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August
1

The best home improvement projects will help save money down the road. Here's where you should start.

In Ohio, we make the most of summer — entertaining, vacationing, enjoying the warm weather in general, but also doing all those projects that require our attention. Even before you bought your house from Beavercreek homes for sale, you probably were making a list of must-dos, and no doubt you've been working on them ever since. But it's wise to start with those home improvement fixes that can actually save you money. Let's have a look at some of the recommendations from our REALTORS®.

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July
18

Always wanted an organic lawn but don't know where to start? Here's the easiest way to make your lawn eco-friendly.

More homeowners are discovering the beauty of living life organically. Not only are they taking care to cook and eat foods that are not overly processed and doused with synthetic chemicals, but they're also paying attention to what they wear and bring into their homes, avoiding volatile organic compounds and other hazardous substances whenever possible. So it's only natural that they would follow up with organic gardening and lawn care.

Perhaps you're ready to dispense with harsh chemicals when it comes to caring for your lawn. After all, you fell in love with the dream home you found with Beavercreek homes for sale, and you'd like to create a healthful haven indoors and outside for you and your family.

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May
9

These home improvement projects are simple and will make a big impact on your home. Here's what you should finish off this spring.

Spring is the time of renewal in nature, so why not take on some renewing home improvement projects with the change of season? Maybe you've just moved into the home you chose from Beavercreek homes for sale, or you've been in your home a while, and are thinking about what to do to attract buyers when you list it. Whatever the reason, make the most of our nice spring weather and get going on some easy home improvement projects.

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April
25

Want to impress the neighborhood with your gardening this year? Here's how you can get a head start.

If the landscape around the house you bought from Beavercreek homes for sale is lacking, then you have an excellent opportunity to bring it to vibrant life this year. While planting shrubs, trees, and perennials in the fall is preferable, so they can develop a good root system during the cold months, spring can still be a good time to plant. So how to get started?

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March
7

Smart technology is easy to use and can save you money in the long run. Here is the tech to install in your home.

Isn't technology amazing in all the ways it's becoming intertwined with our lives, our households, and our processes? Take, for instance, the dazzling array of monitoring devices that are available. A few years ago, most homeowners could easily count two or three smoke detectors in their homes. Then, we started adding carbon monoxide monitors. Now we're onto water leak monitors, and maybe you're aware of even more monitoring devices that can save you money when you use them correctly.

Here are a few that you should look into as you move into the home you bought from Beavercreek homes for sale. Or, maybe you're getting ready to list your home. Smart technology can actually boost the price of your home, so our REALTORS® suggest you check it out.

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February
14

Installing new flooring can be one of your biggest design projects. Here's how you can choose the right floor for your home.

Choosing the right flooring for your home will set the tone for each room. Our REALTORS® understand that when you buy a home, you may want to make a few changes that will make your new home your own. Changing or upgrading the flooring is sometimes the first step a new homeowner will take simply because it is easier to install while the home is still empty. If you want to transform your home you found among Beavercreek homes for sale, the following are the top five flooring trends for 2022.

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February
1

Enhancing your cooking can be as simple as picking the right ingredients. Here's how you can choose the best produce to cook with this winter.

American consumers are living in an unprecedented time when you can get just about anything you can think of to eat anytime. But is that a good thing? Maybe for certain segments of the food industry, but maybe not for those of us who value freshness and peak nutrients in our food.

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January
17

It's a new year, and with it comes new goals and resolutions with your home. Here are some tasks you should definitely tackle this year.

People make New Year's resolutions about all manner of things, from losing weight to paying off credit cards to learning how to speak Mandarin (if you're not already a Mandarin speaker). There's something about that magical Jan. 1 date that invites us to resolve to do some special things differently as a new year beckons.

Well, how about home improvement resolutions? You've settled into your dream home from Beavercreek homes for sale, so could anything be more worthy of your time, attention, and hard work? The good news is the resolutions don't have to be expensive to implement. You can even do more than one. Resolve, for instance, to clean out the attic. That may be a big chore. But you might also resolve to do something simple, like changing your furnace filter every month.

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January
3

Looking for a change of pace in 2022? Shake up your design and decor with the colors of the year.

