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Guest Bathroom Tips And Tricks

Give Your Guest Bathroom a Glam Makeover With These 5 Design TricksBy Erin Gifford | Mar 27, 2019contrastaddict/iStockBe honest: When was the last time you set foot in your guest

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Etiquette Rules For Buyers

5 Unwritten Etiquette Rules Home Buyers Might Not Even Realize Are a Big DealBy Kayleigh Roberts | Mar 13, 2019 Rawpixel/iStock; realtor.comIf you're looking to buy a house, you're

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Spring Maintenance

Spring Into Action Now! 7 Home Maintenance Tasks You Should Tackle This SeasonBy Jamie Wiebe | Mar 20, 2019 gabort71/iStock; realtor.comThank the heavens! After a long, blustery

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Features To Help Sell Your Home Fast

Top 15 Home Features That Will Sell Your Home Fast—and for More CashBy Lance Lambert | Mar 19, 2019 iStock; realtor.comIt's one of the (many) high-stakes gambles of homeownership:

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Selling Or Buying Who Pays The Agent

Real Estate Agent Fees: Who Pays the Bill? | realtor.com® Real Estate Agent Fees: Who Pays the Bill? By Julie Ryan Evans | Feb 19,

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What Does Paying Off Your Mortgage Do To Your Credit

How Does Paying Off Your Mortgage Affect Your Credit Score? | realtor.com®.jwplayer.jw-flag-ads-googleima.jw-flag-touch .jw-controlbar{font-size:1em}.jwplayer.jw-flag-ads-googleima.jw-flag-touch -

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Is Your Bathroom Hindering Your Sale

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Tax Deductions To Take When Selling Your Home

5 Tax Deductions When Selling a Home: Did You Take Them All? | realtor.com® 5 Sweet Tax Deductions When Selling a Home: Did You Take Them All? By Margaret Heidenry |

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Do Not Let A Home Inspection Torpedo Your Sale Address These 5 Areas First

5 Major Problems You Need to Address Before a Home Inspection | realtor.com® No matter how much a buyer loves your property, a home inspection that reveals significant problems can turn them.

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Tiny Closets

5 Hacks to Make a Tiny, Cramped Closet Look HugeBy Jeanne Sager | Jan 28, 2019 David Sacks/Getty ImagesNo matter how beautiful and spacious your home is, one out-of-sight area could

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Quick Bedroom Organization

How to Organize Your Bedroom Fast—Even in 15 MinutesBy Whitney Coy | Jan 23, 2019 Fancy/Veer/Corbis/Getty ImagesWhen you focus on getting your house in order, your bedroom is

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That Is So Last Year

That's So 2018! The Most Outdated Home-Selling Advice You Should Now IgnoreBy Whitney Coy | Jan 30, 2019 Steve Debenport/iStock; realtor.comThere's one thing more scary than buying a

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Things That Can Not Be Donated

Don't Toss It! 7 Surprising Things You Can DonateBy Jeanne Sager | Jan 30, 2019 Bet_Noire/iStockChalk it up to Marie Kondo or just the January purge, but plenty of people

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Mortgage Rates Are Not Moving

Mortgage Rates Aren’t Moving—How Will the Housing Market Respond?By Andrea Riquier | Jan 24, 2019 iStockRates for home loans were unchanged in line with a stagnating bond market,

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What Not To Donate

10 Household Items You Really Shouldn't Put in the Donation PileBy Erin Gifford | Dec 26, 2018 istock/dragana991It's that time of year again. As in, the time to purge your

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Things To Watch For

There Goes the Neighborhood: Watch Out for These 7 Red Flags When Buying a HomeBy Jamie Wiebe | Jan 9, 2019 Jonathan Kingston/Getty Images; realtor.comFinally, you've done it:

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Brining That Dead Plant Back To Life

How to Revive a Dying Houseplant You Thought Was Beyond SavingBy M.J. Grenzow | Jan 9, 2019 GavinD/iStockDon't beat yourself up too much about neglecting a houseplant. Maybe you

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What Is The Shutdown Doing To Interest Rates

Mortgage Rates Hit a 9-Month Low as Government Shutdown Is Already Biting the Housing MarketBy Andrea Riquier | Jan 10, 2019 MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty ImagesRates for home loans slid

