Should I rent or should I buy?

Should I rent or should I buy?

In this week's video, Peter Lorimer of PLG Estates breaks down the value of buying versus renting a property, factoring in market conditions like interest rates, sale prices, personal investment and more. ......
By Peter Lorimer | Friday, September 2, 2016
What is a home warranty?

What is a home warranty?

In this week's video, Peter Lorimer of PLG Estates breaks down a home warranty and what exactly one entails ......
By Peter Lorimer | Friday, August 26, 2016
11 modern closing gift ideas for every type of buyer

11 modern closing gift ideas for every type of buyer

An experienced agent knows the impact of referrals and the importance of following through after the sale with an appropriate closing gift. In fact, it’s too important to put on autopilot. The right closing gift will fulfill two purposes: to show y...
By Shannon Bloemker | Monday, July 25, 2016
7 home fixes you must complete before selling

7 home fixes you must complete before selling

The process of getting a property ready to put on the market can seem daunting enough. There’s clearing the clutter, endless amounts of cleaning, organizing and scrutinizing your property with a fine-tooth comb. What needs attention and what can yo...
By Cara Ameer | Monday, July 18, 2016
New roof vs. patching leaks

New roof vs. patching leaks

Q: I am a landlord and have some questions about my responsibilities for maintenance on a rental home that I partially own. My father passed away a few years ago and left the home to my mother and me. She is no longer able to live on her own so...
By Robert Griswold | Thursday, November 18, 2010
Is inspector responsible for every little defect?

Is inspector responsible for every little defect?

DEAR BARRY: Our home inspector did a pretty good job when we were buying our house, but after moving in, we found two problems that he missed. One of the window frames is cracked, and the ice dispenser in our refrigerator does not work. These thi...
By Barry Stone | Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Roof shingles to rave about

Roof shingles to rave about

When it comes to shingles, there are choices galore. But one of the most attractive from a number of standpoints is the laminated composition shingle. Durable, reasonably priced and compatible with a wide range of architectural styles, laminated shin...
By Paul Bianchina | Friday, March 12, 2010
Does my house have the wrong roof?

Does my house have the wrong roof?

Q: In 1988, we had a new roof installed with 40-year limited warranty fiberglass shingles put over our gravel roof. While the roofers were working, dry rot was discovered in the kitchen, and we had it repaired. Since 1997, there ......
By Bill and Kevin Burnett | Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Truth about home fixture warranties

Truth about home fixture warranties

Warranties are something we see on a myriad of home improvement products, from roofing and siding to faucets and electrical outlets. They’re intended to give the consumer some specific legal recourse should the product fail to perform properly,...
By Paul Bianchina | Friday, January 30, 2009
The roof that lasted 10 years

The roof that lasted 10 years

Q: I got a 25-year warranty on my roof when it was installed in 1995, then with all the rain in 2005 my insurance company inspected the roof and advised I needed a replacement. When I called the roofing company that had installed the roof, it had ...
By Bill and Kevin Burnett | Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Repair credit best for fixing home defects

Repair credit best for fixing home defects

Q: I decided that this was a good time to buy, and found this really great house at a great price. It's an older home, and very charming, but there is about $10,000 worth of various electrical and termite repairs that the inspectors have found tha...
By Tara-Nicholle Nelson | Thursday, August 21, 2008