House and Home January 2016
Choosing Your First Home: What to Look for When House Hunting

It's important to remember that the first house you buy isn't likely to be the one you'll live in forever. Instead, you might consider looking for a starter home when you are tired of renting and unable to afford your dream house. Approaching the house-hunting process with this caveat in mind will allow you to forgive some of the property's shortcomings and put you in a good position to profit when you resell the home. Here are a few tips to consider... Read More
Study Shows Growing Trend for Green Home Building

For many home buyers, green features have gone from a wish list item to a must-have. The demand for green homes is expected to increase.

Environmentally Friendly
Builders and Remodelers

According to the latest New SmartMarket Report by Dodge Data & Analytics, builders are paying attention to buyers' desires for green homes. The 2015 study polled 232 builders and remodelers across the... Read More
Common Tax-Filing Myths

If you're like most Americans, you don't have all of the answers when it comes to tax filing. That's why it's important to do as much research as possible to get up to speed on the latest adjustments and myths surrounding the tax code.

To help, here are six tax myths that the National Association of Enrolled Agents—a group of federally licensed tax practitioners who specialize in taxes—encounters frequently... Read More
National Home Sales Decline, but Still Remain Above Last Year's Sales

Existing-home sales in October were strong but not as strong as they were in September. Total existing-home sales fell 3.4 percent to 5.36 million, down from September's 5.55 million. Yet sales were still 3.9 percent higher than at the same time last year. Economists with the National Association of Realtors expected the slowdown. Total housing inventory fell 2.3 percent in October, and according to NAR's chief economist Lawrence Yun, the shortage put pressure on the housing market. The lack of inventory did nothing to ease the affordability issues plaguing some markets across the country. In addition, buyers had fewer options to choose from, leading to fewer contract signings. Yun also... Read More

Home Decorating Tips: Avoid the Top Mistakes

Home decorating is full of traps for the unwary. Sometimes rules are made to be broken, and skillful decorators can often ignore the guidelines. They may even create striking effects by breaking convention, but it takes a trained eye to do so. For the less experienced, there are small and easy tips to follow to achieve a more professional look. Paint: A color that looks just right as a small sample may appear either far brighter or much darker when applied to a large wall. To be safe, choose a color slightly lighter than the effect you wish to achieve. Consider also the amount of natural light the wall... Read More
William Brundage  -  (248) 980-2455 House and Home  -  January 2016 

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