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Mortgage Rates Hit A High As The Easy Money Era Comes To A Close

Mortgage Rates Hit a Seven-and-a-Half-Year High as the Easy Money Era Comes to a Close | realtor.com®Mortgage Rates Hit a Seven-and-a-Half-Year High as the Easy Money Era Comes to a CloseBy Andrea

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10 Things Your Guest Bathroom Needs

10 Things Your Guest Bathroom Needs: Do You Have Them All? | realtor.com® StandbyPictures/iStock How’s your guest bathroom looking these days? If you haven’t considered

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Fewer Homes May Require Human Appraisals But That May Not Be A Good Thing

Fewer Homes May Require Human Appraisals–That May Be a Bad Thing | realtor.com® istock/cnythzl A new proposal to reduce the number of homes requiring in-person appraisals

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10 Cities Where Americans Are Deepest In Debt But Still Buy Homes

Cities Where Home Buyers Are the Most—and Least—in Debt | realtor.com® By Lance Lambert | Nov 27, 2018 Elnur/Shutterstock Debt is one of those ugly

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Do Not Microwave That

13 Surprising Things You Should Never Put in the Microwave | realtor.com® 13 Surprising Things You Should Never Put in the Microwave, According to Science By Stephanie

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Buying Before The Holidays

How to Buy a Home Fast—Even Before the Holidays! | realtor.com® How to Buy a Home Fast—Even Before the Holidays! By Liz Alterman | Nov 1,

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Selling Before The Holidays

How to Sell a Home Fast—Even Before the Holidays! | realtor.com® How to Sell a Home Fast—Even Before the Holidays! By Liz Alterman | Nov 2,

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No Furniture

I Lived Without Furniture, on Purpose—Here's What I Learned | realtor.com® I Lived Without Furniture, on Purpose—Here's What I Learned By Adriana Velez | Nov 5,

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Well Well Well

Well Water Testing, Explained: Do You Know What You're Drinking? | realtor.com® Well Water Testing, Explained: Do You Know What You're Drinking? By Jeanne Sager | Sep

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Upgrades To Avoid

The Property Brothers Reveal One Popular Upgrade to Avoid | realtor.com® The Property Brothers Reveal One Megapopular Upgrade You May Want to Avoid By Lisa Johnson

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Hang On

6 Things People Later Regret Decluttering From Their Homes | realtor.com® 6 Things People Later Regret Decluttering From Their Homes By Margaret Heidenry | Sep 28,

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Should You Buy A Smokers House

Should You Buy a Smoker's House? How to Get Rid of the Smell | realtor.com® Should You Buy a Smoker's House? How to Get Rid of Cigarette Smells By Audrey Ference | Jul

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Stinky House

SELL Tricks to Banish Bad Smells From Your Home—Forever By Lisa Gordon | Apr 28, 2016 perets/iStock; powerofforever/iStockEven if your house looks immaculate, there are few

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11 Mortifying Home Buyer Behaviors That Make Real Estate Agents Cringe By Cathie Ericson Aug 3

11 Home Buyer Behaviors That Make Real Estate Agents Cringe | realtor.com® 11 Mortifying Home Buyer Behaviors That Make Real Estate Agents Cringe By Cathie Ericson |

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A Dictionary For Home Buyers

Mortgage Terms Explained, From ARMs to PointsBy Laura Winter | Jan 4, 2016 PeskyMonkey/iStock.comMortgage terms are like most industry terms: confusing as heck if you're not in the

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Hurricane Florence Creating Housing Shortage For Displaced North Carolinians

Hurricane Florence Creating Housing Shortage for Displaced North Carolinians | realtor.com® Hurricane Florence Creating Housing Shortage for Displaced North

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The Difference Is More Then Just The Title

Real Estate Professionals Explained: Agent, Broker, REALTOR®By Michele Lerner | Mar 10, 2014iStockReal estate professionals go by different names. There are agents. Brokers..

