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Kitchen Remodeling Trends for 2018

Here it is, 2018 is upon us and here are some of the upcoming trends that are taking us into the new year. Countertop Choices 1.  Marble has made the biggest leap in this trend setting countertop selection. 2.  Granite/Quartzite/Quartz still remain in a close second. The bottom line is solid surface is still the […]

by Nick Siglinsky on 1/31/18

2018 Fannie Mae Loan Limits

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) released their conventional loan limits that will be acquired by Fannie Mae beginning in 2018. Here are the updates for general loan limits and high-cost loan limits for a first mortgage:  

by Heather Mitchell on 1/23/18

Eligible Veterans Can Really Benefit from a VA Mortgage

If you are eligible for it, a VA mortgage can be a great way to finance a home. The program comes under the Department of Veterans Affairs. Its purpose is to allow eligible veterans to finance a home at favorable terms. Effectively, with a VA loan an eligible veteran can buy a property for less […]

by Dan Leeder on 1/9/18

Reap Renovation Rewards!

When it comes time to sell, it’s important that your home stacks up well against the competition. In order to have it look its best, renovations are sometimes necessary. The key to generating a decent return on your investment is to renovate in line with other homes in your area. Here are a few tips […]

by Harry Andruss on 12/19/17

Top 3 Causes of Home Fires and How to Stay Safe

As the temperatures drop outside, the potential for fires increase inside. An average of seven people die in U.S. home fires every day, according to statistics by the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA). In the NFPA’s most recent report on Home Structure Fires, general causes, including cooking and home heating, account for 84 percent of these incidents. While […]

by A&J Specialty Services on 12/6/17

Credit Score Differences Explained

by Heather Mitchell on 11/28/17

What is the Cost of a Radon Mitigation System?

As a radon mitigation company, this is of course a question we receive everyday. As a general rule, radon mitigation systems range from around $800 to $1,200. However, in some select instances, the cost of a radon mitigation system could be even more. The important concept to take away from the aforementioned cost average is […]

by Brian Thompson on 11/10/17

It’s Time for Winter Energy Saving Tips!

Winter is typically a time where we hole ourselves inside our homes and hope for a fast winter and quick arrival of spring.  Often, we struggle with our home heating and energy bills.  Costs rise and usage is up and the only silver lining is that we’re not spending money keeping ourselves busy on the weekends, […]

by Nick Siglinsky on 11/3/17

Tips for Added Value: Interior

Many home sellers often overlook easy and relatively inexpensive fixes and upgrades that not only increase visual appeal but may also add real value to a home’s selling price. While major remodeling is costly and may not address the needs and tastes of prospective buyers, these repairs and maintenance suggestions have universal appeal and may […]

by Harry Andruss on 10/23/17

Buyer Beware: After-Storm Contractor Scams

If Mother Nature didn’t do ample damage with heavy rains, lightning, and hail, get ready to weather another storm in the way of contractor scams. As if there wasn’t enough to deal with in terms of flooding, downed trees, torn-off shingles, and cracked siding, now you have to put your trust (and money!) in the […]

by A&J Specialty Services on 10/10/17