Ways to Add Value to Your Home on a Budget

It’s no secret every homeowner eventually wants to add value to their home. Not only does it boost the resale price, but it can create a more inviting and cozy space. When you stop and think about a home renovation, an overwhelming wave of stress overcomes you because all you can think about is the price tag. Well you’re in luck; adding value to your home doesn’t have to cost a fortune.

One good option to pay for your home updates would be to take out a low-rate personal loan. Since the duration of a personal loan is anywhere from 3 to 7 years, compared to a home equity loan which ranges from 20 to 30 years, you’ll end up paying way less in interest. Another alternative would be to apply for a 0% interest credit card to finance some of the smaller projects. Be wary, as it can be very easy to overspend when using a credit card. Set up automatic payments each month to chip away at the balance.

We’re not here to talk about a $40,000 kitchen remodel. Most people don’t have that kind of cash laying around. There are many inexpensive projects you can do around your home that will boost the financial worth of your home. Expect to spend around $300-$3,000 to complete some decent projects. Here are some great ideas for how to increase the value of your home at a smaller cost: Continue reading

How to Give Your Home a “Smart” Financial Stress Test

Do you ever feel like your money is literally flying out the window? Parents have ribbed their kids about turning off the lights and closing the door for as long as there have been homes, but there’s quite a bit of truth behind one of the most common household pet peeves. Wasted utilities can be a monetary black hole in the budget of any family, and in many cases, the ways we’re wasteful aren’t always immediately obvious.

Thankfully, today’s smart home technology can enable every family to do some smart snooping for inefficient habits, and set up intelligent scheduling to keep a home comfortable while minimizing costs. Here’s some helpful advice to consider: Continue reading

6 Affordable Home Renovations for Your Pet

It is estimated that over half of people internationally have a pet living with them, and statistics show pet ownership steadily rising every year. With so many people welcoming pets into their families, it stands to reason a pet’s specific needs would eventually make its way into home design. But, while some people go all-out building over-the-top pet palaces, the best design schemes marry a pet’s comfort with their human’s convenience without busting the budget. Here are six affordable home renovations for your pet that are stylish, functional and won’t cost you an arm and four legs Continue reading

Gallery Properties is taking full advantage of the Certified Marketing Executive program

 

Christopher Nutt (Broker/Owner) and Meghan Benham (Agent/Certified Marketing Executive)

ORLANDO- The team at Realty Executives  Gallery Properties are taking full advantage of the CME (Certified Marketing Executive) training, and it’s helping them grow their agent count.

Broker/owner Christopher Nutt, and in-house Certified Marketing Executive Meghan Benham, have gone the extra mile by providing additional training for the agents of Gallery Properties in excess to the training webinars offered by Realty Executives International.  Continue reading

Conference Recap: The Eastern Canada Conference

Patrick van den Bossche, president of Realty Executives International (center), with attendees of the Eastern Canada Conference

NIAGARA FALLS- Realty Executives International kicked off the summer with its inaugural Eastern Canada Conference from May 27-28.

The conference played a key role for agents and brokers looking to connect and network with their colleagues from around the country.

The event which was held at the Marriott on the Falls in Niagara Falls, Ontario hosted brokers and agents from brokerages in Ontario, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Continue reading

Culture: The force behind Realty Executives Tucson Elite’s success

Left to right: John Dwyer (President), Jeff Murtaugh (Owner), Mark Shinn (Senior Vice President).

Five years ago, with an agent count below 50, Realty Executives Tucson Elite was hardly a blip within the Tucson Metro market share statistics.

Fast forward to today, where after growing its agent count by 600%, the Tucson brokerage enjoys the #3 spot in both by market share volume and units. Continue reading

Realty Executives Brio and Grant County Named “Brokerage of the Month” for April 2018

Despite real estate market fluctuations, Realty Executives Brio and Grant County in Bellevue, Washington continues to see consistent agent count growth through the seasons. While steadily welcoming new members to the team, the firm has remained ‘the place’ top producers want to call home — many for almost a decade.

Realty Executives Brio and Grant County is Realty Executives International’s Brokerage of the Month for April 2018. Co-owners Ken Bell and Crystal Herrmann lead the team of more than 60 real estate professionals who specialize in the Grant County market and Bellevue, the third-largest city in the Seattle metropolitan area. Armed with decades of experience, the co-owners offer industry knowledge, exceptional training programs, and insight that comes from having worked in the trenches themselves. Continue reading

Home and Appliance Upgrades That Can Save You Money

Home and appliance upgrades can lighten your wallet. However, in the long run, you can actually pad your wallet with money you save by investing in certain upgrades.

Not all home upgrades are created equal in terms of saving money. Explore some of the smartest home upgrades you can invest your money in to save some green. Continue reading

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