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House Hunting Is Going To The Dogs

Put Pets First? Animal-Loving Home Buyers Leave Decisions to the DogsBy Louise Witt | Aug 8, 2018 Chalabala/iStockFor two years, Kelly Heskett searched real estate listings

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Who Pays The Realtor

How Much do Real Estate Agents Make? An Overview for Home Buyers and SellersBy Michele Lerner | Dec 3, 2013 How much do real estate agents make? It's clearly a popular—

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Why Use An Agent

6 Reasons You Should Never Buy or Sell a Home Without an AgentBy Rachel Stults | Feb 4, 2016 Manfred Rutz/Getty ImagesIt's a slow Sunday morning. You've just brewed your Nespresso

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Did You Know You Can Flush A Hot Water Heater

<img height="1" width="1" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=156626651472275&ev=PageView&noscript=1" />How to Flush a Water Heater: Steps and Pics | realtor.com® How to Flush a

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Landscaping Help

<img height="1" width="1" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=156626651472275&ev=PageView&noscript=1" />Cheap Landscaping Ideas That'll Rake In Money Later | realtor.com® 7 Cheap

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Inexpensive Fixer Ups

<img height="1" width="1" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=156626651472275&ev=PageView&noscript=1" />6 Inexpensive Ways to Transform a Room in 3 Hours or Less | realtor.com® 6

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Ceiling Fan Need To Knows

<img height="1" width="1" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=156626651472275&ev=PageView&noscript=1" />What Are the Best Ceiling Fans for Your Home? A Handy Guide | realtor.com® What

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Right Of Rescission

<img height="1" width="1" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=156626651472275&ev=PageView&noscript=1" />The Right of Rescission, a Safety Net for Home Loan Seekers | realtor.com® What Is

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The Art Of Coffee Table Decorating

<img height="1" width="1" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=156626651472275&ev=PageView&noscript=1" />How To Decorate a Coffee Table: 9 Coffee Table Styling Tips | realtor.com®

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Rent To Own Scams

<img height="1" width="1" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=156626651472275&ev=PageView&noscript=1" />Most Common Rent-to-Own Scams: How to Not Get Taken for a Fool | realtor.com®

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How Movers Move

How Movers Move Their Own Stuff: 8 Insider Hacks You'll Be Glad to KnowBy Margaret Heidenry | Jul 13, 2018Bet_Noire/iStockNo one knows how to move like professional movers. That's their job, after

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T Rex Sells Real Estate

Dinosaur Days: How a T. Rex Costume Helped Dress Up a Texas HomeBy Audrey Ference | Jul 16, 2018Remember the real estate agent who dressed up in a panda suit to try and sell a home in Spring,?

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Where To Retire

You'll Never Guess the Best State for Retirees—or the One They Should AvoidBy Clare Trapasso | Jul 13, 2018monkeybusinessimages/iStockLet's just get this out of the way: Yes, Florida boasts

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Can The Mortgage Market Predict The Presidency

Paul Thomas/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesFew American homeowners — or wannabe homeowners — think about the ease of the financial mechanism that delivers their white picket fence or windowed high

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How To Take Care Of Your Ac

6 Air Conditioner Maintenance Tasks That You Must Not Skip | realtor.com® Air Conditioner Maintenance Tasks That Aren't Up for Negotiation By Teresa Traverse | May 30,

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Is Your Pet Hurting Your Sale

7 Ways Your Pet Can Prevent a Sale | realtor.com® Cute Yet Cringeworthy Ways Your Pets Can Wreck a Home Sale By Jennifer Geddes | Jan 16,

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Maybe This Is Why Your House Will Not Sell

7 Dumb Reasons People Can't Sell a Home | realtor.com® 7 Dumb Reasons People Can't Sell a Home By Audrey Ference | May 31, 2018 iStock;

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Thinking About Retirement

Why it might be better to take Social Security at age 66 instead of 70 - MarketWatchWhy it might be better to take Social Security at age 66 instead of 70 By Mark:

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New Home Sales Decline

As New-Home Sales Decline, Their Price Dips as WellBy Clare Trapasso | Feb 26, 2018 gerenme/iStockFewer new homes were sold this year—and that's not likely to help the worsening

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Is It To Late

Over a Million Americans May Have Just Lost Their Shot at RefinancingBy Andrea Riquier | Mar 6, 2018 cnythzl/iStockInterest rates have surged in the opening weeks of 2018, raising

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Things To Do Before You Move

Your Moving Checklist: 15 Things to Do Before Moving Into a New HomeBy Daniel Bortz | Mar 16, 2018 iStockWelcome to the ultimate moving checklist—a list of all the things you

