Thursday, April 28, 2016

New Homes Month

The National Association of Home Builders designated April as "New Homes Month".  To celebrate - here are a few reasons why you should buy new!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Grilling Prep - Before you BBQ!

Telltale signs of spring - the sound of lawnmowers, children jumping through sprinklers and the smell of BBQ wafting over the neighbor's fence.  Before you get your grill out of hibernation - make sure you've taken these steps to guarantee a problem free BBQ season!

Start with giving your grill a good cleaning - inside and out. Brush off any visible debris with a wire brush. Remove grill grates and wash with warm soapy water. Rinse thoroughly and dry before putting back on the grill.

Check the fuel lines for any signs of cracks or rips. Make sure there are no kinks or bends in the line. Clean off any build up that may have accumulated on the lines. Check the gas tank for any obvious signs of damage.

Don't forget to clean out your grease trap - typically located under the grill. Clean thoroughly before your first use.

Light the grill and let it burn for a few minutes to ensure that everything is working properly. Make sure that all burners are lit and there are no leaks.

Now that you're ready to grill - use a few easy maintenance tips to ensure a great grilling season well into the fall.  Cover your grill to protect it from the elements of wind and rain.  After using your grill let it burn for an additional 15 minutes to burn off any food residue and make for easy clean up.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Online Resources for Homebuyers

Today's home buyers have a plethora of online resources at their disposal. From searching Internet  listings to comparing mortgage rates, or looking up the latest design trends, the World Wide Web has created new avenues for today's home shopper.

We've prepared a list of links to use during your home search.  These calculators take some of the guess work out of shopping for a new home. The more you know, the better!

Housing Affordability Calculator from

Rent Vs. Buy from

Down Payment Calculator from FreddieMac

Extra Payment Calculator from Chase Mortgage

Potential Tax Savings from FreddieMac

Debt to Income Ratio from

What online
resources do you use to help you with your homebuying decisions?

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Decorating with the Outdoors

The Spring weather is beautiful! The breeze is sweet and the flowers are blooming! Which means pollen.  Lots of pollen!  If seasonal allergies are holding you back from enjoying the great outdoors there are ways to bring the outside in!  Check out these tips to find out how!

1.  Decorate with plants - the non-allergic variety! Some plants actually improve air quality such as the Peace Lily, Chrysanthemum or Lady Palm.

2.  Use natural materials as accents such as rocks, stone or wood. Collections of sea shells or dried flowers work as well.

3. Take advantage of natural light. Keep the blinds open or use natural materials for window treatments such as bamboo or woven wood.

4. Don't forget your sense of smell - woodsy candles or flowery potpourri are perfect ways to accent your home.

5.  Shop your kitchen!  Use baskets of fruit such as oranges, lemons or limes to create a fresh look in the dining area.

What ideas do you have for bringing the outside in?