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Home Buying

Is An Income Property Right For YouPosted on June 29, 2017

The appeal of income properties and the potential for what may seem like easy money and early retirement have likely crossed the mind of anyone who has heard of this business venture.


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Things Needed After Purchasing A HomePosted on May 25, 2017

Now that you’ve signed all the paperwork and your loan is approved, it’s time to move in.


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How To Handle A Motivated SellerPosted on May 04, 2017

Often ads for homes on the market include the phrase “motivated seller,” and while this sounds as if it may be to your benefit as a home buyer, what does it actually mean?  If a seller is truly motivated you can benefit from a number of potential perks they may be willing to throw in to get their home sold, or they may even be willing to accept a lower offer than the asking price.


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Buying A Home With Bad CreditPosted on February 09, 2017

When it comes to buying a home, having bad credit is not the end of the world.


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Examining A Home Objectively - What Matters And What Doesn’tPosted on February 02, 2017

Examining A Home Objectively: What Matters And What Doesn’t

Everyone heads out to look at potential homes with a list of the things they want in a house, and a list of the things they definitely do not want.


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Making An Offer - Negotiating Your Buying PricePosted on January 26, 2017

Making An Offer: Negotiating Your Buying Price

There is perhaps no more exciting and nerve-wracking time in the home buying process than when you decide to make an offer on a home.


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Buying A Home That Can Grow With Your FamilyPosted on November 24, 2016

If you are a first time homeowner, or are purchasing a home after a major life change such as marriage or having children, what should you consider to be sure your new home can grow with your changing family?  The time and effort that go into purchasing and decorating a new home, not to mention finding it in the first place, means that you’ll want to ensure that your home will be right for you and your family for years to come.


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Buying Your First HomePosted on November 10, 2016

Now that you’ve made the decision to purchase your first home, a hearty congratulations is in order!  Becoming a homeowner, especially for the first time, can stir up some feelings of anxiety and excitement.


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Homeowner’s Associations - What You Need To KnowPosted on October 06, 2016

Homeowner’s Associations: What You Need To Know

As you begin looking for a home to purchase, you will start to come across houses that have a homeowner’s association.


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Negotiating Contract Contingencies From The SellerPosted on September 29, 2016

When the housing market is up and sales seem to favor sellers rather than buyers, negotiation contract contingencies may seem like a lost cause.


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Home WarrantyPosted on August 25, 2016

A home warranty plan, also known as a home protection plan, is a service contract that offers homeowners a way to safeguard themselves against possible breakage or a malfunction within the home.


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Earnest Money DepositPosted on July 21, 2016

An earnest money deposit, also known as a good faith deposit, is a specific dollar amount that a potential buyer pays to the seller in an effort to display their serious interest in a property.


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Buying Verses Renting A HomePosted on June 02, 2016

When it comes to a home, you have two options: buy or rent.


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Home Buying Negotiating TipsPosted on December 31, 2015

When it comes to buying a home, the ability and willingness to negotiate is a must for both the buyer and seller.


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Selecting Homeowners InsurancePosted on November 26, 2015

Selecting Homeowner’s Insurance

One of the many things you will have to think about while you are in the process of buying a new home is the insurance you will need to protect it.


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Getting To Know The Neighborhood Before Buying A HomePosted on October 15, 2015

There is a reason the term “location, location, location” is used so commonly within the real estate industry.


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What A REALTOR Can Do For You As A BuyerPosted on July 23, 2015

When we think of selling a home, the services a REALTOR® can provide usually seem worth the cost of their commission, but what about as a buyer?  What can a REALTOR® do for you as a home buyer, and is the commission worth the services they can provide?  Here are five great reasons you should hire a REALTOR® when you are in the market for a new home!

REALTORS® Can Help You Determine Your Budget—With a few simple pieces of information, a REALTOR® can help you pre-determine what kind of budget you may be looking at for your new home, and can match you with potential lenders that are right for you.


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How Much Yard Do You NeedPosted on July 09, 2015

How Much Yard Do You Need?