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How Many Stories Is Right For You

One-Story vs. Two-Story Home: Which Is Better? | realtor.com® One-Story vs. Two-Story Home: Which Is Better? By Stephanie Booth | Apr 9, 2018

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Make Sure You Double Check

Real Estate Purchase Agreement: 7 Things to Check—or Else | realtor.com® Real Estate Purchase Agreements: 7 Things Home Buyers Must Check—or Else By Daniel Bortz |

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When What You Really Want Is Out Of Your Budget

Priced Out of Your Dream Neighborhood? How to Find a Cheaper Twin | realtor.com® Priced Out of Your Dream Neighborhood? How to Find Its Cheaper Twin By Audrey|

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Who Does Not Love A Sectional

5 Sophisticated Sectional Sofa Ideas That Are Anything but Dumpy | realtor.com® 5 Sophisticated Sectional Sofa Ideas That Are Anything but Dumpy By Jeanne Sager | Apr

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Things That Can Slow The Closing Process

14 Factors that Can Stall the Mortgage Closing Process | realtor.com® 14 Factors That Can Stall the Mortgage Closing Process By Nikki Gaskins Campbell | Apr 24,

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Fun Yard Tools

7 Tools Under $30 That Make Yard Maintenance a Breeze | realtor.com® 7 Tools Under $30 That Do Your Yard Work for You By Liz Alterman | Apr 25,

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Its More Than Just A Door

Unlock These 6 Stunning Front Door Designs for Any Type of Home | realtor.com® Unlock These 6 Stunning Front Door Designs for Any Type of Home By Jennifer Geddes | Apr

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What You Need To Know About Down Payments

6 Down Payment Myths You Should Stop Believing Immediately | realtor.com®Fact or Fiction? 6 Down Payment Myths You Should Stop Believing ImmediatelyBy Angela Colley | Apr 26, 2018WHYFRAME

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Is There A Best Time To Buy

The Best Day and Month for Bargain Hunters to Buy a Home | realtor.com® Mark Your Calendars: The Best Day and Month for Bargain Hunters to Buy a Home By Clare|

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Galley Kitchens

8 Galley Kitchen Ideas You Can Really Cook WithBy Adriana Velez | Mar 23, 2018Photo by Charles Debbas Architecture/HouzzMany people consider a galley kitchen undesirable. A galley

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Mississippi Did Not Make The List

10 Most Sinful States in America: They're Tops for Lust, Vanity, and SlothBy Judy Dutton | Feb 23, 2018RTimages/iStockCalling all sinners! Don't worry, we're not here to give a

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Open Shelving Yay Or Nay

Open Shelving in the Kitchen: Pros and Cons for Homeowners | realtor.com® Is Open Shelving in the Kitchen Smart and Stylish or Wildly Impractical? By Jennifer Geddes |

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Rates Are On The Rise

Federal Reserve Move Indicates That From Here on Out, Mortgage Rates Will Be Going UpBy Danielle Hale | Mar 21, 2018 iStockIt’s the beginning of a new era at the Federal Reserve:

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Reality Show Renovation

'Our Home Was Renovated on a Reality Show': What It's Really Like, Warts and AllBy Lisa Johnson Mandell | Sep 25, 2017 TLCIf you've ever watched "Fixer Upper," "Flip or Flop," or

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Moving With Pets

5 Hilariously Ruff Lessons Learned While Moving With PetsBy Jennifer Geddes | Mar 23, 2018 iStockHowever stressful moving might seem to you, trust us, if you have pets, they are far

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Have I Got A Beach House For You

Paradise Found: Honolulu's Historic House of Blue Heaven Is Listed for $6.9MBy Audrey Ference | Feb 22, 2018 realtor.comWei Lan Tien, or the House of Blue Heaven, is 6,690

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How Long Have You Been House Hunting

Most House Hunters Have Been Searching for 3 Months or MoreBy Andrea Riquier | Feb 23, 2018 Jonathan Alcorn/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesHow tough is the housing market?Most Americans

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Thinking Of Selling

7 Home Decor Trends to Avoid If You Hope to Sell Your HomeBy Audrey Ference | Feb 28, 2018 ExperienceInteriors/iStockThere's a huge difference between decorating for 

