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Easy Ways to Increase Your Home's Value

Whether you're considering listing your home for sale or plan to hold on to it through your retirement years; keeping your home maintained and updated will increase its value. The best plan of action is to focus your time and resources on one room at a time.  Begin by making a list of all the things in each room you want to fix or upgrade and calculate the hard costs plus your time for each project. Knowing these two things will help you plan which room to begin with.  In addition to having a plan for each room, you should equally put together a plan for the exterior of your home. 

Homebuyer Education - Don't Skip It!

You learn an awful lot in high school and even more if you go on to college or a trade school; all this knowledge is important and will help you get a job and begin life as an adult. But, during all those years of education did anyone ever teach you how to create a household budget, manage your money and establish credit? Some folks are lucky enough to have parents that taught them these skills, but most people simply learn as they go – and make mistakes. Now imagine the time has come to purchase your first home – who taught you how that process works or even where to begin?  Jumping into the process by looking at homes first is usually the first move, but a wrong one.

Preparing Your Home to Sell

If you want to sell your home in the least amount of time and at the best possible price, work your way through this checklist to make sure you are presenting your home in its best possible light.  A few minor touch-ups can go a long way towards making a favorable impression on potential buyers - and perhaps cinching a deal. A clean, well-maintaintained home will always sell faster and for more money.

Gnarly Basement

I bought a fixer-upper house with more than 20+ years worth of junk in the basement. None of it was mine. None of it was cleared out even after giving the occupants an extra 60 days to dispose of garbage and clean out their stuff. It was the absolute grossest and most disgusting thing I’ve had to do thus far as a homeowner. I’m not even going to post pictures of what it looked like (or what it currently looks like) and it’s probably the bravest thing I’ve ever done- DIY Gnarly Basement Cleanout Project.

Affordable Housing Comes to Woodstock

For over 27 years, Affordable Housing, Education and Development (AHEAD) has been successfully developing and managing affordable rental housing for working families, seniors and people with disabilities throughout northern Grafton and Co?s Counties. The Littleton-based non-profit currently owns and operates 399 units of affordable housing in 9 northern communities and will be adding to their portfolio with an upcoming project in Woodstock.

Top 5 Reasons to Sell Your Home This Winter

Spring and summer months are known to be great months to sell due to the warm weather and extended daylight; however, homes can sell in any month if they are priced right for the market area and appeal to the right buyer.  There are always serious buyers out there, the key is attracting them to your property. Here are 5 good reasons to list your home now:

Guest Blog: Avoiding the Holiday Hangover: End of Year Financial Planning

For many people, the New Year means a fresh start, resolution setting, and getting ready for the fresh start that lies ahead.  However, for many of these same people, it also brings a hangover. This hangover, however, has nothing to do with the number of champagne bottles popped at the stroke of midnight, but the feeling of the void left in your bank accounts after a season of spending. The holidays are a joyous occasion where love, cheer, and material goods are spread freely amongst your closest friends and family. But the good times can, unfortunately, lead to depression when bank statements start arriving in your mailbox.  Luckily, a little planning can go a long way toward making sure a season of giving does not lead to a season of regretting. Planning for the holidays can start at any time. It incorporates both clever savings and spending strategies.