Home Ownership

Noises in your HVAC system

Is your house making noises when your heating or cooling (HVAC) system is running? Are you hearing popping, banging, rattling, or squealing noises? Use this guide to help you identify those noises in your HVAC system so you can better understand where they are coming from and what can possibly be done to remedy them. […]

by Pharo Heating & Cooling on 10/6/17

Confused about Mortgage Interest? Here’s How It Works

Many first-time home buyers are confused about the way mortgage interest works; in fact, it’s fairly easy to understand once you think about it. As you know, any type of loan—whether it’s a mortgage or a car loan—requires you to pay interest to your lender for the use of this money while you’re paying it […]

by Dan Leeder on 9/25/17

7 Home Improvement Projects to Finish Before Cold Weather Arrives

While warm days are forecasted this week, they are certainly numbered. Before long the air will turn crisp, the leaves will fall, and snow will be in future forecasts. Take advantage of good weather while it’s here to not only up your home value and curb appeal but also create a comfortable and safe environment […]

by A&J Specialty Services on 9/20/17

New DTI ratio for Conventional Loans

by Heather Mitchell on 9/5/17

Water Quality in the Home

Community water systems are required to test and monitor drinking water supplies to ensure safe and good-tasting water. But what happens once the water has been piped into towns, neighborhoods, and homes? Older homes may still have service lines made of lead going into the home, which can cause lead to leach into the water. […]

by Harry Andruss on 8/28/17

5 Steps to Take When a Flood Is Forecasted

Recent rainstorms doused parts of the Midwest, including our service area of Madison, Milwaukee, Burlington, and all of southern WI. Leaving many areas flooded and some counties declaring states of emergency. While the rain has stopped for now, basements, homes, schools, and commercial buildings are left with such extensive flooding that the remaining mess isn’t […]

by A&J Specialty Services on 8/17/17

Organize with this simple system!

Summer has gone by so quickly and many of us are wanting one more month! Now is the time to begin thinking about those rooms where the doors do not get opened because they are so full of stuff! Most of the time we forget what is in those rooms and boxes. Have you ever […]

by Marianne Gariti on 8/1/17

HVAC – The Waiting Game

Should you wait for your HVAC system to completely fail before replacing? We hear from homeowners quite often that they want to wait until their furnace or air conditioner unit dies before they replace it.  The logic seems correct – maximize the life of the HVAC unit, and in theory save money. However there are […]

by Pharo Heating & Cooling on 7/20/17

Repairs And Upgrades: How Much Will They Cost?

During the process of buying or selling a home, your clients often learn about recommended or required repairs and upgrades. This can happen as a result of the home inspection as well as your expert knowledge of your market and comparable homes. Of course, the first thing homeowners want to know is, “How much will […]

by Harry Andruss on 2/16/17

Now is a Great Time to……DOWNSIZE!

Forget what the groundhog said earlier this month, one thing is for sure.  It is going to be bitter cold, it will snow, and you will be inside for several months wondering what to do. We have the solution. Downsize. Whether you are staying in your home, selling it soon, or selling it a few […]

by Marianne Gariti on 2/7/17