Month: October 2018

This Home Looks Like a Barn (But Has Enoug…

October 30, 2018 Real Estate Tips
Like many married couples, the Clarks have a lot in common: a last name, a first name (they're both Kelly) and an affinity for wide-open spaces - which inspired them to build a 10,000-square-foot barn-style home on 30 acres of land in West Monroe, Louisiana.  But let's back up. Kelly Clark (that's him) and Kelly Moore-Clark (that's her) wanted a change of scenery for their family. So when a friend put some land up for sale, they decided to make a move. "We pretty much bought the property sigh[…]

A Park Slope Townhome That Went From &#821…

October 30, 2018 Real Estate Tips
Very few would have considered purchasing a crumbling and decrepit 1890 Victorian townhome. But Lindsey Branca and her partner (both in business and in life), Mike Grosshandler, saw what most didn’t: opportunity. After a sweeping renovation that included collapsing plaster and a complete layout change, this townhome - located in trendy Park Slope, Brooklyn - went from a deteriorated state to downright stately. “When we purchased the home, we were on the hunt for a ‘mess̵[…]

Small-Town Charm: 8 Homes for Sale in Less…

October 22, 2018 Real Estate Tips
There’s just something special about a small town. Less traffic, no noise pollution and friendly neighbors can all make for an idyllic escape from the grit of the city. Some of these small towns may be hours from the nearest Amazon Locker or Whole Foods, but what they lack in big-city amenities, they make up for in big-time charm. Here are eight homes for sale in some of the best small towns in America. Stately in South Carolina For sale: $668,000 Nothing could be sweeter than this stat[…]

The Michelle Chase Real Estate Team In Apo…

October 22, 2018 My Blog
Hank is a multi-generation Floridan whose grandparents moved to Florida nearly a hundred years ago. Due to his father’s career in the military, he has lived in many places across America and the world. In his adult life, he is a retired higher education administrator with a career spanning more than 30 years. He has worked extensively in community colleges, including being Chancellor and President of two different colleges. He also has a background in financial and strategic panning, real est[…]

Your Top 5 Fireplace Questions, Answered

October 16, 2018 Real Estate Tips
Fireplaces are one of the most sought-after home features, but using one can be intimidating, and you've probably got questions. Here's a quick guide to get you and your fire started this fall. How do I use a wood-burning fireplace? If a cave man can start a fire, so can you. 1. Get your chimney inspected Safety is your first priority! Have your fireplace and chimney inspected by a licensed professional. This is something you should do every year, before the first fire of the season. 2. Prepa[…]

9 Tips for Achieving Maximum Coziness

October 15, 2018 Real Estate Tips
As fall continues and the days become shorter, it's too tempting to just hibernate until spring. But there is, indeed, joy to be found in the quieter months of the year. Perhaps it's a bit overdone to talk about the art of hygge, that untranslatable Danish word that references the feeling of being ultra-cozy and content. The thing is, the Danes know how to thrive in winter. You might already know they're the happiest people on earth, but did you know a lot of them attribute their unseasonably[…]

9 Cozy Cabins for $300,000 or Less

October 9, 2018 Real Estate Tips
A cabin is the perfect space to get away from it all, unplug the electronics, and enjoy the great outdoors with friends and family. But if you thought a cabin with exposed wooden beams and neighbors nowhere in sight wasn’t possibly in your budget - think again! Grab your flannel blanket and a cup of hot coffee, and peruse these 9 cozy cabins that will fit even a modest budget. Adorable A-Frame by the lake For sale: $234,900 This A-frame cabin in Gore, Oklahoma, has stellar views of crys[…]

3 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Cabin (…

October 9, 2018 Real Estate Tips
A cabin in the woods can be a fairy-tale retreat - a place to curl up with a good book or conquer the nearby skiing hot spots. While there are plenty of cabins you can rent for a weekend, owning one provides the flexibility to escape when the weather or mood is right. Here are three questions to ask yourself before making an offer on your cozy hideaway. 1. What kind of cabin do you want? The word "cabin" can refer to a variety of structures. Most people think of a small wooden house in a remo[…]

Car Wreck Equals Lost Value. Here’s How to…

October 8, 2018 Business
Have you recently been in an auto accident? You may be surprised to learn about “automotive diminished value,” which is when cars lose value after being in a wreck. This could be attributed to anything from minor scratches to full structural damage. Either way, you may be entitled to compensation if the accident was the fault of someone else.   Some websites will offer a diminution in value calculator, but it is still a good idea to get your car appraised by your insurance company or a m[…]

How to Make the Most of 500 Square Feet: S…

October 5, 2018 Real Estate Tips
When Lola Simmons and boyfriend Garrett Moore began looking for an apartment in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood, they were hoping to spend around $1,400 on monthly rent. So when the pair found their dream spot for just over $1,000 a month in Seattle's infamously difficult rental market, they knew they'd struck gold. "I walked in, and after about two minutes, I said, 'Yep, I'll take it,'" says Simmons. From there, the process was easy, and the couple experienced little surprise throughout […]