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Paint Vs Primer

What Does Paint Primer Do, and Do I Really Need Primer Before I Paint?By Jennifer Geddes | Feb 28, 2018 Jens_Lambert_Photography/iStockWhat does paint primer do? Primer helps prep

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Tax Tips

5 Disastrous Tax Mistakes People Make When They Work From HomeBy Cathie Ericson | Mar 1, 2018 Dean Mitchell/iStockWorking at home has multiple perks—not the least of which is that

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Moving Tips And Tricks

Cheap Moving Boxes, Trucks, and Other Money-Saving Moving Hacks | realtor.com®Cheap Moving Boxes, Trucks, and Other Money-Saving Hacks RevealedBy Kimberly Dawn Neumann | Sep 8,/

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Good Fences Build Good Neighbors

Build a Privacy FenceTips for planning, designing and constructing a wood privacy fence.This article will help you avoid major pitfalls and costly mistakes when you're planning and installing a

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Is Your Dishwasher Stinky

It’s certainly ironic to think about such a clean appliance smelling so foul, since the appliance’s job is to wash and sanitize dishes. But in reality, even top-of-the-line machines can

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Is Dual Agency Worth It For Home Buyers

Working With a Seller's Agent: Is Dual Agency Worth It? | realtor.com®Working With a Seller's Agent: Is Dual Agency Worth It for Home Buyers?By Adriana Velez | Sep 7, 2017SolStock/iStockYou amble

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Garbage Disposal Do Nots

Plumbers Reveal: 9 Crazy Things That Will Absolutely Clog Your PipesBy Holly Amaya AwakenedEye/iStockThere's no denying that plumbing is a messy business; most of us cringe at the thought

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What Guests Love

The Property Brothers Reveal 5 Things Guests Go Gaga for in a HomeBy Lisa Johnson Mandell | Dec 15, 2017HGTVOn the latest episode of "Property Brothers at Home: Drew's Honeymoon

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Thinking Of Buying A Fixer Upper

Read This FirstBy Audrey Ference | Dec 19, 2017sturti/iStockBuying a fixer-upper is one of those endeavors that looks so fun on TV (thanks, Chip and Joanna Gaines). But

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No More Excuses

8 Dumb Reasons People Can't Buy a HomeBy Daniel Bortz | Jul 11, 2017akurtz/Getty ImagesBuying a home—especially if it’s your first—can be a lot like losing weight in the sense

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Zero Down Payment Does Not Mean Zero Out Of Pocket

9 Home-Buying Costs Veterans and Active Military Should Keep in MindBy Cathie Ericson | Sep 29, 2017Veterans United Home Loans 2016For veterans and active military, VA loans are a

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How To Remove Dog Smells From Your Home

(Because Honestly Fido Stinks) ByLiz Alterman 2:30 pm ET October 18, 2017 damedeeso/iStock Removing dog smells from a home is a challenge all dog owners have to face 

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Can My Landlord Just Come In

Notice of Entry, and Other Rules Your Landlord Needs to FollowBy Jeanne Sager | Oct 2, 2017 With a rental lease set to expire, most landlords want to show the apartment as often as

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Do You Need Insurance To Move

Why It Might Pay to Be Protected With Moving InsuranceBy Angela Colley | Sep 1, 2016 As if you don’t have enough to worry about when you’re moving. You have to pack all

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Thinking Of Building

How Much Does It Cost to Build a Home: Can You Guess?By Margaret Heidenry | Aug 10, 2016 Deciding to build a home is exciting—it's no wonder that more than 1,000,000 new

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New Year New Home

Resolution #1: Decide What You WantLet's start with the fun part. The first step is to decide what you are looking for. You need to determine the what, where, and when of your purchase. What kind of

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Top10 List Of New Years Resolutions For Your Home

When the new year arrives, promises and resolutions abound. Here’s the top-10 list of what the resolute home owner should accomplish this year. This time, it’s going to be different. A brand

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So You Want To Sell

Selling Your Home? 8 Uncomfortable Realizations You'll Experience | realtor.com® Selling Your Home? 8 Uncomfortable Realizations You'll Have Before You Succeed By Daniel

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5 Things Not To Buy At The Big Hardware Store

Things to Never Buy at Home Depot or Lowe's | realtor.com® 5 Things to Never Buy at Home Depot, Lowe's, or Other Big Hardware Store By Audrey Ference | Nov 9,

