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Home Decor Tips

In general, keep the purpose of the room in mind when deciding where to display your prized possessions. Don’t just go by where you have available wall space; take time to find the right fit  
 

How Will AI Change Loan Originations?

How Will AI Change Loan Originations? in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Technology June 5, 2018 0   On Monday, Black Knight Inc. announced the acquisition of HeavyWater, an artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) provider for the financial services industry, through its custom-solution called AIVA. The platform will be initially used to improve efficiencies in loan originations, though its capabilities c an be integrated for the servicing side too according to Black Knight. “We believe that AIVA will be an enterprise solution. Though we’re initially focusing on the origination side, we absolutely foresee AIVA being leveraged across our loan originations technology business, our servicing technology business, as well as our DNA group,” Rich Gagliano, President, Black Knight Originations Technologies Division, told MReport. Black Knight has already started rolling out the solution for its clients and plans to integrate AIVA over the next couple of months. The company has said that AIVA would be integrated into its premier solutions and it will also make the technology available to clients looking to deploy AI/ML within other parts of their organization to enhance efficiency, effectiveness, and accuracy. “With the cost of origination and servicing at, or near, all-time highs, AIVA is poised to help increase efficiencies for Black Knight clients,” said Anthony Jabbour, CEO, Black Knight. “AI/ML and neural network solutions are the future of delivering enhanced productivity and capabilities to our clients, and we are very excited about the potential HeavyWater has to offer.” HeavyWater’s AIVA solution leverages AI/ML to perform operational functions more efficiently and effectively than traditional methods, by reading, comprehending, and drawing conclusions based on context to mimic cognitive thinking. These functions are especially useful in improving the operational efficiencies of the loan origination process. “The focus of HeavyWater and their expertise in AI/ML is the ability to take more mundane operations and use machine learning to extract information and assist the operations of underwriters, loan processors, and closers to move those components of the loan processing task along significantly faster,” Gagliano said. The Philadelphia-based HeavyWater has been providing AIVA to help lenders with traditionally manual activities such as verifying income, assets, and insurance coverage. Black Knight said that clients benefited from the accelerated processes and reduced expenses as AIVA gained experience and manual routines were automated.   “Our focus has always been on pioneering research in machine learning and artificial intelligence and applying it to the financial services industry,” said Soofi Safavi, CEO of HeavyWater. “By using sophisticated neural networks and ‘contextual knowledge’ to continuously improve AIVA’s learning and performance, we’ve helped our clients save money, increase efficiencies, and reduce turn time.”     About Author: Radhika Ojha Radhika Ojha, Online Editor at the Five Star Institute, is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her master’s degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Dallas, Texas. You can contact her at Radhika.Ojha@theMRep
 