Every year, color experts and paint companies announce their top picks for the color of the year. These colors are based on trends from fashion, pop culture, technology, and design. Why should you be interested in colors of the year? These colors aren't just the same old tired shades of yesteryear. Say you want a white: colors of the year whites will astonish with nuances of white that you never dreamed possible. Same with greens, blues, browns, and more.

Get ready to paint in the house you moved into from Beavercreek homes for sale, once you check out the fabulous colors below.

  1. Very Peri
    The Pantone company, which created the Pantone Matching System for reproducing consistent colors, has released its pick for the coming year: Very Peri. Rather than picking from its current library, Pantone developed a new color, a vibrant shade of periwinkle. It has been described as blending soothing blues with exciting red shades. The company is promoting the color as "warm and joyful" and says it was designed to symbolize the world's transition out of the worst conditions of the pandemic.

    Very Peri pairs wells with lush green tones, mauve, and terra cotta in bedrooms or living rooms. Juxtapose it with pink or bright yellow for kids' rooms. You can also bring it into your color scheme through furniture, accent pieces, or painted accents.

  2. Laurel Leaf
    The dusty green of Laurel Leaf, designated color of the year from Better Homes & Gardens, calls to mind the soothing green of eucalyptus leaves. The trend to bring nature into our homes started some years ago, but it hasn't waned, and Laurel Leaf reflects that ongoing desire to surround ourselves with the natural world. 

    The warm undertones of Laurel Leaf (the first-ever paint color of the year from BH&G) go well with light wood hues, beiges, and creamy whites. Try it in a bedroom to give a calming atmosphere, or in the dining room, as a quiet backdrop of restrained color that's easy on the senses.

  3. Art and Craft 
    Dunn-Edward's' color of the year, Art and Craft, is a "soft, sophisticated brown" redolent of walnut wood, and providing a peaceful effect. Get down to earth with Art and Craft in your home and feel calmer and more stable. As Dunn-Edwards explains, this color expresses a current interior design trend that evokes back-to-nature tones for interiors.

    Described as "moody and complex," Art and Craft gives off a bohemian aesthetic of the '70s but also puts us in mind of the simpler, sustainable ethos of the cottagecore trend. Use it in dining rooms, bedrooms, and the living room. Make it come alive when set off with jewel tones such as sapphire, ruby, and emerald.

  4. October Mist
    Benjamin Moore's October Mist is another green, but this one is soft, silky, and botanical — think the pale green of flower stems. It's the foundation for BM's 2022 color trends palette, with 14 nature-inspired tones, including tinted off-whites, earth tones, and "refreshed" primary colors.

    Work with a monochromatic palette by warming up gentle October Mist with the richer, darker Gloucester Sage. Reach for a crisper look by offsetting October Mist with icy blue-green Quiet Moments or inky blue-black Mysterious.

  5. Evergreen Fog
    Sherwin-Williams has chosen a mid-tone gray-green as its 2022 color of the year, a shift away from jewel tones and neutrals that have been front and center in color trends. Evergreen Fog gives a quiet, organic look to entryways, bedrooms, and bathrooms.

Got questions about selling your home or buying in the Beavercreek neighborhood? Our REALTORS® have the answers. Contact Wright-Patt Realty today.

December
6

It's easy to throw everything and the kitchen sink on your fireplace for the holidays. But with these tips, you can have a careful and effectively decorated mantel.

Lucky you: you've got a fireplace mantel, and with it, an opportunity to create a jazzy focal point in the living room of the home you chose from Beavercreek homes for sale. But you're having trouble getting started. Overly busy fireplace mantels make you cringe, while mantels too sparsely decorated seem anemic and unimaginative.

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November
15

Planning for holiday festivities with friends and family?  Brush up on your hosting skills by avoiding these mistakes.

So many of us are tentatively thinking about hosting holiday parties and get-togethers again. Trouble is, we've been cooped up for a while and forgotten the protocol. Never fear. Our REALTORS® are right on target for holiday etiquette and present these tips to help you get back in the swing.

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September
27

Winter weather can be wonderful, but it can also be frightful for your home. Here's how you can prep for harsh cold weather.

Fall weather is currently pretty mild, which means right now is the perfect time to start winter-proofing your home. Milder weather gives you the chance to get the work done before harsh winter temperatures roll in. Beavercreek homes for sale see some beautiful winters, but that doesn't mean winters are harmless. So, where should you focus your time? Here are the top winter-proofing tasks that should be on your checklist according to our REALTORS®.

