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Posted on 02/28/2021
Top Tips for Ideal Room Layouts
Photo by Daniel Mielcarski via Pixabay So you just bought that beautiful space, the one with the soaring ceilings and tall windows -- or is it the one with a lot of clever nooks and crannies? Decorating smaller and larger spaces hold unique challenges, and facing the decoration of an entire house -- either from scratch, or by...
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Posted on 02/21/2021
Top Reasons to Work with a REALTOR® When Looking to Buy a Home
Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay Once you decide you’re in the market for a new home, one of the first decisions you’ll make is whether you should hire a real estate agent to shop for a house or go out your own. While buying a new home without a professional representative is possible, there is no disadvantage...
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Posted on 02/14/2021
Craft a House Selling Blueprint
Selling a home can be quick and seamless, particularly for an individual who crafts a property selling blueprint. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you create a successful plan to sell your house. 1. Analyze the Local Housing Market A seller who understands the housing market in his or her city or town may be...
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Posted on 02/07/2021
Can You Sell Your House in One Day?
How a home seller approaches the real estate market may dictate his or her success. For example, if a seller allocates time and resources to learn about the property selling journey, he or she may be able to plan ahead and sell a house in a single day. On the other hand, a seller who fails to showcase his...
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Posted on 01/31/2021
The Hardest Part of Home Projects is Getting Started
There's no question about it: Being a homeowner can be a very satisfying and rewarding experience! However, enjoying that added privacy, control over your environment, and pride of ownership does not come without a price. When you go from being a renter to an owner, a lot of things change! In additional to being responsible for property maintenance,...
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Posted on 01/24/2021
Why You Should Build a Rain Garden & How to Get Started
Photo by InspiredImages via Pixabay Typically made in shallow depressions in the landscape, rain gardens are a great way to beautify your yard and give back to the environment. Since they contain native grasses and perennial flowers, these gardens do not have to cost much — and they are easy to build on your own. To get started,...
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Posted on 01/17/2021
Will Your Homebuying Strategy Work?
Before you launch a home search, you should put together a property buying plan. That way, you will know exactly what you want to accomplish during the homebuying journey and can tailor your house search accordingly. There are many things you can do to ensure your homebuying plan will work perfectly, and these include: 1. Create Homebuying Goals You...
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Posted on 01/10/2021
Reduce Allergens in Your HVAC System
Image by Steve Heap from Shutterstock According to a report by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, more than 25 million people in the US live with asthma. The most common type is allergic asthma. With that in mind, improving the quality of air in your home is an important consideration. When the air quality in your...
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Posted on 01/03/2021
Easy Kitchen Upgrades You Can Do on a Weekend
Photo by Mark McCammon via Pexels If you usually spend your weekend sorting for ways to update your home, then doing some minor kitchen upgrades might be the ideal way to spend this weekend. Here are some easy kitchen projects that you can do in just a couple days, and you’ll be glad you did. 1. Change Your...
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Posted on 12/27/2020
How to Build You Dream Green Home
Are you familiar with “green” home builders? They are contractors who construct homes from sustainable or renewable products. These green home builders use durable materials in building all kinds of homes ranging from individual bungalows to expansive, real estate developments. Just like traditional builders, they handle diverse types of construction but build in a way that minimizes waste....
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Posted on 12/20/2020
Funding Your Home Improvement Projects
Photo by Analogicus via Pixabay After settling into your home, you start to notice a few things either need to be retouched or completely overhauled. The biggest issue that a lot of homeowners run into is the money for the project. Even after assessing whether the project is a DIY or you’ll need a professional, funding still comes...
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Posted on 12/13/2020
Do You Need a Jumbo Loan?
Photo by Bruce Clark from Pexels The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) limits how much you can borrow to buy a house. If you want to take out a mortgage that is above the limits, you have to apply for a jumbo mortgage. As of mid-2019, the limits were increased to $484,350 for most of the country. Some...
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