You probably have spent a good deal of time considering how much space you need inside your home, but what about how much space you need on the outside of it?  House hunting with an idea of the square footage you are seeking is a good idea, but in addition to that you should have an idea of how much yard space you will need around your new dwelling as well.


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Buying A Home Long DistancePosted on May 14, 2015

The process of purchasing a home can be a complicated and stressful experience, but if you have to purchase a new home in another city the experience can become even more complicated.


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How To Handle A Bidding WarPosted on May 07, 2015

So you have found the home of your dreams, it has all the features you want, and it is in the right neighborhood.


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What To Consider Before Buying An Older PropertyPosted on April 09, 2015

Whether it’s the character and charm of an older home with its original features, hardwood floors, and wood burning fireplace, or the quaint historic feel of the neighborhood in which it is found, there is a certain appeal to older property.


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Buying A Foreclosed Property - What You Should KnowPosted on March 12, 2015

Given the recent state of the economy and the rising rate of mortgage foreclosures, the number of properties available at rock bottom prices is at an all time high.


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A Nice Home Or A Nice Neighborhood - Which Matters MorePosted on November 13, 2014

A Nice Home Or A Nice Neighborhood: Which Matters More?

When you start shopping for a home, you probably have a very specific image of what you would like that home to look like.


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What Is A Property SurveyPosted on August 28, 2014

When purchasing a home, especially for the first time, you are going to encounter a lot of terms and jargon you may never have heard before.


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Should You Consider A Condominium Or TownhomePosted on August 14, 2014

Should You Consider A Condominium Or Townhome?

If you are buying a new home on a tight budget, one of the options that will come to your attention is purchasing a condominium or townhome instead of a standard single family home.


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Hiring A Home InspectorPosted on July 24, 2014

You’ve gone to countless open houses, searched online for months, and have finally found the house of your dreams, but before signing your name on the dotted line there are a few key steps you should not overlook.


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Home Selling

Selling Your Home - Why You Need A REALTORPosted on June 22, 2017

The temptation to save yourself the cost of hiring a real estate agent when selling your home can be overwhelming, and with more websites, books, and other resources popping up that claim to give you all the know-how and tools you’ll need to sell your home yourself, why should you consider hiring a REALTOR® at all?  Like any job that requires a lot of insider knowledge and experience, hiring a REALTOR® will ensure that you are getting the best price for your house with the minimal amount of work and worry.


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Pricing Your Home To SellPosted on May 11, 2017

In addition to location and condition, the asking price of a home is at the top of the list of important considerations.


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Home Seller Disclosure ObligationsPosted on April 13, 2017

Anything that could be potentially harmful to the new occupant or the home itself must be addressed in the seller’s disclosure.


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The Home Remodels That Will Most Increase Your Selling PricePosted on April 06, 2017

The Home Remodels That Will Most Increase Your Selling Price

So you are ready to sell, but you know that there are a few things in the home that could stand some updating in order to increase your selling price.


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What Season Is Best To SellPosted on March 23, 2017

What Season Is Best To Sell?

So you are ready to sell your house, but you look out the window and see several feet of snow on the ground.


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Five Steps To Holding A Successful Open HousePosted on January 05, 2017

An open house is one way that REALTORS® attempt to expose a home to multiple buyers at once.


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Quick Clutter Fixes For Unexpected ShowingsPosted on December 01, 2016

Quick Clutter Fixes For Unexpected Showings

When you have to continue living in a home at the same time you are trying to sell it, keeping it ready for a showing at any time can be a challenge.


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What Are LockboxesPosted on October 20, 2016

When a homeowner lists their house with a REALTOR®, they may choose to store their house keys in the lockbox for easy access for the REALTOR® showing the home.


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Getting Your Home Ready To SellPosted on April 21, 2016

You would never dream of inviting guests to your house without making certain preparations, so don’t invite potential buyers without first making the necessary updates by preparing your home to sell.


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Repairs To Make Before Selling Your HomePosted on March 31, 2016

When selling your home, the last thing you want to do is invest more into it, but in most cases making a few repairs or renovations to your home before putting it on the market can really be worth the financial and time investment.