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July
12

Hummingbirds are amazing to watch, but they are often elusive. Here's how you can attract them.

One of the greatest delights of gardening can be attracting butterflies and birds to your property. And there's no greater thrill for backyard bird enthusiasts than finding they've also attracted hummingbirds among their avian visitors. These delightful aeronauts with their zipping, hovering, diving, and buzzing can amuse for hours. But now that you're settling into the dream home you chose from Beavercreek homes for sale, how do you attract hummingbirds to your property?

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June
14

It can be a challenge juggling all those family photos you have. Here are some display ideas that will give them new life.

We love our family photos and are constantly looking for new, creative ways to show them off in our homes. The benefits of decorating a space with family photos are two-fold: you're constantly reminded of your loved ones and you can also add some beautiful decor to your living space. Family photo displays come in all shapes, sizes, patterns, and styles. We were so inspired by the way the owners of some of these Beavercreek homes for sale were displaying their family photos, so we decided to create a list of tips to help you create a unique display for your home. Below are some unique design patterns you can try:

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February
15

Garden and landscaping projects at this time of year may be the last thing on your mind, especially as intermittent storms come and go, but there are things you can start doing now to get your grounds ready for when warmer weather arrives. Beavercreek homes for sale are prime properties for adding the latest landscaping trends, so let's get going right now in your landscape and try out some of these pre-spring 2021 projects.

Get Going on These 2021 Landscaping Projects

  1. Create a raised bed.
    If you didn't plant a vegetable garden last year, get set for spring planting with a raised bed. Choose a manufactured or a homemade frame with dimensions of about 4 feet by 6 feet. The frame sides should be about 6 inches deep. If your yard is clear of snow and ice, you can mark off the area for the raised bed with string or spray paint.  Be sure to choose a sunny location. Double dig to a depth of 2 feet, returning soil to the bed but adding compost. You can create rows for seeds or seedlings later. Cover the bed with mulch and wait for the right planting times.

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February
1

Best Pet for Your Home - Wright-Patt Realty

Pets bring unconditional love and joy into any household and are wonderful additions to any family. Choosing the right pet for your home is dependent on several factors: work-life balance, household, and preferred leisure activities. Our REALTORS® can help you decide which pets are best for these Beavercreek homes for sale.

  • The Young Professional
    The Young Professional is in her 20s or 30s. Her work hours are unpredictable; sometimes she comes home at five, and other times she works late. Her free time is active, but also flexible. She goes on runs and hikes and frequents cafes and bars.

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January
11

Fireplace Tips for First-Time Owners - Wright-Patt Realty

A fireplace can bring comfort and warmth into your home. It can also bring tragedy and devastation if you are not careful with this fabulous feature. Our REALTORS® wish you and your family many memorable gatherings and happy holidays around the hearth which is why we strongly recommend adhering to these six fireplace safety tips.

  1. Professionally Clean & Service the Fireplace
    Chimney fires are a leading cause of home loss. Professional chimney sweeps will remove the creosote that causes chimney fires. This byproduct of combustion sticks to the chimney walls and requires special tools and training to remove effectively. Further, make sure that the fireplace is well-maintained. Promptly repair any damaged flues, doors, or other components that could pose a hazard to the home.

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December
29

Lower Your Heating Bill - Homeownership - Wright-Patt Realty

Wouldn't it be nice to keep the temperature of your home more comfortable this winter and save money on your heating bill in the process? Whether through home improvement projects or simple, smart tips for saving energy around the house, there are plenty of ways to save money on heating during the coldest months. As a bonus, some of the best tips for reducing your heating bill will also help you eliminate drafts and make it easier to keep your home at just the right temperature. Our REALTORS® are here to help you get started with five tips for reducing your heating bill.

  1. Have Your Furnace Serviced Every Year
    Besides the fact that you definitely want your furnace to be working at its best when the cold weather comes, having your furnace serviced annually helps save on heating bills. An experienced pro can check for any issues with your heating system, make sure it's working at maximum efficiency, and help ensure that you have a cozy, comfortable winter. After your furnace is serviced, don't forget to replace the filter every month or as often as is recommended by the manufacturer.

