Michelle Moore Creates National Designation for Realtors®

              When real estate agents get their license, they’re likely to quickly feel as though they have been thrown into the middle of a pool and left to sink or swim. Unfortunately, many agents get their license and are poorly trained and lack the knowledge and skill to grow their businesses and effectively represent a buyer or seller. This is an all-too-common issue and leads to discouragement, disappointment, frustration, and a high turnover rate within the industry. As Michelle Moore’s real estate business grew and she became one of the top selling agents in …

The hidden dangers of oversharing on social media

Locking doors and windows and leaving a light on used to deter criminals from breaking into homes when you were away on vacation, but our obsession with sharing photos and experiences in real time on social media has created a whole new security risk for travelers. According to Mercury Insurance, burglaries involving social media have become all too common these days. “Instead of looking for physical signs that a home is unoccupied, burglars can simply scan Instagram posts, monitor Twitter feeds and check Facebook for signs that someone isn’t home. Posted photos can also show them exactly what to look for …

5 strategies for protecting your valuables

Home is your sanctuary, your castle, the place where you feel the most secure and protected. It is natural to feel this way. So, it is not surprising that you store your prized possessions and valuables at home as well. But is that the best choice for all your valuables? The recent wildfires in California are the latest in a string of devastating disasters to impact homeowners in the U.S. Together with the hurricanes along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts and tornadoes and flooding in the Midwest, residential property losses are expected to approach $100 billion according to CoreLogic. Making …

Equipment warranties 101: What you should know

From smartphones to mattresses, almost everything you buy comes with some kind of warranty. How can you ensure you get the most benefit from a warranty, especially for a major investment that’s also critical to the comfort of your home, like a new furnace? “Warranties are meant to assure a homeowner that the furnace they’re purchasing will do what it’s supposed to, is free of defects and meets applicable government regulations or standards,” says Chip Wade, HGTV expert. “However, warranties are often very specific about the circumstances under which the manufacturer will repair or replace the furnace if it doesn’t …

How to avoid cold weather woes

As sweater season knocks on the door, it’s time to prepare for the brisk temperatures ahead. This winter, keep your home, health and well-being top of mind with these simple tips to avoid cold weather woes. Winterize your porch Install plexiglass panels to keep the cold weather out, allowing you to host friends and family, protect your furniture from snowfall and minimize spring cleaning. Once winter is over, simply pack up the panels and store them for next season. For those who splurged on flooring, apply a protective finish, such as a water sealer or stain, to ensure excess moisture …

4 things you might not know about DIY home security

A growing number of homeowners are turning to do-it-yourself smart home security systems to address their security concerns. Installing your own home security system can be well worth the investment; while the average system may cost hundreds of dollars to get started, monthly fees are low, and when a home security system is present, 60 percent of attempted burglaries fail, according to StatisticBrain. Burglars know many families travel take vacations throughout the year. Plus, homes filled with electronics and computers can be a treasure trove for thieves. Here are ways DIY home security systems make it easy to keep your smart …

Top trends for the 2018 housing market identified

In the real estate market, springtime is go time. It’s the busiest time of the year for home sales, and with this year’s stable economy and low unemployment rate, the spring of 2018 has the potential to be especially active. Every market is defined by its trends, and while each year is different, identifying these trends early on can be a useful tool for buyers, sellers and agents to navigate the upcoming market and secure the best long-term solution for themselves or their clients. With that in mind, here are a few top real estate trends to watch for in …

Wonderful Windows

                    While perhaps the driving force in today’s window trends continues to be energy efficiency and ease of care, homeowners also want high-quality windows that can do it all—function efficiently, provide energy savings, and add style to both the façade and interior of the home with lots of light and unobstructed views. When shopping for windows, homeowners should pay attention to more than looks, according to industry experts. According to Don Stewart of Window and Door Concepts, “Not only are there countless design options, but there are also many operational styles …

3 Reasons Why Pella Architect Series® Windows Are Worth the Investment

                    Investing in new windows can be a big decision, but Architect Series® windows by Pella will spruce up a home and make the replacement worth it. Window replacement is the perfect opportunity to enhance the look of your home. Traditional window styles offer a great look, but Architect Series® windows provide stunning craftsmanship and the authentic aesthetic of wood to any room. Window replacement—or replacement of any major home amenity or appliance—can be scary at first, but investing in Architect Series® Contemporary windows from Pella can provide a beautiful customization …

Garage doors: More visual impact than your front door

If you’re buying a garage door, you’ll be faced with several decisions that you likely never had to make before. Before you call your local garage door dealer, here are some of the decisions that you need to face. The design decision Remember the adage that the front door is the most important design element in the home? Not anymore. In most homes today, the visual impact of the garage door is many times greater than that of the front door. Studies have shown that your garage door design can affect the appraisal value of your home. Today, manufacturers offer …