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Is It Time To Update

Why Some Siblings Become Neighbors | realtor®

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Your Pet Loves You But Not These Things

Things Pets Secretly Hate About Your Home | realtor.com®8 Things Pets Secretly Hate About Your HomeBy Daniel Bortz | Nov 10, 2017sankai/iStockWe're crazy about our pets, but have you ever asked

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Why Buy During The Holidays

Reasons to Buy a Home During the Holidays | realtor.com® 5 Surprisingly Smart Reasons to Buy a Home During the Holidays By Cathie Ericson | Nov 16,

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Thinking About A VA Loan

VA Loans: 5 Ways They Can Help You Buy Your Dream Home | realtor.com® 5 Things You Didn't Know a VA Loan Could Do for You By Cathie Ericson | Nov 16,

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It Is That Time Of Year

7 Best Guest Beds, From Inflatable Mattresses to Murphy Beds | realtor.com® Time for Guests...7 Best Guest Beds, From Inflatable Mattresses to Murphy Beds and Beyond

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Understanding A Sellers Counter Offer

A Seller Giving a Counteroffer Over the Asking Price: Absurd but Not Unheard OfBy Audrey Ference SIphotography/iStockCan a seller give a counteroffer over the asking price? (It seems

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So Your Spouse Does Not Have The Best Credit

Spouse's Bad Credit Killing Hopes of a Mortgage? Save Your Home and Marriage!By Deborah Kearns | AntonioGuillem/iStockYou probably didn’t think to run a credit check on your spouse

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What Contingency Means

What Does 'Contingency' Mean in a Real Estate Listing?By Audrey Ference | Oct 16, 2017 cyano66/iStockA contingency can make or break your home sale, but what exactly does it?

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Thinking Of A Bathroom Remodel

7 Bathroom Design Trends Home Buyers Want to Flush AwayBy Jennifer Geddes    Homeowners love their bathrooms. We totally get it—you spend a

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Hunting For The Perfect Couch

The Best Couch for Your Home: 6 Questions to Ask to Pick RightBy Jeanne Sager SolStock/iStockWhat's the best couch for your home? Homeowners often take sofa shopping seriously, as well

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8 Overlooked Germy Places In Your Kitchen To Clean Now

8 overlooked germy places in your kitchen to clean now | Fox News The kitchen has more places for cooties than anywhere else in your home – even more than your bathroom, on average. We are

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Laundry Rooms To Love

6 Laundry Room Ideas to Make Washing Clothes Actually Enjoyable | realtor.com® 6 Laundry Room Ideas to Make Washing Clothes Actually Enjoyable By Jennifer Geddes | Sep

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Until DIY Do Us Part

6 Home Renovation Decisions That Can Break Up Marriages | realtor.com® 6 Home Renovations That Can Tear Apart Marriages By Rachel Stults | Feb 9,

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Last Minute Halloween Craft Idea

Fun Halloween Craft IdeasPaper Pumpkins: Easy and Fun to do with Little OnesI love this craft because it is so simple and I could create these fun little gourds with my two-year-old!What

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5 Surprises About Fixing A Flooded Home

How to Fix a Flooded Home: 5 Surprises to Know | realtor.com® 5 Surprises About Fixing a Flooded Home By Judy Dutton | Aug 29, 2017 Luke

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Louisianas Most Expensive Home

Baton Rouge Mansion Is Louisiana's Most Expensive Home | realtor.com® Baton Rouge Mansion on the Bayou for $5.9M  By Lloyd Alaban | Sep 8,

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Looking For Outdoor Furniture

6 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying Outdoor Furniture | realtor.com®Buying Outdoor Furniture? 6 Embarrassing Mistakes to Avoid at All CostsBy Jennifer Geddes | Sep 8, 2017allenmorrisphoto/iStockThe

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You Are The Executor Of An Estate

You’re the executor of an estate? Here are 7 tips for getting through itJUDY MARTELSEPTEMBER 29, 2017 in RETIREMENTADVERTISEMENTKlaus Vedfelt/Getty ImagesIt’s a role no one really

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25 Tips For First Time Home Buyers

(Photo: John Bazemore, AP)Buying a home can be nerve wracking, especially if you’re a first-time home buyer. Not only is it probably the biggest purchase of your life, but the process

