Pre-Approved for a Mortgage? Don’t Do This!

April 17th, 2019

You might feel great about being pre-approved for a mortgage.  But, there are some things you should NOT do to assure your mortgage won’t be denied later in the home buying process. 

The fact is that a pre-approval doesn’t mean you’ve locked in that loan – and there are money mistakes you could make that might lead to a problem.  Be sure you don’t: move cash out of your bank accounts, take a leave of absence, apply for new credit cards, run up new debt, or change employment.  home buyinTo find out why, read this helpful article.  Then tighten your wallet and keep things simple until after settlement.

Only 8 Lots Remain at Washington Manor!

April 16th, 2019

It’s spring -- and the housing market is hot.  That’s definitely the case at Sal Paone Builder’s Washington Manor community, where only eight lots remain. If you’re looking for a home that combines, history, scenery, livability and absolute perfection in home design and finishes, take our advice: Do Read More...

Cool Features Every Kid’s Room Should Have

April 10th, 2019

Kids of all ages love having their own space.  When you design their rooms with today’s trendiest features, you can gain major points for being the coolest parent on the planet. What’s in?  Bunk beds, of course.  But today’s trend is to not have a desk underneath.  Better to have an extra sleeping space for when the BFF sleeps over Read More...

Cozy Soups

April 1st, 2019

It’s soup season -- the perfect time to snazzy up stick-to-your ribs stews and savory selections. Chicken noodle is so 50s!  Why not try a more modern soup recipe, like an Asian-influenced pot sticker or long noodle soup.  Love a good bratwurst? Throw it in a soup bowl with beans and peppers Read More...

Snowed In?

March 13th, 2019

School-closing snow days are here.  Are you ready to keep your kids busy while keeping your sanity intact?  If the weather is too frightful for them to play outside, make it a fun, stress-free day inside with some boredom-busting ideas from Mommy Poppins and Accuweather.  With a little wax paper and a carpet, you can create an indoor ice-skating pond Read More...

Why Do I Need Title Insurance

March 6th, 2019

When you purchase a home, you will most likely be required to have title insurance.  Why?  Because the chain of ownership of the property you’re buying could have resulted in problems that will cost you money if they are not detected.  Some of the most common include liens that could transfer to you as the new owner, omitted heirs who could claim ownership of the property, fraud in past transactions, or errors in the public record Read More...

Best Places to Live in Montgomery County

February 27th, 2019

Livability is what makes a community stand out as a “best place” to call home. Every year, Niche.com compiles its list of the most livable communities.  Niche ranks the overall quality of an area by reviewing a wide variety of factors, including schools, cost of living, housing, diversity, health, jobs, nightlife, outdoor activities, commuting methods – even the number of sunny days Read More...

Show Your Home Some Love!

February 14th, 2019

Love your home?  Winter in general – is a great time to give your home, sweet, home a little extra pampering!  Bring it flowers or give extra attention to something that needs fixing.  Consider buying your home a little “jewelry” to adorn spaces.  Art, lighting, or accessories that add beauty or eclectic charm are sure to please Read More...

How to Keep Pipes from Freezing

February 13th, 2019

Few things are as miserable as the winter woes created by frozen pipes. At the minimum, you’ll have trouble getting water where you need it. At the worst, your pipes may burst, leading to plumbing expenses, damage to your home and thousands of dollars in repair expenses. To keep costs and hassle from skyrocketing, be sure to protect your pipes when temperatures plummet Read More...

Feed the Birds

February 6th, 2019

Feathered friends can offer so much enjoyment to those who love the sights and sounds of backyard birds. But, during the winter, birds can use a little help as they seek food and shelter. While nature provides protected places in dense vegetation or evergreen branches, many birds flock to the security of cozy, winter roosting boxes Read More...