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Monthly Archives: March 2019

    How Tax Reform Affects Homeowners

    By John Taylor | March 29, 2019

      New tax legislation was signed into law at the end of 2017, and it included some significant changes for homeowners. These changes took effect in 2018 and do not influence your 2017 taxes.  Here’s a brief overview of this year’s tax changes and how they may affect you*. The amount of mortgage interest you... Read More

    Downsizing: 5 Things to Consider

    By John Taylor | March 28, 2019

    Downsizing is on the minds of many homeowners today. Some are ready to retire. Others want to live more simply. Many want to save money and say goodbye to home maintenance. If you can relate to any of those sentiments, ask yourself these five questions: Have you done the math? The financial savings that can be... Read More

    How the Neighborhood Impacts a Home’s Value

    By John Taylor | March 27, 2019

    Whether you’re buying or selling, accurately pricing a home requires professional assistance from someone who knows the neighborhood. The “estimated” home prices you see posted online can be off by tens of thousands of dollars—not because they are dishonest, but because the computer programs generating these guesstimates don’t take into account the current condition of a house, the... Read More

    Moving On Up!

    By John Taylor | March 26, 2019

    Moving is stressful, whether it is across town or cross-country.  Once you have closed on your house, the reality of packing, moving, and setting up a new home can become overwhelming. While no list can make a move “stress-free”, planning ahead and staying organized can help make your move a little smoother.  Here is our list of... Read More

    6 Clever Ways to Disguise Trash Bins

    By John Taylor | March 25, 2019

    You probably don’t give much thought to your garbage cans, other than remembering to put them out on the right day. But we all have to store our trash and recycling bins somewhere, and doing so can be a challenge on a smaller property, especially if you don’t want them to be an eyesore. If you’re struggling... Read More

    Helping Fight Hunger in Our Communities

    By John Taylor | March 19, 2019

      Recent research from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) found that more than 13 million children in the U.S. experience food insecurity. That’s one in six children who live in households where they do not have enough food to eat on a regular basis. And over 20 million children rely on free or reduced-price... Read More

    5 Deal Breakers that can blindside home buyers

    By John Taylor | March 18, 2019

      Purchasing a home can be a complex endeavor for even the most well-prepared home buyer.  You’ve diligently saved for your down payment, followed the market, researched agents and now you are ready to make an offer on your dream home.  Don’t let these 5 “Deal Breakers” come between you and your new home.  ... Read More

    Simple Steps for Maintaining Air Quality in Your Home

    By John Taylor | March 15, 2019

      Most of us tend to think of air pollution as something that occurs outdoors where car exhaust and factory fumes proliferate, but there’s such a thing as indoor air pollution, too.  Since the 1950s, the number of synthetic chemicals used in products for the home has increased drastically, while at the same time, homes... Read More

    Start Moving in the Right Direction

    By John Taylor | March 14, 2019

    Moving is stressful, whether it’s across town or cross-country.  Once you’ve closed on your house, the reality of packing, moving, and setting up a new home can become overwhelming. While no list can make a move “stress-free”, planning ahead and staying organized can help make your move a little smoother.  Here is our list of... Read More

    How An Accent Wall Can Bring Everything Together

    By John Taylor | March 13, 2019

      What is it about an accent wall that makes people refer to it as a “wonder wall”? An accent wall is an emphasized wall in a room that has been designed to attract attention from adjacent walls. The simplest (and cheapest) option to go about an accent wall is by means of paint, though some may... Read More