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Moving During a Stressful Time

Posted by Karen Johnson on July 08, 2020 in  Moving
It’s a well-known secret that moving to a new place can be an extremely stress-filled transitional period in one’s life. In fact, most experts rank a house move as one of the most stressful events a person can experience, right after a divorce. If the act of moving itself is stressful – what happens when you are moving during a difficult time?   The first question to ask is: Why now? Sometimes the moving date is not flexible. Maybe you have a lese ending or your business is relocating. If yo... read more
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Can I sell my house if it needs work?

Posted by Karen Johnson on February 18, 2020 in  Real Estate Advice  Sell your home
For one reason or another you need to sell your house NOW and all those projects you have been putting off will just never get done. What can you do when your home needs work or is dated or even just not-trendy? 1.    Call your agent. Your home might not be as bad as you think! Or if it really is “that house”; the one with the dead grass or the beat up wood flooring or the original kitchen your agent can talk through some strategies. She may tell you that you shouldn’t touch a thing &n... read more
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Can I rent my House on AirBnB?

Posted by Karen Johnson on January 01, 2020 in  Real Estate Advice  Rentals and Tenants
Answer: Maybe. It depends on where you live and under what circumstances.  If you have considered renting out your home on a site like AirBnB or VRBO you are not alone. Many people are looking at the possibly of offering up their house as a short term rental especially since it's tempting to make some extra cash during the time that the home may be sitting empty. In our area, as the number of short term rentals have grown, municipalities have started to look at or even regulate the offer of residences as ... read more
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In our more rural areas where houses are spaced so far apart that a sewer system would be too expensive to install, people install their own, private sewage treatment plants. These are called septic tanks. A typical septic system consists of a septic tank and a drainfield, or soil absorption field. The septic tank digests organic matter and separates floatable matter (e.g., oils and grease) and solids from the wastewater. Soil-based systems discharge the liquid (known as effluent) from the septic tank int... read more
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New Hope Arts and Craft Festival September 28-29, 2019

Posted by Karen Johnson on September 02, 2019 in No Category
It’s that time of year again! The New Hope Arts and Crafts Festival! The New Hope Arts and Crafts festival is a juried art fair that takes place every year at the beginning of Fall. What is “Juried” you ask? Juried events have a selection committee for art & craft exhibitors, and require that the artisan submit slides or photos of their work or products. The selection committee (the jury) reviews all applications before choosing exhibitors for the event.  This festival will feature Over... read more
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