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Cooler Weather Prep: Windows and Doors

Posted by on Sep 19, 2014 in Home and Garden | 0 comments

Understanding Energy Ratings for Windows and Doors Qualifying for the $200-$500 federal tax credit on new windows and doors depends on two measurements, U-factor and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient. Read How To Insulate A Garage Door Garage insulation cuts energy bills and street noise. Here’s how to insulate your garage door. Read Got Leaky Windows? 3 Low-Cost Tips to Fix Them I used to hang an extra woolly robe in my bathroom because my post-shower route took me past a window so drafty it made me wonder about the etymology of “window.” Turns out it comes from the Anglo-Saxon “vindr” and “auga,” which translates as “wind eye.” How appropriate. Read How to Inspect Windows and Doors to Stop Air and Water Leaks Inspect windows and doors regularly to stop air and water leaks that mean costly energy and repair...

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5 Reasons to Sell BEFORE Winter Hits

Posted by on Sep 16, 2014 in Selling a Home | 0 comments

People across the country are beginning to think about what their life will look like next year. It happens every Fall. We ponder whether we should relocate to a different part of the country to find better year round weather or perhaps move across the state for better job opportunities. Homeowners in this situation must consider whether they should sell their house now or wait. If you are one of these potential sellers, here are five important reasons to do it now versus the dead of winter. 1. Demand is Strong Foot traffic refers to the number of people out actually physically looking at home right now. The latest foot traffic numbers show that there are more prospective purchasers currently looking at homes than at any other time in the last twelve months which includes the latest spring buyers’...

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Negotiate Your Best Home Buy

Posted by on Sep 3, 2014 in Buying a Home | 0 comments

Buying a home can be emotional, but negotiating the price shouldn’t be. The key to saving money when purchasing a home is sticking to a plan during the turbulence of high-stakes negotiations. A real estate agent who represents you can guide you and offer you advice, but you are the one who must make the final decision during each round of offers and counter offers. Here are six tips for negotiating the best price on a home. 1. Get prequalified for a mortgage Getting prequalified for a mortgage proves to sellers that you’re serious about buying and capable of affording their home. That will push you to the head of the pack when sellers choose among offers; they’ll go with buyers who are a sure financial bet, not those whose financing could flop. 2. Ask questions Ask your agent...

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