Thursday, September 1, 2022 / by Ana Baldner
Is buying cheaper than renting? This depends mostly on the local market and its conditions. The Real Estate market has been heating up the past couple years and many Americans are making the transition from tenant to homeowner.
With rents skyrocketing all over the country, some may make the assumption that even in a heated market, buying may be the better option. But the truth is, there are different associated costs that create key Pro's and Con's to either choice.
Costs of buying
The biggest upfront cost of buying is your down payment. Typically between 3-20% of the home's purchase price. If you do put less down, your interest rate will typically increase, making your monthly payments increase as well. There are many monthly costs you will face, your mortgage payment being the biggest, including principal and interest for your loan. This number could also go up or down if you have a variable interest rate. HOA dues should also be factored in, generally covering lan2 ...
Thursday, July 28, 2022 / by Ana Baldner
e are currently in the midst of hurricane season. Some of us may be first timers and others well-seasoned Floridians. It's important to prepare early. The worst thing you can do is put off your preparations until a storm hits.
Here are 4 steps to make sure your family is ready in case of an emergency:
Make a plan
Identify how you will receive the emergency warnings and updates.
Write down important phone numbers you may need in case your cell phone is not accessible, i.e. emergency numbers, family members, out of state contacts. Have multiple copies of this list and make sure every member of your home has a copy. At least one contact should be outside of the impact area.
Pet owners! Identify a plan of action in case your area is evacuated. This could mean a pet-friendly hotel or even an out of state friend who can take your pet.
Identify your families specific needs that your plan must tailor to during an emergency. This could mean disabilities, medica ...
Thursday, July 14, 2022 / by Ana Baldner
Decluttering: a word that oftentimes is thought to be time consuming, stressful, and sometimes even unsuccessful, but it's something that needs to be done from time to time. We tend to hold onto more and more items that we think we need, and before we know it, our home is overwhelmed with clutter. Sorting through all your belongings can be very helpful if you're thinking about moving. Why pack up and move extra stuff that you don't even use? It's a great time to get rid of it!
Here are 7 rules to help declutter your space:
Everything Must Fit In Its Container
Think about your home as a bunch of containers. This could be a closet, drawer, shelf, or a room. The thing about containers is the items within it should fit comfortably inside. For example, let's say you have a drawer in your dresser dedicated to workout clothes. The drawer is your container and the clothes are its items. When it starts getting to the point where the drawer won't close, it means you might have t ...
Thursday, July 7, 2022 / by Ana Baldner
July has just begun. This means we are entering the peak of summer and officially halfway through 2022! It's the perfect time to make sure your home is prepared for the hot summer days and ready for summer activities.
Here is a mid-year checklist for your home:
Check safety devices
It's important to have working carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors to make sure your home is safe. Test these devices monthly and replace their batteries if needed. If your device is older than 10 years, then it should be entirely replaced to ensure a safe home. Don’t forget to check expiration dates on fire extinguishers and replace them if expired.
Look at windows
July is a great time to set aside time to deep clean your windows around the home. Clean them inside and out and don’t forget to check for holes in the screens to protect your home from unwanted bugs and mosquitoes that may sneak in. Use a screen patching kit to repair any damage found.
Thursday, June 30, 2022 / by Ana Baldner
The Space Coast is the perfect place to celebrate the 4th of July. Here we have boating on the rivers, great food and of course the beach! Everything you need to have a great independence weekend. If fireworks aren't your vibe or you're looking for something to do during the day, the Space Coast has so many events going on this upcoming weekend.
Here's a list of activities that will make your 4th of July memorable:
The city of Rockledge is holding their 35th annual Independence day Picnic on July 4th at McLarty Park. This picnic will take place from 10AM to 2PM and has games, music and food for the whole family. Purchase a hamburger or hot dog, chips and a drink for just $1.00!
Food Truck Event
If you’re looking to try great food but can’t decide where to start, consider this a sign. The Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a Food Truck event at Wickham Park! This event will take place Friday July 1st from 5 - 9PM and2 ...