Joyce Thomas's Blog Posts

How Many Bathrooms Does Your Family Need?

For some families, sharing a bathroom is a normal part of everyday life that rarely causes problems, but for others, sharing a bathroom is a source of endless conflict. When shopping for a new home,

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How to Get Your Kids to Help With Chores

Raising a family means dealing with laundry, cooking, cleaning and other chores. Parents often feel overwhelmed and struggle to get their kids to help out, but it doesn’t need to be that way

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6 Ways to Efficiently Declutter Your Home

Does your home look like a storage locker or a pack rat’s dream? If so, it’s time to purge, declutter, and refresh. As your local real estate professional, I want to share with you this

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Tax Talk: What to Expect When Selling Your Home

If you have a pending or recent home sale, what income taxes will you have to pay on the sale? As your local real estate professional, I thought you’d appreciate this easy-to-understand

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A Garden To-Do List You Can Start Right Now

Now that February has arrived, homeowners are anticipating the upcoming spring season and everything that comes along with it.Warmer temperatures are on their way. By mid-February, colder zones

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What’s the Best Asking Price for Your Home?

In determining your asking price, you need to consider why you have chosen to put your home on the market. In most cases, the higher the asking price, the longer it takes for the home to sell. As

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What to Do If You’ve Received a Foreclosure Notice

When you bought your home, you expected to be able to pay your mortgage on time, but a job loss, pay cut, divorce, illness, injury or death in the family might have left you unable to cover all your

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Tips on How to Organize Your Garage

A garage is an excellent place for storage, but things are often put there and forgotten. This can result in a disorganized mess that makes it difficult to find room for vehicles and other important

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Ways to Keep Your Utility Bills in Check

Utility bills are often much higher than they should be. By making some simple changes, you can keep your house comfortable and significantly reduce your monthly energy bills.Lower Heating

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Using the Light Approach to Sell Your Home

You want house hunters to see the beauty of your home, and that can’t be done if your rooms are dark or poor lighting make them appear gloomy.That’s why it’s a good idea to invest

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Moving? Do's and Dont's

Moving can be a hassle, especially when we fear we’re forgetting something. This moving checklist infographic will help keep you on track as well as informing you of deductibles that could

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How to Help Your Child Adjust to a New School

Changing schools is a major adjustment for kids. When a child and their classmates graduate and move to a new school together, everyone is in the same boat. When a family moves to a new area and a

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When Should You Start Saving for Your Children’s College Education?

If you have or plan to have children, you want them to have a bright future and to be successful and financially secure. That may mean that you hope (or expect) that they will obtain a college.

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4 Steps to Creating a Memorable First Impression

When it comes to getting your home sold, a positive first impression can make all the difference. Take a look at these four tips to help your home stand out from the competition.Joyce Thomas,

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Eco-Friendly Tips to Transform Your Home

As more people become aware of their carbon footprint, many are looking for home interior alternatives that allow them to live consciously while still creating a beautiful home. You’ll feel

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3 Common Problems to Avoid When Sharing a Credit Card With Your Spouse

While some couples opt to keep things separate, sharing a credit card can help when it comes to streamlining household money management. But it isn’t always easy. Whether you add someone to

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Package Thieves Hitting Your Neighborhood? How to Stop Them

The problem with buying something online and having it delivered to your home is that even though the package gets to your doorstep, it still may not get into your hands.Millions of packages are

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What Homebuyers Really Want

When looking for a home, buyers often narrow their choices by determining wants vs. needs. As your local real estate professional, I thought you’d be interested in this breakdown of what

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How Much Is My Home Worth?

As a real estate professional, one of the things I get asked the most is how much a person’s home is worth. This infographic illustrates some aspects that could alter the value of your home

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Taking the Stress Out of a Home Sale

Selling a home can be stressful, but there are many measures you can take to regain composure. As your local real estate professional, I thought it important to share this helpful infographic that

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Adding a Dog to the Family? Here Are Some Expenses to Consider

Getting a dog can be one of the most rewarding things you’ll ever do. Seeing your cute pet’s tail wag when you get home from a long day at work can be a heartwarming experience that

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When to Save Your Money and When to Invest

If you want your money to work for you, there are two main ways to achieve this goal: saving and investing. Knowing which option to choose is critical if you want your money to work the hardest.Here

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Where Do Buyers Come From?

Did you know ads don’t sell homes? 50% of local buyers hear about your home through agents. As your local real estate professional, I thought you’d be interested in this data on agent

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Will staging increase your home’s value?

Will staging increase your home’s value?It’s obvious that you want your home looking as good as possible when you’re trying to sell it. You want to give buyers a great first

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How to Organize Your Kitchen Cabinets

The kitchen is one of the busiest rooms in any household. It’s where meals are cooked and families eat, and also a place to play fun games or just talk. The foodie craze is changing the

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How Mortgage Loan Officers Are Paid Could Affect Homebuyers

The way in which mortgage loan officers are compensated may be changing if rules proposed by the mortgage industry are adopted, and that could affect how much homebuyers pay in loan costs. In

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The Window of Opportunity

New listings always capture the interest of real estate agents and current buyers, especially when they are well priced. As your local real estate professional, I thought it important to share this

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Getting Through Life Without a Credit Card

When it comes to making a big purchase, having a credit card can make the process easier, especially if you don’t have the necessary funds when it comes time to pay. While pulling out a credit

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The Cost of Homeownership

How much goes or should go into a down payment? On average, how much can you expect to spend on utilities on a monthly basis? Here are some important things to consider when calculating the real

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Pros and Cons of Downsizing

If you’re overwhelmed by the cost of your mortgage or the amount of time you spend cleaning and maintaining your home, or if your kids have moved out and you have more space than you need, you

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Why Use Real Estate Consultants to Sell?

Real estate consultants are trained professionals. They know what properties are selling for, and thus, when they make a suggestion they aren’t just guessing. They know. As your local real

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Is the Color of My Home Ideal for Today’s Buyers?

Consumers come to a conclusion about a product within 90 seconds of viewing it-and up to 90% of that judgement is solely based on color. As your local real estate professional, I thought you’d

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How to Retain Your Home’s Value

If you plan to sell your home in the future, you want to earn a profit…or at least get back what you paid for it. A house can depreciate, or lose value, for a variety of reasons. Some are

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Is a Multi-Family House a Good Investment?

Many real estate investors purchase multi-family houses to generate a steady income. If you’re considering buying an apartment building, you may be able to earn a significant profit, but there

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4 Things to Consider Before You List

Simple things like fresh paint, new carpet, and a professional landscaping job can be low in upfront cost, but high in resale value. These are only some of the things you can do before you list

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Do You Need a Job to Get a Mortgage?

If you’re between jobs or retired—or not working and considering retirement—you can still buy a home and get a mortgage that will require you to make monthly payments.While you don

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How to Deal With a Stressful Commute

For many adults, the worst part of the day is the time spent traveling to and from work. A stressful daily commute can lead to weight gain, high blood pressure, trouble sleeping and tension with

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How to Save Enough Money for Your Dream Vacation

If you work hard and are devoted to your family and community, you can easily become burnt out and need some time to recharge. Of course, vacations cost money, and it will be hard to relax if you

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Terms Every Homebuyer Should Understand

If you’re buying a home, you’ll more than likely be obtaining a mortgage, which you may not know much about. In fact, unless you’ve been involved in a home sale before, there are

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More Homeowners Renovating Instead of Moving Up

More homeowners are staying in their homes longer than ever before, locked into historically low mortgage rates and choosing not to move up to another home despite rising equity in their current.

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