5 Home Features That Could Impact Your Insurance Rate (and Upgrades That Can Lower It)

The way home insurance rates are calculated can seem like a mystery. However, once you understand the mindset of the insurance company, it becomes easier to figure out. To lower your home insurance rate, you’ll need to honestly review some key features of your home that could be costing you big bucks. Take these upgrades [...]

8 Guides That Make You a Better Homeowner

Homeownership in the U.S. in increasing, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In fact, the Q2 2018 U.S. homeownership rate was 64.3 percent, up from 64.2 percent in Q1 2018 and 63.7 percent in Q2 2017, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Being a homeowner is exciting and rewarding—not to mention it comes with a lot of perks. No [...]

Four Ways to Make Moving with Kids Easier

For Nevada County families (and numerous families across the US), summer is the most popular time to move to a new home because school is out. If there is any comfort in togetherness, nearly 40 million of us move in the summer. Don’t feel alone, we’re here to guide you! It’s no secret, no one [...]

6 Tips for Summer Lawn Care

Don’t you hate it when the grass is greener at your next door neighbor’s place? This summer you could have the lawn that turns everyone’s eyes green with envy and admiration, but you’ve got to get on it right now! Follow these tips to manifest the lawn of your life. BEFORE SUMMER 1. Inspect Inspect [...]

Five Ways to Pay for a Pricey Home Remodel

Remodeling your home can be a great way to change your living space without buying a new house. Whether your overgrown starter home needs an extension or you want to add luxury upgrades to your basic bathroom, a remodel can give you the home you want using the resources you already have. One roadblock, however, [...]

Six Steps for Designing Your Garden

Spring is coming, which means it is almost prime time for gardening. Whether you are a novice gardener or an old pro, there are a few critical actions to take when you set out to design a garden. Read on for six steps for designing your garden–and get started stat! Step 1: Location, Location, Location [...]

5 New Homeowner Mistakes You Can Easily Avoid (And How to Avoid Them)

Becoming a first-time homeowner in Nevada County is one of the most exciting and stressful times of your life, even after the closing papers have been signed and key is in hand. Suddenly, you’re faced with a whole new set of challenges: how to manage a home that’s yours, not your landlord’s. There are a [...]

Trends in Landscaping Design to Try This Year

Whether you’re trying to sell your home or update the one you recently bought, there are plenty of ways to modernize your landscaping and add a touch of refreshing curb appeal. The latest trends include homeowners stepping outside the box with landscaping designs that have Mother Nature’s best interest at heart. Here’s a list of [...]

Smart Homes, Aging in Place, and a Realtor’s Role

She’s been there your entire life. With energy, fervor and zest she took on all of life’s challenges and nurtured you into the amazing person that you are. However, lately Mom has had a little harder time moving about, has been a little bit forgetful and increasingly more concerned for her safety. And although she’s [...]

Winter Lawn Care Tips

Caring for your lawn during the winter can look different from other homeowners depending on your location. Unless you live in the extreme Southern areas of the country, most grass types will go dormant during the cold winter months. However, just because winter isn’t the primary growing season doesn’t mean that there isn’t plenty to [...]