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December
21

Under Cabinet Lighting Selection - Wright-Patt Realty

Lighting is one of the most important aspects of any kitchen design, which is why our REALTORS® are always quick to recommend good under cabinet lighting. Installing under cabinet lighting fixtures are a great way to add a touch of elegance to your kitchen. Not only does it make for a great decorative element, but it also helps to make food prep safer and more efficient. Best of all, it's affordable and easy to install. 

Different types of lighting provide various degrees of aesthetics and energy efficiency, so it's important to learn about the different varieties available on the market before choosing the option best for your home. These are the four most popular types of under cabinet lighting:

  • LED Lighting
    LED lighting is the most popular form of under cabinet lighting, but it's also the most expensive. On the plus side, it's also the most energy-efficient, produces less heat, and lasts two to three times longer than other lighting options. LED bulbs produce millions of colors, which creates a pleasing ambiance. They also have dimming capabilities that provide homeowners control over the appropriate level of brightness. We love how some of these Beavercreek homes for sale have incorporated dimmable LED lighting underneath the kitchen cabinets.

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November
9

Home in Retirement - Wright-Patt Realty

No matter your age, it's never too early to begin thinking about retirement. Retiring from the workforce is a high priority for many men and women, but there's no single way to achieve this milestone. Some individuals pay into an IRA or 401k, while others invest in diverse assets with the hopes of cashing out when they're ready to retire. Our REALTORS® understand how important your retirement plans are and want to help you consider every possible option that will help you achieve this goal. As you think about retirement, we encourage you to consider where your home factors into your retirement plans.

Your Home in Retirement

Whether you're considering buying your first home, purchasing a new home for your growing family, or downsizing as your needs change, it's wise to consider all of the potential benefits or drawbacks of owning a piece of real estate. In most cases, owning a home has substantially more benefits than drawbacks, especially when you're housing a family with evolving lifestyle needs. Although a 30-year mortgage may be easily affordable as a working professional, some homeowners have concerns about keeping up with these payments when they move into retirement.

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October
19

RV Home Away From Home - Wright-Patt Realty

Many people are avoiding air travel these days and are accessing vacation destinations by driving. Camping in parks has ramped up in popularity, and for a growing segment of vacationers, that has meant buying or renting a recreational vehicle. But before you go out and plop your money down, there are some things to think about:

  • What type of RV? There are four basic types to choose from, and they vary widely in price.
  • Should you buy used or new?
  • Will you feel comfortable operating the RV?
  • Are you prepared for the cost outlay with RVing? It may be cheaper than owning a house, but it will still cost you.

Our REALTORS® have some advice for would-be RVers. Read on.

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October
5

DIY or Pro - Home Remodeling - Wright-Patt Realty

Doing home improvements yourself can help you save a lot of money and increase your home's value. Homeowners with Beavercreek homes for sale often ask our REALTORS® which types of jobs they should do to help them get more for their property. The answer? It depends. Unless you're a contractor, plumber, or electrician, some improvements should be performed by professionals.

Things to Take into Consideration Before Going DIY or Professional

Significant improvements can be costly. One of the main reasons homeowners consider doing projects themselves is budget. Putting your own time and energy into them can be well worth it, but it can also decrease the value of your home or even be dangerous if you don't know what you're doing. Sure, YouTube videos and DIY articles can help, but some things should be left to professionals, such as electrical work, HVAC, and major plumbing projects.

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August
10

Staycation - Homeowners - Wright-Patt Realty

Summer vacations are looking a bit different this year, but that doesn't mean you can't still enjoy them! Instead of making travel plans, many of our REALTORS® are getting creative and planning fun staycations. 

Since so many Beavercreek homes have beautiful backyards, a few simple updates can make your outdoor space feel like a relaxing getaway. Need some inspiration? Take a look at these tips! 

  • Light it Up
    The right illumination can make a huge difference. You'll immediately elevate your backyard space by hanging string lights, adding solar lanterns, or installing landscape lighting. Give the area extra ambiance by adding a fire pit or placing some candles around your seating area.

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July
20

AC Maintenance - Homeowners - Wright-Patt Realty

When you've made the decision to sell your home, our REALTORS® can help you get it ready for the market and will no doubt provide suggestions on any repairs, improvements, etc. that need to be made. One of the most important tasks will be ensuring your appliances are in great working condition. An old or faulty HVAC system can grind the sales process to a screeching halt, so you want to make sure that it is in optimal condition and ready for your home's sale.