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Home Selling ChecklistPosted on March 10, 2016

Once you’ve made the decision to sell your home, it’s time to think about what comes next.


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When Should You Accept A Low BidPosted on February 11, 2016

If you are selling your home and are motivated to get the deal done quickly, you may be tempted to accept a low bid.


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Staging An Open House That Won’t Cost You A FortunePosted on February 04, 2016

If you are thinking of putting your home up for sale, or already have your property listed, you may want to consider hosting an open house as part of your marketing strategy to get your home sold.


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Top Ten Home Showing TipsPosted on November 05, 2015

Showing your home is essential in the real estate business.


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Protecting Your Privacy While Your Home Is On The MarketPosted on September 03, 2015

Selling your home can cause potential anxiety about your personal privacy.


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Ten Tips To Successfully Market Your HomePosted on August 27, 2015

There is a lot more to putting your home up for sale than placing a sign on the front lawn.


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Sell Or Remodel - Which Is Right For YouPosted on July 30, 2015

Whether the initial love has faded, or your home just doesn’t work for you and your family anymore, deciding between selling your home and remodeling can sometimes be a difficult decision.


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Creating Curb AppealPosted on July 16, 2015

If you’re selling your home, there are a number of things you can do to improve your property’s potential value and appeal.


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Selling Your Home During The HolidaysPosted on July 02, 2015

The process of selling your home at any time of the year can be a stressful experience, but if you are trying to sell your home during the busy holiday season it may seem to be almost impossible.


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Should You Show An Empty HomePosted on June 18, 2015

Should You Show An Empty Home?

If you have already moved out of the house you are selling, you generally have two choices.


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How Long Should You Keep Your Home On The MarketPosted on June 11, 2015

How Long Should You Keep Your Home On The Market?

Many a home seller has been there—the house has been on the market for months and there is no sign of a sale.


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Selling Your Home In A Buyer’s Market - How To Maximize Your ProfitPosted on May 21, 2015

There are a number of reasons why you may need to sell your home in a buyer’s market, and though getting the most for your home in that situation may seem impossible, there are several strategies you can use to get the best offer for your home.


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Choosing The Right Listing AgreementPosted on April 16, 2015

When listing your home with a REALTOR®, you will be required to sign an agreement.


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Sell Your Home Fast - Five Tips To Get A Fast SalePosted on January 08, 2015

The process of selling your home can be a stressful and time-consuming event.


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Avoid The Most Common Mistakes When Selling Your HomePosted on January 01, 2015

Here are the most common mistakes people make when selling their property.


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Eight Things To Consider Before ListingPosted on December 18, 2014

So you have decided that you are going to sell your home.


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Five Things You Should Put In Storage While Selling Your HomePosted on December 11, 2014

Five Things You Should Put In Storage While Selling Your Home

When your home is on the market but you are still living there, you can’t very well make it a model show home.


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Selling A House With Pets At HomePosted on November 06, 2014

When we have pets, they quickly become a part of our family.


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Negotiating With A BuyerPosted on October 30, 2014

Negotiating With A Buyer

Depending on the market in which you are selling, your position in the negotiations with a potential buyer can be either a very comfortable one or a difficult one.


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Home Staging - Should You Hire A ProfessionalPosted on October 23, 2014

Home staging is the latest trend in real estate, and if you are selling your home you are likely at least aware of what this growing practice involves.


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Home And Garden

Landscaping Design TipsPosted on August 10, 2017

As a homeowner, you can use a number of landscaping design tips to make your house look just as polished on the outside as it does on the inside.


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Childproofing Your HomePosted on July 20, 2017

When it comes to decorating your home, there’s a lot more to consider than simply coordinating your window treatments with your carpet.


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Make Gardening A Family AffairPosted on May 18, 2017

As adults, we often assume that gardening is designed exclusively for us.


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Family Three-Day Home Emergency KitPosted on April 20, 2017

Every home should have an emergency kit.


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Sealing Your Windows And Doors Against LeaksPosted on March 09, 2017

Sealing Your Windows And Doors Against Leaks

When it comes to making sure your home is energy-efficient as well as keeping it at a comfortable temperature throughout the year, there are few things as simple as looking to your windows and doors to make a big difference.


