KAY'S Blog

Finish Out Your Basement The Right Way

Published September 20, 2017

Has your underground space been turned into a junk collector full of memorabilia, holiday decorations and old sports equipment that you will never use? Do you need more living space for a growing family? Read More...


Saving For Your First Home In Your 20’s, 30’s, 40’s

Published September 13, 2017

There are many specific challenges that people will face when saving for their home at different ages. Read More...


Should You Hire a Realtor or Sell on Your Own? Three Deciding Factors

Published September 6, 2017

Selling your home can be both exciting and stressful. As the property seller, you have a long list of responsibilities. Before you stage your property and stick that for sale sign in the yard, you will need to make one very important decision. Read More...


Lawyers Can Be a Valuable Asset When Purchasing a Home

Published August 30, 2017

Retaining the services of a lawyer when purchasing a new home is not just a good idea, it can actually be vital to completing the process without making a life damaging mistake. Read More...


How a Self-Directed IRA Can Jumpstart Your Investing Career

Published August 23, 2017

Don’t think you have the money to invest in real estate? Your IRA could be the answer. Read More...


How to Talk to Your Tenants about Renter’s Insurance

Published August 16, 2017

You have a policy to protect your investment, but your tenants need one to cover their own interests. How do you talk insurance with your tenants? Read More...


How Aging Americans Will Change the Market

Published August 9, 2017

As America as a nation ages, our housings needs will change. How will it impact the housing market? Read More...


5 Steps to Short Sale Success

Published August 2, 2017

Short sales are not particularly complicated, but they do require a lot of work to close successfully. Here’s what you can expect. Read More...


Making a Mid-Life Home Purchase? Consider These Five Options

Published July 26, 2017

The days of buying a house and settling down for the rest of your life in one spot are stuck firmly in the past. Read More...


Don’t Let Your Pet Sabotage Your Home Sale

Published July 19, 2017

Is your property lingering on the market? Your pet could be the reason why you haven’t received an offer. Read More...


Identity Theft Is Never Fun; Protect Yourself With Title Insurance

Published July 12, 2017

Identity theft can cause you huge problems, and may even lead to you losing the title of your home. That’s why steps need to be taken to protect you and your family. Read More...


Can Energy Efficient Windows Really Save You Money?

Published July 5, 2017

You’ve probably heard a lot about how energy efficient windows can save you loads on your electric bill, but is this really a sound improvement for your home? Read More...


Will A Realtor Really Help Me Make Money On The Sale Of My Home?

Published June 28, 2017

Sure it may be tempting to forego hiring a realtor to help with the sale of your home, but if you knew how much a realtor could help you, you might change your tune. Read More...


To Fence or Not To Fence

Published June 21, 2017

Before you add a fence to your property, know the guidelines to follow so you increase your property value and don’t run the risk of decreasing it! Read More...


How A Home Inspection Can Lower The Purchase Price Of Your Dream Home

Published June 14, 2017

A home inspection doesn’t just help you to find out about dangerous and costly problems that exist within the property; it can also help you lower the asking price! Read More...


Four Reasons Owning a Vacation Home Is a Good Investment

Published June 7, 2017

A vacation home can be about more than parties and down time; after reading what some of the best real estate minds have to say about the benefit of vacation homes as investments, you’ll see the potential for yourself as well. Read More...


My Neighbor’s House Is For Sale! How Can I Compete?

Published May 31, 2017

How to sell your home at the same time your neighbor’s place is on the market, and still remain friends. Read More...


How to Reduce Your Mortgage Wait after a Foreclosure

Published May 24, 2017

Think you have to wait three to seven years after a foreclosure before you can get a new loan? You may be able to cut that in half. Read More...


4 Signs You Need to Hire a Property Manager

Published May 17, 2017

Managing your own rental properties isn’t as easy as you think. Here are four signs that it’s time to hire a property management company. Read More...


5 Things You Should Consider Before Buying a Short Sale

Published May 10, 2017

Buying a short sale property is much more complicated than a conventional home sale. Know what you’re getting into before making an offer. Read More...


3 Things that are Key to an Equity-Boosting Bathroom

Published April 26, 2017

A bathroom renovation can add value to your property, ifit’s done right. These three things are key. Read More...


A Brief Guide to Getting Rid of a Bad Tenant

Published April 19, 2017

As a landlord, you have a choice: deal with a bad tenant or get the tenant off your property. If you have decided, that getting rid of the tenant is the right decision, you need to develop a game plan. Read More...