Here are signs that your home's air conditioning system needs maintenance, repair, or replacement.

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June
1

Pool Installation - Wright-Patt Realty

Pools are a great way to keep kids entertained during the summer, and hot weather has already made an initial appearance in the area. You may be tempted to either have a pool installed, or to purchase a home with a pool. While our REALTORS® know a pool can provide hours of fun for the whole family, it's not a decision you want to dive into without considering all the costs, responsibilities, and liabilities that a pool creates.

  • The first consideration is cost.
    If you plan to install a pool, you can expect to spend an average of $35,000 for a decent pool. That's a lot of tickets to the local pool, and if you plan on paying with cash, it means less money for other things. If you plan on financing the cost through a HELOC or other loan product, your overall cost could be as high as twice the installation cost.

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May
18

Summer Home Maintenance - Wright-Patt Realty

With longer days on the horizon and more time at home lately, it's time to get your home in shape and ready for the onslaught of summer heat. Summer is a time for relaxing, which can make it difficult to motivate yourself to complete those projects you've been putting off for months. That's why our REALTORS® have created this list of tasks you can complete in the spring.

  • Prep Your Kitchen and Bathrooms
    As the new season approaches, it's time to give your kitchen and bathroom a fresh start. Keeping an eye on tile surrounds and sinks can help prevent costly water damage and repairs. Clean appliances, unclog your drains and replace any leaky faucets.

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May
11

Create a Relaxing Home - Wright-Patt Realty

If there's one thing that COVID-19 has taught us, it's that our home really is our sanctuary. Over the past several weeks, many of us have spent our time cleaning, decluttering, and working on small projects around the house. 

As things start to open up and we return to a "new normal," being able to come back to the safety of our homes at the end of each day will likely become even more important. In fact, several of our REALTORS® have started working on projects to help turn their homes into relaxing havens that they can retreat to after a long day of helping buyers find the best Beavercreek homes for sale.

Need some inspiration? Here are a few of their favorite tips.

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April
6

Deep Cleaning Tips - Wright-Patt Realty

Some homeowners relish house cleaning. It can be invigorating and a good way to clear your head. Other homeowners prefer to ignore the dust bunnies and pretend the oven is self-cleaning. But every homeowner could use a system to determine what areas need cleaning and how often they need care. Washing dishes or vacuuming seem fairly easy, but there are some cleaning chores that should be done regularly, if not as often. If your home is to stand out among the Beavercreek homes for sale, open your calendar and find a spot for the following chores on your schedule soon. 

  1. Launder your living room. If your throw pillows have removable covers, remove and clean them according to the directions on the label. Remove the couch cushions and vacuum up any dust or crumbs that may have fallen between the cushions. Inspect all upholstery for stains. The University of Missouri Extension office has a guide to stain removal for all washable fabrics. Spot clean rugs and carpets. You may also wish to rent a carpet cleaner.

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March
30

Home Office Space - Wright-Patt Realty

Not only does a home office help you separate your work life from your home life, but it creates an environment that encourages creativity and productivity. A fantastic home office doesn't have to be an entire room or even the main area of a room.

Follow these tips to create a home office space anywhere in your home. Our REALTORS® share what to consider when carving out home office space. 

  1. Invest in a Great Office Chair
    If you only purchase one item for your home office space, make it a high-quality office chair. You want an office chair that you're comfortable sitting and working in for hours at a time. A superb office chair provides ample support to your back and core and encourages an ergonomically correct sitting position. It should also roll with ease so that you can quickly access your supplies and work materials. When you're not working, roll the office chair away and use it for additional seating.

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July
8

Add On or Move On - Wright-Patt Realty

It's not always easy to know when it's time for a change. It could be one single "aha moment," or it could creep up on you over the course of months, or even years. Either way, when the realization hits you that your house no longer suits your needs, our REALTORS® are here to help. 

For many homeowners, the issue is simple, but also not-so-simple: You've outgrown your home. Maybe your kids have gotten too big for their shared bedrooms, or maybe your home office is slowly taking over the whole house. When that time comes, you can either add on or move on. Before you decide to put up your Beavercreek home for sale, it's best to weigh that choice carefully. 

Move or Improve

In many cases, it's sound advice to be as unemotional as possible when making big real estate decisions. But when it comes to deciding whether to move on to a new home or add onto your current one, it's hard to take feelings out of the equation. Sure, there are financial considerations too—we'll get to those in a second—but it's also important to listen to what your gut tells you. 

