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Seller’s Guide to Buyer Contigencies

Every news article talks about the fact that it’s a “seller’s market.” This means that if you are selling your home, you’ve probably gotten a few offers from which to

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Fall and Holiday Décor Listing Tips

If you have your home on the market, it’s natural to want to create the perfect environment for potential homebuyers. This includes not only professional staging services but also time-honored

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What Might Your Homeowners Insurance NOT Cover?

Here is a rundown of a few perils or occurrences that can happen to your home that your basic homeowners insurance policy will most likely not cover. It's important to know what is covered, and what

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Organize Your Garage

Don’t wait for spring to do some deep cleaning. Winter is coming and fall is a great time to prepare your home against the harsh winter conditions and hazards it can bring. A clean garage will

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What Are Your Real Estate Goals?

Invariably, the first time you meet or speak to your real estate agent, the same prompt starts the conversation: “tell me about yourself and your real estate goals.” Seems simple enough

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Home Tool Kit Essentials

A well-equipped home tool kit is not just for weekend warriors and do-it-yourself types. Hanging a picture, tightening a cabinet door, or assembling a Swedish-built cabinet are all moments when one

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5 Things to Know before Adding an Accessory Dwelling Unit to Your Property

Accessory dwelling units (ADUs) have become very popular over the past few years. Often called “Granny Flats,” these units have often been used to provide for multi-generational housing

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4 Things Sellers Need to Know about Backup Offers

It’s no secret that most of the country is currently experiencing a strong seller’s market. Yet even in this competitive environment, almost 25% of all escrows fall through before.

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Don’t Forget About The Closing Costs

When buying a home, it’s important to have a budget and make sure you plan ahead for certain homebuying expenses. Saving for a down payment is the main cost that comes to mind for many, but

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3 Pricing Strategies in a Seller’s Market

Real estate markets across the country are experiencing a strong seller’s market right now. For potential sellers, this may be a golden opportunity to get top value for their property. While

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What is a Title Search?

It may seem like there are a million steps to the closing process when buying or selling a home. A title search is just one of the many stages and title problems may account for almost 10% of

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What Is the Top Financial Benefit of Homeownership?

There are many financial and non-financial benefits to homeownership, with the greatest financial benefitbeing being wealth creation. Homeownership has always been the first rung on the ladder that

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Risks of Removing Buyer’s Contingencies

Typical real estate offers include a wide variety of standard contingencies. These can include home inspections, appraisal, and loan approval. In a fast-moving, seller’s market, one of the

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How Homeowners Are Ditching The Tub

Homeowners are looking for large, high-tech bathrooms with sleek color palettes and finishes, according to the Houzz 2017 Bathroom Trends Report. On average, homeowners spent $21,000 to remodel

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Before Moving - Remember Future Needs

In the past 1.5 years, we have spent more time at home than ever before. This impacts how we view and use our homes. If your home no longer fits your needs in this new environment, you may be

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Top DIY Failures

The pandemic has had one unexpected result, a huge increase in home projects. From complete remodels to deferred maintenance projects, and everything in between, homeowners have taken advantage of

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10 New Real Estate Trends

Current trends in real estate include a mix of positive and negative developments. The market has been heavily affected by the Covid-19 pandemic that has created a new housing environment which is

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Save On Housing Costs in Retirement

Retirement is a time of freedom; it’s something people look forward to most of their lives. As you prepare for retirement, it’s natural to consider ways to reduce your housing costs.

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Want to Hide Your Litter Box? Create A Kitty Corner!

What You’ll Need:Side tableTwisted jute ropeShort tension rodTwo window valances1. Using the jute rope, create a scratching post by wrapping the rope around the legs of your side table. This

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Can’t Sell Your Home in a Seller’s Market?

It’s no secret that most of the country is experiencing a strong seller’s market. With more homebuyers than inventory, most sellers have been delighted to sell quickly and often with

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How To Move With Kids

As if moving isn't already hard enough, adding your children into the mix can present a whole new challenge. Kids are resilient, but major changes like big moves can be difficult to work through if

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Stay Focused on Your Housing Goals

Buying or selling a home can be stressful, even in normal times. Right now, when the housing market is moving at a frenetic pace, both buyers and sellers are making quick decisions and are feeling

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Top Trends for Your Outdoor Living Space

Summer is here and you’re spending more time outdoors. For most of us, this still means primarily in our own backyards. Personal outdoor space has never been more popular and if yours could

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MAKE YOUR HOME STAND OUT THIS SUMMER

June, the official start to the summer, which means one important thing - home selling season is upon us. With the kids home from school and vacation time accumulated, both buyers and sellers are

