Your Guide To June

Welcome summer!

 

 

World Oceans Day

More than 70% of the Earth is covered by ocean. Pledge to do your bit for ocean conservation today!

 

 

 

Flag Day

 It’s the birthday of Old Glory — 242 years old this year. Check the official rules for displaying the Stars and Stripes.

 

 

 

 

Father’s Day

Anyone can be a father, but it takes a special man to be a dad. Thank you to dads everywhere!

 

 

 

 

Juneteenth

 

Also known as Freedom Day, this important holiday commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S.

 

  

 

First Day of Summer

Get ready for surf, sun, and sand. Summer is here again!

 

 

 

  

United Nations Public Service Day

Since 2003, this day has honored those who selflessly work to promote public service throughout the world.

 

 

 

 

The main reason people give for not buying a home is that they believe they can’t afford it[2]. But there are low- and no-down payment programs that may be able to help make buying a home a real possibility! Talk to your lender to learn more.

 

Sources
[1] Census.gov
[2] National Association of REALTORS®
[3] Zillow
[4] U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Are you ready for the spring market?

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There may be snow on the ground but Spring is just around the corner!

In most real estate markets the spring is the most common time to be selling a home, for multiple reasons.

  • Supply of ready, willing, and able buyers is the highest in the spring
  • Buyers typically get their income tax returns during the spring which can be put towards the purchase of a home
  • More daylight meaning homes will typically show better
  • Landscaping and curb appeal during the spring is better than the fall or winter months

 

What can you do to get ready?

Get Pre-Approved Before Spring
You need to be pre-approved for your loan, of course. Why get pre-approved months in advance? In most cases, there are ways to massage your circumstances to get you approved to borrow more, or to get a better rate.

 

Get your home ready!

Clean & Organize
I know it’s cliché but it’s imperative to give your home a thorough “spring cleaning.” This doesn’t mean wait until spring though. Be proactive and start cleaning now; you’ll be glad you didn’t wait. A huge turnoff for prospective buyers are foul odors. Things such as smoke odors and pet odors can kill home sales.

Begin Packing and Organizing Your Belongings
There’s no way to know for sure how long it will take for your home to sell – it could take a month, or years – and while it may seem crazy to start packing up your stuff before a sale occurs, it’s best to be prepared for any outcome.

Make Repairs and Improvements
The last thing anyone wants to do before they sell their home is to dump a bunch of money into it for an extensive renovation; however, there are minor repairs and improvements that can be made to make a home look fresher for potential buyers. (fresh paint, fresh hardware, etc…)

 

For more tips for Sellers & Buyers visit HomesWithCathy.com

Your Guide to March

Onward, March!

 


 

Mardi Gras

Join with fellow revelers across the
globe and let the good times roll!

 

 

 


 

Daylight Saving Begins

 Trade an hour of sleep for an extra hour of daylight. Clocks turn forward at 2 a.m.

 


National Pi Day

How many reasons do you need to eat
pie on Pi Day? 3.141592653589793238462643383 …

 

 


 

St. Patrick’s Day

Originally a religious holiday, St. Patrick’s Day has evolved into a celebration of Irish culture and heritage. Wear green or get pinched!

 

 


 

First Day of Spring

“Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party’.” — Robin Williams.

 

 


It’s a good thing Basketball Madness falls during the luckiest monthof the year. The odds of filling out a perfect bracket are about 1 in 9.2 quintillion, so you’ll need all the luck you can get.

Did you know the average American farmer helps to feed 165 people annually? National Agriculture Week, observed March 10-16, is a great opportunity to learn more about the food supply and recognize the essential role that agriculture plays in our world.

March is Red Cross Month — a time to honor the heroic efforts and contributions that the American Red Cross makes to people in need. Discover ways you can be a hero, too, at RedCross.org.

Your Guide to February

Love and luck mark this month. 

 

 

Chinese New Year

 

It’s the Year of the Pig. People born under this sign are said to be seekers of status who enjoy life and have good luck.

 


 

Home Warranty Day

 

Take time today to learn more about this special insurance coverage for the appliances and systems inside your home.

 


 

Valentine’s Day

 

Whether you go for chocolates and flowers or dinner and diamonds, love is love, no matter how you show it!

 

 


 

 

Presidents’ Day

 

Add Washington’s and Lincoln’s birthdays together and you get Presidents’ Day, honoring our country’s leaders.

 


 

 

National Love Your Pet Day

 

It’s a great day to volunteer at your local shelter or to consider adopting a new fur baby into a forever home.

 


 

 

The Oscars®

 

The 91st Annual Academy Awards is a great excuse to dress in your red carpet best and throw an Oscar-themed party.

 


 

 

February is the only month that can have no full moon.

February 1911 saw the first use of fingerprints to convict a criminal.

St. Valentine was thought to be a Roman priest in the 3rd century who secretly married couples against the orders of the Emperor.

February is the birth month of Nathan Lane, George Romero, Thomas Edison, and Rosa Parks.

Your Guide To January

Here’s what’s happening in January. 

 

 

National Take the Stairs Day

Take the first step toward a healthier lifestyle by ditching the elevator and taking the stairs instead.

  

Houseplant Appreciation Day

Big or small, sun- or shade-loving, these green powerhouses do wonders for making a house a home. Show ’em some love!

 

  

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

 A national day of service to honor and commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

 

 

  

 Data Privacy Day

 An international effort to help people develop smart, safe privacy and security practices. Get involved atstaysafeonline.org.

 

 

National Plan for Vacation Day

 A reminder to use up those vacation days and devote some time to exploring, relaxing, and enjoying some time off!

  

 

 Inspire Your Heart With Art Day

 “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” — Pablo Picasso

 

 

 

 

 

40% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, and of those resolutions, 80% of them fail by the second week of February. (But experts say they’re still worth making, so don’t quit before you start!)

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The month of January is named after the Roman god Janus, who is depicted with two faces: one looking forward, and one looking back.

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On January 1, 1892, Ellis Island officially opened as an immigration station. 

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January is the birth month of Martin Luther King Jr., Elvis Presley, Joan of Arc, and Bessie Coleman.