CENTURY 21 AA Realty Blog

CENTURY 21 AA Realty Blog

Four Things Not to Do when Putting Your Home on the Market

By Zoe EisenbergSo you've decided to put your home on the market. Congratulations! Hopefully, you've brought a rockin' REALTOR® on board to help you list your spot, and together you've done your due diligence on what to ask for. As you start checking...

Fall into Home Maintenance

As the days get shorter and the nights get cooler, the urge to lounge on the couch by the fireplace becomes powerful. But before you start your winter hibernation, it’s imperative to take care of certain fall maintenance projects around your home.   Start by checking...

Increase Your Home’s Value with a Fresh Coat of Paint

Getting ready to sell your house or condo? One of the easiest home improvements to get buyers' attention is a fresh coat of paint. Plus it's a cost-effective fix that will make your home look updated—which can translate to increased value. Sara McLean, color...

4 Tips to Consider When Moving to a New State

Relocating to a new state offers the opportunity to start fresh and experience a life you may not have otherwise planned. But, like anything new, moving can present its own unique challenges, from organizing what to bring and discard, to deciding where to enroll the...

5 Stress Relieving Tips For First-time Homebuyers

By Meghan Belnap Moving into a new place is both exciting and challenging, and that is especially true if it's your first time as a homeowner. Instead of allowing the process to overwhelm you, keep some tips in mind to help navigate through this exciting journey in...

8 Ways to Safeguard against Scams

Scammers have devised every possible scheme—and then some—in attempts to swindle millions out of their hard-earned money. In fact, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), more than 2.5 million consumers submitted complaints about scams in the last year alone....

5 Hot Curb Appeal Trends for 2016

By John EganCurb appeal is in the eyes of the buyer. But as Texas Tech University researchers Emmett Elam and Andrea Stigarall point out, the precise factors that influence a homebuyer’s perceptions of curb appeal are debatable. What is not debatable is the lift that...

7 Simple Food Swaps for a Healthier New Year

Even if weight loss is not your goal, nutritionists tell us that making some simple and healthy food swaps can give us more energy and focus. Here are seven suggested swaps that are easy to incorporate into your menu plan and lifestyle: Swap margarine for butter –...

6 Kitchen Design Dilemmas and How to Solve Them

(BPT)—Kitchen design is an art form, one where function and beauty harmoniously co-exist. Achieving that balance, however, isn't always easy. When renovating a kitchen, homeowners can find themselves facing challenging design dilemmas. And they are not alone....

Fall Maintenance: 10 Safety Tips for Ladders, Rakes

Here’s a statistic: In the last year alone, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported more than half a million fall home maintenance-related injuries – and 40,000-plus of those incidents were caused by raking! “Never underestimate the task at hand while...

Great Tips for Easing into Back-to-School Mode

By Barbara ProninOne minute you’re thinking it’s time to shop for school clothes, and the next minute they’re off to the bus stop – and while nobody wants to rush those last lazy days of summer, now is the time to prepare your kids for the school year ahead. Teachers...

4 Ways to Erase the Most Common Household Messes

(BPT) – No matter how neat you keep your home, odors and stains will occur. These can be especially challenging to remove in areas prone to spills and smells. According to the KILZ paint and primer experts, here’s how you can freshen up even the most stubborn spots in...

Don’t Sweat It: A/C Maintenance Tips

As the temperature rises outside, it is becoming more challenging for homeowners to keep energy costs low while keeping cool inside. According to the HVAC Inspection, Maintenance and Restoration Association (also known as NADCA), there is a way to decrease energy...

Perk Up Your Patio with These Plants

Nothing brightens up an outdoor space quite like blooming flowers and thriving greenery. Whether you’d like to upgrade your deck, porch or patio, consider planting these florae, recommended by the experts at garden plant grower Monrovia. Hydrangeas – Beloved for their...

How Does the Color of Your Home Affect Buyers?

By Suzanne De VitaIt’s no secret that color is crucial when marketing a product. In fact, consumers come to a subconscious conclusion about a product within 90 seconds of viewing, and much of that judgment (62-90 percent) is based solely on color, according to the...

2015 Home Design Trend Predictions

This blog was contributed by Vicki Clary, marketing director of Curtis Homes. It’s a new year and that means new opportunities, particularly in the realm of home design trends. What will be the hot choices in 2015? What can we expect to see popping up in design...

3 Reasons Housing is Looking Up in 2015

By Zoe EisenbergAs 2015 rolls forward, there are several economic indicators that the housing market may have a break-out year. Let's review the top three. The job market is stronger With the recession behind us, more and more companies are adding new employees to...

Q: How Do You Clear Up Bad Credit?

A: It is not easy but certainly doable with both commitment and time.   By law, any unfavorable information in your credit file can stay there from 7 to 10 years. Today, however, a creditor must remove credit blemishes in a timely fashion if you challenge them and...

How to Make Your Home Safe for Trick-or-Treaters

If you’re expecting trick-or-treaters at your home this Halloween, take time to rid your yard of any potential hazards that can compromise a child’s safety. Follow these steps for a fun and safe Halloween in your neighborhood. The costumed crowd, and their parents or...

How to Raise Money-Wise Kids

Kids are never too young to learn the skills of saving, budgeting, and other basics for becoming a money-wise individual. In fact, a recent survey conducted by T. Rowe Price found that 60 percent of kids whose parents frequently talk to them about budgeting feel they...

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