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Posted on 05/24/2020
How to Boost Your Curb Appeal
Photo by Javani LLC via Shutterstock Before you ever place your home on the market, start working on curb appeal. What’s curb appeal? It’s the first thing that makes people want to take a second look when they drive by. If they’re house shopping or just dreaming for the future, a home with curb appeal will bring them...
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Posted on 05/17/2020
How Does Corporate Success Impact the Housing Market
Photo by Gerd Altmann via Pixabay Booming housing markets are obviously bad news for buyers, especially if they're afraid they're about to buy smack dab in the middle of a bubble. However, there are also reasons why residents and even home sellers should fear housing booms as well. When a city or town undergoes rapid growth due to...
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Posted on 05/10/2020
Exploring the Advantages of Buying a Vacation Home
Generally speaking, taking a family vacation can "recharge your battery," give you a new lease on life, and enable you to get back to work with a renewed sense of purpose. That's the ideal scenario when everything falls into place. However, if you're one of those families that are always looking for a new place to explore every year,...
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Posted on 05/03/2020
Which is Smarter: Paying Off the Mortgage or Investing?
Photo by Andrey_Popov via Shutterstock Often, when discussing ways to get out of debt, the subject of “mortgage versus investments” comes up. If you have a mortgage, your monthly budget likely revolves around paying it first, meaning investment ideas take a back seat. One way to free money up to invest is to pay off the mortgage, and...
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Posted on 04/26/2020
How to Help Prevent Water Damage
Photo by Steve Buissinne via Pixabay Some leaks are obvious -- coming home to a soggy rug or soaked floor is a pretty good indicator that you have some plumbing trouble -- but others are more discreet and can lead to a costly water bill and home damage if you don't catch them. Mold and mildew can develop...
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Posted on 04/19/2020
First Time Buyers: 3 Common Pitfalls
Photo by Suzy Hazelwood from Pexels Are you in the market for your first home purchase? If so, congratulations! This is an amazingly exciting stage of life, and we know you must be excited. Many first-time buyers run into issues that can turn their new home into a source of stress. Here are three common pitfalls you should...
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Posted on 04/12/2020
How to Upcycle an Old Painting
Image by Juraj Varga from Pixabay If you're looking to get creative but to do so on a budget, then one fun activity to look at is upcycling an old painting and making it more personal to your style. By old paintings we mean those $2 thrift store oil paintings and popular prints you nabbed for cheap at...
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Posted on 04/05/2020
Storage Ideas for Cozy Floorplans
Image by Karolina Grabowska from Pixabay To keep clutter at bay, it is important to make sure everything has its own place and returns there after every use. In small homes, this could prove quite challenging, however, as there are only so many places to put things. Unless, that is, you alter your house to include additional storage...
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Posted on 03/29/2020
How Many Open House Events Should You Attend?
Attending open houses is common for property buyers in cities and towns nationwide. However, there is no set number of open houses that a homebuyer will need to attend to discover his or her dream residence. In some instances, a buyer may find the ideal home after attending his or her first open house. Or, a buyer may attend...
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