4 Reasons Why You Should Use a Realtor to Sell Your Home

Published April 12, 2017

If you are considering selling your home, using a qualified real estate agent to assist you with the selling process can save you a lot of headaches. Read More...


How to Handle Damage to Your Home If You Are Trying to Sell

Published April 5, 2017

If your home has suffered damage, you may still be considering selling. Depending on the amount of damage and your decisions regarding the repairs, there may still be a possibility of a successful sale. Read More...


Worried About Selling Quickly? Why You Should Use a Realtor

Published March 29, 2017

As a homeowner, you know that time is money. If you want to sell quickly so that you can move on, hiring a Realtor is the right choice. Read More...


5 Tips on Renovations for First-Time Homebuyers

Published March 22, 2017

If you want to renovate your new home, you should do plenty of research before you start. Here are some tips to make your home renovation project successful. Read More...


Selling Your Home? Why Staged Homes Attract More Buyers

Published March 15, 2017

If you are prepping your home to be sold, home staging is important. An organized, professionally staged home offers curb appeal and will attract more buyers. Read More...


How to Sell a Unique Property: Why Personalization Matters

Published March 8, 2017

Unique properties are tricky for homesellers to market. A qualified real estate agent can help to paint a home in the best light to appeal to buyers. Read More...


Buying a Home? How to Make the Most of an Open House Visit

Published March 1, 2017

An open house is a good time to learn about a property that you are interested in. It also offers an opportunity to check out the competition. Read More...


Tips for Pricing Your Mid-Century Home

Published February 22, 2017

Pricing an older home can be tricky because it may only appeal to a segment of potential buyers. However, like any property, there are things that you can do to ensure that you list the home at a price that provides the most value to potential buyers. Read More...


How to Search for Foreclosure Homes Using Online Search Tools

Published February 15, 2017

Online home search tools have made finding foreclosed homes easier than ever. If you want to find homes that meet your criteria, you’ll need these tips. Read More...


Money Saving Tips for Your Landscaping Budget

Published February 8, 2017

If you are planning to update your landscaping while on a budget, there are many ways for you to save money. You can still make your home look great while spending less. Read More...


Should You Install New Windows in Your Home?

Published February 1, 2017

Installing new windows in your home involves making several considerations. Energy savings and the potential of a home value increase can impact your decision. Read More...


Signs of Structural Home Problems to Watch Out for As a Homebuyer

Published January 25, 2017

As a homebuyer, structural damage presents an insidious problem that can destroy the value of your home. Read More...


5 Tips for Selling a Renovated Home for Profit

Published January 18, 2017

As a real estate investor, you want to get the best returns on a renovated property. Planning is a key component of guaranteeing the success of the deal. Read More...


Can a Home Be Sold If It Isn't in the Best Condition?

Published January 11, 2017

As you prepare to sell your home, you are probably worried about the offers that you might receive. Selling a home that isn’t in the best condition can be a challenge. Read More...


Why It's Hard to Sell Your Home on Your Own

Published January 4, 2017

As you prepare to sell your home, you might think that working with a Realtor only means additional fees and costs. However, you might be surprised to learn just how difficult it is to sell a home without professional assistance. Read More...


Can You Negotiate Closing Costs As a Home Buyer?

Published December 28, 2016

As a homebuyer, you expect to pay a significant amount on the closing fees for your new home. The costs may be somewhat negotiable, depending on where you live. Read More...


5 Common Misconceptions About Buying Foreclosed Homes

Published December 21, 2016

Foreclosed homes are not all the same. When it comes to buying foreclosed properties, you should know the truth before you decide on a property to buy. Read More...


4 Energy-Efficient Upgrades to Consider for Your New Home

Published December 14, 2016

An energy-efficient home can help you save money on your utility bills each month. It can also add to the value of your home. Read More...


Old House? How You Can Create a Story That Interests Buyers

Published December 7, 2016

If you are trying to sell your older home, you need to appeal to the right buyers. Crafting a creative story about your home can help you to sell. Read More...


10 Signs It’s Time for New Kitchen Appliances

Published November 23, 2016

Owning a home is all about stretching every dollar as far as possible. Unfortunately, sometimes your best bet isn’t grabbing the duct tape and improvising, but instead calling in the professionals for a replacement. Read More...


Is a Spec Home Right for Your Family?

Published November 16, 2016

Buying a home is a stressful, exciting, and rewarding experience all rolled in one – and that’s putting it lightly. Read More...


Home Insurance or Home Warranties: Which One’s Better for You?

