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To truly make your house a home, you need to do things that make it comfortable and affordable. With all the talk these days about energy efficient homes, we thought it was appropriate to address a few things that can make your home more efficient...

As Spring rolls in for us, we are seeing lots of changes in the real estate market and houses popping up for sale at a feverish pitch! I’m sure you’ve seen a few of the neighbors that have listed their house for sale and as...

How can owning a home pay off at tax time? A home provides many tax benefits, literally from the time you buy to the time you sell. The mortgage interest paid on a home loan up to $1 million for a primary residence or second home...

Should I hire a home inspector for a new home? You would think not since it is new and the developer has to adhere to local construction guidelines. However, err on the side of caution – always hire an inspector, whether the home is old or...

Can you negotiate the price of a new home? In real estate, almost everything is negotiable, so it is certainly worth a try. Now, this does not mean the builder will fall down and roll over. It is very common for builders to claim that their...

Should I buy a vacation home? The second home market has more ebbs and flows than the primary home market. Sales are iffy in a bad economy except, perhaps, on the high-end. That said, there is a growing trend toward the purchase of vacation homes. They...

What does homeowners’ insurance cover? It protects against disasters – whether natural, manmade or mechanical. A standard policy insures the home, as well as your possessions. Because this insurance is packaged, it covers liability for any harm, loss, and property damage that you or your family...

What does a home inspector do? A home inspector is a paid professional – often a contractor or an engineer – who checks the safety of a home. Home inspectors search for defects or other problems that could become your worst nightmare later on. They focus...

How do you determine how much a home is worth? The short answer: a home is ultimately worth what is paid for it. Everything else is really an estimate of value. Take, for example, a hot seller’s market when demand for housing is high but the...