Deidre DiTaranto's Blog Posts

Deidre DiTaranto's Blog Posts

Making The Jump From Tenant To Homeowner
Becoming a homeowner for the first time is an exciting and stressful process. However, once the papers are signed and the keys are in your pocket, your work really begins. Homeowne...

What Is A CNE Designation
DEIDRE DITARANTO RECEIVES NEW“CERTIFIED NEGOTIATION EXPERT (CNE®)” DESIGNATIONProfessional negotiation skills are necessary for all real estate agents in helping home buy...

Homeowners Workbook How To Remodel Your Kitchen
You've decided to remodel your kitchen. Now what? Not knowing where to start, many homeowners fall into two camps. Some start by looking at appliances. Others start by collect...

Florida Home Prices Values
The median home value in Florida is $170,000. Florida home values have gone up 11.3% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 2.8% within the next year. The median lis...

How To Remodel Your Kitchen
You've decided to remodel your kitchen. Now what? Not knowing where to start, many homeowners fall into two camps. Some start by looking at appliances. Others start by collect...

Key Measurements To Help You Design A Powder Room
At one time a luxury found only in grand homes, the powder room has become a staple in new American residences. When planned for new construction, they are often given ample space....

How To Prepare For And Live With A Power Outage
You probably know the ominous feeling: As a storm or hurricane sweeps through your community, you’re huddled safe at home or in a nearby shelter … and without warning, the ligh...

Top 10 Tips For Selling Your Home During The Holidays
Attract homebuyers even during the holidays with these useful tips!The holiday season from November through January is often considered the worst time to put a home on the market. ...

14 Bathroom Design Ideas Expected To Be Big In 2015
If you've been thinking about giving your bathroom an overhaul but aren’t sure how, one way to start is to look to the latest design trends for inspiration. We’ve made it ...

Show Us Your Christmas Tree
There are many different Christmas tree philosophies, and we want to hear yours. If you have decked the halls, we would like to see how.Tobi Fairley Interior DesignTobi Fairley Int...

How Much Of A Down Payment Do You Really Need To Buy A House
Down Payment OptionsSo let’s say you don’t have 20% down for a home. While there are many benefits to having more equity in the home you’re buying, that doesn’t mean you’...

How To Ditch The Drapes And Let Your Windows Shine
Drapes are a beautiful — and functional — home privacy solution, great for covering up an unwanted view inside or out. But when your home has beautiful windows and privacy...

Buying A Home During Holiday Season
The year-end holiday season is a good time for gift-exchanging, entertaining and general merriment. But what about buying a house? Should you try to do that in November or Dec...

How To Reface Your Old Kitchen Cabinets
It may not always be practical or affordable to rebuild the cabinets in a kitchen or bathroom. Refacing them might be the best solution. But what does refacing involve? As wit...

How To Buy A House When You Already Own One
Whether you are looking at purchasing a second home for investment purposes, as a permanent vacation destination, or as housing for an aging parent or grandparent, owning more than...

15 New Ways With Western Style
In When Harry Met Sally, a couple’s apartment furnishing debate comes to a head over what Billy Crystal’s character deems “a stupid wagon-wheel, Roy Rogers, garage-sale ...

11 Pretty Sweet Decorating Ideas Using Pastels
Pastels often get a bad rap for being too sugary sweet, frivolous or girly. But don’t be too quick to fall into this mind-set and immediately pass over pastel shades when choosin...

New Constructions Hidden Costs Can Burn Buyers
Many homebuyers think that purchasing a brand-new home is smarter than purchasing a "used" home. A new home's maintenance costs should be minimal; its construction materials, syste...

10 Tricks To Help Your Bathroom Sell Your House
Buyers love the allure of a fresh, beautiful bathroom that reminds them of luxury hotels or soothing spas they have enjoyed. And, most important, buyers want to envision themselves...

REO And BankOwned Properties What You Need To Know
Real-Estate Owned (REO), or "bank-owned," properties for sale are increasingly common – especially in regions that were hardest hit by the housing crisis. As you embark on your h...

Show Us Your Thanksgiving Fails
We've all have had holidays like these: The dog eats the turkey drippings before you can make the gravy; your husband cuts his hand with a knife while chopping onions and has ...

How To Buy Your Dream House
A "Homebuyer's 101 Guide" to help your homeownership dreams come trueBy Deena WeinbergBuying a home is often the single-most important, largest investment in people's lives. Achiev...

Why Homeownership Is Still So Important
Crafting policies that push people away from owning homes would be a mistakeWhy Homeownership Is Still So ImportantCrafting policies that push people away from owning homes would b...

21 Ways To Waste Less At Home
I'll never forget an episode of a Nigella Lawson cooking show where she pours the leftover wine from her guests’ glasses and freezes it for later use — to throw into a stock or...

FHFA ANNOUNCES DRAMATIC EASING OF MORTGAGE STANDARDS
The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently announced plans to expand homebuyer access to mortgages by loosening up lending standards.FHFA will release guidelines in the com...

Conventional Versus FHA Which Do You Choose
Conventional Versus FHA:  Which Do You Choose?It is not an academic question. My calculations show that the wrong choice can cost as much as $33,000 over 15 years on a $200,00...

Why Curb Appeal Is Important For Selling Your Home
When you're thinking about selling your home in Greater Lansing, or anywhere for that matter, it is important to understand how influential curb appeal is. Potential home...

6 GREAT REASONS TO BUY A HOME RIGHT NOW
But there are even better reasons to buy a home right now. Here are just a few:More jobs are availableThe Labor Department announced that the jobless rate is now below six percent....

HOLIDAY DECOR THAT CAN HELP YOU SELL YOUR HOUSE
It's that season where you want to celebrate the coming holidays with a grandiose display of ghouls and goblins followed by pumpkins and wreaths and hand-traced kindergarten turkey...

How To Get The Best Mortgage For You
You and your mortgage might be together for years, so you will want to get the best one around. Finding your perfect match takes more than just choosing the one with the ...

Why You Should Get Off The Fence About Buying A Home
Mortgage rates are (still) lowAs the housing market continues to stabilize and show more signs of health and improved conditions, you might signs of health and improved condit...

Top 10 Home Staging Dos
Top 10 Home-Staging DosPlease Do:Set your listing price by utilizing area comparables, not based upon what you need to buy that ostrich farm.Put personal collections away someplace...

Choosing A Real Estate Agent To Sell Your Home
What a Seller’s Real Estate Agent DoesGood real estate agents do a lot of work to earn their commission, saving you time and energy, and hopefully getting your home sold quickly ...


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