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Green Laundry Tips - Save Money And The EnvironmentPosted on March 02, 2017

Let’s face it—two of the biggest issues most of us face in today’s world are concerns over the environment and the economy.


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How To Choose The Perfect GrillPosted on February 23, 2017

When choosing the perfect grill, it’s important to understand the different types and their functions, but also how each relates to your particular needs.


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Cut Your Cooling Costs With These Money-Saving TipsPosted on February 16, 2017

When it comes to keeping your home comfortable in the summer, there are a number of ways to accomplish your goal without breaking a sweat over your cooling costs.


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Ten Things Every Gardener Should KnowPosted on January 19, 2017

Gardening is a fun way to enjoy the outdoors, but it is also a livelihood for many.


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Getting Your Garden Ready For WinterPosted on November 03, 2016

The beauty and relaxation that your garden can provide you and your family is certainly worth all the work you put in each year.


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Can A Bathroom Remodel Increase Your Home’s ValuePosted on October 13, 2016

When you are planning to sell your home, a bathroom remodel may be one of the best places to increase your home’s value.


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Building A Home TheaterPosted on September 15, 2016

These days, a home theater is one of the most popular trends in the nation.


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Safety Tips For Barbeque And GrillingPosted on September 08, 2016

A barbeque is an outdoor meal or party at which food is prepared on a rack over a grill.


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How To Start A New GardenPosted on September 01, 2016

Congratulations on your decision to start a new garden.


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Tips On Setting Up Your Outdoor Music SystemPosted on August 18, 2016

If you are planning to entertain outdoors, then you may also be considering the addition of an outdoor music system to help complete your theme.


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How To Care For Your LawnPosted on August 11, 2016

If you love your lawn, it’s only natural that you would want to give it the proper care to help give it a healthy appearance.


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Use Flowers To Add Color To Your HomePosted on August 04, 2016

Flowers are used for many purposes, including landscaping, weddings, gifts and even to decorate the interior of your home.


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Defining Distinct Spaces In A Large RoomPosted on June 23, 2016

While open-concept homes seem to be the popular trend in the home construction industry, sometimes decorating for large spaces can be a challenge.


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Patio Decor IdeasPosted on May 26, 2016

A patio offers a relaxing way to enjoy the outdoors while still getting a sense of home.


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Give Your Front Porch A Style MakeoverPosted on May 19, 2016

Whether you are looking to sell your home or just think it’s time for a new look to improve your curb appeal, giving your front porch a makeover is an easy and inexpensive way to give your home’s exterior a fresh look.


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Give Your Old Furniture New LifePosted on May 05, 2016

Give Your Old Furniture New Life

Old furniture doesn’t have to be put aside if the basic structure is still in good condition.


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Strategies To Reduce Dust In Your HomePosted on March 03, 2016

If you are like most people, dust is a part of life.


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Maintaining Air Quality In Your HomePosted on February 25, 2016

Maintaining Air Quality In Your Home

Whether you have allergies or simply prefer knowing that the air in your home is as clean as you can make it for better health, achieving and maintaining good air quality is an important issue.


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Decorating For Small SpacesPosted on January 21, 2016

Decorating For Small Spaces

If you live in a smaller home or condo, you face some particular decorating challenges.


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Swimming Pool Safety TipsPosted on January 14, 2016

Summer is a special time for having fun in the backyard pool, yet drowning is a leading cause of accidental death.


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Backyard Summer Entertainment IdeasPosted on January 07, 2016

When it comes to entertaining outdoors, there’s no place quite like your very own backyard.


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How And When To Prune RosesPosted on December 24, 2015

To many, a rose is one of the most beautiful flowers in existence.


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Maintenance Tips For Your HomePosted on December 17, 2015

Whether it’s spring, summer, fall or winter, it’s important to take the necessary steps to keep your home standing tall every day.


