Category Archives: Clean Green Real Estate

An Attack On Your Sinuses While You Sleep In Your Own Home

Three Surprising Spots in Your Home That Might Be Aggravating Your Allergies Environmental allergens affect the way many people live their lives and clean their homes. Allergens make their way into our houses, and can settle in some unexpected places – but knowing where these irritants can hide can help you eliminate problematic allergens from your home. If your house has you sneezing and wheezing in every room, here are three allergy-triggering places where you wouldn’t expect to find allergens in the home. Allergens Lurking In Your Living Room Visitors to your home ... Click to Continue

You’re Not Just Selling a House: How to Promote the Local Community and Lifestyle to Potential Buyers

Have you listed your home up for sale? If so, you've likely spent a lot of time crafting your listing and highlighting the many features of your home and property – but have you focused on the community around your home as well? Let's take a look at a few ways that you can promote the qualities of your local neighborhood as you're working to convince a buyer that purchasing your home is a great decision. Give Your Buyers The A Tour Of The Neighborhood After your listing goes live it won't be long before potential buyers and their agents are calling to set up viewings so they can see what your home looks l ... Click to Continue

Nearing Retirement? Three Reasons Why You Might Consider a ‘Reverse Mortgage’

If you are nearing retirement, a reverse mortgage might be right for you. This type of mortgage essentially allows you to turn your home equity into cash. If you find yourself with little money, a reverse mortgage could be the perfect solution, and here's why. No Worries About Monthly Payments After taking on a mortgage, there are many costs that you have to worry about. One of these problems is mortgage insurance premiums. Add interest and fees from lender service providers to the mix, and you've got yourself many costs. All of these fees can create tremendous headaches, as a large chunk of the loan amoun ... Click to Continue

Negotiation Tips: How to Ask the Seller to Pay the Closing Costs

You've found the perfect new house or condo, and you are now preparing an offer that you believe the seller will find tempting enough to accept. However, you know that there are going to be thousands of dollars in closing costs that need to be paid before the sale is completed and you become the home's new owner. The question is, should you ask the seller to pay some or all of the closing costs? In today's blog post we'll address this question and list a few scenarios in which you may want to consider having the seller pick up the tab. Ask if You're Offering the Full Listing Price If you're prepared to offe ... Click to Continue

What’s in a Color? Six Paint Colors That Will Affect Your Mood

Believe it or not, paint colors can affect your mood. When remodeling your home, the color you use on the walls can end up being just as critical to the thematic consistency of your home as the furniture you use to decorate it. Before you slap any old color on the walls, take some time to consider what mood you'd like each room to inspire. Red, Yellow And Orange: The Colors Of Excitement, Hunger And Happiness Ever wonder why the dining rooms, kitchens and entertainment rooms you see in magazines always seem come in every shade of red? It's because these rooms are dedicated to eating and lei ... Click to Continue

You Ask, We Answer: What is Private Mortgage Insurance or ‘PMI’ and How Does It Work?

For many homeowners, their mortgage payment contains more than just principal and interest. A little something called PMI could be representing a significant portion of that payment, and it's important for home buyers to understand this cost. What Is PMI? PMI stands for private mortgage insurance, or sometimes just mortgage insurance. However, it isn't intended to mitigate risk for the homeowner, but rather the bank. Statistics show that when a home buyer puts less than 20% down on a home, he/she is much more likely to default. So, requiring these buyers to carry PMI helps the bank hedge their losses in ... Click to Continue

The Pros and Cons of Buying a New Home Versus Buying Pre-owned

  Are you thinking about buying a new home? Congratulations! Buying a house, condo or townhouse is an exciting and rewarding time which tends to be a lot of fun. However, along the way you'll need to make a number of decisions – including whether you want to buy a pre-owned home or one that has been built recently. Let's take a quick look at some of the pros and cons of buying a new home versus buying pre-owned. New Homes Tend To Have Fewer Problems One of the major upsides of buying new is that newly-built homes tend to have very few problems within the first few years of ownership. While you'll ... Click to Continue

Thinking About a New Floor? Five Excellent Reasons to Choose Hardwood Flooring when Remodeling

If you're remodeling, you should seriously consider updating your flooring. A new hardwood floor will give your home an impressive look and prevent scratches and stains. Here are five very good reasons why you should consider a hardwood floor for your next remodeling project. Hardwood Is More Durable Than Other Materials Hardwood is much more durable and longer lasting than many other flooring materials. If there's a lot of traffic in your home, hardwood floors are less likely to get scratches and dents than vinyl tiles or laminated floors. On weaker floors, damage is often permanent - but with hardwood flo ... Click to Continue

Thinking About Buying an Investment Property? 6 Tips to Ensure You Don’t Get Fleeced

  Purchasing an investment property is one of the most important decisions that you'll ever be a part of. As such, it's a necessity to make your decisions with only the most careful of consideration. Here are the six tips that you need to heed in order to ensure that you don't get fleeced. Find The Right Property At The Right Price Yes, this is a whole lot easier said than done. However, it's not impossible. All it takes is some patience and research. You have to determine what everything in your area is selling for in order to be able to spot a bargain! Further, you need to know ... Click to Continue

Three Key Tips to Help Ensure Your Mortgage Pre-Approval Isn’t Declined

If you're thinking about buying a new home and using a mortgage to help cover some of the purchase costs, it's a good idea to get an initial pre-approval from your lender before putting in an offer. In today's blog post we'll share three quick tips that can help to ensure that your mortgage pre-approval isn't declined. Demonstrate Your Income and Good Credit A mortgage is a major financial transaction and one that carries a certain amount of risk for the lender. It's your goal to help them see that you have the ability to make your monthly payments and that there is very little risk in approving your mortga ... Click to Continue