Your Halloween Treat – Curb Appeal Tips

Landscaping is one of the best home investments you can make. A few well-placed trees or shrubs will increase the resale value of your home. And, it can be a lot of fun do-it-yourself project that doesn’t cost a lot of money.

For bigger projects, you may want to visualize what your new landscaping will look like before you get started. If so, you can do a Google search for “landscaping software” and find maybe free downloads to help bring your ideas to life in 3-D.

Your local nursery can help you decide which perennial plants and shrubs will do well in your region and on your property. Perennials bloom year after year, continually adding beauty and value to your home.

To help finance your next home, give us a call today at 404-436-0013 or find us at www.hollywalther.com for more home buying resources.

 

Happy Halloween!

Trick -Or- Treating

While tomorrow is officially Halloween,  there is still some time left to get all that candy, safety is what all parents have on their minds as their children head out.  Listed below are a few great points to keep in mind.

Go to established places or familiar neighborhood.

Look over treat bags and discard anything that may look unsafe.

Consider letting your little ones use flashlights as they walk around collecting all that candy!

 

 

 

Halloween and Kids

With Halloween fast approaching, it is a great time for activities with your kids.  One super fun idea is to make “spooky treats” . Halloween Fruit Apple Teeth Treats are a great healthy treat so kids still have the fun of creating as well as a healthy treat.  Just core and quarter apples and insert sliced almonds in them . You can view the recipes here:   http://allrecipes.com/recipe/219206/halloween-fruit-apple-teeth-treats/

Give it a try and let us know how it goes.

 

 

House Hunting Tip

Ever feeling overwhelmed searching for the perfect house? I have listed some helpful points to help eliminate some of that stress.

  1. Limit the homes you look at in one session to three, so it is easier to focus on the details.
  2. Take a picture of the homes that appeal to you, so you can remember their features.
  3. Ask questions about any problems in the home before you make an offer.

I hope this helps you in your search. As always if you know anyone who could benefit from my services, please tell them to give me a call.

Title Insurance

Title insurance is a policy provided by the title company or attorney’s office that guarantees the accuracy of the research done on the title of your home at the time of purchase.

As a buyer or seller, you may be required to purchase Lender’s Title Insurance, which prevents the lender from loss in the event of any legal issues relating to the title of your home.

At the time of purchase, a buyer is generally offered the opportunity to purchase Owner’s Title Insurance, which is a protection for the owner of the home against the same potential future loss.

I hope you find this information to be useful! Please do not hesitate to contact my office if you have any questions, or know a friend or family member that we can help make their dream of ownership become a reality.

Should You Make That Extra Payment?

 

My clients often ask me if it’s a smart idea to make additional payments toward the principal balance on a mortgage. The truth is, every person has different short- and long-term goals, and it’s a very personal decision.

Owning a home can be a huge financial advantage that offers guaranteed security. And, you can save thousands of dollars in interest fees by paying your loan off early. But, you’ll want to make sure you will not be adversely affected by prepayment penalties.

Some people prefer to use the extra money to create an investment portfolio. Or, you can consider paying off credit card debt, building an emergency fund, or setting money aside for your children’s college education. If you find yourself or anyone you know looking at refinancing, please give me a call.

Work/Life Balance

As a working mom the challenge to balance work and family is ALWAYS on my mind. I read this GREAT article on www.yourmodernfamily.com. There are some super encouraging factors to consider. “ Mothers spend 40% more hours with their kids than mothers did in 1965.  In 1975, moms spent just 7 hours per week with their kids. Today, working mothers spend as much time with their children as stay-at-home moms did in the 1970s.”  Let that sink in for a moment. We can have it all.

Becky, C., Story, M., Story…, B., Contributors, M., Weekend, P., & easy, 7. et al. (2017). Balance work & family – Your Modern FamilyYour Modern Family. Retrieved 17 October 2017, from https://www.yourmodernfamily.com/balance-life-family/?_sp=f7d59663-20ba-4e71-8eb1-926fd8e45c30.1508270759054

 

 

Home Maintenance Tips for Fall

Ever contemplated what to do about your windows and doors as the weather changes? A few suggestions are listed below.

Look over and fix any loose or damaged window or door frames.

Install weather stripping or caulking around windows and doors to prevent cold air coming in which may also lead to lower heat bills.

For more information and other helpful tips, please visit: https://www.homeadvisor.com/r/fall-home-maintenance-checklist/