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De-clutter Your KitchenPosted on November 19, 2015

Who hasn’t had a cupboard full of Tupperware come crashing down on their head?  And don’t we all have a drawer in our kitchen that holds every scrap of paper and useless knickknack we have ever owned?  While kitchen clutter may be a universal truth, it can also make using your kitchen a time consuming and frustrating task.


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Decorating Ideas For Boys' RoomsPosted on September 17, 2015

If you have a room that requires a masculine touch, don’t fret.


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Mood Lighting With Tiki TorchesPosted on August 20, 2015

If you have the islands on your mind, you will be glad to know that you can bring the charm and decor of your favorite tropical paradise into your own backyard.


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The Latest In Window TreatmentsPosted on August 13, 2015

Long gone are the days of plastic vertical blinds and grandma’s lacy curtains.


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Top Five Ways To Ruin AntiquesPosted on August 06, 2015

An antique is a decorative object that is valuable because of its age.


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Tips To Make Your Move EasierPosted on March 26, 2015

Moving can be a stressful time, however, there are several things that you can do to make your move a smooth one.


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Home Safety TipsPosted on March 19, 2015

Your home is your haven and, as such, it should be a place where you feel safe.


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Home Theater Tips And TricksPosted on February 19, 2015

Home Theater Tips And Tricks

With home entertainment equipment becoming more and more advanced and the cost of going out for entertainment making it less realistic for many people, creating the perfect home theater is on the list of many homeowners.


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Using Your Fireplace SafelyPosted on February 12, 2015

Using Your Fireplace Safely

A fireplace is a great feature in any home, and can create that warm, homey feeling on a cold winter evening that every homeowner dreams of.


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Watering Your Lawn The Right WayPosted on February 05, 2015

When it comes to watering your lawn, the who, what, when, where and why rule applies.


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Attracting Birds To Your BackyardPosted on January 29, 2015

Bird watching is a popular past time that is shared by many, but what if watching your fluttering friends was as simple as peeking into your backyard?  Thanks to a few landscaping techniques, you can trade in your binoculars for a lawn chair and enjoy bird watching from the convenience and comfort of your own home.


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Ideas For Organizing Your GaragePosted on January 15, 2015

Believe it or not, your garage is not only made to house your automobiles.


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Ways To Make Your House Smell GoodPosted on December 04, 2014

If you want a house to smell clean, you clean it.


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Ways To Reduce Your Heating BillPosted on October 09, 2014

When the temperature outside begins to fall, our heating bills quickly start to rise.


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Is A Pool Right For Your PropertyPosted on October 02, 2014

The cool refreshing look of water on a hot summer’s day can make any homeowner wish they had a pool in their backyard, but making the decision about whether a pool is right for your property is more complicated than buying an inflatable bed with a cup holder.


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Hanging Pictures 101Posted on September 25, 2014

A home is a place where we create precious memories with those that we love, which is why photos are a big part of what makes a house into a home.


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Choosing The Best Lighting For Your SpacePosted on September 11, 2014

Whether it is a romantic dining room or a home office, finding the right lighting for each space in your home is essential to making it functional and inviting.


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Decorating With PlantsPosted on August 21, 2014

When choosing a style of furnishing, color scheme, or fabrics for your new home, or when redecorating a room, plants often do not immediately spring to mind when considering what you need to complete your space.


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Build Your Own Deck - Choosing The Right MaterialsPosted on August 07, 2014

A backyard deck is a great way to not only improve the value of your home, but also make your outdoor living space more enjoyable for you and your family.


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Your Home First Aid Kit - Ten Must HavesPosted on July 31, 2014

It’s a known fact that the majority of accidents occur at home, which is why every household must be equipped with a first aid kit complete with all of the essentials needed to handle life’s unexpected and unfortunate events.


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Cleaning Tips And TricksPosted on July 24, 2014

To clean your home is to free it from dirt, pollutants and other elements.


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How To Successfully Set Up A Freshwater AquariumPosted on July 24, 2014

An aquarium is designed to simulate a natural environment for freshwater life.


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Solar Lighting For Your YardPosted on July 24, 2014

Solar Lighting For Your Yard

One of the simplest, most economical and also eco-friendly ways to provide lighting in your yard is to use solar lights.


