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Posted on 10/25/2020
If You Build It, They Will Come: Luxury Home Features Inspired by HGTV's 2020 Dream Home
Photo by Viktor Birkus via Pixabay Everyone covets the annual HGTV Dream Home that's given away each year as part of a sweepstake. But the sad reality is that few winners are ever really able to take possession of their grand home and actually live out their happily-ever-after. There are, however, ways to pick and choose which features...
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Posted on 10/18/2020
Are You Prepared to Sell a Residence?
When it comes to selling a house, it is important to prepare as much as you can. That way, you can identify potential home selling hurdles and overcome these issues before they escalate. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you prep for the house selling journey. 1. Analyze All Areas of Your Home You might...
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Posted on 10/11/2020
Buying Your First Home in 2020? 4 Ways to Prepare
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay Buying a house can be complicated. Before you can get started, you must know how much money you can spend, what kind of house you're looking for, what kind of house you can afford in your area and other factors. This is a good time to get started! Below are four concrete...
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Posted on 10/04/2020
How to Lift Your Home's Mood with Aromatherapy
Photo by Seksak Kerdkanno via Pixabay Diffusing aromas in your home is a great way to settle in, relax and enjoy a fresh, clean scent that calms the nerves. How Do We Know Aromatherapy Works? Research gives us the scoop. Take lavender, for example. Research shows lavender: Eases nervousness much better than a placebo. Raises people's scientifically measured...
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Posted on 09/27/2020
Paperwork You Need When Buying a Home
Photo by Andrea Piacquadio from Pexels While the home buying process is exciting, applying for a mortgage can be time-consuming. Paperwork is a big part of the mortgage process and the better prepared you are, the more likely it is to go well. In fact, if you are considering getting preapproved for a mortgage, lining the paperwork up...
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Posted on 09/20/2020
What to Expect When Requesting a Zoning Variance
Image by Michi S from Pixabay Every property has an assigned zone that controls how you can use it. In residential zones, for example, you often have to abide by restrictions regarding business activity and animal husbandry. Commercial and industrial zoning also comes with many restrictions for its use, limiting the types of businesses that can be operated...
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Posted on 09/13/2020
Everything You Should Know About Mailbox Rules
Photo by Lee via Pixabay Putting a new mailbox up? Be sure to follow the official guidance from the U.S. Postal Service.® Here are a few rules, tips, and suggestions to make your mail carrier's day a little smoother. Putting Up a New Mailbox USPS-approved mailboxes have Postmaster General (PMG) approval labels. Have your post office approve your...
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Posted on 09/06/2020
Are You Ready to Hire a House Inspector?
If a seller accepts your offer to purchase his or her residence, it now may be time to schedule a house inspection. And if you have an expert home inspector at your side, you can get the information you need to determine whether to proceed with a house purchase. Ultimately, there are several factors to consider as you evaluate...
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Posted on 08/30/2020
What Does It Really Cost to Buy a House?
The cost of buying a house extends beyond a seller's initial asking price. In fact, there are many "hidden" costs that buyers need to consider as they decide whether to purchase a house, such as: 1. Closing Costs There are various closing costs that a buyer may encounter before he or she finalizes a house purchase, including survey, appraisal...
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Posted on 08/23/2020
Tips on Protecting Floors, Furniture, and Foundations
In many ways, the quality of your life is determined by the condition of your home. If it feels like your home is in disrepair, messy, or cluttered, you're not going to feel comfortable or satisfied with your living situation. While perfection is an unattainable standard, there are a lot of simple things you can do to keep your...
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Posted on 08/16/2020
Learning How to Budget to Buy a New Home
Photo by Olya Adamovich via Pixabay You’ve decided to start the process of buying a home. Congratulations! Now it’s time to figure out how much money you have, and what you can afford. The goal is to avoid purchasing more home than you can afford, but those variables change. In September 2019, the average price of a new...
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Posted on 08/09/2020
Reasons to Use a Buyer's Agent
Photo by Gerd Altmann via Pixabay It may be tempting to purchase your first home without the help of a real estate agent. If you want to risk not having professional help to buy your first house, you can, but you’ll be leaving a lot of benefits on the table and assuming all the risks. The Benefits of...
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