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June
25

Downsizing Considerations - Wright-Patt Realty

People change, lifestyles change, and needs change. And when that happens, you may need to change your home too. Our REALTORS® have helped people find all kinds of homes, no matter what their needs are. For some people, those changes mean they start looking for a bigger home. For others, downsizing is the answer. If you've been wondering if downsizing is right for you, here are some things to consider to help make your decision.

  • You need to decrease your monthly expenses.
    If you're thinking about downsizing because of retirement or changes in your financial situation, you need to consider the monthly cost to continue living in your home. When your monthly income goes down, your current housing costs will take up a larger percentage of your budget. If you don't have a house payment, there are still taxes, insurance, condo or HOA fees, and maintenance to consider. With a smaller space, you can often lower maintenance costs, property taxes, and utility bills. For people in markets where housing and the cost of living are very high, downsizing can be a necessity. 

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April
29

Early Mortgage Payoff-Wright-Patt Realty

If you find yourself in a position where paying off your mortgage is both feasible and reasonable for you and your family then congratulations are in order.  If you've reached the point of paying off your mortgage, then you've made the most of your finances along the journey thus far and are looking to make the most of them moving forward.  

Our REALTORS® know what it's like to buy a home as well as own a home outright and have helped countless homeowners just like you make crucial decisions for their home purchases. But is paying off your mortgage early always the right way to go?

The Power of Compounding Interest

Most people are familiar with interest simply in the form of a debt instrument. Your mortgage, car payment, or even student loans all have that dreaded word "interest" tied to them, which makes paying off a major debt even more rewarding. While interest is your enemy in loan situations, it can actually be your best ally on the investment end.

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April
1

National Gardening Day-Wright-Patt Realty

Gardening is an eco-friendly way to combine physical activity with emotional satisfaction. Kick off the season by celebrating National Gardening Day on Sunday, April 14 with a visit to a local nursery or garden center.

Our REALTORS® have assembled a list of the top garden centers in and around Beavercreek. Stop by and get some ideas or just let the plants and products trigger your own imagination! 

  • Berns Garden Center - 3776 Indian Ripple Road, Beavercreek
    Berns Garden Center is literally a homegrown business. Namesakes Al and Cherie Berns founded the company in 1956 when they purchased a house with one acre of land and a greenhouse. While Berns is still family-owned, it expanded in 2011 with the opening of the Beavercreek location. The center carries a full selection of annuals, perennials, and houseplants that would complement any of the great Beavercreek homes for sale. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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December
6

Fireplace Safety Tips - Wright-Patt Realty

Wright-Patt Realty knows the holiday season is the perfect time to light the fireplace for warmth and a glowing ambiance. This delightful tradition has some risks that can be minimized if you follow a few commonsense practices.

Our REALTORS®  have compiled a list of 8 tips for keeping your home safe while enjoying your fireplace:

  1. Working Fireplace
    If this is a new home for you, be sure to inspect the smoke ducts, the chimney, and the protective linings. Make repairs if necessary before lighting a fire.

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November
26

First-time buyer holiday gifts
It's the most wonderful time of the year, and Christmas is just around the corner. Hopefully, you've started your shopping lists and have gathered a few ideas of what your friends and family want this year.

Have any of your loved ones recently moved into one of our Beavercreek homes? Our REALTORS® have created this list of eight holiday gifts for first-time home buyers.

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November
20

Prepping Your Home for an Ohio Snow Storm

Our REALTORS® love showing off amazing Beavercreek homes for sale any time of year.

However, if you come from a place where winter snow is a novelty – or a myth – then you might find yourself concerned about Ohio snowstorms that visit us from time to time.

Remember: Every year, millions of people weather the storm without any injuries or property damage. That said, it's a good idea to go into the situation prepared and know what to expect. After you get through a snowstorm or two, you'll be an old hand at the process.

To keep your family and your home safe, remember these valuable tips:

1. Start With a Winter Emergency Kit
The most intimidating possibility in winter is finding that you can't get out to get the supplies you need. Roads may become impassable due to snow or for other reasons. With that in mind, get a kit together to meet all of your needs.

