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Posted on 09/20/2020
Under Cabinet Lighting Options
Image by StockSnap from Pixabay Your kitchen is the ultimate workspace, but only if it has the lighting needed to properly illuminate your work area. Without the right lighting, you could end up fumbling through your tasks, failing to complete them to the best of your ability. Thankfully, resolving that problem is as easy as installing LEDs under...
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Posted on 09/13/2020
Tips for Buyers: Score a Great Deal on a House
Believe it or not, you don't need to be a homebuying expert to score a great deal on your dream residence. In fact, there are many things you can do to find and acquire a house that won't force you to break your budget, and these include: 1. Shop Around When it comes to conducting a home search, it...
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Posted on 09/06/2020
What is an Open Concept Layout?
Image by Solomon Rodgers from Pixabay The real estate industry is ever-changing and with it, many trends come and go. One popular trend is the open concept layout, a style that was very popular in homes during the 19th century. The idea of open concept living fell out of favor during the early 20th century when homeowners were...
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Posted on 08/30/2020
Is Your Residence Worth More Than You Originally Paid for It?
If you intend to list your residence in the near future, you might believe your house is worth more than you originally paid for it. However, there are many factors that impact a house's value, and these factors include: 1. The Current State of the Real Estate Market The housing market can vary from city to city, town to...
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Posted on 08/23/2020
Reasons to Use a Buyer's Agent
Photo by Gerd Altmann via Pixabay It may be tempting to purchase your first home without the help of a real estate agent. If you want to risk not having professional help to buy your first house, you can, but you’ll be leaving a lot of benefits on the table and assuming all the risks. The Benefits of...
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Posted on 08/16/2020
How to Keep the Joys of Homeownership Joyful
Photo by Andy Dean Photography via Shutterstock The phrase “the joys of homeownership” is a staple in most households. But sometimes, you think you hear a snicker behind the smile. Now that you’re finally ready to become an owner, you might be wondering if that term is truthful or sarcastic. The answer is “Both.” How can it be...
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Posted on 08/09/2020
Note Worthy Real Estate Trends in 2020
Photo by Gerd Altmann via Pixabay As 2019 draws to a close, people aren't just turning the page on a new year but also a new decade. With a new decade comes new trends in the real estate industry. The 2010s were a time of drastic shifts in the real estate market. This new decade is sure to...
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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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