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Posted on 06/27/2022
Basics of refinance: Costs and fees to consider
Many homeowners have at least entertained the idea of mortgage refinance. Common questions about refinancing costs, closing costs and how the process might impact a current mortgage loan are just a few of the queries swimming around in the refinancing conversation. Don’t worry. There are a few general topics that can easily answer these questions and a slew...
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Posted on 06/20/2022
Your Quick Guide to Smart Home Entertainment Integrations
Home theaters are often filled with multiple electronic components, which can lead to a jumble of cords and remote controls. Having to rely on different remote controls for your screen, sound system and other components can become a hassle. Adding smart home features to your home theater allows you to simplify this process and cut down on the...
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Posted on 06/13/2022
The Major Variables Affecting the Price of Homes
Housing prices are constantly changing, which can make both buying and selling a home more complicated. While it’s difficult to predict future changes, it’s important to understand the key factors that affect the housing market and home prices. Here are the five major things that affect housing prices: Economic Change The overall health of the economy is a...
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Posted on 06/06/2022
Flipping a House? Don't Forget These Renovation Projects
When flipping property, every project is unique. However, there are some specific renovations and upgrades to include to add the most value to the home. To make the most of your fix-and-flip property sale, focus on renovation projects with the best ROI. Here is a list of some projects to prioritize in your flip: Curb Appeal A simple...
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Posted on 05/30/2022
Mortgages: Which 15-year loan is right for you?
Mortgages can be a very flustering part of the homebuying process, just based on the sheer volume of available options. Most homebuyers choose the 30-year fixed rate option, as long as they meet the criteria. But what about the 15-year option? What choices are available for homebuyers, first-time and experienced? How do you know which one to pick?...
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Posted on 05/23/2022
3 Ideas for Reclaimed Wood Tables
Tables are some of the best furnishings for woodworkers of all skill levels. Whether you’re just getting started or have been crafting for years, there’s a table design that’s sure to be perfect for you and your home. If you’re looking to make a wooden table that will add major style for a small price tag, we’ve put...
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Posted on 05/16/2022
Adding Value: Which Projects Boost Home ROI?
Home improvement projects not only help you personalize your space to suit your style, but they can also boost your property value. When you are investing in a home improvement project, it's important to choose one that is going to allow you to enjoy the greatest return on your investment. These home improvement projects typically add the most...
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Posted on 05/09/2022
Sweat Equity: What It Is & How to Calculate It
Sweat equity is a term used in real estate and in the business world. For real estate, sweat equity refers to the amount of effort a homeowner or investor puts into improving a property. For those interested in flipping homes, this concept is crucial to determining the home's value. Here is some more info about sweat equity to...
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Posted on 05/02/2022
Expert Advice for Packing & Moving Books
For many homeowners, a book collection is a point of pride and an important element in their interior decor. Books can hold emotional as well as functional significance and their presence in any room adds an important personal touch. However, when it comes time to move, an extensive book collection can be difficult to work with. Books are...
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Posted on 04/25/2022
What determines the average cost of home insurance?
A budget for your home expenses will need to include the average cost of home insurance. The amount you’ll pay for homeowners insurance is based on a combination of factors concerning the insurance type, home characteristics and your personal insurance history. To help you get a better understanding of what goes into the average cost of home insurance,...
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Posted on 04/18/2022
How to add value to your home in 3 ways
You may be wondering how to add value to your home, regardless of whether you’re selling now or in the future. Investing in your residence can benefit your quality of life while also increasing eventual selling price and overall home value. Luckily, there are plenty of simple things you can do to boost your home value. Here are...
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Posted on 04/11/2022
Understanding Contingency Requirements for Buyers & Sellers
When making an offer on a home, a buyer may add contingencies to their contract. There are many types of contingencies that apply to myriad situations and can protect the buyer from unexpected issues in the transaction. Sellers can also add their own contingencies either on their own or in counteroffers to protect their interests in the sale....
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