Home Owner Education

Home Owner Education Spring Cleaning Spring cleaning can feel like a big task, but breaking it down into manageable steps can make it more manageable. Here are some tips: Declutter: Start by going through each room and getting rid of items you no longer need or use. Consider donating, selling, or recycling them. Organize: Once you’ve decluttered, organize the remaining […]
Home Owner Education Spring Gardening As we approach the spring season, many homeowners are excited to begin their gardens. Timing and research are essential to your gardens success. Here are some tips for homeowners looking to plant and garden in the spring: Plan Your Garden: Before you start planting, take some time to plan your garden layout. Consider the amount […]
Home Owner Education February Exploration   February is a great time to explore home improvement and decor ideas. Here are some suggestions for home projects and decorating ideas for the month: Valentine’s Day Decor: Add some romantic touches to your home with red and pink accents, heart-shaped decorations, and scented candles. Consider creating a cozy atmosphere for a special Valentine’s […]
Home Owner Education Home Remodel Mistakes That Could Cost You Remodeling your home is a big project and an even bigger investment. With the expense and time associated with a remodel, we all want to get the most bang for our buck. However, it is important to note that not all updates are equal, and some can end up costing you long-term. To ensure your […]
Home Owner Education What’s Your Home Actually Worth? Discover What Buyers Will Pay in Today’s Market It’s easy to look up how much money you have in your savings account or the real-time value of your stock investments. But determining the dollar value of a home is trickier. As a seller, knowing your home’s worth helps you price it correctly when you put it up for sale. If you price it […]
Home Owner Education Real Estate Relocation Guide: 7 Steps to a Seamless Move Whatever your reasons are for relocating to a new area, the process can feel overwhelming. Whether you’re moving across town or across the country, you’ll be changing more than your address. Besides a new house, you may also be searching for new jobs, schools, doctors, restaurants, stores, service providers and more. Of course you’ll need […]
Home Owner Education Top 12 Tips for a Safer Holiday Home      Top 12 Tips for a Safer Holiday Home Our world is full of risk at every turn—from perilous jobs to dangerous driving conditions. That’s why we all love to get back to our homes and not worry about everyday safety hazards. It’s great to feel comfortable and safe at home, but is it […]
Home Owner Education The Compound Effect: Building Your Household’s Wealth The Compound Effect: Building Your Household’s Wealth Wealth is within reach for many people; however, the majority of Americans say it’s not likely they’ll become rich.1 While younger people are more likely to say they’ll achieve wealth one day, only 34 percent of people aged 30 to 49 and 21 percent of people aged 50 […]
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Home Owner Education Take Advantage of Your Home Equity: A Homeowner’s Guide   Take Advantage of Your Home Equity: A Homeowner’s Guide Homeownership offers many advantages over renting, including a stable living environment, predictable monthly payments, and the freedom to make modifications. Neighborhoods with high rates of homeownership have less crime and more civic engagement. Additionally, studies show that homeowners are happier and healthier than renters, and […]
Home Owner Education Lowe’s, AARP Team Up to Help Consumers Age in Place  Lowe’s, AARP Team Up to Help Consumers Age in Place  Which flooring is best for minimizing falls? What aging-in-place modifications do I need to do at home? What are the small, steady upgrades I should be making as I age? How can I make my bathroom safer? It’s harder to manage in my kitchen, so […]
Home Owner Education 5 Steps to Finding Your Next Home 5 Steps to Finding Your Next Home Whether you’re a first-time buyer or a seasoned homeowner, shopping for a new home can feel daunting. In fact, 56% of buyers said that “finding the right property” was the most difficult step in the home buying process.1 Buying a home is a significant commitment of both time […]
Home Owner Education Shut Down Home Intruders With These 7 Safety Strategies Shut Down Home Intruders With These 7 Safety Strategies According to the FBI, more than one million burglaries are committed in the United States each year, with victims suffering an estimated $3 billion in combined property losses.1 Fortunately, there are some proven tactics you can use to decrease your likelihood of a home invasion. Most burglars […]
Home Owner Education New Build or Existing Home: Which One Is Right for You?   New Build or Existing Home: Which One Is Right for You?   Homebuyers today are facing a huge dilemma. There simply aren’t enough homes for sale.1 Nationwide, there were 1.27 million active listings in September, down 13% from the previous year. According to the National Association of Realtors, that’s about 2.4 months of inventory, which […]
Home Owner Education Buying and Selling Your Home at the Same Time! Buying and Selling Your Home at the Same Time! Selling your home when you still need to shop for a new one can feel daunting to even the most seasoned homeowner––especially when the demand for new homes keeps rising, but the supply feels like it’s dwindling.¹ You’re not alone either if you’re already feeling drained […]
Home Owner Education Tornado Tips Tornado Tips Tornadoes in the United States occur most often in “Tornado Alley,” a swath of land that bisects the country: southern South Dakota, Nebraska, eastern Colorado, most of Kansas and Oklahoma, and the panhandle area of Texas. Most twisters move from southwest to northeast, or west to east. Most last less than 10 minutes. […]
Home Owner Education Should You Rent Your Home? Should You Rent Your Home? If you, like 68 percent of Americans, own your own home, the thought has probably crossed your mind: if you were to be offered your dream job out of state, should you sell or rent your home? Naturally there are many factors to weigh before making such an important decision. […]
Home Owner Education Lawn Care Lawn Care Lawn care needn’t take up all your time, but you do need to make a commitment to having healthy grass. Why? It not only provides a comfy carpet for kids to play on, but prevents soil erosion, absorbs many air pollutants and filters contaminants from rainwater. Healthy grass also helps clean the air […]
Home Owner Education Interest Rate Buy downs Interest Rate Buy downs What is an interest-rate buy down? It’s a tool to help you qualify for a larger loan and purchase a higher-priced house than you could under normal circumstances. A buy down allows you to pay extra points up front in return for a lower interest rate for the first few years. […]
Home Owner Education Burglar-Proof Your Home Burglar-Proof Your Home Burglars break in to 65,000 American homes per year. That’s a scary statistic, but you don’t have to become part of it if you know how to protect yourself, your family and your valuables. Think that hollow plastic rock out front where you keep your key fools anyone? Never leave keys in […]
Home Owner Education 20 Ways to Save Money and Stretch Your Household Budget 20 Ways to Save Money and Stretch Your Household Budget These days, it seems like everyone’s looking for ways to cut costs and stretch their income further. Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to reduce your household expenses without making radical changes to your standard of living. When combined, these small adjustments […]