Residents Give High Marks to Community Associations


The more than 65 million Americans who are part of homeowners associations or living in condominiums are overwhelmingly satisfied with their communities, according to a national survey released by the Community Associations Institute. Almost two-thirds of community association residents rate their overall association experience as positive, while 26 percent are neutral on the question. Only 10 percent express some level of dissatisfaction. The survey also revealed that: -90 percent of residents say … [Read more...]

How Do You Choose The Right Condo?


Here's a few tips on choosing the best condo for you and your family! Seek ownership in a well-maintained building, and pay special attention to the financial health of the condo association. Lax maintenance may be a sign of financial trouble, which could result in higher maintenance fees and problems trying to resale the property later. Things to consider: Get a copy of the latest financial statement from the condo association. Ask the board of directors – which is elected by the unit owners from among … [Read more...]

6 Helpful Apps For Summer Fun

Summer Fun

6 Helpful Apps For Summer Fun- Summer is just around the corner. Here are some helpful apps for getting the most out of your summer sunshine!   1. Star Gaze. Use this app on a clear night to explore the sky and the constellations!   2. Webers on the Grill. Use this grilling app for your next cookout and find the best recipes.   3. Pandora. You may have already heard of this app! Use it to create and listen to your favorite stations all summer long.   4. Roadside America. … [Read more...]

How Do Interest Rates Affect What I Can Afford?


Interest rates can be a very confusing topic. With them often fluctuating it can be difficult to understand how interest rates can ultimately affect what you can afford and how much home you can get. Here are some ways it can affect you. For every 1% increase in the interest rate you potentially lose 9-10% of your purchasing power. Most homeowners have established what amount they are comfortable with paying for their home each month, or for their mortgage payment. As interest rates increase, so do your … [Read more...]

5 Tips: Prepping Your Home For Summer Entertaining

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5 Tips: Prepping Your Home For Summer Entertaining We all know that time of year: the weather gets warm, the days gets longer, and we want to spend time with those we love the most – our friends and family! What better way than to have everyone over to enjoy each other’s company? Keep reading to find out ways to prep your home to entertain this summer!   1) Say it with me, “Goodbye winter!” - Lighten up your home with bright, lively colors and say goodbye to anything that produces heat (thick … [Read more...]

Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

Spring Home Maintenance

It’s almost that time of year! Spring cleaning, organizing and annual maintenance will soon be under way. Be prepared to get your home in tip top shape this year with this simple home maintenance tips… Inspect the AC: A technician can tune up your cooling system and make sure you don’t spend the first hot weekend of the year with an out-of-commission air conditioner. Dirty filters make your air conditioner work harder, increasing energy costs and possibly damaging your equipment. Check them monthly and … [Read more...]

Things To Do near Cleveland Ohio – April 2014


Things To Do near Cleveland Ohio - April 2014 - As the weather starts warming up, you should get out and enjoy it! Say goodbye to the frigid winter and hello to the beautiful springtime. Whether you’re trying to stay indoors on a rainy spring day, or wanting to soak up the sun on a warm afternoon, you will always find something to do in Cleveland, Ohio. Here are five things going on near you this month.   Cleveland Institute of Music Opera Scenes When: April 11 - 13 Admission: Free Looking for a … [Read more...]

What Updates Should You Do Before Selling Your Home?


What Updates Should You Do Before Selling Your Home? - When you put your home up for sale, you always want to make sure that you will get the most bang for your buck. Most of the time, you will need to make a few updates to your existing home for it to appeal to new home buyers. However, you will need to decide what updates are worth completing. Here are five updates you should do to your home before you sell.   Kitchen Upgrades Instead of updating all of the appliances in your kitchen to make it … [Read more...]

Things To Do near Cleveland, Ohio – March 2014


Things To Do near Cleveland, Ohio - March 2014 - Don’t keep yourself holed up in your home for the last few cold months of the year, get out and experience all of the fun and exciting things that Cleveland, Ohio, has to offer. No matter what you’re looking for, you can definitely find it in the area. Here are five things going on near you this month.   Cleveland Institute of Music - Opera Theatre When: March 1 Admission: Free Head out to the Cleveland Institute of Music for a romantic date night … [Read more...]

6 Things You Didn’t Know About Cleveland Ohio

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6 Things You Didn't Know About Cleveland Ohio - The city of Cleveland, located in Cuyahoga County in northeastern Ohio, is one of the most populous areas of the state. With nearly 400,000 residents, Cleveland is the 45th largest city in the United States of America. Many people are familiar with Cleveland because of their notorious sports teams; however, there are many things that people don’t know about the area. Here are six facts about Cleveland that you probably didn’t know.   1. America’s first … [Read more...]