Susan Webster's Blog

Posted on 06/30/2020
2020 Outlook: Solar Panels
Photo by Vivint Solar on Unsplash There’s little doubt that we all want to do our part to protect the environment and solar energy gives us an opportunity to get off fossil fuels. In a perfect world, we would all promptly discard our furnaces and adorn our roofs with solar panels. But if we lift up our eyes...
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Posted on 06/23/2020
A Pre-Approval Checklist for First-Time Homeowners
Image by Precondo CA from Unsplash Buying your first home can be stressful enough without worrying about whether or not your mortgage loan pre-approval is going to go through. You may not be prepared for the mountains of paperwork that you'll need to submit before a lender gives you the thumbs' up. That's why it's such a good...
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Posted on 06/16/2020
Selling Your Home: Let Your Neighbors Know
Photo by Bilanol via Shutterstock You’ve heard all the sayings: “Location, location, location,” and the line in Robert Frost’s poem, “Good fences make good neighbors.” You’ve even made Abraham Lincoln’s saying your motto, “Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can.” Yet here you are, trying to sell our home, and the neighbors simply are not...
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Posted on 06/09/2020
Should You Try to Negotiate with a Home Seller?
For those who want to buy a home, it generally is a good idea to remain open to negotiating with a seller. That way, you can acquire your dream residence without delay. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you streamline a negotiation with a home seller. 1. Be Flexible There is no telling how a...
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Posted on 06/02/2020
When to Buy a Retirement Home?
Photo by Harli Marten on Unsplash Although it may seem like putting the cart before the horse, a strong case can be made for purchasing your retirement home before your golden years. In fact, with some deft financial planning, it may be worthwhile to buy your retirement home decades in advance. That may seem counterintuitive, but maybe other...
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Posted on 05/26/2020
Moving to a Larger Home: Are You Ready for It?
Image by Konstantin L from Shutterstock After living in a small apartment or crowded house, you might be dreaming of having more space, a bigger closet, or just one more bathroom to ease the clutter and closeness. When is a larger home the answer? Before making the leap to more square footage, consider all the factors that fill...
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Posted on 05/19/2020
HOA vs. Non-HOA, Which is Best for your Needs?
Image by Kirk Fisher from Pixabay Buying a home in a neighborhood with a Home Owner’s Association (HOA) works well for some families, while others find the HOA to be burdensome or intrusive. Learning more about what an HOA is, how it works and what to expect can help you determine if your next home should be in...
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Posted on 05/12/2020
How to Protect Your Windows During Hurricane Watches
Photo by Jametlene Reskp on Unsplash While the hurricane season may still be a couple of seasons away, now is a great time to start thinking about how best to protect your home in the event of a hurricane, tornado, or similar high wind storm situation. During high wind situations, windows can easily become broken as a result...
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Posted on 05/05/2020
Home Financing - PMI and Down Payments
Image by Charles 🇵🇭 from Unsplash Part of buying a home is researching the market and your finances. Most lenders require you to put at least 20 percent down or pay private mortgage insurance (PMI). Since PMI is a cost that does not lower your interest rate or principal, it’s almost always better to save up that hefty...
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Posted on 04/28/2020
Reduce Allergens in Your HVAC System
Image by Steve Heap from Shutterstock According to a report by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, more than 25 million people in the US live with asthma. The most common type is allergic asthma. With that in mind, improving the quality of air in your home is an important consideration. When the air quality in your...
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Posted on 04/21/2020
How to Bring Your Old Wooden Floors Back to Life
Image by Twin Design from Shutterstock Starting an extensive renovation or replacement of hardwood flooring can be costly. Thankfully, there are other ways to bring your floors back to life if they are not deeply damaged. If you want to give your floors a facelift, try out these tips. Give It A Good Clean Sometimes, all a dull...
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Posted on 04/14/2020
Budgetless Renovation: Getting Everything You Ever Wanted Without Getting Lost
Image by Malachi Witt from Pixabay You might think renovating a home is simple when budget isn't a factor, but when there are no limits, it's deceptively easy to become side railed. Getting off-track on a home renovation can be disastrous. You may end up with rooms that feel cavernous and impossible to fill or hallways that meander...
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