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Skip To My Loo – DIY Bathroom Renovations Ideas

Does your bathroom look amazing? As one of the most used rooms in every home, the bathroom can almost always use a bit of a facelift. In today’s blog post we will share a few DIY renovations that will take your bathroom from drab to fab.

Embrace A New Color Palette

One of the best ways to start your bathroom makeover is to figure out a new color palette for the room. Do you like soft, muted colors like a powder blue, light gold or cream? Or maybe something a bit louder and more exciting like a merlot red or deep purple? Whatever your taste, a splash of color might be just what your bathroom needs.

Start with a fresh coat of paint on the bathroom walls and work outwards from there. If you have windows, consider how you want the trim to contrast with the walls. Baseboards or molding can also offer contrasting effects, helping them to stand out more.

And of course, don’t forget to take care of the smaller bathroom accessories. Your shower curtain, hand towels and even your toothbrush cup can all be matched.


Take Your Fixtures To The Next Level

Once you have decided on colors, it is time to turn your attention to the fixtures around your bathroom. The towel racks, hooks, faucets, shower head and toilet paper holder should all match in some way. If you do not have a lot of cabinet space, investing in a mirror that includes storage might be the perfect solution. If you have items like a scale or plunger in plain sight, think on some creative ways to hide them.

Brighten Things Up With Better Lighting

While you do not need ‘selfie quality’ professional lighting in your bathroom, it might be time for a brighter, more efficient light fixture. Aim for a design that complements the rest of the accents in your bathroom while being large enough to cast a bright light. You can also spend a bit of time choosing the correct color temperature for your bathroom light bulbs. LED lighting can offer some bold whites, but be careful that you don’t go overboard.

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Should You Use a Local Lender?

If your local lender is our team at Mason Mac, then yes, you should always use the local lender.  We kid, we kid…ok, maybe we’re serious.  There is a perception when shopping for a mortgage that’s often shared by real estate agents, and that is that the local lender is always a better option than a non-local or national lender.  Sometimes, that’s an accurate assumption, but there are many reasons why working with someone other than the lender next door may be your best bet when getting home financing.


Is it better to use a local mortgage company? It’s best to use a GOOD mortgage company

The Mortgage Process is Automated

Document storage and transfer within a lender?  All done via computer.  Locking a loan, setting up a loan, and processing the loan from start to finish?  All done on a computer and over the phone.  Everything in the mortgage process is automated, so whether your loan officer and their loan team are next door or several states away, if they’re good, your experience getting the loan will be good, and vice versa.


Your local is someone else’s far away

A common refrain amongst people with bad experiences with non-local lenders is “I used someone that wasn’t local and had a terrible experience, so I’ll never do that again!”.  The problem is, whoever that lender was that provided the terrible experience is likely right around the corner from lots of home buyers, home owners, and real estate offices, so that terrible experience is likely the same for them as a “local lender” as it is from afar.

Lenders that provide a less than stellar experience may be far from you, but they’re also someone’s local lender.  Since everything is automated, the experience of getting a loan should be largely the same whether you can walk to your local mortgage office or if they’re 3000 miles away.



The exception when dealing with local VS non-local lenders is face time.  Of course, you can technically “facetime” via iphone, but if you’d like to meet your loan officer face to face and not online, then a local lender would be the better option.  Or if you prefer to handle documentation by physically dropping it off, the local office may be convenient.  That said, if the local lender offers a higher rate or higher fees, are you willing to pay a lot more for that face time?

When going to a local office, chances are you’ll only meet your loan officer, too – probably not your processor, underwriter, or any of the other people that work on your loan file, as they typically work from operations offices.


The Verdict

Some people prefer to keep things local, but in today’s mortgage market, it’s largely unnecessary.  With the entire process being automated, phone and internet have brought us to a point where you can expect the same level of service and the same product offerings whether your lender is a block away or located on the other side of the country.  If you know how to shop for a mortgage loan properly, you’ll be able to speak with people near and far to determine who to use to get the right mortgage for you.


With offices in several states, on both coasts, and scattered across time zones from east coast to Hawaii, chances are Mason McDuffie has you covered, and in being one of the most tech savvy lenders in today’s market, you’ll notice the same great level of service and receive the same easy mortgage process whether you’re a neighbor to one of our offices or looking for a loan from several states away.

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Working from Home? Learn How to Create the Perfect Office with Any Spare Room

Working from Home? Learn How to Create the Perfect Office with Any Spare RoomWith the increasing flexibility of the modern workplace, there are many more businesses offering their employees the opportunity to work from home. While this shift in the job market has created a bevy of new options for freelance workers, it can also be a good reason to turn a spare room into a spanking new office. If you’re working from home, here are some tips for a stylish transition.

Prime It With Paint

Outside of lighting, the color and upkeep of the walls is going to have a huge impact on the way your spare office will look. Before even considering placing furniture or putting up pictures, decide on the perfect shade of paint that will keep you inspired and will go with the rest of your house. This will easily brighten the room, and prep it for its future purpose.

Start With Good Lighting

There are few things that will change the ambiance of a room like light, so make sure the room your changing up has a great set of windows or the kind of fixture that will provide effective illumination. Since many people have a hard time focusing in the orange or bright light that can come in certain work settings, a well-lit place may make all of your work seem a little bit easier.

Decide On A Desk

Many people put any old clunker of a desk in their spare office since it will do the trick, but if you’re making the decision to renovate your spare room for work, it will be worth it to choose a desk you’ll want to work at. Before going desk shopping, measure out the length and width of your spare room so you can make a desk purchase that will work for your new office.

What’s On The Wall?

Beyond the supply of pens, paper and a computer, it might seem like the extras of your office situation can be kept out of the equation, but a few pictures can add a lot. While you may want to add some photos of family and friends, it might also be helpful for your work-time diligence to put up a picture that adds a shot of color and will inspire your best work.

There are a lot of great options for a spare room, but if you work from home an office can be the ideal renovation. If you happen to be sprucing up your spare room to and would like to find out financing options, you may want to contact your local mortgage lender for more information.

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3 Reasons You Might Decide to Retire to a Tiny Home – and Why You’ll Love It

3 Reasons You Might Decide to Retire to a Tiny Home - and Why You'll Love ItMany people romanticize the idea of paying off their home mortgage early so they can enjoy their home in retirement, but when it comes to the later years of life, a big house can actually be too much to handle. If you’ve started to consider a smaller home and are wondering why it might be a good decision for you and yours, here are a few things you may want to consider.

It’s Much Easier To Maintain

It is often the idea of the palatial estate with a pool that homeowners get excited about, but when it comes to reality, the larger the home, the harder it is going to be to take care of and maintain. If you don’t have a maid or a butler, a smaller home will enable you to spend a lot more of your free time doing things that you love instead of being bound to a house that is full of repairs and maintenance that needs to be completed.

Save On The Big Home Bills

One of the worries associated with getting older is having the ability to maintain your lifestyle in old age, and a smaller home can actually alleviate many of the high costs that go along with having an oversized home. A smaller home will not only minimize your insurance and taxes, it can also positively impact the amount you pay each month for heating and electricity, so you’ll notice the savings right off the bat.

The Freedom Of A Downsized Lifestyle

One of the best things about downsizing to a smaller home is the huge sense of responsibility that can be left in the dust. Instead of being held back by all of the stuff required to fill a big house, a small home means there is less to worry about. This may mean you’ll have the option to go on longer vacations or can even relocate to a hot climate for the summer months, and you’ll only need someone to come by and water the plants every once in a while!

There are plenty of people that decide to downsize later in life since it can actually be a great way to save money and have a lot more freedom.