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February
26

Beavercreek Ohio Home spring
After a long winter, spring officially arrives on Tuesday, March 20.  With the bright sun and warm winds comes the realization that winter has been torturing our homes' exteriors.  After a quick perusal, many homeowners find cracked sidewalks, leaf-filled gutters, and dead plants all around. Before you even start planning your gardens, checking these items off your spring maintenance checklist will ensure you have time to go outside and enjoy the outdoors. Our REALTORS® recommend these five tips to get your Beavercreek home ready for spring.  

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January
2

Keep Your Beavercreek Home Warm This Winter

Wintertime Home Improvement

Ohio can get pretty chilly this time of year. Icy winds and sub-zero temperatures can easily foil your plans to tour Beavercreek homes for sale. You'd probably rather go home and stay out of the winter weather. That's a great idea. And if your home needs a little work to make it a bit more warm and cozy, there are plenty of projects to keep you busy. Most of them don't require you to go outside.

Our REALTORS® live and work in the Beavercreek area. We love Ohio, but we also appreciate the warmth of home. If you want to keep busy and stay warm, check out our 5 Home Improvement Projects to Warm Up Your Ohio Home.

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December
27

Homeownership Prep Snow StormSnow storms are simply a fact of life in an Ohio winter, and it's important to be ready for them!  Even if you aren't in one of the major snow zones around Ohio, it's always a good idea to be ready in advance for whatever the season might throw at you. The sooner you get prepared, the easier it'll be to adapt if a big storm seems to roll up out of nowhere.

Let's look at some of the best ways to "winterize" your home for a storm:

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September
25

Fairborn Home Ready for Fall
Fairborn homeowners have a lot to be happy about. Their community includes some of the most beautiful homes in our area. To keep your home at its best, it's a good idea to tackle any outdoor repair work before shorter days (and colder weather) arrive.

Check off these 10 items from your fall maintenance checklist so you can rest easy knowing your home will be ready for the winter months to come.

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August
14

Home-buying Mistakes to Avoid
Are you prepared for your first year of homeownership? Whether you just closed on your first house or you're still searching local Beavercreeak listings, you should know the hard work and careful decisions don't end on Moving Day.

The first year you spend in your new home will be a crucial one, because a lot can go wrong--or go right--as you get settled. Our REALTORS® want to help you protect your investment, so we've put together a list of some of the most common mistakes that new homeowners make. As long as you plan ahead and know what to expect, you can avoid these first-year flub-ups and enjoy a long, happy future in your new home.

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July
3

Homeowner Security Tips
If you're looking for a home in Beavercreek, safety and security will be high on your priority list. Our Midwestern neighborhoods are family-friendly and low on crime, so you've come to the right place. However, no matter where you live, an unoccupied home is always going to come with some safety risks. When you're away on vacation, it's important to know how to minimize these risks.

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May
15

Get Peace of Mind with a Home Warranty Plan

Home Warranty Plan
If you're buying (or selling) a home, you may want to consider purchasing a home warranty. A home warranty plan covers the cost of repairing many of your home appliances if they break.  A home warranty plan typically includes: central heating and air conditioning systems, kitchen appliances, washers and dryers, plumbing systems and electrical systems.  Coverage varies depending upon where you live.  

A home warranty is different from homeowners insurance.  Homeowners insurance covers your home's structure and belongings in case of a fire, storm, flood or accident.

If you're interested in buying a home warranty, our REALTORS® at Wright-Patt Realty, Inc. want you to choose the right one for you. Here are some guidelines to help.

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April
24

Make Your Home More Relaxing

Does your home make you feel calm or stressed? If you find that coming home is more stressful than it is welcoming, then it's time to take another look at your home's organization and amp up its relaxation factor. Your home should be a calm retreat from the stress of modern life with the right energy to nurture happy family memories. Here are some tips to help you make your home a peaceful retreat in the midst of a stressful, chaotic life. 

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September
27

Know How to Stop a Fire Before It Happens

Home Fire Safety Tips

Homes are a huge investment, and like any big investment, you want to protect it. Although it's unpleasant to think about disasters happening, the best prevention is to talk about possibilities and how to make sure they won't occur. The week of October 9th is the National Fire Protection Agency's (NFPA) fire prevention week, which makes it an ideal time to talk about ways to prevent a fire from happening in your home. This year's theme is, "Don't Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years,"and smoke alarms are the perfect place to implement your household's fire safety plan.

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