My Most Brilliant “Before and After” Project for 2013

We  were floundering.  Here we were in a robust market and we had been sitting on the market for 3 weeks with less than average showings.   After having leased the property for 6 years, the Sellers had worked hard and long to just get it cleaned and needed repairs completed.   They were tired.

Forget My Advice and Don’t Bake the Cookies!

For many years we Realtors have advised clients that the smell of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies conjures up all kinds of warm and fuzzy feelings for prospective buyers.  So now it turns out that we were wrong. According to the Wall Street Journal, researchers at Washington State University used 402 people in a home décor store


A recent article by Arrol Gellner in Inman News (and printed again in Lowe’s monthly ezine, “Inside Out”) got me to thinking about this: The front entrance and even the foyer don’t seem too high on the priority list of home owners, even home owners who have their homes on the market. Many stagers don’t even talk

Which Tile to Pick for Multiple Rooms?

We actually hear this question a lot from those homebuyers who are wanting to install tile.  They are usually replacing the carpet with tile and incorporating the kitchen, hallway and other areas as well.  With all the tile options available, it’s a very valid question and you don’t see much advice about picking the right

Actual Help For FHA Home Owners Needing to Reduce Their Mortgage Payment

The Dept of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)  has announced a new homeowner relief program for borrowers with FHA loans closed before May 31, 2009.  HUD is able to lower the monthly mortgage insurance premium for these loans if they are refinanced. In addition, the process has been streamlined and only requires the following from

Like to Look at Houses? You’ll Love Houzz

Traditional Entry design by Dc Metro General Contractor Harry Braswell Inc. I don’t know if you’re familiar with Houzz (, but to me, it’s more captivating than Pinterest. It simply focuses on home design, renovation, decorating and everything in between. 400,000+ luscious photos on the site. The decorating and renovation projects and the “before and

The Five Top Money-Making Home Improvements

According to HomeGain’s ( 2012 National Home Improvement Survey the home improvement  projects that will bring you the highest percentage return are not necessarily the big ticket items.  HomeGain surveyed 500 Realtors nationwide to determine the top do-it-yourself home improvement projects that offer the biggest bang for your buck when selling your home. Here are the top five projects