Category Archives: Reporter

5 Backyard DIY Projects to Try This Weekend

We love Sunset magazine, not just because it is focused on the West, but because it has such great ideas. Here are 5 backyard do-it-yourself projects (from Sunset’s list of 53!) that you can try this weekend: Get organized. Build … Continue reading

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Home Sales and Home Prices are Up!

The National Association of Realtors® reports that existing home sales are way above this time last month and this time last year. That’s good news if you’re thinking of selling your home this year. For specifics on how this affects … Continue reading

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8 Costly Selling Mistakes to Avoid

Buying a new home and moving to a new one can be an exciting process, but first you have to sell your current home…and that can be emotional and time-consuming. Here are 8 selling mistakes you can avoid to expedite … Continue reading

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9 Ways to Cut the Clutter & Organize Your Home

One of the easiest ways to make your home more appealing to prospective home buyers – and to you – is to cut the clutter and organize your home. Real Simple and HGTV offer some fun ways to rid your … Continue reading

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10 Steps to Buying Your Dream Home

Are you ready to upgrade your starter home to one that will house your growing family? Or maybe you’re ready to buy the home of your dreams, complete with a master suite, 3-car garage, gazebo and hot tub? Realtor.com offers … Continue reading

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Tech Tools Make Your Home Smarter, Safer and More Efficient

Last fall we wrote a post about some of the fun ways the Internet of Things (IoT) can make your home more efficient and, well, intelligent. Here are some more ways your home can make your life a little easier, … Continue reading

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Owning a Home Can Save You at Tax Time

I have good news and bad news. The bad news – April 15, tax time, is just around the corner. The good news – owning your own home can reduce your tax liability. Here are seven tax deductions that can … Continue reading

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5 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Sale

In a competitive real estate market like ours, properly preparing your home to be shown and sold is critical. By taking the extra time – and a little extra money – to freshen up or upgrade your home, you can … Continue reading

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How Landscaping Can Make or Break Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Did you know that landscaping can make or break your home’s attractiveness to prospective buyers? It not only contributes to your home’s curb appeal, but it shows prospective home buyers that you take pride in your home. That feeling extends … Continue reading

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Welcome Prospective Buyers with a Spring Garden

Spring has sprung, so have the flowers, bushes, trees and other plants that bloom this time of year. It is a great time to prepare your garden for the springtime to make your home’s exterior even more inviting and while … Continue reading

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