Entries by Tyler Ohta


Top 5 Features of a Cozy Home

There’s something wonderful about winter, even if you live in a warm climate. Like bears in hibernation, we tend to slow down, stay home and relax more often in cooler weather. If you’re shopping for a home or recently purchased a home, these are the best features your new home can offer to help you […]


Outdoor Lighting for Safety & Beauty

  Landscape lighting is one of the best ways to make your home safer and more appealing. You can highlight your home’s best features and light the way to your entry for guests, all while eliminating dark hiding spots for unwelcome visitors. Step back from your home so you can see the whole house and […]


Life in an HOA or Condo Association

Audio File – Click to Listen to Tyler Read You the Article If you’re buying a home in a community with a homeowners association (HOA), there are some things you need to know. The community provides you with shared amenities and services like front yard maintenance and security patrols. The HOA board collects a monthly […]


How to Winterize Your Home

  Winterizing your home is one of the best ways to get comfortable and save energy costs. It’s not too late to get a few projects done before the holidays, so here’s a short weekend list of to-dos to help you. Check the furnace. Typically, a heating system has a heat/cooling source, distribution system, and […]

Quick Ways to Build Equity

    Equity is the percentage of market value that you own in your home. Your lender owns the rest, so your goal should be to pay the lender’s share (the principal) down and build your share (equity) up. You don’t need to go to extreme lengths to pay down your mortgage. Just follow these […]

Zillow Housing Report 2018

Amid a thriving economy, the nation’s housing market remains strong, with home values rapidly rising and for-sale inventory diminishing. But some of the largest markets began experiencing a slowdown this summer as rising interest rates and surging home prices have made it difficult for some potential buyers to keep up.By July, inventory had perked up […]


September Housing Market Update!

September 2018 Housing Market Update: Median sales prices continue to rise and set September records; closed sales slide by 10% year-over-year in both D.C. and Baltimore, pending sales also slip; Inventories fall slightly The following analysis of the Washington, D.C. Metro and Baltimore Metro Area housing markets has been prepared by Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D. of […]

Does Your Home Have an Odor?

You’ve worked hard to get your home ready to sell. You’ve cleaned, decluttered and painted. But there’s still one more thing you need to do – make certain your home smells great for every showing. Here are four things to keep in mind to ensure your house smells fresh and clean for potential buyers: Stuffiness. […]


Remodeling Trend to Rise

According to the Federal Reserve, the primary residence accounts for about one-quarter of all assets held by households, ahead of other financial assets, business interests and retirement accounts. It’s important to protect the value of your home by keeping it repaired and updated. Not only does an update make a home more attractive, it should […]