Ocwen Borrower Outreach Focused on Foreclosure Avoidance

Ocwen Borrower Outreach Focused on Foreclosure Avoidance   Ocwen Financial Corporation, a Florida-based financial services holding company, is partnering with New York-based charitable organizations to host a trio of borrower outreach events beginning Wednesday, June 6. Ocwen previously participated in numerous similar events during 2018, meeting with more than 550 Ocwen customers and working to help New York area borrowers and homeowners who were struggling to make their mortgage payments. Ocwen currently services more than 68,000 loans in New York. For this round of June borrower outreach events, Ocwen is joining forces with three local organizations: Neighborhood Housing Services of New York City, Inc.; Community Housing Innovations; and Neighborhood Housing Services of Brooklyn. The announced June events kick off Wednesday morning, and include the following: Wednesday, June 6, 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. ET, at NHS Brooklyn, located at 2806 Church Avenue, Brooklyn, New York. For more information call 718.469.4679. Thursday, June 7, from 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. ET, at the Crowne Plaza, located at 66 Hale Ave., White Plains, New York. For more information visit the event webpage. Saturday, June 9, from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET, at 2475 Westchester Ave., Bronx, New York. For more information call 929.268.3790. Attendees will be able to meet with Ocwen Home Retention Agents as well as HUD-approved counseling agencies to learn about their options that could help lower their mortgage payments and help get them back on more stable financial footing. “Despite a better economic environment, the high attendance rate at our previous New York events demonstrates that many borrowers still have difficulty meeting their mortgage payments,” said Jill Showell, SVP of Government and Community Relations at Ocwen. “Working closely with seasoned non-profit housing counselors, Ocwen’s goal is to meet in-person with as many borrowers as possible to find responsible solutions to help families remain in their homes and part of their communities.” During Ocwen’s Q1 2018 earnings report, the servicer spotlighted its initiatives to help borrowers avoid foreclosure. According to Ocwen, the servicer reported 11,598 loan modifications during Q1, 17 percent of which included debt forgiveness totaling $59 million. Ocwen also reported a decrease in loan delinquencies from 9.3 percent as of December 31, 2017, to 9.0 percent as of March 31, 2018. Ocwen said this decrease was “primarily driven by loss mitigation efforts.” The servicer has also seen some significant personnel changes in recent months. In April, Ocwen announced that Glen Messina would take over as the company’s President after Ron Faris announced his retirement. Only last week, Ocwen EVP and CFO Michael Bourque also announced his impending retirement, having accepted a position with another financial services company. Ocwen reported at the time that they had begun a search for qualified internal and external candidates to fill the CFO position. To learn more about Ocwen’s borrower outreach events, you can click here.   About Author: David Wharton David Wharton, Online Editor at the Five Star Institute, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he received his B.A. in English and minored in Journalism. Wharton has over 15 years of experience in journalism and previously worked at Thomson Reuters, a multinational mass media and information firm, as Associate Content Editor, focusing on producing media content related to tax and accounting principles and government rules and regulations for accounting professionals. Wharton has an extensive and diversified portfolio of freelance material, with published contributions in both online and print media publications. Wharton and his family currently reside in Arlington, Texas. He can be reached at David.Wharton@DSNews.com.
 

Best Housing Rental Investment Markets for 2018

Best Housing Rental Investment Markets for 2018 According to CoreLogic Chief Economist Dr. Frank Nothaft, single-family rental stock has been booming in recent years, with CoreLogic reporting an increase by more than one-third over the past decade. But like the old saying goes, rental investment is all about location, location, location. So what are the best housing investment markets for 2018? Forbes recently partnered with Local Market Monitor, which tracks more than 300 housing markets, to spotlight the 20 bests markets for rental investment in 2018. In each case, the cities in question feature growth amongst population, jobs, and home prices. As Forbes explains, “These are not necessarily the places where prices will grow the most in the near future. … Rather, these are the places where that growth appears most sustainable over the medium to long term.” Orlando, Florida, tops the list, with an average home price of $247,550, a three-year population growth of 7.6 percent, and a three-year price growth forecast of 35 percent. Orlando home prices increased 9 percent in 2017. “Orlando has recovered in the sense that job growth has been strong and home prices are moving up along with income at a healthy pace," said Local Market Monitor CEO Ingo Winzer. "Home prices are still below the peak of the bubble, so in that narrow sense they haven't recovered." Rounding out the top 10, Forbes and Local Market Monitor’s picks for best U.S. metros for rental investment in 2018 are: Provo-Orem, Utah—Three-year price growth forecast: 31 percent Jacksonville, Florida—Three-year price growth forecast: 20 percent Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina—Three-year price growth forecast: 26 percent Ogden-Clearfield, Utah—Three-year price growth forecast: 29 percent Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro, Tennessee—Three-year price growth forecast: 27 percent Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Georgia—Three-year price growth forecast: 24 percent Springfield, Missouri—Three-year price growth forecast: 14 percent Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas—Three-year price growth forecast: 26 percent Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville, California—Three-year price growth forecast: 33 percent “High-growth markets are always attractive,” said Winzer. However, “in a few years today's growth markets may be in over-priced territory. Markets with medium growth can also be a better bet for investors because there's less competition for choice properties and they can buy at a more favorable price.” America’s Rental Housing 2017, a report compiled by Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, reported last year that renter households are trending older, wealthier, and are more likely to be parents. The abundant prospects of the rental market will be one of the hot topics to be discussed at this year’s Single-Family Rental Summit, happening March 19-21 at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee.   About Author: David Wharton          
 

