News You Can Use August 2018
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How to Avoid a DIY Disaster When Tackling Home Improvements

Home improvement projects are rarely inexpensive. If you're good with your hands, it can be tempting to tackle the job yourself. But for every DIY-success story there is a project-that-ends-in-disaster story. And when something goes wrong, it can go wrong quite spectacularly and expensively.

That's not to say that you should never attempt any DIY. But it's certainly sensible to approach... Read More
Selling Your Home—What to Do about Sale Contingencies

After listing your house for sale, one or more potential buyers might make a purchase offer soon. Since most people already own a home, you are likely to receive offers that are contingent upon the buyer selling his or her house first. Should you accept a contingency offer, wait for a better deal, or make a counteroffer? The following is important information on contingencies to help you make the best decision... Read More
Easy Summer Style Tips for Outdoor Dining

Are you planning to do more outdoor entertaining and want to leave your guests wowed by your incredible summer style? Try these outdoor dining decor tips:

Color and Comfort
Add pops of color by choosing cushions in bright hues. The key is to offer plenty of cushions casually arranged for your guests to sink into. Add an outdoor throw rug on the floor to tie the look together, and your patio is sure to be a hit... Read More
Buyer Demand Remains High, but Supply Remains Low

Existing-home sales have been sluggish for most of the year, and the trend continued into May. For the second month in a row, existing-home sales were down; every region save the Northeast experienced declining sales activity. With 5.43 million homes sold in May, sales dropped three percent year over year.

Harder to Buy
The increase in mortgage rates this past spring contributed to the decline, as did a rise in existing-home prices, which reached an all-time high of $264,800. These two factors impacted housing affordability, leaving some buyers unable to enter the housing market. In addition, competition among entry-level listings intensified... Read More
Hardscapes Can Add Value to Your Home

Outdoor hardscape projects add resale value to a home and bring extra enjoyment to the homeowners who are living there, according to the Remodeling Impact Report: Outdoor Features by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP).

The report confirms that investing in landscaping and hardscaping is a win-win, whether you plan to stay in your home or prepare it for market.

"This report validates that outdoor remodeling and landscaping improvements are a necessity when it comes to improving your... Read More
Sarah Marrinan  -  (651) 401-8188 News You Can Use  -  August 2018 

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