Smooth Inspections Keep Transactions Humming

In her 10 years in the real estate industry, Katie Ducharme has seen the business from several vantage points—from the homebuilder perspective when she worked with KB Homes to the leasing side when she worked for a property management company, and finally, from the agent’s point of view in her current role as a successful sales associate with Christie’s International affiliate Coastal Properties Group in Pinellas County, Fla.

In her two years with Coastal Properties, Ducharme has closed more than $20 million in sales, gaining entry into the firm’s President’s Club in her first year. According to Ducharme, her success is a combination of hard work and advantageous market conditions.

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Ask the Expert: What Are the Best Ways to Prepare for a Home Inspection?

Q: What are the best ways to prepare a client for a home inspection?

A: Today, home inspections are almost universally recommended by every real estate professional. When it comes to their clients—especially first-time buyers—many are not familiar with the home inspection process, and what they can expect. Here are a few things you can do to prepare your client for a home inspection.

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Conserve energy and save money this fall by weatherizing your home with these easy tips

Cooler seasonal temperatures can have an impact on not only your home, but also your wallet. Along with adjusting your thermostat as the cooler weather embraces much of the country, weatherizing your home also has a direct impact on the amount of energy required to maintain a comfortable temperature indoors. Follow these five easy DIY home weatherizing tips to increase your home’s energy efficiency and lower the utility bill each month.

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6 simple ways to freshen your home inside and out

Looking for some easy ways to breathe new life into your home? Whether it’s the air inside or the decor itself, freshening things up can make your home look and feel more welcoming at any time of year. You don’t need a lot of time or money to reinvigorate your home; just a few simple and affordable, yet high-impact DIY projects will do the trick.

Here are a few projects you can easily accomplish in a single weekend:

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Fire safety reminders to protect your home and family

While it’s important to be prepared in the event that a fire breaks out in your home, it is also very important to evaluate your home for fire safety and fire prevention beforehand. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) September 2015 Structure Fires Report, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 357,000 home fires per year between 2009-2013, causing $6.9 billion in damage and 2,470 deaths. The NFPA cites cooking equipment, heating equipment and electrical distribution systems as the three leading causes of accidental home fires, but there are steps homeowners can take to help prevent them.

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10 packing hacks to streamline your move

Moving brings a mix of emotions. Excitement about living in a new home is paired with angst and anxiety about the actual moving process. The most dreaded task is the one that takes the most time: packing.

The boxes, the bubble wrap, the labels – oh my! Packing can be chaotic and overwhelming. Fortunately the experts at Penske Truck Rental have some time-tested tips to help anyone make packing for a move fast, easy and efficient.

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