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Great Tips from a Serial Remodeler


Whether you’ve tackled a ton of home improvement projects on your own or haven’t so much as touched a paint brush, you can learn plenty of do’s and don’ts from this article written by a serial home remodeler from CNNMoney.

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Are You Turning Down Free Money?

Turn Down Money

Interest rates on home loans are at or near record lows, and there has been a corresponding boom in refinancing. However, the level of refinancing isn’t near where some believe it should be, given the market conditions. This article, in fact, says many people are basically turning down free money.


When the real estate market shifts, it creates opportunities. There is money to be made in every real estate market. What are the opportunities for you or someone you may know? As your community economic and real estate expert, I look forward to helping you or someone you care about explore these opportunities.

Please call me or pass along my name to a friend.

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3 Home Maintenance Tips Every New Homeowner Should Know

Among the many tips that helped me along the way,  these three that I believe all new homeowners should hear:

You are your own landlord.

Once you pick up the keys to your new house, you become your own landlord. That means if something goes wrong, it’s your responsibility to fix it. To make sure you’re never left in a tight spot, be proactive and find a plumber, electrician, air-conditioning specialist, and other important technicians before you need them. Ask for recommendations from home-owning friends or neighbors, then research their suggestions online to determine the right person for you.

Get to know your fuse box and water shut-off.

One of the first things you should do when you move is was acquaint yourself with your fuse box and water shut-off valve. Every homeowner will need to turn these off at some point, and when that time comes (often during an emergency), no one wants to be unprepared.

Make repairs as soon as possible.

We all procrastinate sometimes, but you never want to put off repairing the “small stuff” in your home, because little issues have a way of becoming big ones when left as is. If you’re not the handy type, hire someone immediately. These issues will always cost you way more in the long run if you wait.

The good news is that all of this trouble is far outweighed by the benefits of having a home. If you need any help, let me know—I’ll be happy to lend a hand.

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Sunday, November 18, 2012 | 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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