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Posted on 02/28/2021
Determining Fair Market Value
Image by Andrey Popov from Shutterstock The term "fair market value" is the price at which an interested but not desperate buyer is willing to buy and a motivated but not distressed seller is willing to sell on the open market in your location. The set value depends on recently sold similar-sized homes with like amenities, upgrades, and...
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Posted on 02/21/2021
Great Tips for Outdoor Entertaining
Whether you're hosting outdoor gatherings in your own backyard or at another outdoor venue, there are a few elements you will need to consider carefully. The size of your space and the number of expected guests is only the beginning. You'll want to plan out the flow of traffic and access to certain areas. Seating is also an...
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Posted on 02/14/2021
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 02/07/2021
Planning for a Big Budget Renovation
Image by Malachi Witt from Pixabay You might think renovating a home is simple when budget isn't a factor, but when there are no limits, it's deceptively easy to become side railed. Getting off-track on a home renovation can be disastrous. You may end up with rooms that feel cavernous and impossible to fill or hallways that meander...
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Posted on 01/31/2021
Home Decor: Utilizing Blank Walls
Photo by: Allie Smith via Unsplash During home decoration, it is natural to have one or more blank walls that leave you asking yourself: "What am I going to do with that?" You may get frustrated, but don't worry, you are not alone — barren walls are likely driving other homeowners crazy, too. What’s the solution? A fresh...
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Posted on 01/24/2021
How to Beautify Your Garden with These Favorites
Photo by Helga_SM via Shutterstock When you begin to revamp your yard or garden, there comes a time to decide what exactly you’ll be growing. You’ll want plants that are hearty, beautiful and fragrant to grace your yard. Choose Hearty First, you can begin by planting ground-cover roses. These bountiful, low-growing rose varieties can provide plenty of flowers...
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Posted on 01/17/2021
Perform an In-Depth Property Search
Conducting an in-depth home search may prove to be difficult, particularly for individuals with limited time and resources at their disposal. Fortunately, there are lots of things that you can do to streamline your home search and discover your ideal residence without delay. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you seamlessly navigate the homebuying journey....
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Posted on 01/10/2021
Home Insurance Tips for Homebuyers
Image by designer491 from Shutterstock If you purchase a new home, you will need to purchase homeowner’s insurance. If you’ve never owned a home before, you may not realize all the factors that go into the cost of insurance. When looking for a home, it’s easy to get caught up in the house’s structural design, the marble countertops,...
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Posted on 01/03/2021
Top Maintenance Tips for Your Home
Image by fede13 from Pixabay Just as your car needs regular maintenance, so does your home. It may not be the highlight of your weekend, but home maintenance is crucial. Keeping your home in tip-top shape will help prevent problems down the road and give you an edge when you decide to sell. Check Your HVAC System A...
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Posted on 12/27/2020
Real Estate Investments: REITs & REMF
Image by Steve Buissinne from Pixabay For anyone interested in investment diversification, real estate is one of the preferred holdings in addition to stock and bonds. However, many investors possess neither the cash nor the knowledge and interest to actually buy, sell, rent or manage real property. Such investment involves more than cash; it also requires in-depth market...
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Posted on 12/20/2020
Why Hire a Professional?
Photo by oneSHUTTER oneMEMORY via Shutterstock When it comes to home improvement, renovations, upgrades and expansions, seek the assistance of a professional. Why do you need a pro? Unless you built your home yourself, you might not understand all the factors that combine to engineer a house such as the electrical needs to support the load and the...
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Posted on 12/13/2020
How to Replace Drawer Slides in 5 Easy Steps
Photo by StockSnap via Pixabay Kitchen and bathroom drawer slides are built to take a beating. You've undoubtedly had an item stuck and had to force the drawer open. Somehow it still worked after that. Children pull down on them, trying to climb up onto the cabinet. Mindless adults or teens slam them shut from time to time....
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