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Pros and Cons of Converting Your Attic Space

Your attic can serve many different roles in your home. Families often place boxes of old clothing, books and holiday decorations in the attic and rarely go up there. But, in some cases, an attic can be so much more than just storage space. If you need additional living space, converting your attic space might

What to Do About Moss on Your Roof

If moss grows on parts of your roof that are shaded, it can cause roofing materials to gradually deteriorate, which can shorten the roof’s lifespan. Moss can also get into spaces between shingles and cause the roof to heave. Water can then enter gaps beneath shingles, which can cause the underlying roof structure to rot

How Local Inventory Can Affect Your Ability to Sell Your Home

Local inventory refers to the number of active listings in a particular geographic area at one time. Inventory is calculated and reported at the end of each month, but the actual number of properties available may be higher or lower on any given day since houses are listed and sold throughout the month. What to

What Is a Variance?

Zoning laws are local regulations that restrict how real estate can be used. For example, they may only permit houses in some areas and businesses in others. Zoning rules may regulate how large houses may be and how far they must be set back from the road. Zoning rules are intended to create and maintain

7 Questions to Ask a Potential Contractor

When it comes to renovating your home, be it a kitchen remodel or a bathroom overhaul, you want to be sure you hire the right professional for the job. This is the person you are depending on to tear down your walls and spend your dollars wisely. Avoid a renovation nightmare by researching a few

Moving Up: How to Know When to Upgrade to a Bigger Home

If you have always wanted to live in a bigger home, then you may be wondering when the right time is for you to move. Bigger homes are more expensive and require more maintenance. However, you may be at a point in your life financially where you’re ready for a bigger place. Here are several

Most Popular Backyard Upgrades People Are Making Now

If there is one thing the global pandemic has left us with, it’s the realization that home is where the heart is. Millions of Americans have been on the move in search of more space or amenities. But millions more are seizing the moment to upgrade the homes they live in. Here are five of

The Pros and Cons of Buying a Vacation Home

With the recent rise in remote work, vacation markets all across the country are experiencing a surge in demand that’s driven by buyers who are taking the leap to become second homeowners. If you’re considering purchasing a vacation property, here are a few of the pros and cons to keep in mind. Pros: It’s a

What Happens to My Escrow Account If I Refinance?

All mortgages require a monthly payment. Typically, the monthly payment consists of the principal repayment, prorated property tax, prorated homeowner’s insurance payment and interest. Of these, your taxes and insurance payments are held in a trust account with the lender, called the escrow account. When you refinance a mortgage, existing escrow accounts are usually closed