By Brentnie Daggett Many states across the U.S. saw record-breaking snow and rainfall this past winter. Now, in the middle of spring, what will increased precipitation mean for flooding? Related: Water Woes: Tips for Reacting Quickly to Summer Flooding It’s always better to be over-prepared than to be caught off guard when it comes to potential flooding, especially...

By Brentnie Daggett If only your budget were as expansive as your imagination. We've all spent time daydreaming about how we would improve our homes if we had the time and money for a complete renovation. Grand kitchens, laundry rooms, in-ground swimming pools and walk-in closets top the dream home wish list for many. Related: Making Your Flip a Smart Home: 3 Key...

By Brentnie Daggett It's no surprise that one of the most common predictions for the real estate industry in 2019 is the continued importance of technology. As smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices continue to increase in popularity and capability, smart home technology continues to grow at pace. New technology built specifically to simplify the lives of...

By Brentnie Daggett We’re in the throes of the cold winter months in much of the country, which means many of us are spending a great deal of time thinking about our heating systems. In the U.S., roughly 40 percent of homes are heated via electric heat, rather than gas or oil. Related: Winter Maintenance for Your Rental Property Some electric systems encompass...

By Brentnie Daggett There are many benefits to purchasing an older home—you'll get character, and could pay a lower price upfront. You may even see potential to renovate an older home into the modern, beautiful home of your dreams. Related: How to Remodel and Preserve Old Homes Before you take the plunge and put a down payment on an older home, however, there...

By Brentnie Daggett Year after year, many homeowners find themselves surprised when their first heating bill arrives. The frugal-minded tend to turn to extra blankets and multiple layers in lieu of paying expensive heating bills, but at the end of the day, you should be comfortable in your own home. With a little knowledge and a few behavior tweaks, you can heat...

By Brentnie Daggett The holiday season is all about spending time with loved ones, and for many, this means traveling. There are certain precautions you should take whenever you leave your home for an extended period of time, but the holidays specifically tend to lead to an increase in home break-ins and stolen packages. Beyond theft and vandalism, vacant properties...

By Brentnie Daggett Fall nights are in full swing and the harvest moon hangs low in the sky. There's no doubt about it, Halloween is just around the corner! Related: Don't Scare Buyers Away This Halloween If you plan on passing out treats in your neck of the woods this year, be sure that you prep your home to ensure safety for tiny ghosts and goblins who will soon...

By Brentnie Daggett It's hard to believe, but autumn is finally here, which means it's time once again to think about seasonal maintenance for your home or rental property. With temperatures cooling down, now is the perfect time to visit those tasks that were on the back burner during the busy summer months. Fall is the ideal season to check for inexpensive maintenance...

By Brentnie Daggett Earlier this month, several Fourth of July celebrations were marred by accidental fires. In a town near my home, 10 acres within a densely populated area were set ablaze by illegal fireworks, forcing the evacuation of several apartment buildings. While fireworks may not be an issue year-round, it's important for property owners to take note of...