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Posted on 06/27/2020
Compare the Advantages of Home Ownership vs Renting
Photo by Mohamed Hassan via Pixabay For years home ownership has been the American dream, but, according to the Pew Research Center, a higher percentage of us are renters than at any other time in the last 50 years. Is that a bad thing? Not necessarily. For many people renting may be the right choice. Every individual and...
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Posted on 06/27/2020
Real Estate Zoning Basics
Image by Arek Socha from Pixabay The regulations of real estate zoning have the potential to make or break a property, but not everyone is aware of these laws until they're confronted with the day-to-day realities of them. We'll look at the basics of zoning, and what investors and homeowners should keep in mind before making plans. There...
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Posted on 06/27/2020
Factors to Consider Before You Buy a Smart Home Device
Smart home devices enable property owners to automate a wide range of everyday tasks – everything from cleaning each bedroom in a residence to securing a house against burglaries and other threats. Yet not all smart house gadgets are identical. And if a homeowner fails to plan ahead for smart home technology investments, they risk spending money on smart...
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Posted on 06/20/2020
How to Select a Luxury Home Location
Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay If you are ready to move into a luxury home. You'll find options in most locations in any state you desire. Before you choose, especially if you plan on moving to another state, you should first tackle some other questions. Work Do you need to keep working to enjoy the lifestyle you have...
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Posted on 06/20/2020
Factors to Consider Before You Buy a Second House
The decision to purchase a second home may be one of the biggest choices you will make in your lifetime. As such, it is important to consider all of the factors associated with a house purchase before you embark on a quest to acquire a second residence. Now, let's take a look at three key factors to evaluate as...
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Posted on 06/20/2020
Curb Appeal for your Front Entryway
Photo by James Balensiefen via Unsplash An outdoor entrance that provides an attractive, welcoming appearance not only has the ability to enhance the curb appeal of your property, it also makes household residents and visitors with a warm visual reception to your home. You probably already know that hanging baskets and planters brimming with blooming flowers provide vibrant...
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Posted on 06/13/2020
Buying and Selling: Buy or Sell First?
Photo by Mohamed Hassan via Pixabay You’ve decided to sell your home to upgrade or even downsize, but you don’t know whether you should start looking and buy first or wait to sell first. The best-case scenario is to do both, but that takes a lot of planning. If you are sure your credit is good enough to...
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Posted on 06/13/2020
Conclude a Successful Homebuying Journey
The homebuying journey may require many weeks or months to complete. As you approach the finish line of this journey, there are lots of things you can do to ensure a seamless conclusion. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you quickly finalize a home purchase. 1. Conduct a Home Inspection A home inspection generally is...
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Posted on 06/13/2020
How the Information Provided in a Title Search Impacts a Real Estate Transaction
Photo by Gerd Altmann via Pixabay There are many title companies available to complete a title search for you. However, if you’re trying to reduce some of the costs associated with buying a property, you can complete a title search on your own and potentially save hundreds of dollars. 1. Identify the Property Start by gathering as much...
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Posted on 06/06/2020
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 06/06/2020
Which Is Best to Buy: An Older Home or New Construction?
Image by MITCH WRIGHT from Pixabay If you thought we'd answer "It all depends" you're absolutely right. So, lets take a look at the upsides and challenges of old and new homes. Buying an Older Home or Condo If you fall in love with an older home or condo, your real estate professional will guide you through the...
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Posted on 06/06/2020
How to Defend Against Termites
Photo by Binyamin Mellish from Pexels Termites are one of the worst possible nightmares you can face as a homeowner. These common insects can cause major structural damage right under your nose and eventually lead to thousands of dollars in repairs. Because they live in underground nests and inside the foundation of the home, it can be difficult...
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