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Posted on 08/02/2020
Housing Trends to Watch in 2020
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay So what will 2020 bring to the real estate market? While market trends can, and do, change on a whim, some activity seems to be easier to predict. If you’re entering the market this year as a buyer or seller, having a better understanding of these trends will help you make informed...
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Posted on 07/26/2020
Five Extreme Features of Today's Luxury Homes
Photo by Tom Pottiger on Unsplash As home technology becomes more advanced and affordable, the extreme features of yesterday's luxury homes are becoming more and more standard. Here's an assembled a top-five features in today's luxury homes that will still take your breath away. Some are tech-based, others are designed more with ultimate homeowner comfort in mind. Regardless,...
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Posted on 07/19/2020
Creating an Appealing Outdoor Living Space
Image by Marzenna Gaines from Pixabay With spring just around the corner, your thoughts may turn to enjoying the great outdoors. By making a few improvements, you can create your own restful, outdoor oasis even as you add value to your home. Research has found that homeowners often gain the most value by improving backyards and investing in...
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Posted on 07/12/2020
How Long Does It Take to Prepare an Offer to Purchase a House?
If you find your dream house, you likely want to submit an offer to purchase this residence as soon as possible. That way, you can avoid the danger of losing your ideal residence to a rival homebuyer. Although you may strive to quickly submit an offer to purchase your dream residence, it is important to allocate sufficient time to...
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Posted on 07/07/2020
Building or Buying a Home: Which is Right for You?
When it comes to getting what you want in your home, the question comes down to whether you build it or look for the perfect house to buy. For those who prefer new construction, the option of starting from scratch is very viable. Here are some vital factors to consider before getting started: 1. Cost Building a new...
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Posted on 06/28/2020
Buying "Subject-to" Real Estate - What You Should Know
Image by Ricarda Mölck from Pixabay If you've heard people talk about "subject-to" real estate, you might be curious what that means and if it would be a good investment for you. Briefly, "subject-to" real estate means you're buying the property but the loan on that property stays in the name of the existing seller. You're making your...
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Posted on 06/21/2020
Simple Breakfast Ideas
Image by ArtCoreStudios from Pixabay Having a nutritious breakfast gets your day off to a great start. However, finding time to make it can be tough when your mornings are busy. You don’t have to gather a ton of ingredients or set aside a lot of time to prepare a good breakfast. Keep the following easy and healthy...
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Posted on 06/14/2020
Do You Need to Revamp Your House Selling Plan?
If you want to achieve the best-possible results during the house selling journey, you need to be flexible. Because if your initial home selling strategy fails to deliver the desired results, you need to be ready to make adjustments. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you revamp your home selling strategy. 1. Analyze the Local...
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Posted on 06/07/2020
How to Improve Your Home for Maximum ROI
Photo by Fotocraft via Shutterstock Many homeowners spend thousands of dollars on improvements and upgrades only to find out that the return on their investment (ROI) is less than $1 to $1. That means that for every dollar spent, the selling price of their home does not go up a corresponding dollar. In fact, very few home improvements...
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Posted on 05/31/2020
Painted Brick: What It Could Mean for Curb Appeal
Photo by Karsten Bergmann via Pixabay Take a tour through the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium or Holland, and you’ll see beautiful historic homes with painted brick exteriors. Wander down streets of hundreds-of-years-old houses, and the most memorable ones are those with painted brick exteriors. But if your brick is in perfect condition, why would you paint it? Odd-Colored...
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Posted on 05/24/2020
Things You Need to Know Before You Sell a House
Selling a home should be a fast, easy process. However, challenges may arise that prevent you from quickly selling your house and maximizing your property sale earnings. And if you fail to plan ahead for the home selling journey, these challenges may get the best of you. Ultimately, there are several things you need to know before you list...
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Posted on 05/17/2020
The Art of Mini-Staging: Small Touches that Give Your Space Life
Photo by p_kennedy123 via Pixabay You don't have to be an interior designer to bring color and life into a home when you put it on the market. And you certainly don't have to drop thousands of dollars to hire a professional stager, either. For most properties, a few staging basics can make all the difference between a...
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