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HOW TO DECIDE IF YOU SHOULD REMODEL OR MOVE

1. Determine which is more cost-friendlyWhile both options will have costs, one will have more than the other depending on your situation. Some of the costs of selling include agent commissions,

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Styling A Bar Cart

Here are our top five ideas for outfitting a cart that looks as good as the cocktails you’ll serve up taste.1. Keep It SimpleYou don’t need to fill every inch of the cart with bottles

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The Difference Between a Pre-Qualification vs. PreApproval

There are plenty of real estate terms used in transactions. Needless-to-say it can be confusing for both buyers and sellers trying to navigate the process. The home loan process might feel

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Your “Starter Home” Might Last Longer than You Think

New homebuyers often tell their agents that they are looking for their “starter home.” Several factors go into this approach. These are typically younger buyers, often without children.

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Fresh & Eclectic Design Trends for 2021

Recent interior design trends have focused on one primary era or design scheme. Mid-century modern furniture and accents have dominated the magazine covers and home shows as decorators have worked

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Buying in a Flood Zone?

It can be disturbing to realize that the beautiful home you’ve fallen in love with is in a flood zone. While it’s not necessarily a deal-breaker, there are some serious considerations to

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Can You Sell an Outdated House?

It seems that everywhere you turn there are companies who advertise buying outdated or ugly houses. These messages offer to quickly buy any house, regardless of the condition. The problem is that

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Potential Neighborhood With An HOA? Here's What You Should Know

Let’s say you have your heart set on buying a home in a community with a swimming pool, a clubhouse, and maybe even a playground or trails. Having access to these amenities often means living

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Landlord Deductions from Security Deposits

A rental deposit against damage is a standard part of all housing rental agreements. The purpose of the security deposit is to protect the landlord from loss in the event the tenant does not take

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ABCs of Construction Loans

Building a home might sound like something reserved for the rich and famous, but the truth is, it might be easier than you think to get a construction loan.What is a construction loan? Construction

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Still Saving Your Tax Refund Or Stimulus Checks? Here's How To Use Them!

If you’ve started researching the home buying process, or you’ve already purchased a home in the past, you probably know one of the first things you need to consider is the size of the

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Selling the Family Home?

Family is important, and your decision to sell your home may be difficult for those closest to you. Moving can create mixed emotions, and it’s important to help your family understand how and

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Should You Try Peel-and-Stick Wallpaper?

When you think of wallpaper, you likely picture rolls of material that are plastered or glued in place. Once the wallpaper is up on the walls, that’s pretty much it; while wallpaper can be

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Special Benefits of the VA Loan

Our military veterans have given so much to this country. To make it easier for these special families to qualify for and purchase a home, Veteran Affairs has a unique loan offer reserved only for

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5 Tips to Create a Home Bar

So many businesses have been affected by Covid-19, causing permanent and temporary closures of many of our favorite spots—including the corner bar. The local watering hole has always been a

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Why You Should Do A Final Walkthrough

Final walkthroughs are not the same as home inspections - this is not the time for negotiations with the seller to do repairs or add contingencies. The purpose of a final walkthrough is to make sure

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Modern White Kitchens? Tips to Clean and Maintain Your White Cabinets

Sleek, white kitchens are one of the most popular trends in interior design. Bright and cheery white tiles, sinks, cabinets and even appliances are replacing the dark and heavy wood and granite of

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Is Your Home Ready To Show? Here's Some Quick Tips To Get It There!

While it might be your goal to keep your home show-ready at all times, that isn’t always possible. It is completely normal to have a home that feels lived in - especially if you are living in

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Easy Landscaping DIY Projects

Ever get the itch to do a DIY project? With the warmer weather, this is a perfect time to get outdoors and work on some landscaping projects in preparation for spring.Whether it's as simple as

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Tips to Make Your Home both Beautiful and Kid-Friendly

Have you ever been to a home where it’s clear that the kids have taken over the space? It’s obvious that the home has become more of a playground, filled with toys and bright-colored

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Don't Forget To Update Your Address When You Move!

Moving can be a lot. From selling your home or wrapping up a lease to finding a new place to live and all the packing and planning in-between, sometimes things can fall through the cracks. One thing

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Mid-Century Modern vs. Contemporary

There has been a great deal of excitement in the design field concerning the MidCentury Modern style. This ’50s and ’60s home décor trend is evidenced in every furniture store as

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After Forbearance – Now What?

Covid-19 has impacted homeowners across the country. With job losses and income reductions, many have taken advantage of the ability to enter a forbearance program with their lenders. During the

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Problem Vacation Rental Next Door?