Real Estate Crowdfunding Earns $10 Million in First Week

Real Estate Crowdfunding Earns $10 Million in First Week Atlanta-based real estate mogul Jay Morrison recently launched a new real estate crowdfundingprogram, and it’s finding some strong early success, having raised nearly $10 million in its first week. The Tulsa Real Estate Fund is described as “the first African-American owned Regulation A+ Tier II crowdfund designed to revitalize urban communities across the U.S.” According to the group’s press release, the Tulsa Real Estate Fund “allows both accredited and non-accredited investors to collectively invest and own real estate projects around the country that are unique, diversified, and yield a reasonable rate of return.” The Fund is seeking to raise as much as $50 million in equity capital during its initial public offering, which launched on June 1 and raised $8 million in its first weekend alone. By the end of the first full week, that number hit $9.6 million. "Tulsa Real Estate Fund was created for the sole purpose of the revitalization of urban communities across America, as well as a means for working class people to own shares and equity in a portfolio of real estate assets that will combat gentrification," said Jay Morrison, CEO and Manager of the Tulsa Real Estate Fund. As described in the press release, the Fund will work to “perform comprehensive redevelopment of both people and real estate in key urban areas” and allow for “socially conscious individuals and financial institutions the opportunity to invest in the people and real estate in local communities that matter most to them.” Projects will include single-family, multifamily, commercial, and agricultural projects. "Tulsa Real Estate Fund is the perfect economic vehicle for the urban community to collectively pool its more than $1.3 trillion in spending power to effectively control and revitalize our neighborhoods," Morrison continued. "With the current tone in Washington, D.C., urban neighborhoods across the country will not have control of their dollars, real estate, or small businesses for the foreseeable future. As a result, urban neighborhoods across the country are being redeveloped by individuals who do not have the best interests of the community in mind, which often leads to the displacement of longtime residents due to increased property values, thus making the cost of housing in our communities unaffordable. We believe Tulsa Real Estate Fund is the solution to this rapidly growing problem." You can view a short video explaining the Fund below. https://youtu.be/UgD1jj8e-Bs About Author: David Wharton David Wharton, Online Editor at the Five Star Institute, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he received his B.A. in English and minored in Journalism. Wharton has over 15 years of experience in journalism and previously worked at Thomson Reuters, a multinational mass media and information firm, as Associate Content Editor, focusing on producing media content related to tax and accounting principles and government rules and regulations for accounting professionals. Wharton has an extensive and diversified portfolio of freelance material, with published contributions in both online and print media publications. Wharton and his family currently reside in Arlington, Texas. He can be reached at David.Wharton@DSNews.com.
 

The Week Ahead: FOMC Meeting to Announce Rate Hike?

The Federal Open Market Committee will meet again this week, with the group's Forecasts scheduled for release on Wednesday, June 6, at 2 p.m. ET, and Fed Chair Jerome Powell's press conference scheduled thereafter at 2:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday. While the FOMC could always surprise us, many industry experts expect the Fed to announce another short-term interest rate hike. The May meeting of the FOMC left interest rates unchanged, after having increased them previously in March. “In view of realized and expected labor market conditions and inflation, the Committee decided to maintain the target range for the federal funds rate at 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 percent,” the Fed said in a statement after the meeting. “The stance of monetary policy remains accommodative, thereby supporting strong labor market conditions and a sustained return to 2 percent inflation.” The Central Bank had stated that it was targeting an inflation rate of 2 percent at the beginning of the year, and after the meeting, it said: “On a 12-month basis, both overall inflation and inflation for items other than food and energy have moved close to 2 percent.” The FOMC forecast report covers GDP, the PCE price index, the unemployment rate, and forecasts of the next change in the Fed funds rate and the expected rate at the end of the next two years. The FOMC forecasts are compiled based on individual outlooks from each Fed governor and District president. About Author: David Wharton David Wharton, Online Editor at the Five Star Institute, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he received his B.A. in English and minored in Journalism. Wharton has over 15 years of experience in journalism and previously worked at Thomson Reuters, a multinational mass media and information firm, as Associate Content Editor, focusing on producing media content related to tax and accounting principles and government rules and regulations for accounting professionals. Wharton has an extensive and diversified portfolio of freelance material, with published contributions in both online and print media publications. Wharton and his family currently reside in Arlington, Texas. He can be reached at David.Wharton@DSNews.com.
 

