Cleaning cigarette smoke

How to Get Rid of Cigarette Smoke in a Home

What if you’ve just found your dream home…but the previous owners were smokers? Or what if you’re getting ready to sell your home…but you’re a smoker and you know that lingering tobacco smell will turn off potential buyers? Or what if you just quit smoking (or are trying to) and you don’t want to live somewhere that triggers your former addiction…but you don’t have the money to move? There’s no way around it: cigarette smoke is a major turn-off for realtors, homebuyers, and homeowners alike. Changing the carpets and repainting …

How to NOT be house poor

How to NOT Be House Poor

What does it mean to be “house poor?” It’s the state someone is in when they purchase a home that they can’t truly or comfortably afford and are now in trouble financially because of that purchase. (This can also happen with renters!) This article will address three major aspects of house poverty: how to know if you are house poor, how to get out of house poverty, and how to avoid being house poor in the future. Part I: Are You House Poor? This will be the easiest of the …

15 year mortgage versus a 30 year mortgage

Which is Better: The 15- or the 30-Year Mortgage?

For a long time, it seemed that 30-year mortgages were all anybody ever got or was encouraged to get. However, more and more people are now opting for the 15-year mortgage. Neither one is right or wrong, so how do you know which one is right for you? Check out our simple overview of the pros and cons of each to make the best decision for your family, finances, and future! 15-Year Mortgage Pros: Pay off your house in half the time! This is the major pro of a 15-year …

4 Things to Consider Before Buying a Home

There are a lot of basic, expected, and tried-and-true considerations to keep in mind when buying a home. These include things like “location, location, location” and “don’t start shopping until you’ve been pre-approved.” But there are a few tips that, while known, sometimes get forgotten in the excitement of buying a new home. Whether you’re about to start your home search or you’re right in the middle of it, keep these four things in mind. Your life might not always be the way it is now. This may seem like …

Twin Falls Neighborhood Lookout: Schools

So, you’ve decided to make the move to Twin Falls, Idaho – welcome! Or perhaps you already call Twin Falls home but are looking for a change of scenery within the area. Whatever the reason, we’re honored you’ve chosen the Connection to help you and your family on your journey to finding the perfect home and are happy to help. There are many things for families to consider when purchasing a new home, such as size, how much work needs to be done on a property, lifestyle, yard-size, cosmetic desires …

Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Our homes are our havens, and most of the time, we love getting to come home to them. Within the walls our loved ones and our comforts are housed. We can find peace, laughter, and rest inside of our homes, along with great memories, people, and food. But sometimes, the outside of our homes just need a bit of a makeover. Just like a new dress can make you feel like a new person, sometimes a change on the outside is just the little pick-me-up we need to feel more …

8 Ways to Make Your Home Look Great for the Sale

As much as we may hate to admit it, sometimes looks do matter…especially when it comes to selling our homes! While flipping homes in need of some major fixing up may be a trendy way to make an investment these days, most people still like the idea of something that’s move-in ready and that makes them feel like they’re moving up from their last place of residence. If you’re a seller looking to get your home sold for top dollar, these tips on how to make your home look more …

Securing the Deal

Ready to close the deal? Maybe not. Sometimes unforeseeable issues arise just prior to closing the sale. Hopefully, with negotiation, most of these have a workable solution. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. But don’t panic. Another buyer might still be found who is willing to accept the house as is. Imagine that your prospective buyers are a couple with young children. They envision your unused attic as the perfect playroom for the kids but, before closing the deal, they request an inspection to see if it’s safe and …

What is a CMA and Why Do You Need One? 

CMA is real estate shorthand for “Comparative Market Analysis.” A CMA is a report prepared by a real estate agent providing data comparing your property to similar properties in the marketplace.The first thing an agent will need to do to provide you with a CMA is to inspect your property. Generally, this inspection won’t be overly detailed (s/he isn’t going to crawl under the house to examine the foundation), nor does the house need to be totally cleaned up and ready for an open house. It should be in such …

Risks of Remodeling Without a Permit

Most cities require that homeowners obtain a building permit before making modifications to their residence. Which modifications require a permit vary by city. Also, some cities are more vigilant than others in enforcing permit laws. In order for the homeowner to receive a permit, the homeowner or his/her designee are required to file plans and pay fees to the city. In addition, the improvements are given a value. If they increase the value of the property, this may result in an increase in property taxes. Inspections are often required, and …