You live in a quiet, residential community…then one evening you notice someone in the neighborhood is having a large, loud party which lasts into the wee hours of the morning. While you&rsquo

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Why Low Inventory Is Good For Sellers

There is high buyer activity and a historically low number of houses for sale right now. The perfect time for homeowners to sell their house is when the demand for homes is higher than what’s

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Tips for the First-Time Home Seller

There is a lot of attention paid to first-time homebuyers. Most real estate agents and lenders have some kind of guide to help first-time homebuyers navigate their first home purchase, but what

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Weekend Project – Organize Your Kitchen Pantry

The kitchen pantry is one of those areas that can quickly become a mess. Older cans and boxes keep getting pushed to the back and forgotten. How many of us have found cans of green beans dating back

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3 TRICKS TO MAKE BUYERS HAPPY

When selling your home, your first thought may not be keeping potential buyers happy. With all the moving parts of home sales, it can be easy to forget that the little things truly do count -

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Heated Flooring – Is It Worth the Cost?

It seems like many homeowners are remodeling these days. With everyone spending more time at home, not only are the dated features of our properties more obvious, but we also have the time and

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Be Prepared for Closing Costs

Saving for a down payment in preparation for buying a new home is pretty common knowledge. With the mortgage meltdown, most mortgages that allowed zero down payments disappeared. While FHA and VA

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How Often Should I Check My Roof?

While you may not think about your roof every day, you want to make sure that your roof stays in good shape and remains leak free. To do so, regular inspections need to be performed. But how often

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Old Credit Issues? Ask Your Lender to Manually Underwrite Your Loan

Manual underwriting is how all loans were evaluated before computer algorithms took the human logic out of the process. Simply stated, a loan that is manually underwritten is one where a person

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Repurpose Items For Holiday Decor

Before you spend your holiday savings on tinsel and twinkle lights, take another look at items you already have. By searching through your cabinets and closets, you can easily repurpose common

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3 Steps To Downsizing

Whether you are moving to a smaller space or just trying to de-clutter, down-sizing can be overwhelming. There are often many bittersweet feelings; excitement for change, but sadness over what you

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5 Tips for a Smooth Moving Day

Regardless of whether you’re moving across town or across the globe, moving day can be stressful. Often people find themselves scrambling to get everything done and make sure it’s done

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Home Issues That Shouldn't Be Ignored!

Finding the right home can sometimes feel like hunting for a needle in a haystack. Unless you’re buying brand-new construction, every home has some drawbacks, whether it’s style or real

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Boost The Mood Of Your Space

If you’re still working from home, you may be feeling down about your current space. While working from home can be fun, it is important to make sure your space keeps you motivated. The best

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Should You Accept the Previous Buyer’s Inspection Report?

Sometimes a home falls out of contract. Most buyers assume that it is related to a bad home inspection, but there are many reasons for a home to come back on the market that are unrelated to the

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Considering a Distressed Property?

Homebuyers are always looking for that special bargain. The old saying, “buy the worst home on the best street,” insinuates that buying a “fixer-upper” home can be a great

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Keeping Up with Smart Homes

It seems almost everything is connected these days. Want to check the temperature of your oven from outside? See how much milk you have in the refrigerator from the market? It’s possible! You

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Why Did My Credit Score Drop?

If you’ve seen a change in your credit score recently, you may be wondering what prompted the change. There are a number of factors that contribute to a dropping credit score and it is

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Downsizing? What to Do with Your Stuff

Whether you call it downsizing or rightsizing, the bottom line is you’re moving into a smaller space and have no idea what to do with all the stuff you’ve collected over the years. Many

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Design Trends for 2021

It is hard to believe that 2021 is a little over 75+ days away. With a new year approaching quickly, now is the time to start thinking about how you want to update your space in 2021. If you&rsquo

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Working From Home? What Home Buyers Are Looking for Now

With major employers now stating that their employees will be working from home for the foreseeable future, many homebuyers have adjusted their list of desirables in their next home. Some not only

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How to Landscape on a Budget

Fall is a great time to work on landscaping. The temperatures are cooler and it is the perfect time to plant and enjoy the outdoors. Whether you’re fixing up your yard for personal enjoyment

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How to Hire the Right Service Professional

The popularity of home improvement television shows has increased the number of home projects. Unfortunately, not everyone is capable of knocking down walls and retiling their kitchen on their own.

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7 Things That Affect What You Pay for Homeowner’s Insurance

Homeowner’s insurance is a non-negotiable. Not only does it protect you in the event the home is damaged, but it also includes liability insurance in the event someone is injured at your home.

