Do you want a Pet? Buy a Home

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It is getting harder and harder to find rentals that will allow and accept pets of any kind.

Hardest hit is cats with so many allergies that homeowner’s don’t want to take the risk. Next up is big dogs or dogs with a history of aggression. Insurance company don’t like to provide homeowner’s coverage for these dogs and owners can find themselves uninsured.

Buy a house. You can have as many pets as municipal code allows…your pet will thank you for it.

More information:

http://www.floridarealtors.org/NewsAndEvents/article.cfm?p=3&id=335038

 

Home Is Where The Heart Is.

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There are so many reasons why homeownership makes sense, financially. Today I wanted to touch on the emotional or ‘real’ reasons that many Americans strive to become homeowners. The Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University performs a study every year surveying participants for the reasons that American’s feel are most important in regards to homeownership. The top 4 reasons to own a home cited by respondents were not financial.

1. It means having a good place to raise children & provide them with a good education

From the best neighborhoods to the best school districts, even those without children at the time of purchasing their home, may have this in the back of their mind as a major reason for choosing the location of the home that they purchase. 

2. You have a physical structure where you & your family feel safe

It is no surprise that having a place to call home with all that means in comfort and security is the #2 reason.

3. It allows you to have more space for your family

Whether your family is expanding, or an older family member is moving in, having a home that fits your needs is a close third on the list. 

4. It gives you control over what you do with your living space, like renovations and updates

Looking to actually try one of those complicated wall treatments that you saw on Pinterest? Want to finally adopt that puppy or kitten you’ve seen online 100 times? Who’s to say that you can’t in your own home? The 5th reason on the list, is the #1 financial reason to buy a home as seen by respondents: 

5. Owning a home is a good way to build up wealth that can be passed along to my family

Either way you are paying a mortgage. Why not lock in your housing expense now with an investment that will build equity that you can borrow against in the future? 

Bottom Line

Whether you are a first time homebuyer or a move-up buyer who wants to start a new chapter in their life, now is a great time to reflect on the intangible factors that make a house a home.

Photo courtesy of Pinterest

19 Ways to Add Character to Your House

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Personalizing Their First Place

For more than a decade, as they lived in rentals in New York and California, Katy and Ken Byers were squirreling away design ideas for their future forever home. So when they relocated to Nashville, TN, in 2013 and snapped up a new-construction Craftsman-style bungalow, they knew exactly how they wanted to modify it. “After being nomadic for years, we were excited to own a home and finally make it ours,” says Katy. The couple, free of the decor restraints imposed by landlords, started customizing almost every inch of the 3,100-square-foot space.

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READ MORE: http://www.hgtv.com/design/decorating/design-101/19-ways-to-add-character-to-your-house-pictures

Gingham = Glad

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When people ask me what I consider my one essential for any home, I always tell tell them if you want something that is guaranteed to never go out of style then choose gingham, checks, stripes, or polka dots.

There is something so cheerful about a room with a touch of gingham. It’s fresh and inviting. Gingham is so cheerful and makes me happy. It will update any room immediately.

I guarantee it.

(photo courtesy of Pinterest)