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Living Color

By Laurie Bornstein | Nov 8, 2023

Color is one of my favorite design tools. I can use it to create impact, to soften a space and to enhance or balance a space. Color can be subtle or strong, light or dark, there is no limit to color and the ways you can use it to enhance your living spaces. Color can […]

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Unpacking the Long-Term Benefits of Homeownership

By Laurie Bornstein | Oct 11, 2023

If you’re thinking about buying a home soon, higher mortgage rates, rising home prices, and ongoing affordability concerns may make you wonder if it still makes sense to buy a home right now. While those market factors are important, there’s more to consider. You should think about the long-term benefits of homeownership too. Think about this: if you know […]

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Making a Contingent Offer on a Home

By Laurie Bornstein | Oct 5, 2023

Imagine a home-buying scenario where you make an offer, the seller immediately accepts, and the two of you move through closing without any hiccups until you have keys in hand. It’s possible, but a more likely home buying experience is marked by negotiation, counteroffers, and a back-and-forth dialogue between both parties to reach a deal. And in […]

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6 Natural Cleaning Solutions for Your Home

By Laurie Bornstein | Oct 5, 2023

The last thing you want to do when cleaning your home is spread chemicals around; your house won’t be as clean, and it can pose risks for the health of your household. Organic home cleaning products reduce this risk by relying on natural ingredients that can often deliver a deeper cleanse. You can find cleaning solutions like […]

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Why You May Still Want To Sell Your Home

By Laurie Bornstein | Sep 8, 2023

Even though you may feel reluctant to sell your house because you don’t want to take on a mortgage rate that’s higher than the one you have now, there’s more to consider. While the financial side of things does matter, your personal needs may actually matter just as much. As an article from Bankrate says: “Deciding whether it’s the right time […]

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Pricing Your House Right Still Matters Today

By Laurie Bornstein | Aug 11, 2023

While this isn’t the frenzied market we saw during the ‘unicorn’ years, homes that are priced right are still selling quickly and seeing multiple offers right now. That’s because the number of homes for sale is still so low. Data from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows 76% of homes sold within a month and the average saw 3.5 offers in […]

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A Smaller Home Could Be Your Best Option

By Laurie Bornstein | Feb 22, 2023

Many people are reaching the point in their lives when they need to decide where they want to live when they retire. If you’re a homeowner approaching this stage, you have several options to explore. Jessica Lautz, Deputy Chief Economist and Vice President of Research at the National Association of Realtors (NAR), says: “As we […]

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Buy Now or Rent Longer? 5 Questions to Answer Before Purchasing Your First Home

By Laurie Bornstein | Sep 30, 2022

Deciding whether to jump into the housing market or rent instead is rarely an easy decision – especially if you’re a first-time homebuyer. But in today’s whirlwind market, you may find it particularly challenging to pinpoint the best time to start exploring homeownership. A real estate boom during the pandemic pushed home prices to an […]

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8 Strategies to Secure a Lower Mortgage Rate

By Laurie Bornstein | Aug 31, 2022

Mortgage rates have been on a roller coaster ride this year, rising and falling amid inflationary pressures and economic uncertainty. And even the experts are divided when it comes to predicting where rates are headed next.1 This climate has been unsettling for some homebuyers and sellers. However, with proper planning, you can work toward qualifying […]

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