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Posted on 06/03/2020
Home Ownership Provides Benefits for Growing Families
Most adults go through a series of predictable life stages, which include the eventual desire to be a home owner. Some people take the plunge sooner than others, but that decision is typically set in motion by changing circumstances, such as financial readiness, additions to the family, or career advancement. Owning your own home certainly has a different "feel"...
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Posted on 05/27/2020
Ways to Make Your New Home Smarter
Image by REDPIXEL.PL from Shutterstock With each passing day, more advancement in technology hits the market. Innovations are springing up to simplify life in all areas of the home. Technology has always made home life easier for people from washing machines to take care of your laundry to dishwashers to clean your dishes. Now, new inventions have reached...
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Posted on 05/20/2020
Ways to Deal with a Low Appraisal
Photo by Light And Dark Studio via Shutterstock In a seller’s market, comparable sales and competition can drive up a home’s price. This is especially true in a seller’s market where offers from multiple buyers try to outbid each other. And, while this sounds like a fantastic deal for the seller, a low appraisal can kill the deal....
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Posted on 05/13/2020
Heating Ideas for Luxury Bathrooms
Photo by banksy07 via Pixabay Adding some extra warmth to your bathrooms boosts your home value while also ensuring that you’ll have a well-heated and comfortable environment for bathing and showering during winter. With these heating options, you can warm up your bathrooms as needed without having to turn up your thermostat, causing your furnace to run more...
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Posted on 05/06/2020
Luxury and High-Quality Flooring Options for Your Home
Flooring is a significant part of your home interior decor. It bears the brunt of your daily activities and is always the first surface to reflect wear and tear. With that in mind, consider installing high-end flooring that is durable, lasts longer, and of course, makes your home more appealing. Luxurious flooring can boost your home value tremendously...
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Posted on 04/29/2020
Go Beyond the Gutters: 4 Spring Cleaning Tasks That Can Save You Big
Photo by Lisa Fotios from Pexels Each year, cleaning the gutters consistently lands at the top of the spring cleaning list and for good reason. By clearing out leaves and other debris, you protect your roof and living space from potentially disastrous water leaks. If you want to prevent other costly and time-consuming home repairs, you have to...
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Posted on 04/22/2020
Little Known Real Estate Laws
Photo by Gerd Altmann via Pixabay Only Two Toilet Per Building Many homes have two and a half or more bathrooms. If you want to move to Waldron Island in Washington, you’ll have to give up the idea of having a bathroom for every bedroom or even having that extra half bath. Waldron Island is very small and...
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Posted on 04/15/2020
Thinking About Getting a Reverse Mortgage? Read This Before You Apply
Photo by Alexander Mils from Pexels If your wealth is tied up in your home, how can you free up some cash? A reverse mortgage is available to homeowners with mostly or fully paid-off mortgages. The monthly payments, which come from the lender to you, are not counted as taxable income. But there are mortgage taxes, and interest...
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Posted on 04/08/2020
Tips for Improving Indoor Air Quality
Image by Projekt_Kaffeebart from Pixabay Your indoor air quality can have a significant impact on your health and well-being. Allergens, air pollutants, and other particles can accumulate in your home and lead to certain health issues, such as respiratory symptoms. Maintaining good indoor air quality is an important part of making sure that your luxury home provides you...
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Posted on 04/01/2020
Invest or Pay Down Your Mortgage Quicker - Which is Better?
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 03/25/2020
Tips for Buyers: Set Yourself Up for Success
If you want to find and purchase a great house at a budget-friendly price, it helps to enter the homebuying journey with a plan in hand. Lucky for you, we're here to help you prepare for all stages of the homebuying journey. Now, let's take a look at three tips so you can set yourself up for success as...
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Posted on 03/18/2020
From FHA to USDA - Choosing Your Mortgage
Photo by Alexander Stein via PixabayWhen it comes to a mortgage, most of us think of the same standard product; the 15 or 30 year conventional mortgage offered by banks and lenders. This is not the only mortgage option you have, though. Depending on your personal history and circumstances you may qualify for an attractive mortgage with lower...
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