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Posted on 09/20/2020
Open House Etiquette for Homebuyers
Image by Agover from Pixabay Where do you start when you first consider purchasing a home? Buyers who are new to the real estate market may not know exactly what they want in a house or where they want to live. While the dream homes found online, in magazines, and on your favorite television show are great resources...
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Posted on 09/13/2020
Where Should You Buy a Second Residence?
Purchasing a second home should be a fun, exciting experience. Yet homebuyers who fail to consider where they want to pursue a second residence may struggle to achieve their desired results. If you know you want to buy a second home, it often helps to narrow your house search to residences in a select group of cities and towns....
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Posted on 09/06/2020
Design Options for Luxurious Home Theaters
Photo by Alex Litvin on Unsplash You don’t have to worry about getting good seats at your local cinema when you have your very own theater at home. With some planning, you can design a luxurious theater that lets you enjoy movies on the big screen in the comfort of your home. When you’re designing a home theater,...
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Posted on 08/30/2020
For Sale by Owner: Worth the Risk?
Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay For Sale by Owner (FSBO) can be an extremely tempting prospect for home sellers. If you don't have to pay the real estate commission, you can put more of the money from the house sale directly into your pocket. But it takes more of a roll-up-your-sleeves attitude to successfully complete a home...
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Posted on 08/23/2020
Adding Up the Benefits of Home Ownership
If you're renting a nice house, condo, or apartment, there's a good chance your monthly rent check is almost as much as a mortgage payment. Perhaps you've realized this and have been asking yourself why you're contributing to someone else's nest egg, instead of your own! If that sounds familiar, you may be ready to take the plunge into...
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Posted on 08/16/2020
Is Remote Home Buying the Best Option for You?
Image by congerdesign from Pixabay If you're looking to buy a new home, there's no reason you should be limited by your geographic area. In today's digital world, buying a home in another city, another state or even in another country has never been easier or more convenient. Additionally, when you buy a home remotely, you're not limited...
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Posted on 08/09/2020
Vinyl Siding for Your Home
Image by Marina Pousheva from Shutterstock One of the clear benefits of siding is to protect both the exterior and interior of the home. This protection is mainly against harsh elements. There are many siding options from which to choose, but the standard siding choice is vinyl siding. Homeowners looking to add this feature to their home will...
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Posted on 08/02/2020
Targeting your Home Search - Location or Size?
Image by Mohamed Hassan from Pixabay When it comes to selecting a home, every situation is a little different. Do you purchase a house because of its size or is the location more important? Both factors play a crucial role in determining your choice, but the unique details in your life can help you decide which is more...
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Posted on 07/26/2020
Painted Brick Décor for a European Look
Photo by Karsten Bergmann via Pixabay Take a tour through the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium or Holland, and you’ll see beautiful historic homes with painted brick exteriors. Wander down streets of hundreds-of-years-old houses, and the most memorable ones are those with painted brick exteriors. But if your brick is in perfect condition, why would you paint it? Odd-Colored...
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Posted on 07/19/2020
What is Common-Interest Housing?
Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay Common-interest housing includes individually owned spaces and common areas shared by all owners. The common areas can include clubhouses, landscaping, parking lots or pools. Multistory buildings share lobbies, stairwells, and elevators. Any community that shares property including single-family free-standing homes in developments, falls into the common-interest category. The two most familiar types of...
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Posted on 07/12/2020
Native Gardening: Why the Trend Is Flourishing
Photo by Larisa Koshkina via PixabayRestoring native habitat to our surroundings is like pressing the "refresh" button on biodiversity. Homeowners who embrace native gardening are making big contributions to healthy landscapes, which is great for maintaining the native ecosystems. Making a Difference—Beautifully Native plants are the greenery that would grow in certain areas with or without human intervention....
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Posted on 07/07/2020
Why Debt to Income Ratios Matter
Image by Mimzy from Pixabay As you start your journey to home ownership, one of the terms you may hear from your mortgage lender is debt to income ratio. Many people have never heard this term before, but it is an important aspect of obtaining a mortgage. Your mortgage lender wants to make sure you are not going...
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