How Much Home do You Really Need?

In a fast-moving housing market, you may find yourself compromising what you want to what’s affordable and available to buy. Some wish list items you’ll be able to find but others you can happily do without if you concentrate instead on choosing a home that functions for your household and budget.

Size: Most home buyers want more space, but square footage can be misleading. A bigger house isn’t better if you’re paying big bucks to heat, cool and maintain space you don’t use.

Layout: As you preview homes think about your daily activities and whether the layout functions to serve those needs. Does the interior design allow you to pivot as needs change? For example, a little-used formal dining room or living room could become a home office or playroom.

Materials: As suggested by the children’s story The Three Little Pigs, houses made

of brick or stone are the safest, longest-lasting materials, but houses made of siding can be comfortable and affordable. The quality of materials and the workmanship are what matter most.

Comfort: You want your household members to be comfortable and enjoy the spaces that they have. Think about places for family and friends to gather. Privacy is important, so there should be shared spaces to do homework, play games, and converse.

Costs:  When estimating your monthly payment, include taxes and hazard insurance, but don’t forget to set aside money in your overall budget for decorating, maintenance and repairs, such as installing curtains and repainting.


Real Estate
Real Estate

Are Listings Growing in Your Area?

Wondering if it’s a good time to put your home on the market during these winter months, or if you should wait until Spring 2021. The National Association of REALTORS®  predicts that this “will be one of the best winter sales years ever.”


Get Ready for Competitive Spring Homebuying

Homebuyers should prepare for what could possibly be the most competitive spring homebuying season in years.

Fun Facts
Fun Facts

The Meanings Behind Red Front Doors

Ever wonder why so many front doors are painted red across the world, or what it means? Some parts of the world used it for spiritual beliefs, status, Feng Shui and more!