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The How-To of Buying a Ceiling Fan

Just like other details of your home, sometimes fans (and their light fixtures) can make or break a room. While their appearance is important, keep in mind there are other factors you should.

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Simple Ideas to Refresh Your Master Bedroom

We’re all spending more time at home these days. With the entire family stuck together, the home has been placed under a microscope. If your master bedroom is not the oasis you wish it were,

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Thinking About Buying a Foreclosure?

As homebuyers look for deals in times of uncertainty, many are becoming aware of foreclosed homes and the benefits that come with purchasing one. If you are interested in buying a foreclosed home,

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Getting Outbid? Strategies to Make Your Offer Stand Out and Get Accepted

Summer is traditionally a busy time for buyers and sellers. This year has been no exception—and with lower interest rates, many homebuyers are finding the competitive environment challenging.

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Need Space? Ditch Your Dining Room!

More and more, we see families on the go. Dinners have evolved and formal dining is becoming a way of the past, or, it is reserved just for special occasions or holidays. With that in mind, we often

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Tips for Storing Wine at Home

If you are a big wine connoisseur or just saving a few bottles to crack open on special occasions, it’s important to understand how best to store them safely until you’re ready to.

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5 HVAC Problems to Avoid This Summer

The summer heat is relentless and it may seem like your air conditioners has been running almost constantly. Your air conditioner is an important part of your home, and you certainly don’t

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What Should I Do With Leftover Paint?

If you have paint cans stacking up in your basement or closet because you aren’t sure whether to keep them or how to dispose of them, you’ve come to the right place! First, you will want

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Five Inexpensive Home Improvements

The cost of some home renovations can seem daunting, but not every home improvement has to break the bank. Here are five simple improvements you can make that will have a major impact, but are still

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Age-Old Real Estate Selling Tips to Ignore

Homeowners planning to sell their home tend to get unsolicited advice from every direction. “Do this,” “don’t do that”; it can be difficult to decipher the good from

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Building Your Dream Patio

Creating a patio space that you will love is the perfect way to spend the summer nights. When making choices about how to construct your backyard oasis, it is important to make considerations that

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Self-Employed? What You Need to Know about Financing a Home in 2020

Self-employed borrowers have always had to jump through a few hoops to finance or refinance their homes. Without a traditional paycheck, lenders look for other ways to document income. The COVID-19

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MAKE YOUR HOME A BUG-FREE ZONE

As we navigate our way through this summer, many of us are likely spending more of this season at our home. While relaxing outdoors can be a great way to spend your time, you might find that you are

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5 Pool Design Trends in 2020

Now that warmer weather is upon us, the focus turns to the outdoor space of our home. As we spend more and more of their time at home, this might be the perfect time to invest in a new pool or pool

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When Should You Invest In Rental Properties?

If you are considering becoming a property investor, you may wonder why you should buy a rental and what indicators to look for when trying to find a property. Here are some signs to look for if you

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5 Reasons Selling Without an Agent is a Bad Idea

Do-it-yourself projects are in vogue these days. You can find advice online for everything from investing in crypto-currency to tearing down the living room wall. When considering the cost of,

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Getting Ready for Retirement

For some people, retirement feels like a long way off. But, if you don’t start preparing as early as possible, you may find yourself in a place of financial insecurity when the time does come.

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HOW TO SAVE BY GETTING RID OF THE EXCESS

If you’re getting ready to move, whether you are trying to sell your home or you’ve already purchased a new one, one of the first things that tends to cause stress in the process is the

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Buying an Eco-Friendly Home

More and more homebuyers are searching for homes that offer better energy efficiency and use sustainable materials. Eco-friendly homes not only help the environment but can mean significant savings

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Tips for Selling in Summer

Summer has traditionally been the best time to sell a home. Not only do many families take advantage of moving when the kids are out of school, but in climates where winter weather is unpredictable

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BUYING A NEW WASHER AND DRYER

Laundry is one of those household chores that always seems to be a headache. Whether you like doing laundry or not, it is often a necessary task in most households. When the time comes to either

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Tips for Buying a Home Unseen

It may come as a shock that many people purchase a home before ever setting foot inside. These buyers may be moving to a new country or city far away, or they may not have the time or resources to

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ENERGY SAVING TIPS THAT WILL LOWER YOUR BILLS

Temperatures are rising which means that your utility bills are likely on the rise too. With the average American spending around $200 a month on energy, most are looking for a way to decrease those

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Boost Your Internet Speeds

Nothing is more irritating than carefully selecting the perfect amount of bandwidth for you and your family just to experience spotty and oftentimes slow internet speeds while at home. And now more

