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Posted on 07/07/2020
Property Type: What to Ask before Settling In
Photo by Free-Photos via Pixabay The number of architectural styles in any given neighborhood can be overwhelming to home buyers, especially if they don't feel immediately called to one type. To help narrow it down, the property you choose should reflect everything from your budget to your lifestyle. The more you account for how you interact with the...
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Posted on 06/29/2020
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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Posted on 06/22/2020
Clear Clogged Pipes Fast to Avoid Calling the Plumber
Photo by Kaboompics .com from Pexels When the toilet's stopped up, you grab the plunger. If it's the sink, you might run some unclogging solution down with hot water. But some clogged piped won't clear. They get stopped up with gunk and debris that, over time, may work its way deep in the pipes. How do you power...
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Posted on 06/15/2020
Holding an Open House in Inclement Weather
Image by Andy Dean Photography from Shutterstock When placing your home on the market you’ll likely need to plan to hold an open house or two. If there's a chance of bad weather during a scheduled open house, you might question moving ahead with the event. Before you cancel, here are a few things to consider: Serious buyers...
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Posted on 06/08/2020
Pros and Cons of Timeshare Ownership
Image by Steve Heap from Shutterstock If you love vacationing at the same place every year you may consider investing in a timeshare property. This can often help control vacation costs and planning time. However, owning a timeshare home may not be not the right choice for everyone. It is important to understand that a timeshare is not...
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Posted on 06/01/2020
Build an Adirondack Chair
Image by Susan Lowry Hare from Pixabay Adirondack chairs are popular on decks and for outdoor living, though they also look great in a rustic living room or cabin! Rather than being straight-backed and uncomfortable, their design make them a joy to sit in. However, a finished Adirondack chair can up to $700 dollars, whereas materials will run...
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Posted on 05/25/2020
Mortgage Options for Luxury Properties
Photo by Vincent Rivaud from Pexels When you buy a luxury home, you have several options when it comes to paying for the home. While some luxury buyers invest fully in the home and purchase outright, most find that opting for a mortgage of some type keeps options open and reserves capital for other things. Mortgages can be...
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Posted on 05/18/2020
How Much Money Do You Need to Sell a House?
Ultimately, the amount of money an individual requires during the home selling journey varies. If you intend to sell a house, it often is a good idea to plan ahead for any expenses you may encounter along the way. Because if you fail to account for potential house selling costs, you may struggle to seamlessly navigate the property selling...
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Posted on 05/11/2020
California Taxes: Understanding Prop 13
Photo by Edar via PixabayProperty taxes in California have been a much-debated issue in the state. Communities want to raise money for schools, community spaces, and infrastructure projects, but lawmakers also don't want to drive away homebuyers and investors, either. The state does have property tax caps to protect owners, but there's a little more to the story...
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Posted on 05/04/2020
Finding Time For Home Repairs and Improvements
One of the most satisfying aspects of being a new homeowner is the process of "making it your own." That could include everything from painting walls and hanging pictures to replacing window treatments and assembling shelves. (Then, of course, there's the unpacking, furniture arranging, organizing, and room cleaning!) For some people, one of the biggest challenges in getting unpacked,...
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Posted on 04/27/2020
Should You Buy a Smart Home Device?
There is no shortage of smart home devices available to property owners nationwide. From light bulbs to thermostats, there are lots of devices that you can pick up to transform an ordinary residence into a smart house. Ultimately, there are plenty of reasons to invest in smart home devices. These reasons include: 1. Smart home devices offer unmatched convenience....
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Posted on 04/20/2020
Tips for Grooming Your Dog
Image by Autri Taheri from Unsplash Keeping dogs well-groomed is an important part of helping them stay healthy and happy. The amount of grooming your dogs need depends on certain factors, such as the kind of coat they have or whether or not they tend to roll around in dirt or mud. The following grooming tips can help...
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