Home Improvement

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What Fees Should You Expect When Purchasing a Home?

September 24, 2021

Home Improvement When Tom and I first meet with buyers, especially first-time home buyers, we sit down and discuss their goals to understand their immediate needs. We also discuss expectations, market trends, and cover the many expenses throughout a purchase. I think it is fair to say most buyers are not familiar with all the …

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Making a Home Happy

September 9, 2021

I think, sometimes, as women we forget the power we have in setting atmospheres. I believe God has gifted us to provide a place of comfort and joy in our homes. Other than always speaking words of encouragement to our family, creating a cozy home is a great way to do that. Here are some …

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Preparing Your Home for Winter: 10 Fall Plumbing Tips

August 30, 2021

Our House It’s that time of year again to prepare your home for winter and hopefully prevent pipes bursting from any extreme cold temperatures. What steps can you take now to prepare your home? Below are 10 plumbing maintenance tips:  Outdoor faucets need to be free of leaks and drips.  Protect exterior faucets by covering them …

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Faith, Family & Farmhouse: Social Media Influencer Brendt Blanks

August 26, 2021

Cover Story The moment that changed Brendt Blanks’ life and career trajectory came in the middle of a church service. The popular lifestyle blogger and social media influencer sat in a pew at Vestavia’s Shades Mountain Baptist when she heard the words from the pulpit: “Give it a go.” Blanks, who worked at the time …

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Housing Boom Then & Now: What’s the Difference?

August 26, 2021

Our House In the peak of the housing boom of 2006 leading up to the recession of 2008, the days on market before a home went under contract averaged 125 days in Birmingham and surrounding areas. In the past 12 months, the days on market prior to receiving a contract averaged just 18. That’s more than …

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4 Factors Affecting Our Housing Market

July 26, 2021

Our House Who’s buying these homes around us? Where are they coming from? Great question and the answer is a result of many factors, some of which have been years in the making.  1. Since late 2016 we have seen an increase of out-of-town investors across the country coming to Birmingham picking up homes to …

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Keep It Cool When Selling Your House!

June 29, 2021

Our House The real estate market is much like our summer days here in Birmingham- HOT! With it being so warm outside, there are few things that irritate us more than the AC not working properly, especially after moving into a home you just bought.  HVAC systems are complicated since they involve electrical, plumbing, and mechanical …

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Embrace the Change!

May 25, 2021

Our House Who doesn’t love touring a home with unique character that is updated with the latest and greatest interior design trends? Tom and I love showing homes that appear as if they had just been featured in this month’s article of the Birmingham Home and Garden. However, those types of showings are few and far …

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Time for a Patio Makeover

May 25, 2021

Our House You know when one project leads to another? That’s what happened with my recent patio refresh. It all started with redoing my outdoor furniture that got destroyed by weather over the last few years. Our pergola isn’t covered so it suffered from rain and sun damage.  I decided to use Flex Seal Liquid …

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Curb Appeal… Is It Really Important?

April 28, 2021

Our House Selling a home can be very taxing, but the final touches you do are what cause your home to stand out beyond your competition and sell for top dollar. Curb appeal is crucial for a first impression, so get your gloves, wheelbarrow, spade, pressure washer, and joyful spirit ready! Remember, the effort you put in …

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