6 Creative Ways to Fund Your Home Renovations

Whether you’ve lived in your home for decades or are just about to start your journey as a homeowner, the idea of customizing your home to fit your style and preferences, as well as necessary repairs to aging homes, can be both exciting and daunting. The exciting part comes without question, but the daunting components often revolve around money.   1. Refinance Your Mortgage Refinancing your home is one way you can stash away extra cash every month to pay for home renovations. Depending on your current interest rate, you might be able to refinance at a lower interest rate and/or for a longer loan term, which would lower your monthly mortgage payment. So, you could set aside the difference until you’re ready to jump into renovations. 2. Get a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) If you already have a low rate on your first mortgage, or you’ve already paid off your loan, refinancing may not make sense for you. 3. Take Out a Home Equity Loan A home equity loan is another option for homeowners to tap into their equity to pay for renovations without refinancing their entire mortgage. Unlike a HELOC, which is a line of credit that you can borrow against as needed, this type of loan requires you to take out all the cash at one time. But since it is a fixed rate loan, the interest rate on a home equity loan is typically higher than an adjustable rate of a HELOC. Home equity loans are also commonly called “second mortgages” because many homeowners get them in addition to their first mortgage. However, you don’t need a first mortgage to get a home equity loan.   4. Crowdsource Particularly if you’re just getting married, try asking your guests for cash towards your remodel as wedding gift instead of something from a registry. 5. Get Creative with Earning More Cash Although it might not be ideal for some, having a side hustle in addition to your regular 9 to 5 could help you save more money faster. The good news is, there are many ways you can get creative with earning more money.   6. Get Serious About Saving Although it can take some time, saving up the old-fashioned way is still one of the most common ways people are funding their home improvements. If you’re able to cut costs elsewhere or spend less money on nonessentials and actually set money away in a home improvement fund, you might find that it adds up quicker than you think!  
 

Considerations for Selling & Buying a Home

Selling your current home while also on the market for a new one is a common journey. In f act, about 71 percent of sellers are trying to buy and sell at the same time, and it can be a stressful process. Knowing which steps to take and in what order becomes even trickier once you factor in the fact that you’re also trying to buy at the same time. Keeping in mind that selling a home takes considerably longer than buying, thoughtful planning can help you save time in the long run. Educating yourself on the process from both a sellers’ perspective and a buyers’ perspective can help you navigate the process smoothly. Contact us for a free guide to selling and buying work books to help guide you step by step. 
 

How Much Does It Cost to Move?