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Simple Ways To Add A Splash Of Color To Any RoomPosted on July 24, 2014

Simple Ways To Add A Splash Of Color To Any Room

If you are feeling a lack of color and vibrancy in your décor, but don’t have a lot of time or money to put into redecorating, you can still make a big difference.


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Financing Articles

Can You Buy A Home With No Down PaymentPosted on August 03, 2017

Can You Buy A Home With No Down Payment?

Coming up with a down payment in today’s economy can be difficult.


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Calculating Your Monthly Mortgage PaymentsPosted on July 27, 2017

One of the most important factors to consider when buying a new home is affordability.


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FHA Loans - What They Are And Who QualifiesPosted on July 13, 2017

FHA Loans: What They Are And Who Qualifies

In your house hunting you may have come across a mention of FHA loans.


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Why You Should Avoid Subprime LendersPosted on July 06, 2017

With the financial markets in crisis and the cost of homes plummeting, the subprime loan options that were responsible for this crash in the first place are becoming less common.


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The Advantages Of Pre-ApprovalPosted on June 15, 2017

The decision to purchase a home can be an exciting but sometimes confusing undertaking.


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Balloon Payments - What They Mean To YouPosted on April 27, 2017

Balloon Payments: What They Mean To You

In your research on home loans, you may have come across the term “balloon payment.


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Things You Need When Applying For A Home LoanPosted on March 16, 2017

Congratulations!  Now that you have found the perfect home, all that’s left is getting the perfect mortgage.


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Interest Only Loans - What You Should KnowPosted on December 29, 2016

Interest Only Loans: What You Should Know

Of the many different types of home loans out there, interest only loans are one of the more unusual types.


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Understanding The Closing ProcessPosted on December 08, 2016

Once your loan is approved, you will be ready to take the final step that will lead to the door of your new home.


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Step-By-Step Guide In Obtaining A Home LoanPosted on October 27, 2016

Now that you’ve decided to purchase a new home, it’s important to know what to expect throughout the loan process.


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All About Home Equity LoansPosted on September 22, 2016

All About Home Equity Loans

You have probably heard a lot about home equity loans if you have spent any time at all looking at home financing options.


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Getting A Second MortgagePosted on July 28, 2016

Second mortgages are not as common as they once were, and getting one is not as easy as it used to be, but even with the recent financial pressures that many of us are facing in this economy, there are still a number of options that can allow you to get one.


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Finding A Mortgage BrokerPosted on July 14, 2016

If you are in the market for a new home, or looking to refinance your existing mortgage, then you will want to consider the option of hiring a mortgage broker rather than an individual lender or lending institution.


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A Reverse Mortgage - Is It Right For YouPosted on July 07, 2016

A reverse mortgage is a financial option available to seniors which allows them to free up some of the accumulated equity in their home.


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Types Of Home LoansPosted on June 30, 2016

If you are in the market for a new home, it’s important that you know what type of loans are available to you.


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Finding Your Credit RatingPosted on May 12, 2016

Finding your credit rating can be an intimidating task, but for anyone hoping to purchase a home it is a necessary step.


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Shopping For The Best Home LoanPosted on April 14, 2016

Finding the perfect home is a task, but shopping for the best home loan can be even more tedious.


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First Time Buyer Loan TipsPosted on April 07, 2016

First Time Buyer Loan Tips

For first time buyers, the mortgage loan process can seem complex and confusing.


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Buying A Home With Past Credit ProblemsPosted on March 17, 2016

Buying a home can be both exciting and stressful but, for those with past credit problems, the process may also seem intimidating.


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How Much House You Can AffordPosted on February 18, 2016

There are a number of factors that can contribute to the affordability of a house and, as a potential homebuyer, it’s important that you know what type of mortgage payments are within your budget.


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Taking Advantage Of Low Interest Rates - Should You Refinance Your MortgagePosted on January 28, 2016

With mortgage rates on the lower side, the choice to cash in and refinance your mortgage may be tempting, but before you make that decision here are a few facts to help you decide if it is the best financial choice for you and your family.


