6 Near-Genius Ways to Fool Burglars Into Thinking You’re Home

You love it, but sometimes you have to leave it. Whether it’s the eight hours a day or eight days on a dreamy beach, allowing your biggest investment to fend for itself can be stressful. And it’s a legit concern; when your home looks empty, break-ins happen. A lot. Ugh. You could deter burglars by.. read more →

Hackers Are After Your Down Payment. How NOT to Get Scammed

You finally found it: the two-story bungalow in the trendy part of town you’ve been eyeing for years – the one with the best coffee shop (hello, foamy latte) and favorite farmer’s market. You made your best offer (they accepted!) and now you’re about to close on your dream home. Then just before closing, an.. read more →

3 Must-vs-Lust Buying Tips to Avoid Overspending

The super-simple (and fun) way to separate needs from nice-to-haves. This post will show you how to pare down the excess and make sure to get the things you really NEED. Make a List of Wants Start by making a list of everything you want in your house. If you love it, jot it down. Have your.. read more →

What to Do With a Tax Refund: 3 Ideas That’ll Practically Double Your Money If You’re a Homeowner

If this year is anything like the last, almost 7.2 million Americans will get a tax refund this spring averaging around $3,000. If you’re a homeowner getting this refund, you’re fortunate because you’ve got more creative ways to invest it for a profit. Doesn’t matter if you’re selling, staying put, or stuck in the middle… read more →

How to DIY Your Taxes — and Not Miss a Single Deduction

Ready or not, the tax man’s coming. Filing your taxes yourself may not be your idea of a fun night at home, but even so, it doesn’t really have to be that bad. Yes, even if you own a home. Even if you itemize your deductions. Even if you’re scared of making a mistake. We.. read more →

Tax Season: What New Homeowners Can Expect

No one wants to think about government paperwork, especially when your hand still aches from signing the 977 forms required to buy your first house? But listen up: As a new homeowner, you can typically wave bye-bye to the 1040-EZ form and say hi to itemizing your deductions on Schedule A. That means you can combine.. read more →

What to Do a Year Before Buying Your First Home

The ultimate timeline ensures the smoothest of transitions to home ownership. A real yard. Closets bigger than your average microwave. The freedom to decorate however you darn well please! Making the switch from renting to owning is exhilarating, but many rookie homebuyers find the process trickier to navigate than they expected. This is why we.. read more →

Are You a Cheap vs. Frugal Homeowner? How to Tell the Difference

Sometimes trying to save will actually cost you more. Here’s when that happens. You’ve got all the loyalty apps (free burrito after you buy 10!), you shopped around for the lowest rate on your mortgage, and you never go to the grocery store when you’re hungry. You’re frugal, and the rising amount in your savings.. read more →

Basic Steps in the Home Purchase Process

Are you a new home buyer? The home buying process can be a bit complicated; a Realtor like me can assist you in making the process smooth and enjoyable. In this article I will go over the basic steps in the home purchase process. You can easily write individual articles about each step in the.. read more →

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