Open House Safety Tips

Opening your home up to complete strangers isn’t something most of us are accustomed to.  However, hosting an open house is an important tool for finding a buyer. You’ve spent weeks prepping your home for the open house, but you’re not done yet. If you are still living in your home, there are some important steps you should take in order to ensure both you and your property remain safe.     Valuables.  We would like…

2019 Interior Design Trends

The new year is here, which means the latest design trends are too! With last year’s emphasis on high contrast, comfort, farmhouse elements, and shades of purple, what can we expect from 2019 interior design trends? Read on to find out. 1. Biophilic Elements Bio-what? “‘Biophilia’ describes the human tendency to connect with nature (NCBI). On average, humans spend 90% of their time inside a building. When humans are separated from a natural environment, our…

Make 2019 the Year You Buy A Home

Are you eager to build your net worth and stop making those rent payments each month? Whether you are a millennial or someone who has been renting for decades, now could be the right time for you to become a homeowner.  Now there’s nothing wrong with renting and it can be right for some people. However, if you are looking to buy a home, here are some steps you can take to make that dream…

2019 Conforming Loan Limits Increase

Looking to buy a new house in 2019? We are excited to share some positive and relevant mortgage news. As expected with the sustained rise in home values, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, (a regulator for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac), announced an increase in conforming loan limits for 2019. This means that home buyers will now have more borrowing power. Fast Facts: New limits go into effect on January 1, 2019 (but you can…

Planning to head out of town? Use these 4 key tips to keep your home safe

‘Tis the season for burglaries and break-ins. Unfortunately, burglars have a different idea of “holiday spirit” as they target your home and take your valuables. However, there are several steps you can take to help deter these unwanted guests and burglar-proof your holiday. 1. Keep your plans offline Although it may be tempting to share your upcoming travel plans, we suggest keeping the specifics off social media. Avoid posting (or commenting publicly) about when you’re…