The dollars and cents that go into moving vary greatly depending on a number of factors. Making the decision to move can be an exciting time, whether you’re moving across town or across the country. But it can also be a milestone surrounded by uncertainty: am I making the right decision? How will my kids adjust to a new school? Will I like my new neighborhood? According to the US Census, 11.2 percent of Americans moved in 2016, for reasons related to housing, family, and employment. And there’s one question pretty much everyone who is thinking about moving asks: How much will it cost to relocate?   There are all kinds of moving expenses to keep in mind, including changes in cost of living, balancing two mortgages (or a mortgage and rent) during the transition, and the cost of actually getting all your belongings from point A to point B. Here’s some information about average moving expenses to help you make sense of it all. Estimating moving costs Roughly half of all people who move use professional movers, whether they’re moving short or long distances. These are average costs for moving, according to HomeAdvisor. Of course, prices vary by region and by distance. Type of move Average charge Extra charges Local/intrastate (under 100 miles, including 2 movers + truck) $80-$100 per hour + $25-$50 extra per additional mover Interstate/cross-country (over 100 miles) $2,000-$5,000 per move + $0.50 per pound How much does it cost to move across town? Local moves make up the vast majority of people moving every year. According to Zillow research, 57 percent of home buyers who also sell a home move within the same city, and 86 percent move within the same state. For local moves, you’ll typically pay an hourly rate that includes a truck and the services of two movers. The bigger your home, the longer your move will take. Consider these estimates from HomeAdvisor.  Size of house Estimated time of move Average price range 1-bedroom apartment 3-5 hours $200-$500 2-bedroom apartment 5-7 hours $400-$700 3-bedroom house 7-10 hours $560-$1,000 4-bedroom house 10+ hours $800-$2,000+ How far in advance should I book local movers? Keep in mind that most people move between May and September, so you’ll want to book your movers at least four weeks ahead of time. The earlier you book, the more likely you are to get the day and time that works best for you, and the more likely you are to get an experienced crew. The least expensive days to move are Monday-Thursday. In the off-season (October-April), you can often book movers with only one to two weeks’ notice. How much does it cost to move across the country? While local movers typically charge by the hour, for a cross-country move you’ll likely be charged based on two key variables: weight and distance. Weight Before the move, the empty truck is weighed, and your mover should provide you with an “empty weight” receipt. Then, once all your belongings are loaded, they’ll weigh your truck again to help them determine your moving cost. Have no idea how much your belongings weigh? Reputable movers will give you an estimate before you sign on the dotted line, using average weights for homes of your size (more on estimates later). For example, the goods inside a 1,000-square-foot, 3-bedroom apartment typically weigh about 5,000 pounds. A 2,800-square-foot, 4-bedroom home’s furnishings typically weigh in at around 20,500 pounds. Distance Simply put, the farther a moving company has to transport your belongings, the higher the bill will be. You’ll likely be charged a per-mile rate in addition to the weight-based charges. Make sure to ask if there are any additional transportation charges, like fuel or tolls. How far in advance should I book movers for a long-distance move? For an interstate or cross-country move, you’ll want to book your movers as early as possible — ideally six to eight weeks before your move. Moving costs vary depending on factors such as the number of belongings, the length of the move, and the services provided. Typical moving expenses Whatever kind of move you’re planning, the moving expenses you’ll incur will vary based on the level of service you’re looking for: Just a truck rental: The ultimate DIY move, in this scenario you’ll be doing the packing, loading, transportation, unloading, and unpacking on your own, with just the help of a rental truck. Flat per-day rates start at around $20 per day, depending on the size of the truck, plus charges for gas and mileage. Loading, transportation, and unloading: Save your back by doing all the packing and unpacking yourself, but have professional movers do the heavy lifting. For a local move, this service can range from $200 for a one-bedroom apartment to $2,000+ for a 4-bedroom house. Full-service moves: Leave everything to the pros, including wrapping and packing your belongings, loading them, transporting them to your new home, and unloading. You’ll just be responsible for unpacking your belongings and getting settled. This type of move is usually used for long-distance moves. Expect to pay roughly $2,000-$5,000 for the transportation, plus about 50 cents per pound, plus $25-$50 per hour, per mover for packing and unpacking help. Temporary storage: If your moving dates don’t line up exactly, you may find yourself needing to temporarily stash your things in a storage unit or moving container. Storage facility rates start at about $50 per month for a small unit, and go up to $300 or $400 for larger units. If you’d like the convenience of a portable storage unit that’s delivered to your home, loaded by you, and stored in a warehouse until you’re ready for re-delivery, expect to pay $150-$300 per month, plus delivery and re-delivery costs. Moving supplies: Instead of buying and then recycling boxes, you can go green and rent hard plastic boxes for your move. Prices start at about $50 per week for enough boxes to pack a 1-bedroom apartment, and up to $200 to pack a large house. Once you’re done, the rental service will pick up the boxes. To save money on cardboard boxes, check your local “buy nothing” group or moving truck rental company, which often have used boxes on hand.   Additional costs of moving When calculating your relocation budget, make sure to keep in mind these unexpected moving costs: A transportation surcharge if the moving company pays workers more for working in metropolitan areas, where labor costs are often higher. You may opt to purchase full value protection insurance. Released value protection is typically included by movers at no cost, but the protection is minimal — just 60 cents per pound per article lost or damaged. Charges for moving vehicles, including cars, boats, and motorcycles. Surcharges for moving large or fragile items — think swing sets, pianos, extra-large furniture, or riding lawn mowers. Additional charges if the movers have to walk more than 75 feet from door to truck, or if they need to use stairs or an elevator. Additional charges if your street is too narrow to accommodate a moving truck and they’ll need to shuttle your belongings with a smaller truck. You may find yourself paying unexpected moving costs if there’s a delay in the availability of your new home and the moving company has to put your items into storage. Moving cost agreements Any reputable moving company should provide you with a quote before your move, using the industry-standard rate book published by the Household Goods Carrier Bureau, called the Tariff 400-N. There are two main types of moving quotes: Non-binding estimates are the industry standard. They reflect the company’s best guess as to what your final bill will be, but they can often be inaccurate. Whenever possible, opt for not-to-exceed quote. Not-to-exceed estimates are quotes where the moving company commits to a maximum price. To avoid being surprised by high moving costs, ask your movers to provide a not-to-exceed estimate. Get moving When it comes to moving, the best way to limit your costs (and to keep your sanity) is to move quickly. The faster you’re out of your old home and into your new home, the less you’ll pay in movers, rented supplies, storage costs, and — most importantly — overlapping mortgage payments or rent. Looking to sell your house in a hurry? Check out Zillow Instant Offers – just answer a few questions about your home, and receive a cash offer in 2-3 days without ever listing. Related: Moving Day Horror Stories How to Avoid Unscrupulous Moving Companies Moving? Top 5 Tips for Packing Originally published July 2012; data updated March 2018. About the author Mary Boone Mary was a newspaper writer/editor for 13 years and worked as spokesperson for a Fortune 500 Company before becoming a freelance writer. She has authored more than two dozen books for young readers and writes for a handful of regional home and garden magazines.
 

