Oh Lighten Up!

Posted by Karen Johnson on April 03, 2019 in  Real Estate Advice  Remodeling
Bringing more light into your home He that will enjoy the brightness of sunshine, must quit the coolness of the shade. -Samuel Johnson This time of year means open windows, breezes and sunshine! But for some of us that live in wooded areas having leaves back on the trees means more shadow during the day. Or you may live in an older home whose design did not take natural light into account. Or you may live in the city where the building next door keeps your windows in perpetual shade. How to brighten up the room? 1.... read more
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Mold vs. Mildew

There is Fungus Among Us
Posted by Karen Johnson on March 20, 2019 in  Mold  Real Estate Advice
Many people are confused about the difference between mold and mildew, or even if there is any difference at all. While these terms are often used interchangeably, there are a few subtle differences that can impact how mold or mildew is identified and treated. Both mold and mildew are types of fungus that thrive in moist, humid conditions where a light source is either poor or non-existent. Both grow when spores, or seeds, find their way into suitable environments for colonies to grow. Both need poro... read more
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Wash Your Danged Windows

Posted by Jay Ginsberg on March 20, 2019 in  Real Estate Advice  Sell your home
Every year you promise yourself that this will be the year I wash all the windows in the house. And yet you still have dirty windows. Dirty you say - but I can still see through them! Take a paper towel and sprinkle a little vinegar on it. Or the glass cleaner under the sink that you bought three years ago and only use on the bathroom mirrors. I guarantee you will be amazed at the black that comes off of the windows that you can see through. Having trouble growing plants? Wash your windows. Feeling the... read more
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Renovation Permits and You

Posted by Cynthia Rundatz on March 01, 2019 in  Real Estate Advice  Renovate
What should you do if you purchased a home that was remodeled without permits? This is not an easy question to answer, and if you're really interested in a property, it pays to go into negotiations with your eyes wide open to the possible repercussions. 5 Reasons Why Homeowners Do Remodels Without Permits There are several reasons for homeowners not to secure permits for their home improvements. Remodeling permits can cost too much: Permits are typically based on the price of the project. Say you've built... read more
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To renovate or not to renovate? That is the question.

Posted by Stephanie Thibodeau on February 25, 2019 in  Real Estate Advice  Renovate
Answer: It depends. Ask your agent. How is the Market? What is the condition of the homes in your neighborhood? What is the likely return on investment? Many sellers put way too much money into fixing up their homes before listing them for sale. Or worse, they make renovation mistakes like putting granite counter tops on old worn cabinets. Talk to your agent long before you swing a hammer. She can help you weigh the pros and cons of renovation.   Selling a Home in "As Is" Condition Let's say that the property ... read more
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