Buyer Info, Tips and Tricks Refresh Your Space: Creative January Decorating Tips As the holiday season fades into fond memories, January welcomes a clean slate and a perfect opportunity to breathe new life into your living space. Embrace the freshness of the new year by revitalizing your home decor. Here are some inspiring January decorating tips to infuse your space with renewed energy: 1. Embrace Simplicity After […]
Buyer Info, Tips and Tricks January Gardening Tips: Preparing for a Flourishing Year Ahead January is an opportune time for garden enthusiasts to lay the groundwork for a successful year of growth and beauty. While winter may have its grip on the outdoors, January is a pivotal month for gardeners to plan and prepare for the upcoming seasons. Here are some invaluable gardening tips tailored for this time of […]
Buyer Info, Tips and Tricks Keeping Your Home in Shape: January Maintenance Checklist As the new year begins, it’s the perfect time to give your home some attention and set the tone for a well-maintained space throughout the year. January calls for specific home maintenance tasks to ensure your property remains in top shape. Here’s a comprehensive checklist to guide you through the essential tasks this month: 1. […]
Buyer Info, Tips and Tricks A Recipe for You: Simple Turkey, Cranberry and Pecan Salad Don’t settle for dry, reheated turkey. This scrumptious recipe for turkey salad mixed with cranberries and pecans will save you from the bland leftover blues. Ingredients  2 cup cooked turkey breast, diced  ¼ cup pecans, chopped  ¼ cup celery, chopped  ¼ cup dried cranberries  ½ cup mayonnaise  Salt and pepper, to taste Instructions: Mix all […]
Entertaining, Dining and Recipes A Recipe for You: Flavor-Packed Roasted Pumpkin Seeds If carving a jack-o’-lantern is on your agenda this season, make sure you put those seeds to good use. From savory to sweet, these flavor combinations will make pumpkin seeds seem less like a nuisance, and more like a favorite snack! Breadstick 1 teaspoon olive oil 1 teaspoon grated Parmesan cheese ½ teaspoon basil ½ teaspoon oregano […]
Buyer Info, Tips and Tricks Lead Poisoning Lead poisoning is a serious problem that can lead to adverse health problems. In children, high levels of lead can cause damage to the brain and nervous system, behavioral and learning problems, slow growth, and hearing problems. In adults, lead poisoning can cause reproductive problems, high blood pressure, digestive problems, nerve disorder, memory and concentration […]
Resources Winter Home Maintenance Checklist Spring and fall are usually the times of the year when household projects come to the forefront of our to-do lists and home maintenance projects kick into full gear. However, there are several items in the home that may need your attention throughout the year, with winter being no exception. Use this checklist to help […]
Buyer Info, Tips and Tricks The Moving Day Survival Kit Getting ready to move into your new home can be a hectic experience. From getting items out of storage to transferring items from your old home into your new space, it’s easy to lose track of things. That’s why it is important to keep track of essential items during the move. While you’ll pack most […]
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Mortgage information Title Insurance When Refinancing Your Loan Lower interest rates have motivated you to refinance your home loan. The lower rate may save you a tremendous amount of money over the life of the loan, but you should also expect to pay the lender the typical closing costs associated with any new loan, including service fees, points, title insurance protection and other […]
Buyer Info, Tips and Tricks Underground Heating Oil Tanks Underground heating oil tanks can pose many potential problems to both home buyers and sellers. They have been the source of many environmental problems such as contamination of surrounding soil and ground water. Leaks are generally caused by the rust inside underground tanks or by an electrical condition sparked by electric utility lines. Buyers should […]
Buyer Info, Tips and Tricks Why You Should Not Make Any Major Credit Purchases Don’t go on a spending spree using credit if you are thinking about buying a home, or in the process of buying a new home. Your mortgage pre-approval is subject to a final evaluation of your financial situation. Every $100 you pay per month on a credit payment could cost you about $10,000 in home […]
Entertaining, Dining and Recipes A Recipe for You: Bang Bang Fish and Chips Fish and chips will never be the same once you’ve had this bang bang version! Slathered in a slightly spicy, slightly sweet sauce, it’s the perfect balance for beer-battered fish. Make sure to use the chips for sopping up all that good sauce! Serves 4 Ingredients: For the sauce  ½ cup mayonnaise  ¼ cup sweet […]
Home Exteriors and Maintenance Top 5 Home Repairs You Need to Budget For Not everything lasts forever and repairs on homes can be costly! Below are some common home repairs you should start budgeting for today. 1. Roof (every 30 years): Average cost $12,000 2. Windows (every 30 to 50 years): Average $650 per window 3. Gutters (every 30 years): Average per home $1,600-$2,300 4. Central Air (15 years): […]
Entertaining, Dining and Recipes A Recipe For You: Summer Fruit and Sour Cream Tart This fruit tart is truly a masterpiece. Sweetened sour cream pastry filling is layered underneath a bounty of fresh summer fruit, making this a dessert no one will forget. Serves 6–8 Ingredients  Ready-to-bake piecrust  2 c. half-and-half  2 tsp. vanilla extract  ½ c. sugar  5 egg yolks  3 tbsp. cornstarch (dissolved in 3 tbsp. of […]
Home Decor Home Improvements Getting Greatest ROI Key Highlights Curb appeal matters most Garage door replacement generates 94% ROI Exterior Renovations Generate Most ROI With many of us inside our homes during 2020, the home renovation market boomed.  Not only were we more at home living and working than ever, we also wanted our homes to work and look better than ever. […]
Entertaining, Dining and Recipes 4TH of July Crafts: Patriotic Upcycled Can Flower Pots Make these super simple patriotic upcycled can flower pots that are sure to brighten up any patriotic themed party table. Turn aluminum cans into a pretty and rustic 4th of July decoration. Paint all of the cans with two coats of white mult-surface paint. Then apply vinyl shapes cut out with Silhouette and used them […]
Buyer Info, Tips and Tricks Environmental Issues When purchasing a piece of property, it is important to be aware of any environmental liabilities associated with it. For example, you should find out if there are any registered underground tanks within several miles of the property, known contaminated properties in the neighborhood, or property owners who have been fined by the government for […]
Buyer Info, Tips and Tricks Keys to Success for First-Time Homebuyers Buying your first home is an exciting decision and a major milestone that has the power to change your life for the better. As a first-time homebuyer, it’s a vision you can bring to life, but, as the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shares, you’ll have to overcome some factors that have made it more […]
Buyer Info, Tips and Tricks 10 Sublime and Scenic Views Near Cherokee, North Carolina For the most breathtaking sunsets and sunrises in the United States, all you have to do is hop in your car and take a drive to Cherokee. Located right in the heart of Western North Carolina, Cherokee is more then just a pretty place. Bordered by two national parks, Cherokee is one of the most […]
Entertaining, Dining and Recipes A Recipe for You: Pistachio Tiramisu Tiramisu, meaning “pick me up” in Italian, has seen a rise and fall in popularity since its invention in the 1960s. But this recipe is bringing it back with a twist—pistachio! Makes 6-8 servings Ingredients  4 large egg yolks, at room temperature  ¼ cup granulated sugar  16 ounces mascarpone  2 tablespoons pistachio paste  2 large […]