Compromise Common Among Millennial Homebuyers

So, what form are those compromises coming in? Forty-one percent of surveyed millennial homebuyers report having to settle for a smaller home than they wanted in order to stick within their budget. Given the continued increase of home prices in many markets, that’s not surprising. Forty percent report having to expand their search for a home beyond their target location, and 41 percent report having to sacrifice some desired features in order to make the buy, including air conditioning, fireplaces, or flooring options. Thirty-nine percent said their new homes came with less accompanying land than they would have liked.
 

Credit Reporting Changes

Things in the credit report world are improving now that the three major credit reporting companies are utilizing records better they are now excluding all tax liens from credit reports. What does this mean? Basically, there are now new rules after problems were discovered with credit reporting and changes were recommended to help consumers. Since the biggest issue that is reported by consumers is incorrect information on a credit report, these reporting companies removed nearly civil judgment data and tax lien data from credit reports. Now that with this new change credit scores may go up by as much as 30 points overall.  Other industry groups have said these changes will have less of an impact. 
 

Make the First Impression a Great One

First impressions are critical. Just like the view from the curb may prevent a buyer from getting out of the car, the view inside the house determines whether they make an offer. Buyers need to be able to imagine themselves living in your home, or perhaps more to the point, they need to envision your home as theirs. You can accomplish this by staging your home. Home staging is the process of preparing your home for sale to make its best impression on prospective buyers. It can be as simple as cleaning the house and putting out fresh flowers or as complicated as hiring a consultant to determine what furnishings and decorations best suit your home while itís on the market. Big budget or small, how you present your home to potential buyers can affect how quickly it sells. Cleaning and decluttering are essential. The whole house should sparkle,  especially kitchens and bathrooms. Clear off counters and organize cabinets and closets. Too much "stuff" is distracting and makes spaces feel cramped and small ñ definitely not a good impression. Remove furniture that blocks the natural traffic flow, being sure there is a clear walkway to all windows and that the windows and screens are clean. Visual cues help buyers process your homeís features. Keeping room decor simple makes it easy to ascertain a roomís purpose. A bed and a dresser in a room with a closet are all it takes to show that a room can be used as a bedroom. A table with chairs identify a dining area, formal or otherwise. Staging rooms for their traditional purpose helps buyers understand your home. Whether the final buyer decides to use rooms the way you show them doesnít matter. There is a lot you can do yourself to get your home looking its best. Consult with your real estate professional before you start any projects to be sure that the payoff is worth the investment. Remember, once you decide to sell your home, itís a good idea to behave as if it isn't your "home" anymore. Cutting the emotional ties makes it easier to get your 'house' sold fast.
 
 

Is Your Sliding Door too Hard to Slide?

Recently has it felt like you need super human strength to open your sliding door? Chances are, debris has jammed the wheels. This might just be your quick fix.  Remove the operable door by turning the adjustment screws at the bottom, then clean the wheels and tracks, and spray with silicone lubricant. See if that helps it glide a little smoother just in time to be out on your patio this summer. 
 

Stripes Can Add Fun to Any Room

A fun and easy way to add interest to a room can be with stripes to any wall. When it comes to painting stripes, anything goes – large or small, horizontal or vertical, they all look fantastic, and are a great way to not have to be  limited to just 1 paint color. If you’re not hiring a professional to do the painting, just remember to use a level and painters tape when making your lines, because no one likes a crooked stripe.
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