Return on Investment: Common Home Improvements

We are often asked by homeowners what are one or two things that I can do to my house that will give me the best “bang for my buck”or Return on Investment (ROI). Spoiler: Upgrade your exterior! Specifically, a New Garage Door gets the best ROI, the second best is adding a Stone Veneer to the front. More details follow….

6 Signs That It’s Time To Sell

1. You are mentally prepared to get the house ready and move-on. -Just because the numbers say you’re ready, doesn’t mean you are prepared for what could be an emotional rollercoaster. You need to be willing to: prepare the house for the market, keep the house “show ready”, take potential criticisms from house hunters, play hard-ball with buyers if necessary,…

The Risk of Short-Term Rentals

Airbnb has been in the news quite a bit recently. Some communities are not happy with home owners using their properties as short-term rentals. There have even been a few cities seeking to limit or outlaw the practice. In this week’s #protiptuesday we will explore a lesser known pitfall of making quick cash with your home. Renting out your home…

Farmhouse Chic on a Shoestring Budget

Shiplap has become one of the most used real estate related terms recently. “Curb Appeal” has been in the general lexicon for a while. But the Gaines’ incredibly popular show is almost single handedly responsible for the Shiplap Boom. It looks great, and adds great texture to a generally boring surface. Fingers crossed it isn’t just the next floral wallpaper….

Big Changes to VA Home Loan Guarantee Program

On June 25th a bill eliminating the limit on VA-backed 100% home loans for eligible veterans was unanimously passed and signed into law by President Trump. Previously, the limit for zero down-payment VA home loans was $484,350 in most areas, with exceptions for some high priced counties and states. All but one Florida County had that limit; Monroe County, which…

Planting a Tree

Now that spring has officially begun many of us are getting back out into our yards. This week we share some helpful tips about planting trees. The same applies to shrubs and larger plants. Location matters. The type of tree and its desire or tolerance for sunlight will dictate the location within your lot, but the full-growth size of…

All About Roofing Material.

If you are replacing an existing roof, some changes will be more costly than others. If additional bracing and structural changes are required, the cost of the roof materials will not be the only thing to factor in. If you are starting from scratch building a new home, the type of roof material you can use is dependent on the…

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

There comes a point in many of our lives when your needs change and your home doesn’t fit like it used to. If/when this happens in your life, you have a few options. Stay and make the house conform to your needs, sell and buy a house that is better suited, or buy a new house and rent out the…

Politics vs Real Estate

All of us have seen one government shutdown come and go and it sounds like we could be on the verge of another one. Due to recent experiences, most of us have a really good idea of what that means for us individually. Some are affected more than others. Most of the government was unaffected, but even those of us…

Avoid These 10 Common Home Buyer Mistakes.

Don’t get lost in the woods. Avoid these common home buyer mistakes. Working with an agent who is not committed to forming a strong business relationship with you. Instead, choose an agent that is dedicated to serving your needs before, during, and after the sale. The Stahl and Stahl Group fits that description and would love to be those…