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Posted on 05/24/2020
How to Deal with New Neighbors
Photo by Ricarda Mölck via Pixabay Moving to a new neighborhood brings with it, well, the new neighbors. Although you may be an exceptionally private person — others, by nature, are naturally curious. They want to know who’s moved in next door. This is particularly true when your house is just a few feet or a few inches...
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Posted on 05/17/2020
Plants: What to Have Around Pets and What Not To
Photo by Free-Photos via Pixabay Plants can enhance the look and feel of your home, and some can even improve your indoor air quality. But if you have pets, you need to be selective about the plants you bring into your home. Choosing the right plants allows you to enjoy a lush indoor herb garden or a striking...
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Posted on 05/10/2020
Tips on Choosing Between a Single Family Home and a Townhouse
Photo by Ricarda Molck via Pixabay More and more communities are creating spaces for both individual homes and multifamily townhomes. Both styles offer lots of space, comfortable living and access to a neighborhood's amenities -- but there are some key differences that might make one style more suitable for you than another. Learning more about the differences between...
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Posted on 05/03/2020
Review Your Property Buying Options
For those who want to buy a house, it helps to consider your options closely. That way, you can make an informed home purchase. Now, let's take a look at three factors to consider as you prepare to conduct a home search: 1. The Local Housing Market Assess the local housing market before you dive headfirst into a home...
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Posted on 04/26/2020
HOAs: Could They Truly Benefit a Neighborhood?
Photo by Andrey_Popov via Shutterstock An HOA — or Homeowners' Association — is an organization in your subdivision or community that creates and enforces regulations and rules for the properties and residents. If a property is part of an HOA's jurisdiction, buying it automatically makes you a member. Therefore, you are required to pay HOA dues that cover...
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Posted on 04/19/2020
Enjoy a Seamless House Buying Journey
Enjoying a seamless home buying journey may seem virtually impossible, particularly for a first-time property buyer. Fortunately, there are lots of things you can do to boost the likelihood of quickly and easily finding your dream house, such as: 1. Hone Your Home Search Consider where you want to reside and the features you want to find in your...
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Posted on 04/12/2020
Pros and cons of HOAs
Photo by Bryan Clayton via Pixabay If you buy a townhouse or condo, you’ll find that you’re more than likely a member of a Homeowners Association, or HOA. What that means, in a nutshell, is that you, along with everyone else in your community, own the exterior of the buildings and the common areas. If your roof fails,...
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Posted on 04/05/2020
Smart Kitchen Ideas for Your Home
Image by Andy Dean Photography from Shutterstock Designing your dream kitchen is a fun and exciting step in your home build or remodel. You’ll want to find the perfect cabinets, countertops, and sink for your new space. In addition to the aesthetic of the pieces you select, be sure to consider their functional value. Here are some smart...
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Posted on 03/29/2020
Adding to Resale Value to Your Home
Image by Breadmaker from Shutterstock When you're motivated to get the most from your sale, it pays to add property value through preparation. Get started today with some of these tips: Have your local real estate agent evaluate your home. As a professional, they know what sells and what doesn't in your area. They will assist you in...
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Posted on 03/22/2020
Creating an Appealing Outdoor Living Space
Image by Marzenna Gaines from Pixabay With spring just around the corner, your thoughts may turn to enjoying the great outdoors. By making a few improvements, you can create your own restful, outdoor oasis even as you add value to your home. Research has found that homeowners often gain the most value by improving backyards and investing in...
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Posted on 03/15/2020
5 Senior Living Trends To Watch for in 2020
Image by Mabel Amber, still incognito... from Pixabay Baby Boomers remain the single largest demographic, and their transition into retirement age continues to change the senior living landscape. At more than 74 million strong, this generation will completely cross the retirement age threshold in the next decade, and 52 million Americans are already enjoying their golden years. That...
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Posted on 03/08/2020
Safety First: How to Create and Maintain Deck Railing
Photo by kalcommodore via Pixabay Beautiful railings, including the railing that surrounds your deck, plays a major role in your home's curb appeal. Even when it's not visible from the street, a strong, sturdy deck and the railing that surrounds it can still raise your home's resale value. That's extra living space, after all. Even if it is...
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