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Tips For Getting Your Down Payment FasterPosted on December 03, 2015

Looking to buy your first home, but having trouble coming up with the down payment?  Typically you need to have between 5-50% of the purchase price of your home, so here are a few tips to help you save your down payment faster!

Save Your Tax Refund—Doing this alone for a few years may add up to a considerable amount to contribute to a down payment, especially if both you and your spouse commit to contributing the full amount.


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Negotiating An Owner Financing PurchasePosted on October 22, 2015

Saving for a down payment can be a difficult and time-consuming task, but there are options for financing a home purchase other than saving or the traditional borrowing options.


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Will You Qualify - What You Need To Get A MortgagePosted on October 01, 2015

If you are a first time homebuyer, navigating all the new information about homeownership, the home buying process, and mortgages can seem overwhelming.


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Tips For Qualifying For A Better Interest RatePosted on May 28, 2015

Tips For Qualifying For a Better Interest Rate

When it comes to a home loan, the interest rate is a very important factor.


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Recognizing Predatory Mortgage LendersPosted on April 23, 2015

A predator is defined as one that preys on others, which is why some lenders have fittingly earned the title as predatory mortgage lenders.


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Finding The Best Fit For Your MortgagePosted on April 02, 2015

If you are in the market for a new home, or are looking to refinance your mortgage, there are an ever increasing number of lending options that exist for you as a homeowner.


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Paying Off Your Mortgage FasterPosted on February 26, 2015

Paying off your mortgage is one of the biggest financial goals of most homeowners, and retiring debt-free can certainly give your golden years a greater sense of financial freedom and stability.


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How Much Cash Will You Need To ClosePosted on October 16, 2014

How Much Cash Will You Need To Close?

For first time buyers, the amount of money that is needed to seal the deal can often come as a bit of a shock.


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Holiday Articles

Celebrating New Year’s With Young ChildrenPosted on August 17, 2017

Celebrating New Year’s Eve With Children

Partying until midnight may not be in the cards for you come New Year’s Eve if you have small children.


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Create A Spooky Yard For HalloweenPosted on June 08, 2017

Halloween can be one of the most child-like and fun holidays of the year.


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Memorial Day Picnic Menu IdeasPosted on June 01, 2017

Memorial Day is usually spent watching the latest blockbuster film, but it is also a great time of year to get outside and celebrate the nice weather.


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Creative Ways To Say I Love You On Valentine's DayPosted on March 30, 2017

Every year, Valentine’s Day serves as a celebration of love, happiness and a commitment to those that you cherish.


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New Year's Eve Decorating IdeasPosted on January 12, 2017

On December 31 of every year, the world celebrates New Year’s Eve.


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Hanukkah Decorating IdeasPosted on December 22, 2016

Hanukkah is a very special time of year on the Jewish calendar.


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Planning The Perfect Easter Egg HuntPosted on December 15, 2016

Planning The Perfect Easter Egg Hunt

Searching for hidden treasures and tasty sweets is the biggest part of Easter for young children.


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St. Patrick's Day Ideas For Family FunPosted on November 17, 2016

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Create A Romantic Dining Room For Valentine’s DayPosted on June 16, 2016

With times being as tough as they are, finding the money to make a special Valentine’s Day for your sweetheart can be difficult.


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How To Make The Fourth Of July Fun For KidsPosted on June 09, 2016

Every year, the Fourth of July holiday honors the birth of our nation.


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Tips For The Perfect TurkeyPosted on April 28, 2016

Whether it is Thanksgiving or Christmas, a small family gathering or a huge party, cooking the perfect turkey for the holidays is every chef’s goal.


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Mother’s Day Brunch - Decoration And Menu IdeasPosted on March 24, 2016

Mother’s Day only comes around once a year, and since mom is there for us every day of the year, the least we can do is create a one-of-a-kind day to show her our thanks.


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Decorating For The Fourth Of July - Show Your Patriot PridePosted on December 10, 2015

Decorating for the Fourth of July is really a great and easy way to show your patriotic pride, and with our nation’s colors of red, white, and blue going so well together, it also couldn’t be easier.


