Oct 7, 2021
House with snow
When the temperature drops, staying warm inside your home is a priority. But, getting your property ready for winter requires more than just keeping the cold air out. It also means protecting the exterior of your home. Before fall ends, be sure you have done the outdoor maintenance that can save you time and money […]
Sep 21, 2021
Man looking at ceiling
Make the most of retirement with a property that is ready for the next phase of your life. While it may not be at the top of your list regarding retirement planning, home improvement projects can play a critical role. The best approach requires looking ahead to how your lifestyle might change to identify upgrades […]
May 27, 2021
Painting a room
The economic impact of the pandemic has led to an increase in mortgage forbearances. While many of these homeowners will resume their mortgage payments and continue building equity, others may end up in foreclosure. As these homes are listed for sale, they may present an opportunity for buyers in a challenging market. Bank-owned properties are […]
Dec 17, 2020
Couple doing carpentry
Purchasing a fixer-upper can be an exciting adventure—then again, buying a move-in ready home can be faster and easier on many new homeowners. In this video, Open Mortgage CEO and founder Scott Gordon offers tips to help make the decision easier. Some topics he covers: Rising construction costs and why an older home may offer […]
Dec 8, 2020
Santa walking to a house
It’s that time of year when everyone’s favorite red-suited gift-giver starts making plans for his Christmas Eve visit. Make sure your home is in tip-top shape this December with a maintenance checklist that keeps you off the naughty list.  Start at the Top If Santa’s visit to your home will be via a chimney, he’ll […]
Sep 3, 2020
In homes across the country, going back to school this fall will rely on virtual learning, at least for a while. It’s not an ideal scenario for most families, but embracing a proactive approach can ease some concerns.  Before this unusual school year gets underway, spend some time creating spaces in your home that eliminate […]
Sep 1, 2020
Older couple
Longtime homeowners may be content with their home just the way it is, but home equity shouldn’t be overlooked as retirement nears. The ability to utilize tools such as a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) or a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) can be a valuable resource to support and maintain retirement plans.  While […]
Jul 9, 2020
Preparations for retirement often focus primarily on savings accounts, investment portfolios and pension plans. However, one of the overlooked pieces in the planning puzzle is the retiree’s home.  In addition to being a significant element of many homeowners’ wealth, and a potential source of funds via a reverse mortgage, the ability to fulfill its primary […]
Jul 7, 2020
The summer months are the perfect time to make sure your home offers a trouble-free respite from the heat. Thanks to the continued emphasis on avoiding crowds and the added safety of being outdoors, more homeowners are looking for ways to increase the comfort of their properties, inside and out. The bright skies and warm […]
Jun 25, 2020
2 washing machines sitting next to wood cabinets
Kitchens, master bedrooms, and outdoor spaces tend to get most of the attention from home buyers, but the biggest areas aren’t always the most important when it comes to finding the right layout. Sometimes it’s the smaller, often overlooked, parts of a home that can have the most impact on functionality.  Before you make an […]