Published November 9, 2016

Buying a home is far from a simple affair – and that’s putting it lightly. However, is the debate surrounding home insurance and home warranties making this already complex point in your life even more confusing and frustrating? Read More...


5 Reasons Why You Are Getting Low Offers for Your Home

Published November 2, 2016

As a home seller, you might receive lower sale offers than you may have expected. Here’s how to decide if the offer is a lowball offer or if you should seek out better prospects. Read More...


How to Select the Right Neighborhood for You and Your Family

Published October 26, 2016

As a potential home buyer, you want to make sure that you are not only getting the best value for your money. Read More...


Home Seller Mistakes to Avoid As a First-Time Seller

Published October 19, 2016

If you are prepping your home to be sold as a first-time seller, there are many pitfalls to avoid. Here are some things to watch out for as a first-time homeseller. Read More...


Innovations In Smart Home Technology

Published October 12, 2016

Today, modern homes are automated with the latest advances in technology in ways that would astound and amaze our ancestors. Read More...


Hardscape Elements – The Backbone Of Any Landscape Project

Published October 5, 2016

No matter if you are working with a landscape contractor to bring beauty and order to the site of new home construction or to breathe life and elegance into a bland and boring established yard, the term “hardscape” is likely to come up in the conversation. Read More...


Finding The Best Real Estate Agent For Your Needs

Published September 28, 2016

Buying or selling a home is a major life decision. It is imperative to locate a reputable and capable real estate agent when you are purchasing a new home. Read More...


Choosing The Right Realtor To Sell Your Home

Published September 21, 2016

No matter your motivation for selling your home: you want it sold quickly at the best possible price. Read More...


House Hunting Checklist: Your A-Z Guide To Finding The Perfect Home

Published September 13, 2016

There are a number of things that you have to keep in mind when buying a new home. Having an A-Z checklist will help you to remember all of the things that you are looking for in your new property. Read More...


Smart Home Technology – Is It Right For Your Family?

Published September 7, 2016

Smart home technology is the newest “buzz word” to become a common term familiar to homeowners, builders, contractors and real estate agents. Read More...


How The Help Of An Attorney Can Make Your Life Easier and Give You Peace Of Mind

Published August 31, 2016

Retaining the services of a lawyer when purchasing a new home is not just a good idea, it can actually be vital to completing the process without making a life damaging mistake. Read More...


Spring Landscaping – New Tips and Ideas for Next Year

Published August 24, 2016

As the cold north winds blow and snow accumulates on the land, snuggle up with a hot cup of cocoa and a stack of seed catalogs. Take a mental break from the chill, dream of spring gardening and sun-blessed soil. Read More...


Baby It’s Cold Outside – Tips For Selling Your Home In Winter

Published August 17, 2016

In the midst of one of the worst winters on record, many property owners dismay, erroneously believing real estate buyers do not shop for homes and land in winter. Wrong! Read More...


Figuring out If a Reverse Mortgage Is Right for You

Published August 10, 2016

The thought of giving up control of your home after countless years is a daunting proposition, to say the least. However, change isn’t always a bad thing, especially in the later years of your life. Read More...


Front Yard Landscaping According to the Experts

Published August 3, 2016

You know what great landscaping looks like; you’re just not sure how to do it yourself. Let the experts show you how. Read More...


Are You Ready to Invest: An Investing Primer

Published July 27, 2016

Real estate is one of the best vehicles available for building wealth. But, is it the right option for you? And, are you ready to start investing? Read More...


Proven Steps to Finding a Good Property Manager

Published July 20,2016

Finding the right property manager can mean the difference between having a guaranteed monthly cash flow and bankruptcy. That makes choosing a good property manager an essential component of investor success. Read More...


5 Tips for Getting a Better Rate out of Your Mortgage

Published July 13,2016

Signing off on a mortgage should be an exciting and positive experience. After all, this document is essentially the key that unlocks your new home.Read More...


What to Do in the Months Before You Put Your Home on the Market

Published June 6, 2016

Selling a home is a complicated process that requires planning in order to be success. Know what you are getting into before you get started. Read More...

Prepping Your Property For Sale

Lawyers Can Be a Valuable Asset When Purchasing a Home

Published August 30, 2017

Retaining the services of a lawyer when purchasing a new home is not just a good idea, it can actually be vital to completing the process without making a life damaging mistake. Read More...


Published June 29, 2016

Have you ever wondered why it is that two homes in the same neighborhood, with virtually the same amount of space and similar floor plans, often sell for dramatically different amounts of money? Prep and Staging make the difference.. Read More...