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Before you start house shopping, it’s best to get your financial house in order.To get the lowest mortgage rate, you need a good credit score. It will be the biggest factor in determining your

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High demand and low interest rates continue to drive housing sales this month.While home prices for starter-to-midrange homes are pushing upward toward pre-recession peaks, especially in secondary

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If you're selling a home for the first time, it's quite a different ballgame from what you experienced as a first-time buyer.Ultimately, you're in control of the process. You call the shots on

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Staying Focused And Organized While House Hunting

5 Tips on Staying Focused, Organized While House Hunting | realtor.com® 5 Tips on Staying Focused, Organized While House Hunting By Patricia-Anne Tom | Jan 8,

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Help My Partner And I Do Not Love The Same House

'Help, My Partner and I Don't Love the Same House!' | realtor.com® 'Help, My Partner and I Don't Love the Same House!' By Molly Ginty | Feb 10,

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You Think Youll Love These Luxury Features

These Are the Luxury Features You Will Never, Ever Use | realtor.com® —But Almost No One Ever Uses Them By Cicely Wedgeworth | Feb 25,

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Got Granite

How to Seal Granite Countertops and Protect This Kitchen Surface | realtor.com® How to Seal Granite Countertops: Steps to Protect This Kitchen Surface By Adriana|

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Silly Reasons People Cant Buy A Home

Buying a home—especially if it’s your first—can be a lot like losing weight in the sense that people end up doing, well, some pretty dumbstuff in the process.But whiledesperate dieters might

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What Not To Say

Things Buyers Should Never, Ever Say When Closing on a HomeBy Daniel Bortz | Aug 7, 2017 By the time home buyers makeit to the closing, it’s smooth sailing, right? Wrong.For home buyers, the

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When Should Active Military Personnel Rent Vs Buy 3 Things To Consider

By Veterans United | Feb 20, 2017 Veterans UnitedDeciding when to take the home-buying plunge can be tough. For military members and their families, the unique nature of their service often adds a

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As Home Prices Keep Climbing Heres What You Need To Know

By Clare Trapasso | Aug 16, 2017 It's anyone's guess just how much higher home prices will go—and if they'll ever slow down. Besides, if you couldsee the future, wouldn't you rather focus your

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HouseHunting Secrets For New Parents Empty Nesters Job Seekers And Others

House Hunting for New Parents, Empty Nesters, Job Seekers | realtor.com® Life is unpredictable, no matter how carefully you plan. And yet, when you buy a house, you are

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Building A Backyard Firepit

How to Build a Fire Pit - DIY Fire Pit | how-tos | DIY .PIN_1503079060184_embed_grid { width: 100%; max-width: 257px; min-width: 140px; display: inline-block; box-shadow: inset 0 0 1px #000;

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What Sellers Want from Their Real Estate Agent It's easy to say that the seller wants to sell fast and for top dollar.  Of course that's true.  As real estate professionals we provide a

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Top Tips For First Time Home Buyers

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3 Reasons Why It’s Important to Price Your Home to SellComing up with the right price when selling your home is a balancing act. You want to ask for as much as possible, but not so much that you

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How Working with a Real Estate Agent Benefits YouBuying and selling a home can be a daunting task for anyone, especially when it is your first time. But, it’s a process you don’t have to go

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Study shows FSBOs get ‘significantly’ less for their homes than traditional agentsinHome owners trying to save money can try to sell their own home but may not save much in the process.

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What Is Absorption Rate in Real Estate and Why Is It Important?Let’s start with a dry definition of absorption rate in real estate and then we’ll make it a bit more interesting. Absorption rate

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Student Loan Debt Mortgage Solutions

Largest Source of Mortgage Funds in U.S. Tries to Help Homebuyers Struggling With Student Debtannie Mae has come to recognize the problem people are facing when they’d like to buy a house but

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Staging: More Money, Fewer Days on Market, Report ShowsTo many real estate pros, home staging has gone from a luxury to a necessity. The National Association of REALTORS® found in a recent survey

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Not Your Fathers Vinyl Floor

Vinyl Flooring Has Come a Long Way This surface looks better than you remember and can look like hardwood, tile or stone. Yes, that is a vinyl floor. Wood-look, sheet vinyl, to

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What A Beautiful Room

10 Sneaky Tricks to Make Your Living Room Look ExpensiveBy Holly Amaya | May 10, 2017 Next to the kitchen, the living room is arguably the most important room in the home. True

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This a very interesting way for FIRST HOME BUYERS to overcome their biggest obstacle: DOWN PAYMENT.Click HERE to find out more! http://homefundme.comPath to Purchasing Your New Home1.

