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Home Buying Lingo You Should Know

Guest Post: Zillow Porchlight Blog
Posted by Matthew Hillier on June 02, 2020 in  uncategorized
Appraisal management company (AMC): An institution operated independently of a lender that, once notified by a lender, orders a home appraisal. Appraisal: An informed, impartial and well-documented opinion of the value of a home, prepared by a licensed and certified appraiser and based on data about comparable homes in the area, as well as the appraiser’s own walk-through. Approved for short sale: A term that indicates that a homeowner’s bank has approved a reduced listing price on a home, and the home ... read more
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How to Solve Small-Space Storage Dilemmas

Guest Post: Zillow Porchlight Blog
Posted by Matthew Hillier on June 02, 2020 in  uncategorized
When you’re in a small space — especially if you’re sharing it with others — you’ve probably come to realize that square footage is something to be savored, not squandered. If things are feeling a little crowded, this may be a good time to assess your organization methods.Whatever your hobby or collection, there’s an organizational hack to help you store it. Here are some clever storage tricks for six of the toughest, bulkiest space-takers you may own.Off-Season Wa... read more
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Seller Tips For Hosting a Virtual Open House With Your Agent

Guest Post: Originally Posted by RISMedia.com
Posted by Matthew Hillier on May 19, 2020 in  uncategorized
Social distancing is affecting businesses all across the country in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, otherwise known as the coronavirus. For real estate agents and sellers, hosting open houses and walk-throughs have come to a halt. However, with the help of new technology, it’s easier than ever to give future homebuyers a similar experience with virtual open houses. Here are some tips for working with your real estate agent to host virtual home tours and keep the selling/buying process moving.&n... read more
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5 DIY Home Projects to Cure Cabin Fever and Boost Property Value

Guest Post: Presley Attardo, Contributor at Homelight
Posted by Matthew Hillier on May 05, 2020 in  uncategorized
Quarantine got you stir crazy? Chances are everyone will be spending more time at home this year than planned. Why not put those extra hours toward improving your surroundings? We recommend tackling these five DIY home improvement projects to beautify your 24-7 living space and boost your property value.These 5 projects are easy and impactful, requiring few supplies you can order online from the comfort of your couch. Source: (yampi / ShutterStock)#1) Wallpaper Your Bathroom and Laundry RoomWallpaper is b... read more
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How to Keep Your Kids’ Minds Moving

Guest Post: Laura McHolm, Co-Founder at NorthStar Moving Company
Posted by Matthew Hillier on May 05, 2020 in  uncategorized
These are certainly challenging times, especially if you have children who are home because their schools and daycare facilities have been temporarily shut down due to COVID-19. Whether or not you are working from home yourself, many still need to figure out how to keep their kids busy and challenged – without the options of trips to parks, libraries, theaters, museums and other public gathering spaces. Here are some tips on how to keep your kids’ minds moving and motivated throughout however long this ... read more
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