homebuyer or home renter

To buy or rent, that seems to be one of the most highly debated topics within families and requires careful deliberation. It’s important not to think short term and to think long term. Yes, a mortgage can seem intimidating and with renting you have the flexibility factor which can be great, but there are many benefits to buying a home – and here’s the top reasons why. 1. Rents are rising and mortgage rates near historic lows, which makes buying … Read More


Facts about door knobs

Some have estimated that there are 42 billion doors in the world. While you’ll never come close to going through that many in your lifetime, you will go through a great deal. From the moment you wake up in the morning to the moment you fall asleep, you are entering and exiting doors all day (and night) long – at home, at work, and everywhere in between. Chances are, you’ve never thought much about this, nor all the door knobs … Read More


Painted Lady Victorian York PA

Dotted throughout the towns of historic Pennsylvania are colorful, ornately-decorated and architecturally-textured homes and other buildings, known as “Painted Ladies”. This term was first coined by Elizabeth Pomada and Michael Larsen in their book, Painted Ladies: San Francisco’s Resplendent Victorians, yet it has come to describe any Victorian home painted in three or more colors to accent the Victorian era’s magnificent architectural detail. These intricately-decorated, lavishly-painted homes can be seen across the keystone state, in all manner of Victorian style. … Read More


Picture perfect wall hanging

If you’re like most people, wall decorations are a large part of your home’s décor. In fact, according to a recent report, Americans spent $42 billion in wall decorations in 2009. Wall hangings: a historical snapshot The earliest instances of people hanging art on walls dates back to the 2nd century Han Dynasty, and the painted wood Pista Panels of Ancient Greece and Rome, circa 530 BCE. Tapestry art originating in ancient Egypt reached its heyday between the 16th – … Read More


Home maintenance for March

While it may not hold the same appeal as March Madness, now is the perfect time of year to get a head start on deferred winter home maintenance. So dig your work boots back out the closet and start your spring with our handy home checklist! Gutters The most important chore – and the most dreaded – is cleaning your gutters before the onset of April showers. Gutters are designed to do one thing: channel rainwater away from your home. … Read More


Home buyers making memories in the kitchen

For most people, the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s a place where traditions are passed on, memories are made, and the special occasions of our lives are celebrated through the tastes, textures, and aromas we create. As a hub of activity for the entire family, it’s important to keep your kitchen clean, functional, and attractive, even if a total renovation isn’t in your budget. Here are some ideas to easily spruce it up. #1: Creative Cabinetry Cabinets … Read More


our story begins

Wait! You mean you don’t have 20% to put down toward a home purchase? You don’t have perfect credit? What will you do?! Your initial thought is to lease an apartment or a home. This is what most resort to when they’ve been told it requires a large down payment and good credit to purchase a home. Well, fear no more, it’s not as difficult as you may think. The average credit score required for a one year lease is … Read More


decorating a home

Architectural Salvage in Home Décor Architectural Salvage is beautiful relics and design elements that have been removed from buildings, and the grounds of estates, that would have otherwise been destroyed. These articles usually have elegant, ornate carvings and design features, often with an attractive patina, or weathered finish that adds a sense of timeless sophistication. Architectural salvage pieces come in all shapes, sizes and styles such as columns, gates, archways, doorknobs, panels, mantles, doors and windows, friezes, facades, bath fixtures … Read More


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The doctors told Dan Zito to go home and die He refused. Today, his survival story is a miracle, inspiring others to hold onto hope, even in the most dire of conditions. The day was June 7. Zito was getting ready to go to work as a successful real-estate agent. He had never struggled with anxiety before, but lately, he’d been having surges of anxious, panicked feelings shoot through his body. Yet nothing specifically stressful was going on in his … Read More


Home staging in Mechanicsburg

Even the most beautiful and well-maintained homes can benefit from some basic home staging to attract the best homebuyers and offers. Here are a few home staging tips to help give potential homebuyers the best impression of your home, while making it easy for them to imagine themselves living there. The Real on Curb Appeal Potential homebuyers will begin to formulate their opinion about your home even before they step through your door. Trimming bushes, planting blooming flowers, replenishing mulch, … Read More