax deductions, and having a place to call your own. It also requires a level of financial and emotional readiness. Evaluating your position in each of the following categories can help guide you as you make this important decision.
Purchasing a home is a big financial decision. In addition to making mortgage payments you also have to factor in additional costs such as taxes, homeowner’s insurance, homeowner’s association fees, city assessments, and household repairs. Mortgage companies use a debt to income ratio (DTI) to determine loan eligibility.