Making the Best of Your Garden

What do you see when you think of your ideal garden? I picture a green, leafy English Cottage garden. There are perennial beds filled with flowers, well-tended vegetables in perfect, weed-free rows, roses and clematis climbing and rambling, and a shady pergola where I’m having afternoon tea. Then I look out at the Southwest reality […]

Do Your Socks Spark Joy?

Unless you’ve had no contact with the outside world for the last 5 years, you’ve probably heard of Marie Kondo and her KonMari Method™ of organization. She has shaken up the world of home organization (asking questions like “Do your socks spark joy?”), creating an empire (well-organized, I’m sure) that includes books, a Netflix series, […]

Hardscaping

  What can you do to add value to your home, make it more attractive to buyers, and increase your enjoyment while you live there?  Hardscaping!  The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) teamed up to research and create the 2018 Remodeling Impact Report:  Outdoor Features.  In it, they […]

February 2019 Housing Market Recap

The February 2019 Housing Market Recap shows existing home sales grew dramatically in February, marking the biggest month-over-month increase since December 2015. All regions except the Northeast saw an increase in sales, and prices continued to climb nationwide. The pace of sales was faster than it was in January, but slower than a year ago. […]

Look into Windows

When measuring how energy efficient your home is, it’s easy to consider appliances, insulation and even door frames. Too often, though, homeowners forget to look into windows. Windows are meant to be looked through but not overlooked. Here are ways to determine if it’s time to replace your windows. Function. This one is really simple. […]

Love Your Home

If you love your home, will it love you back? Yes. By taking care of your home, you will ensure that it can shelter you and your family for years to come. As an important bonus, you will help preserve your property’s value for sale or refinance. When you follow a home maintenance schedule, you’ll […]

Home Décor Trends in 2019 – Part 1

We’re nearing the end of the first month of the new year, and the popular home décor trends in 2019 are already becoming clear. If you’re looking for an inside home improvement project while it’s chilly out, this series will provide a few ideas for different areas of your house that can keep your home […]

December 2018 Housing Market Recap

After 2 months of steady gains, existing home sales dropped in December. Sales fell in all four regions, but prices continued to climb, as they have for almost 7 years. The pace of sales was slower than it was in November, and slower than a year ago. Inventory was down from the previous month, but […]

Up On The Roof

When thinking of features you love about your home, rarely does the roof come to mind. We often think about the updating the kitchen, adding a bathroom and redoing the floors, but what is up on the roof frequently is forgotten (until a leak or other trouble arises). However, investing in the roof for your […]

Keep Unwanted Visitors Out of Your Home

When you read the title of this blog, did your mind go to certain relatives? Or bugs and beasties? You’re on your own with the relatives (pretend you’re not home), but here are some suggestions for crawling, scurrying, slithering, buzzing intruders and ways to keep unwanted visitors out of your home. If this also describes […]