5 New Homeowner Mistakes You Can Easily Avoid (And How to Avoid Them)

The following is a guest post from Jessica Thiefels. Becoming a first-time homeowner is one of the most exciting and stressful times of your life, even after the closing papers have been signed and the key is in hand. Suddenly you’re faced with a whole new set of challenges: how to manage a home that’s [...]

8 Guides That Make You a Better Homeowner

The following is a guest post written by Jessica Thiefels. Homeownership in the U.S. is increasing according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In fact, the Q2 2018 U.S. homeownership rate was 64.3 percent, up from 64.2 percent in Q1 2018 and 63.7 percent in Q2 2017, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Being a homeowner [...]

A Mindful Move: Home is Where the Om Is

Written by NorthStar Moving Co-Founder Laura McHolm We are all trying to be more mindful. No reason to “try;” instead, relax and be. Easier said than done, right? We all strive to be mindful: aware of emotions, present in the moment, attentive to the needs of others, conscious of our planet and calm. But, in [...]

7 Reasons Buying Beats Renting

Why Buying a Home is Better than Renting Conventional wisdom used to state that buying a home is always a great investment. But after the housing crisis, many people who saw their equity sliced in half began questioning this logic. That’s unfortunate. In most parts of the U.S., home buying is still a better decision [...]

4 Things to Know About House Hunting

This expert advice on house hunting in a hot market will help you in your search! Get Pre-Approved I tell my buyers their first step should always be to get pre-approved. This is an important first step for a few reasons: You and your realtor will know what kind of budget you are working [...]

Stage Your Home for the Millennial Buyer

In 2015, real estate sales sharply shifted toward the Millennial buyer and there are many ways sellers in Mendocino County can prepare their home to attract this buyer. Here are ten things Millennials look for, and how to implement them in your home. MELINA GILLIES In 2015, real estate sales sharply shifted toward the Millennial [...]

The Reason First Time Homebuyers Should Shop Around

Homebuyers, particularly inexperienced ones, often become enthusiastic about pursuing the first home they look at. I can personally attest to this as I am in the process of house hunting for the first time. It is common for first time buyers to contact an agent after seeing a property and say they are sure they [...]

6 Creative Open House Ideas To Sell Your Home Fast

It’s easy to see the value of an open house—a designated time for real estate agents and prospective buyers to scope out your home while on a Sunday spree of house tours. But if you’re worried about getting lost among the competition, creative open house ideas are a must if you want to make a [...]

Expert advice on how to choose a Fence for your Home

A fence can serve as protection while still adding beauty to your yard. Want to make your suburban home feel safe and secure while still maintaining it’s beauty? You might want to consider adding a fence. Fences have been part of the home landscape since colonial days when they kept livestock like chickens and [...]