Smart Home Vs. Smart Device

Smart Home vs Smart Device

In 2016, there were over 80 million smart devices installed into U.S. homes. To say that smart homes is a growing trend is an understatement. However, time and time again, customers are entering this new space called a “Smart Home” only to realize that what they thought was smart isn’t as smart as they thought.

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Why Should You Invest in Home Security?

Home Security

At Cransten, we know the safety of you and your family is always at the forefront of your mind. Whether you live alone and could benefit from an extra set of eyes or you have new little ones who you want to keep extra safe, there are many reasons you should protect your home with a security system. Read more

10 Quick Tips to Organize Your Home for Back-to-School Month

Back to School Month

August and September can be crazy months in any household. The weather is getting colder, you may be trying to wrap up some last-minute summer vacations, and, of course, the back-to-school season is in full swing. With so much going on at this time, it gets hard to keep your home in top-notch organizational shape! Here are ten quick and easy tips to organize your home for back-to-school month:

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5 Tips For Moving

Smooth Move

Moving to a new place is a very exciting step that we take in our lives. It gives us the opportunity to start fresh and build up from the bottom. However, along with the elation of the move comes the stress and commotion of having to carry out the actual moving process. We have come up with five ways to make your moving process a little bit more fun and a lot smoother. Read more

Prepping Your Patio For Summer

Summer Pation

Summer is officially in full swing. That means it’s time for BBQ’s, evening dinner parties, and nightly relaxation sessions. Without question, the best place to host these events is your patio. Now you may be ready for these activities, but is your patio? We are going to share with you the top six patio trends that will transform your patio into the ultimate summer hangout.

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Reasons Why People Move To A New Home

Move to a New House

What makes people switch from one place to another?

What is it that persuades couples to relocate to a new home?

There may be a number of reasons, such as, finances, security, lifestyle, etc. According to the latest research conducted by Centre for Cities in residential housing, we have highlighted below a few insights into some of the most common reasons that drive people to move into a new home.

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Tips for a Smooth Move

Tips for Moving

Take Notes For Your Move Contact Information

Make sure to note the name of your shipping company, contact information, shipment registration number, and van foreman. That way if you need to contact or communicate with them about questions you can have the information available.

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Things to Look For in a Real Estate Agent


  1. Experience Level

Sometimes you just can’t beat or replace the positives that come along with experience. Especially when buying or selling a home, you want to deal with a professional who has enough transactions under their belt to give you the confidence that you are making the right decision. If you try working with someone who has not been through enough transactions, you may unfortunately realize that your agent’s lack of experience could cost you thousands of dollars. Taking time to align yourself with an agent who has a track history of success can make your life a lot easier.

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Real Estate 101

Real Estates

Definition and Demographics of Real Estate:

Real Estate, also known as realty, is defined as land plus anything permanently fixed to it, including buildings, sheds and other items attached to the structure. There are different classifications of real estate such as raw land, residential, commercial, and industrial. Types of real estate include but are not limited to houses, apartments, condos, town homes, retail store buildings, factories, and warehouses.

The Unites states has a total population of 301 million and 125 million homes. Of the 125 million, 109 million are occupied year round and 16 million are not. 75 million of the homes occupied year round are occupied by home owners and 34 million are occupied by renters. Half of all homes were built before 1973. Read more

Quick Tips to Selling a Home

House for Sale

  1. Make the House Show Well

Clean up the clutter. If there are minor upgrades and repairs you can do, often, they can help re-sale value. Sometimes, if there is enough of a return, it may make sense to do some re-modeling as well. Overall, just make sure your house looks good, clean, presentable, and make sure it feels like a house that someone would want to move into. You wouldn’t want to sell a car that was dirty or smelled bad, right? Make sure we don’t do the same with our home, and make it look good!

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