Winter Friendly Home Improvement Projects

January 31st, 2017

Clearly winter isn’t over, as evidenced by the snowplows roaring down the street.  But don’t let that stop you from making some improvements to your home in preparation for a sale.  Here are 10 budget-friendly projects you can do today, despite the nasty weather!

Swing That Hammer!

January 27th, 2017

Experts predict 2017 to be a great year for homeowners to finally make those major home improvements.  In addition to an increase in materials costs, the availability of contractors and labor is decreasing.  Also, financing rates remain low.  When it comes time to sell your home, you’ll be grateful for the edge your home now has over the competition!

Image: ‘working garden home – Credit to https://homethods.com/
working garden home - Credit to https://homethods.com/
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Granite Unseated As Favored Countertop Surface

January 26th, 2017

Granite reigned supreme for many years as a choice for kitchen countertops. These days, more buyers are opting for quartz, likely due to buyers’ opting for a more contemporary feel.  Quartz is also harder and less porous than granite, making it easier to maintain.

Compare Tax Rates In The Cleveland Area

January 25th, 2017

A new year means new tax rates for most northeast Ohio communities.  Locally, Garfield Heights now boasts the top rate.  As you can see from the map below, the closer a property is to the city, the higher the rates.  When looking at a home to purchase, it’s important to review the new tax rates in that community in order to avoid sticker shock the following year.

The 2016 Numbers Are In…

January 24th, 2017

And yes indeed, 2016 was the best year for home sales in a decade! We certainly felt it in the Cleveland area.   A combination of job creation and mortgage rates remaining low helped bolster the existing home sales market nationwide.  Only a lack of inventory was able to slow things down in the month of December.

Don’t Buy Into The 20% Down Payment Myth

January 19th, 2017

Once upon a time, 20% was the necessary down payment required by lenders when obtaining a mortgage for a home purchase.  It’s always wise to speak with a mortgage lender about your financing options and the amount you will need to bring to the table at the time of closing.  The KRG team has a handful of lenders to recommend.  Call us today and we’ll hook you up!

Pointers For Staging The Perfect Open House

January 18th, 2017

Putting your best foot forward during an open house can help you snag that ready, willing and able buyer!   The fine folks at Realtor.com asked staging experts for their advice on quick, DIY fixes any homeowner can apply for a quick sale at top dollar!

Image: ‘Rose Creek | 17204 Kingfisher Way Edmond OK
Rose Creek | 17204 Kingfisher Way Edmond OK
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Houzz Kitchen Study Reveals Fascinating Findings

January 13th, 2017

The popular and addictive Houzz decorating website has just released its 2017 U.S. Kitchen Trends Study.  Among the findings was the revelation that people actually eat healthier after a kitchen upgrade.  A renovated kitchen leads to more home cooking, more family time and better habits overall.  Homeowners are also opting for larger kitchens, as well as those that open up to other rooms.  Looking for a home with that perfect kitchen? Contact one of our agents to help!

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Home Design Trends For 2017

January 12th, 2017

A new year means new predictions in home design.  If you are looking to make modifications to your home, consider some of the trends outlined in this article.

Black steel and glass is what’s in for 2017

Tips To Sell Your Home Faster

January 4th, 2017

Selling a home can be stressful – but taking the steps to ensure a speedy market time are worth the effort. Here are six excellent tips for preparing your home to hit the market.

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