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The Right Christmas Wreath For Your Front DoorPosted on November 12, 2015

Choosing the perfect tree is part of any holiday decorating tradition, but finding the right wreath for your front door can really finish off your holiday look and can be a beautiful and elegant addition to your exterior décor.


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How To Host A Fun And Safe New Year’s PartyPosted on October 29, 2015

New Year’s is a great time to host a party for friends and family.


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Father's Day Gift Giving Ideas He'll LovePosted on October 08, 2015

Every June, we celebrate our love for dad with Father’s Day and, although we don’t always know exactly what gift to give that could possibly express our gratitude, it is possible to get him something that he will love.


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Easy Easter Decorating IdeasPosted on September 24, 2015

Easter is often left out when thinking of holiday decorating, but since it is also the beginning of the spring season it is a great time to freshen up your home and add some of the lively and vibrant colors of the season.


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Christmas Decorating IdeasPosted on September 10, 2015

Along with the Christmas festivities comes the desire to decorate your home with twinkling lights, wreaths, trees and even yard ornaments featuring the theme of the holidays.


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Holiday Meal Ideas You Can Prepare Ahead Of TimePosted on June 25, 2015

Holiday Meal Ideas You Can Prepare Ahead Of Time

Preparing large holiday meals for a crowd is time consuming and a lot of work, too.


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Preparing Your Home For Holiday GuestsPosted on June 04, 2015

Preparing Your Home For Holiday Guests

It’s wonderful having friends and family at your home to share the holidays, but it can also be a lot of work.


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A Mother’s Day Menu Your Kids Can PreparePosted on April 30, 2015

A Mother’s Day Menu Your Kids Can Prepare

Mother’s Day is the perfect time for your children to show their love and appreciation for everything Mom does by preparing her a simple but delicious meal she will really appreciate.


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Thanksgiving Menu IdeasPosted on March 05, 2015

Thanksgiving is an annual national holiday commemorating a harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrim Fathers in 1621.


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Planning A Fun Fourth Of July Block PartyPosted on January 22, 2015

Independence Day is a great opportunity to get your neighborhood together to celebrate our great nation, and what could be more American than the block party!  It is a great and inexpensive way to get to know your neighbors and add a more traditional community feel to your street.


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Fabulous Homemade Halloween CostumesPosted on December 25, 2014

Fabulous Homemade Halloween Costumes

Halloween is the time of year when you can dress up as just about anything you want to be.


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Ways To Thrill Mom On Mother's DayPosted on November 27, 2014

A mother is someone who looks after you, takes care of you when you are sick and is always there to show you just how much she loves you.


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Is A Real Christmas Tree Right for YouPosted on November 20, 2014

Is A Real Christmas Tree Right For You?

There is nothing quite like the smell of fresh pine filling your home during the holiday season, and a real Christmas tree can do that better than any candle or air freshener.


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Host A Chinese New Years’ PartyPosted on September 18, 2014

The traditional Chinese New Year is becoming more and more a celebrated festival around the world, and it is a really great way to celebrate Chinese culture or just have fun with friends and family.


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Create Kid-Safe Jack O LanternsPosted on September 04, 2014

Halloween is a great time of year to let the creativity go wild, and when decorating for this fun and family-oriented holiday, it really wouldn’t be complete without a jack-o’-lantern or two!  While carving pumpkins is the traditional way to create a jack-o’-lantern, if you have young children or kids who want to create jack-o’-lanterns without adult supervision, then it can be a dangerous and risky craft idea.


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Decorating For Christmas The Green Living WayPosted on July 24, 2014

Christmas is probably one of the easiest times of the year to use environmentally friendly decorating ideas, and given the more traditional decorating trends for the season and the ever increasing need for all of us to contribute to making the planet a greener place, it’s never been easier.


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Have Some Fun With Easter EggsPosted on July 24, 2014

Every year, children enjoy festivities that include the coloring of Easter eggs, annual egg hunts and other activities that have emerged through the years as a growing holiday tradition.


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