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  • Pros and Cons of Buying a Fully Furnished Home

    BY Allan Kleer

    Are you a first time homebuyer nervous about adding the cost of furniture to your big move? Or perhaps you’re thinking of buying a vacation home, but don’t want the added expense of furnishing it? Maybe you’re a busy... 

  • Getting a Mortgage for Self-Employed

    BY Allan Kleer

    Prior to the new banking regulations, getting a home mortgage if you owned a business, worked freelance, on contract or were otherwise self-employed was possible, if complicated, using stated income, bank statements and other... 

  • Downsize to Upgrade

    BY Allan Kleer

    Whatever your reason for wanting a smaller home—empty nest, tired of cleaning, less mobile, closer to grandkids, moving from the suburbs to be nearer to work, single again—downsizing does not mean downgrading. In fact,... 

  • Pesky, But Potentially Costly Home Maintenance

    BY Allan Kleer

    If you’re new to home ownership, you may not be familiar with all of the responsibilities that are now yours. All of those things you used to call the super or management office for now fall in your lap. Here are some... 

  • Pesky, But Potentially Costly Home Maintenance

    BY Allan Kleer

    If you’re new to home ownership, you may not be familiar with all of the responsibilities that are now yours. All of those things you used to call the super or management office for now fall in your lap. Here are some... 

  • Monochromatic Decorating Ideas

    BY Allan Kleer

    The use of a single color, or range of shades in a color gives your home a sophisticated designer appeal. Do you have to hire a designer to achieve the look? No, you can do it yourself if you keep these things in mind. Respect... 

  • How to Choose Lights for Your New Home

    BY Allan Kleer

    It’s not just about wattage anymore. Light fixtures and light bulbs come in myriad types, sizes and colors. Do you want LED? Should you use “soft” bulbs? And what is the difference between watts and lumens?... 

  • Choosing Paint by Light Direction

    BY Allan Kleer

    Light exposure in your room plays a large part in the visual drama of your paint colors. In rooms with multi-directional sun exposure—either opposing (east/west or north/south) or perpendicular (north/west, north/east,... 

  • Living Small

    BY Allan Kleer

    No matter what our background, we all have an ideal dream home size in mind. When it comes down to the actual living in it, however, can smaller be better? If your dream is for an urban dwelling with access to cultural events,... 

  • Do I Want to Buy with Cash?

    BY Allan Kleer

    According to Market Watch, 43% of homebuyers in 2014 so far have purchased with all cash. While some analysts believe that the cash-buying frenzy will not last, there is always more room for negotiation when the buyer brings...