Hawthorne Real Estate Blog

  • Backyard July 4th Celebration!

    BY Liz Samuels

    Celebrate your new home with a backyard barbecue! Nothing speaks independence like owning your own home. If you've rented for most of your adult life, the freedom to paint walls, barbecue on the patio or hang party lights in trees is a special fee...

  • Relocating Made Simple

    BY Liz Samuels

    Okay, there's really not a simple way to relocate … after all, you're uprooting yourself, moving away from friends or family or both, leaving your comfort zone and launching out into the world. But, there are some things you can do to make it less ...

  • Marketing Your Home Out-of-Town, Out-of-State, Out-of-Country

    BY Liz Samuels

    In a tough sellers' market, homeowners looking for the best possible sale sometimes consider marketing to out-of-town, out-of-state and even out-of-country buyers. So, how do you attract buyers from out of your area? Relocation Services Statistical...

  • When to DIY and When to Hire a Contractor

    BY Liz Samuels

    Whether you're preparing your home to sell, or you've just moved into your home and want to tackle some of the changes you have in mind to make it your own … knowing which items to do your self and which need a professional licensed contractor ca...

  • Making a Move to a New Home with Kids

    BY Liz Samuels

    Amidst the excitement of moving to a new home is a lot of stress for families with younger children. Often they don't understand what is happening. That can make them feel powerless and afraid. Here are some ideas for turning those stressors into an ...

  • Don’t Think of Your Home as an Investment…What?

    BY Liz Samuels

    Isn't that sacrilegious or something? Despite evidence to the contrary, new homebuyers continue to believe that buying a home is the same type of investment as stocks, bonds, CDs and their 401K. If the housing boom taught us anything, it is that t...

  • Easy Update: Chalky Painted Kitchen Cabinets

    BY Liz Samuels

    If you're hesitant to purchase an older home because you don't love the kitchen or bathroom cabinets and the idea of having to sand all of that wood makes you cringe, fear not … chalk paint to the rescue. You haven't heard of chalk paint? Well, he...

  • What a Credit Score Really Means

    BY Liz Samuels

    As one of the least understood numbers homebuyers deal with, their credit score confuses many would-be buyers. So, what does your credit score really mean? Firstly, understand that a credit score is not a credit score is not a credit score. Not only...

  • Need an Air Conditioner But Don’t Have Ducts?

    BY Liz Samuels

    As scorching or humid summer days approach, you may be second-guessing the purchase of that vintage or historic home you've had your eye on. In fact, in many places homes as new as 15 to 20 years may not have air conditioning. If your home doesn't ...

  • What Matters Most? Why Location Trumps Everything!

    BY Liz Samuels

    Take a lesson from that old real estate adage "location, location, location." Many seasoned homeowners will tell you that the size of your home and the amount of space you have—including extra living rooms, game rooms, or even acreage — becomes...