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Category: Homeownership

    Ensuring Healthy Air and Water Quality in Your Home

    By Christie Frankenstein | February 21, 2023

    Since the Pandemic, many homeowners have spent more of their time inside their homes, whether for entertainment or work. IAQ (indoor air quality) and water have, thus, become increasingly focused, especially during the winter. As we spend more time indoors, our health can become negatively impacted by contaminants in our residence that we are not... Read More

    Economical Upgrades to Increase Your Home’s Value

    By Christie Frankenstein | December 6, 2022

    Whether you are looking to move now or may consider it in the future, there are many affordable options for making significant changes to your home without having to do a major renovation. With low-cost purchases of supplies, DIY instructions or professional guidance, and time set aside, you can make improvements that will increase your... Read More

    Should You Sell Your Home in the Fall?

    By Christie Frankenstein | November 11, 2022

    Spring is the most popular time to sell a home, yet there are some advantages to getting your house on the market in the autumn months. Although you may feel you have missed out by not putting your house on the market in the spring, the fall months for selling your home could be a... Read More

    Home Appraisal Myths Busted

    By Christie Frankenstein | November 3, 2022

    Most things to do with buying or selling a home can be pretty stressful, from finding the house of your dreams, to securing the financing, all the way through to closing. But for most transactions, everything, absolutely everything, hinges on the home appraisal. This is probably why so many myths and misconceptions have grown up... Read More

    Radiant Barriers Help Insulation Do More

    By Christie Frankenstein | October 24, 2022

    We all know the old song and dance: insulate and weatherproof your home to maximize your utility dollars. Filling all the gaps and keeping all the climate-controlled air where it should be is a huge part of creating a home that’s not only comfortable, but efficient. Or so we’ve been told. The truth is that... Read More

    Lightning Proofing Your Home

    By Christie Frankenstein | October 3, 2022

    Big storms can be scary. With the wind, heavy rain, and the threat of even more extreme weather, they can also bring with them a lot of damage. While a lot of people make plans on how to react to some of the big dangers associated with storms, there’s one more common threat that often... Read More

    Trellising 101: Climb, Plant, Climb!

    By Christie Frankenstein | September 22, 2022

    Growing a garden is the ultimate act of faith. After all, you never know if your plants will thrive or if they will cease to be long before reaching their full potential. Hopefully, with diligent care, and a little luck, your plants will grow big, strong, and glorious. When it comes to growing climbing plants... Read More

    What Is a Deep Energy Retrofit?

    By Christie Frankenstein | September 1, 2022

    Owning an older home can be a really amazing experience. Not only do you get to actually live in a slice of history, you’re also there to make decisions about this building that will stay with it potentially for generations to come (no pressure). But it’s not all pink toilets and clawfoot tubs; a lot... Read More

    How Does a HELOC Work?

    By Christie Frankenstein | August 10, 2022

    With home values having risen dramatically in the last few years, many homeowners are looking for ways to tap their equity without selling their home or refinancing their primary mortgage. If your home has gained significant value since you purchased it, or you’ve just paid so much of the mortgage down that you’ve got ample... Read More

    FHA 203k Loans: Pros and Cons

    By Christie Frankenstein | July 27, 2022

    Shopping for a home in today’s market can be a daunting task. Not only must you find a place that’s a great fit for your family, you also have to do it under budget and with a limited selection. Some homeowners are choosing to forego many of their wish list “want to haves,” but others... Read More