Be a Professional at Home Buying


Purchasing a home is a whole process that takes months of proper planning, time and effort. It’s difficult to even know where to begin. Hopefully, we can help you out with some tips and tricks to the trade so that you can be a professional home buyer in no time.

The first tip is to work with all the right people. You want to build your team. Just like in P.E. class when you’d pick teammates for dodgeball. You have to choose the most skilled people to work with. You want them in your corner. Take care in selecting your real estate agent and mortgage broker so that its ensured you all work fluidly together.

Ask a ton of questions. Don’t be afraid to sound silly because this is a big deal. It’s finding your future home. Make sure to capitalize on your team’s knowledge. They will be more than happy to fill you in on anything you may not know. They are there for you.

Look at multiple homes. Don’t just settle on the first one you see. There are plenty of houses out there for your perusal, so don’t get overly enthusiastic about settling down so soon. Check out all your options.

When you are touring a home, imagine that it is filled with your furnishings, pictures, and décor. Remember that the beautiful chaise and dining room set are just for show and they’ll be gone once you’re moved in. Will your bed look good up against that wall? Will your entertainment center fit? Think of all the possibilities.

List all the costs and expenses before making a commitment. These can include taxes, utilities, and insurance. Not to mention maintenance. Many forget all that comes with owning a home and a major one is that you are your own landlord now. Prepare for all of this before signing that paper.

To finalize your professional home buying training, you must be flexible and have fun. Not all dates and times are going to be perfectly planned. Closing dates can fall through and life will get in the way. Buying a home is an adventure that is exciting and new, so relax and savor the moments.

Autumn decor on a Dime


I am especially ready to get summer over with and move on to thick socks and scratchy sweaters. I know most of you are too. Despite the 90 degree heat that’s irritatingly stuck here like the shirt to my back, let’s get in the chilly weather mood with a little decorating. I know I am always on a strict budget so we’re going to decorate on a dime. You’ll be so inspired that you may find yourself in the local dollar store parking lot without knowing how you got there.

My favorite thing that I’ve seen lately is glass containers layered with kernels and lentils. You can get a large vase from your home or the store and gently pour in a layer of dry green lentils, then dry red kidney beans, and top with un-popped kernels. It is such a festive yet simple chic look for a centerpiece or entryway. You can also use etching cream to put letters and pictures on square glass candle holders. Words like “thanks,” “boo,” or “family” are popular themes for this route. Then fill your holders with kernels and top with a tea light for a nice festive glow.

It’s just not Autumn without some sort of pumpkin. Our pumpkin this year is going to be a planter for succulents. You can use real pumpkins, ceramic pumpkins containers, or foam core pumpkies. With a foam core planter, you can paint it or leave it white depending on the color scheme you want. Then you’ll take your pumpkin and cut a hole out of the top with a large knife. Line the hole with a plastic bag and cut away the excess. Fill with dirt and arrange your succulents. It will be so gourd-geous!

Now that you have a nifty centerpiece and planters, its time to make your home smell as good as it looks. This one is too easy; you’re going to wonder why you’ve never done this before. Gather pinecones from your yard or purchase a bag. Paint each one with craft glue, sprinkle with cinnamon powder. Once it’s finished drying you have a set of cinnamon scented pinecones to use for a basket or tray on your coffee table.

Now show off your trendy home and give ‘em pumpkin to talk about.