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Jill Perney

Jill Perney

Jill Perney is the Marketing Analyst for AmeriFirst Home Mortgage. After a decade working in the non-profit arts sector, Jill has mastered the art of wearing many hats and multitasking – including such wide ranging tasks as managing ticket sales, marketing, analytics, fundraising, and more. Jill is mother to an animal obsessed 3 year old daughter, and enjoys cooking, knitting, reading, and traveling.

Recent Posts:

When it Comes to Your First Home, Bigger Isn’t Always Better

The Not So Big House In the “bigger is better” world that we live in, it can sometimes feel like a small house is just not going to help you keep up with appearances. Far from being low-budget knock-offs of the American Dream, a small house can be a very sound investment, especially as your first home.

8 Tips for Buying Furniture for a Small House

Living Simply in Small Places Whether you’re looking to buy a small house as your first home, or your downsizing to something smaller, it can seem daunting to either find furniture for your smaller home, or fit what you already have inside! Here are 8 tips and tricks for creating space, fitting your stuff, or buying new. 1. Use Small Scale Furniture. It seems obvious, but choose furniture that is scaled to your space. A gigantic sectional sofa may not make sense for a 650 square foot studio apartment. Instead try for a smaller scale sofa that doesn’t have wide arms that take up more valuable space. Keeping your furniture smaller scale will keep the room from being over cluttered and non-functional.

7 Tips for Entertaining in a Small Home

How to Entertain When You're Living Small Even if you live in a small home, you can still throw some kind of party – wine tastings, dinner parties, tapas buffets – the possibilities are endless. Whether you’re entertaining three people or 15, we have 7 helpful tips for making the night more enjoyable and easier on yourself!

Planning for Buying Your First Home

When thinking about buying your first home, there are a million questions that go through your mind. How much money do I need to have saved?  Is my credit score high enough? What on earth do I do when something goes wrong and I no longer have a management office/super to call? Where do I even start?!

5 Green Home Improvements that help to Conserve Water at Home

With the continued drought in the Western United States, and general ecology becoming more and more necessary every day, here are 5 quick green home improvements that will not only conserve water at home, but lower your water bills!

5 Ways to Calculate a Home Value

As a first time home buyer, you’re about to learn that your potential first home will be valued and evaluated by a slew of professionals, each of which will assign another dollar value to your home. So what on earth do all these home values mean? Some of them will cost you money to find out, and others will just be given to you. Here’s how to sort out the differences.

FAQs for First Time Home Buyers

Buying that first home is most likely the largest purchase you'll make in your life up to that point. And like any big investment, you need to understand the process that you are a part of so that you can make informed, intelligent decisions. When buying your first home, it may feel like you’re at a disadvantage to, well…everyone, when it comes to understanding what’s going on. 

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