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7 Cool Ways to Repurpose Old Furniture

Are you looking for a fun project that will add some pizzazz to your home – that doesn’t require a degree in carpentry? Before you leave your old furniture on the curb with a sign that

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4 Signs You Might Need Roof Repairs

Your roof is a critical part of your home. Protecting you from the elements all year round, your roof takes the brunt of any weather that comes your way. Exposure from the elements can lead to wear

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Achieve Morning Person Status

Ever wish you could become one of those rare morning people? The ones that wake with a start, feeling refreshed and energized. The ones that get in that morning workout or wrap up some work before

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MOVING DURING COVID-19

As we all learn to accommodate to a new normal, those who are moving during this time face new challenges. While cleaning was always an expected part of moving preparation, the kind required today

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Is Your New Neighborhood Safe? How to Research Your New Community

Finding the right home for you and your family involves more than the right number of bedrooms and a lovely front yard; the neighborhood in which it’s located can make a huge difference in the

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Upgrade Your Zoom Chat Skills

Zoom, or other video, meetings seem to be the way of the future. Though many businesses may return to normal office hours, the requirement to work from home has showed us that there are some jobs

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Make the Move Easier on Your Furry Friends

Moving day can be stressful on everyone. Regardless of how carefully you plan your move, the day itself is still filled with activity and unexpected issues which can cause anxiety. If you have pets,

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Best Power Tools for DIYers

Now more than ever, DIY projects are everywhere you look. It seems like everyone is trying to be productive with the little extra free time on their hands, and hardware stores still have lines out

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At-Home Family Night Activities

During the past couple of months, families have been asked to stay at home. It can be challenging to keep everyone entertained when we aren’t able to go out of the house except to work in

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5 Home Projects To Outsource

We live in a DIY world. If there is a video online for how to do something, there’s a good chance you can figure out how to do it. While saving money by doing certain projects yourself can be

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Prepping To Sell During Quarantine

If you are planning to put your house on the market when the shelter in place has ended, now is the best time to get it ready! What better way to pass the hours and be productive than preparing your

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Have You Outgrown Your Home?

Due to the curent situation of staying at home and having to find a "new normal" some homeowners will be surprised when they suddenly realize that the “perfect” home of just a few years

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Tips for Planting a "Victory Garden"

Though millions of households at the beginning of the year already had their own gardens started, there should be no surprise that the numbers are on the rise. With everything going on in the world,

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Buying or Selling During A Pandemic

While it may only be temporary, the COVID-19 pandemic is touching everyone’s life in one way or another.  If you are in the market to buy or sell your home, this can be an alarmiing time.

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Quarantine Spring Cleaning

There’s a good chance you’re spending more time at home than you are used to. Whether you had travel plans change, or you are now working remotely from home, or you are on a &lsquo

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Creating A Productive Atmosphere While You #STAYATHOME

In countless homes across the country and the world, there has been a major shift to working from home - even for students. If you are working from home and trying to manage your children being home

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5 Ways to Be Productive While Social Distancing

Social distancing doesn’t have to mean productivity distancing! While COVID-19 has you self-quarantining at home, there are ways to use that time to get ahead of tasks and projects you&rsquo

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Keeping Your Belongings Safe While Your Home Is For Sale

When preparing to put your house on the market, usually your main concern is making your home look as appealing as possible. Cleaning every corner, fixing what needs fixed, and making sure it is a

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5 Questions Buyers Have During the Coronavirus Outbreak Answered

Everyone is being affected in some manner by the outbreak of Covid-19 coronavirus. During this time, buyers will have more questions than normal about the home buying process and their ability to

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Home Bar Essentials

If you love to entertain when you have guests over, you may be working on building your home bar. While enjoying time inside doesn’t require a bar, sometimes a happy medium between a full-on

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4 Ways to Instantly Upgrade Your Mudroom

The original purpose of a mudroom was to ensure that the dirt and grime of the outdoors never made it inside your home, where visitors could see it. Believe it or not, the modern mudroom is often

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3 Types of Decorative Molding for Accent Walls

Decorative accent moldings come in a wide variety of styles. Interior designers use these to add visual interest to rooms and spaces while highlighting desirable features and distracting from less

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Reducing Closet Clutter

The closet might just be the hardest place to reduce clutter in the home. So often, we find ourselves using closets as the one space in the home that we allow a little chaos. Whether we use it as

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5 Tips for Buying a Home When You Have Student Loans

Most college students require some kind of financing to complete their degree. Student loan debt is a serious commitment, one which can take up to 20 years to repay. But having a student loan does

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