Karen Montgomery's Blog

Posted on 03/07/2021
3 DIY Projects to Maximize Space
Image by StockSnap from Pixabay Most everyone would love to gain some extra room, especially those in small homes with limited space options. Here are three home interior DIY projects to help you maximize your space. 1. Transform a Closet into Workspace If you’re lacking the room for a home office, transform one of your closets into a...
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Posted on 02/28/2021
From Antique Dresser to Bathroom Vanity
Photo by Zbysiu Rodak on Unsplash Antiques can bring a unique feel and vibe to almost any decor. But what happens when your antique piece doesn't exactly work in the room it was designed for? If that is the case, it may be time to upcycle it for use in a different room. Below you will find out...
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Posted on 02/21/2021
Will Your Real Estate Investment Weather the Hard Times of a Recession ?
Photo by Gerd Altmann via Pixabay Property owners got clobbered in the Great Recession of 2008, but that was the exception rather than the rule. Real estate typically weathers hard times well compared to other investments. Still, there’s always the possibility you could get squeezed if property values drop or if your personal or business income takes a...
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Posted on 02/14/2021
DIY Ways to Bring Better Water Efficiency to Your Bathroom
Image by PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay Water efficiency is good for both the environment and your wallet. Changing habits, such as turning off the tap while brushing your teeth saves about 3,000 gallons a year. This is great, but if you want to take it a step further to conserve water, here are four DIY ways to bring better...
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Posted on 02/07/2021
Open Floor Plans: Where Accessibility and Design Unite
Photo by Pixabay from Pexels It may come as something of a surprise to prospective home buyers and contractors, but the open floor plan was popularized as far back as the 1950s. The open floor plan boom took off during the 1990s, and that’s when it evolved into a new construction norm. By its very nature, the open...
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Posted on 01/31/2021
Extending Your Offers: Sell While You Buy
Photo by DraganCFM via Shutterstock It’s always a quandary: can I buy my new home and sell my old house so that the timing of both matches? Well, yes! There are several ways to do this. Here’s a breakdown of how it can work. Buy a Home on a Contingency. Just what is a contingency? It’s an agreement...
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Posted on 01/24/2021
New Construction or An Older Home: Which Is Best to Buy?
Image by MITCH WRIGHT from Pixabay If you thought we'd answer "It all depends" you're absolutely right. So, lets take a look at the upsides and challenges of old and new homes. Buying an Older Home or Condo If you fall in love with an older home or condo, your real estate professional will guide you through the...
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Posted on 01/17/2021
Tips on Re-Grouting and Polishing Your Kitchen and Bathroom Tile
Photo by Brett Hondow via Pixabay You love your tiles. But they don't seem to do your bathroom justice anymore. Ask yourself, is it the tiles themselves, or what's in between that makes you cringe? Is the grout cracked, faded, yellowish or gray? Breathe new life into a dirty-looking bathroom tile floor, kitchen backsplash or tile shower by...
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Posted on 01/10/2021
Streamline Your Home Search
If you want to streamline your home search, there is no need to worry. In fact, there are several things you can do to quickly and effortlessly discover a great house at a budget-friendly price. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you streamline your search for your ideal house. 1. Create Homebuying Criteria Homebuying criteria...
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Posted on 01/03/2021
Why Curb Appeal, Home Staging, and Decluttering Matter
Putting your home on the market is a life-changing decision and, for some people, it may involve conflicting feelings. Ideally, all members of your family should be on board with the decision to sell. If you, your spouse, or your kids are ambivalent or even against the idea of moving, it could send a negative message to prospective buyers,...
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Posted on 12/27/2020
Many Potential Home Sellers Stay Put
Image by Mudassar Iqbal from Pixabay Construction of affordable starter homes is failing to keep pace with the number of first-time house hunters. At the same time, more homeowners are resisting the siren song of selling to these potential buyers in order to move up or downsize. It's a trend called "rising tenure length." Owners are staying put....
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Posted on 12/20/2020
Should You Invest in Solar Panels?
Photo by Vivint Solar on Unsplash There’s little doubt that we all want to do our part to protect the environment and solar energy gives us an opportunity to get off fossil fuels. In a perfect world, we would all promptly discard our furnaces and adorn our roofs with solar panels. But if we lift up our eyes...
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