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Staging 101 - What It Is, and How to Do It
Posted on 02/23/2020
Staging 101 - What It Is, and How to Do It
Photo by ProgrammingIBC via Pixabay One of the most important things you can do before you list your home for sale is to stage it. Home staging refers to arranging the home’s furnishings and decor so it looks as good as possible. In other words, you use the decor and furnishings to make the home look like a...
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How to Find the Best Green Home Builder
Posted on 02/16/2020
How to Find the Best Green Home Builder
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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Simple Fixes for Your DIY Cabinet Repair Project
Posted on 02/09/2020
Simple Fixes for Your DIY Cabinet Repair Project
Photo by Nick Magwood via Pixabay There's nothing more annoying than a cabinet door in the kitchen or bathroom that won't close properly. It squeaks. It catches. Plus it makes the space look less "put together" no matter how clean it otherwise is. Ignoring a door that won't close correctly, can do damage to the hinge or door....
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Why There's No Need to Wait to Pursue Your Dream Residence
Posted on 02/02/2020
Why There's No Need to Wait to Pursue Your Dream Residence
If you've always dreamed of owning a house, there is no need to wait to enter the real estate market. In fact, there are many reasons to kick off a house search today, and these include: 1. You can upgrade from your current residence. If you live with family members or friends or rent an apartment, buying a home...
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Can the Homebuying Journey Be Fast and Easy?
Posted on 01/26/2020
Can the Homebuying Journey Be Fast and Easy?
There is no need to struggle as you pursue your dream home. In fact, there are many things you can do to ensure the homebuying journey is quick and easy. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you enjoy a seamless property buying experience. 1. Know Where You Want to Reside It often helps to narrow...
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Closing: 4 Expenses To Consider
Posted on 01/19/2020
Closing: 4 Expenses To Consider
Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay Purchasing a new home is an exciting and life-changing event. While you likely know that you'll need to be able to afford to pay your mortgage each month, there might be other expenses that you aren't as familiar with. 1. Maintenance Costs It makes sense that you'd need to include money to...
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Home Showings: Everything That Buyers Need to Know
Posted on 01/12/2020
Home Showings: Everything That Buyers Need to Know
Home showings are valuable parts of the property buying cycle. If a homebuyer knows what to expect during a showing, this individual can get the information that he or she needs to determine whether a particular house is the right option. Now, let's take a look at three things that buyers need to know about home showings. 1. A...
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How To Save for a Down Payment on a Home While Renting
Posted on 01/05/2020
How To Save for a Down Payment on a Home While Renting
It can be difficult to find the extra savings to put towards your first home as a renter. With rent and utility prices rising, most people’s paychecks are leaving them with less and less savings at the end of the month. Buying your first home, however, can be a great long-term financial decision. It will help you build equity,...
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Why Dogs Become a Valued Part of Your Family
Posted on 12/29/2019
Why Dogs Become a Valued Part of Your Family
Statistics vary, but according to two credible sources, 44% of Americans own a dog. That means that if you don't own a dog, there's a strong chance one or both of your next door neighbors do! Why are dogs such a permanent fixture in so many households? Unconditional love is probably the number one reason most people bring a...
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Estate Sales: Find Your Hidden Gem
Posted on 12/22/2019
Estate Sales: Find Your Hidden Gem
Photo by MoneyforCoffee via Pixabay Online tools make it easy to find good estate and moving sales. Here's how to catch the best of the local offerings. Your Smartphone Can Keep You Posted. Do a search for find garage sales near me and you'll immediately see online apps that work on your phone to tell you about yard...
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How To Keep Kids Happy If You Don't Have A Playroom
Posted on 12/15/2019
How To Keep Kids Happy If You Don't Have A Playroom
If you don’t have a dedicated playroom space in your home, you may feel as though toys and children have taken over. Toys, games, stuffed animals, coloring books, and crayons may be all over the house if children don’t have their own space to play. It doesn’t have to be this way. There are a few options that you...
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Start a Successful Home Selling Journey
Posted on 12/08/2019
Start a Successful Home Selling Journey
Ready to start a successful home selling journey? To achieve your house selling goals, you'll want to prepare as much as possible. Lucky for you, we're here to teach you about the home selling journey so you can enjoy an unforgettable property selling experience. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you kick off a successful...
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