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Soaking Tub vs Clawfoot Tub? The Home Features People Want Right NowByElise Craig|Aug 16, 2017 7:18PMJust like with fashion, home trends come and go. And though it’s easy to realize in retrospect

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5 Steps to Take Before Shopping for Your First Home8/13/2017SHA How to get the money to flip a houseWhen you're considering buying your first home, you're probably full of excitement about

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We Were Outbid On Our Dream Home

How to Avoid This Heartbreaking FateBy Margaret Heidenry | Jul 24, 2017 We'd found it: our dream home. And then we watched it slip through our fingers.It all started back in the fall

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Can 3% down payments really compete in today's tight mortgage market?Pre-qualification vs. pre-approvalLenders can pump out as many low down payment offerings as they want, but if these low down

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Know Your Renters’ Rights: What Should You Do When Your Landlord Sells?ByLori Johnston|Aug 15, 2017 8:06PMYou’ve rented a new place, moved your stuff, changed your address, and adapted to your

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Fixer Upper

Your Fixer Upper Will Sell In No Time If You Do These ThingsSo it’s time to sell that fixer-upper that you’ve been wanting to put on the market forever, but you’re not sure how to market

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How to Pick the Right House For You | realtor.com®How to Pick the Right House For YouBy Jamie Wiebe | You've done your research, saved up for a down payment, and found a Realtor® you

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What Not To Regret

Things Buyers Regret Overlooking in a Home | realtor.com® 9 Things Buyers Regret Overlooking in a Home: Will You Miss Them, Too? By Cathie Ericson;

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Your Hardwood Floor Is Not Ruined

How to Remove Stains From Hardwood Floors | realtor.com® How to Remove Stains From Hardwood Floors By Lisa Gordon | Jul 5, 2017 For many

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Are you are looking for something different to do while on the coast? Check out this local website and see what's happening here on the coast..https://www.gulfcoast.org/

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When Was The Last Time You Went To An Open House

Reasons to Go to an Open House, Even If You're Not Buying | realtor.com® 6 Surprising Reasons to Go to an Open House—Even If You're Not Buying By Cathie Ericson |

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Decorating Mistakes

CHOOSING A TOO-SMALL RUGA rug that’s on the puny side makes a room look fragmented and feel choppy. The Fix: Go beyond the edges of your biggest piece of furniture. If you

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What Your Choice Of Paint Color Says About You

While neutral or white hues are go-to paint color choices for many homeowners, it’s looking like more and more people are daring to think outside this color scheme. In a recent color psychology

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Grilling Mistakes To Avoid

We've all seen, smelled, eaten and regretted some mighty bad grilling mishaps over the years, and it's always such a shame. The meat is juuust a little overdone, under-seasoned, inedibly dry, or

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Secrets To Chic KidFriendly Dcor

When you love fine art, are partial to high-end furniture, but have children who dominate your home, staying true to your design aesthetic can be challenging. How do you show off the gorgeous new

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Grass Got You Down

Summer Lawn Care GuideBy: Julie Day Summer is a maintenance season for lawns.If spring lawn care is about getting your lawn healthy and green, summer lawn care is about KEEPING it healthy while

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How Do You Clean Your Granite

This is the Safest (And Easiest) Way to Clean Granite Countertops © Getty How to Clean Granite Countertops Cleaning granite countertops is one of the easiest spring cleaning tasks to tackle-as

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Are You Thinking Of Selling

Do it TODAY!! by The KCM Crew on March 7, 2017 in For Sellers, Housing Market Updates   That headline might be a little aggressive. However, as the data on the 2017 housing market

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Home Loans Through USDA

USDA Home Financing InformationMany are surprised to learn that the USDA (US Department of Agriculture) assists with mortgages. They are applicable in designated non-metropolitan areas and have

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Pricing Your Home

How to Use Comparable Sales to Price Your HomeBy: Carl VogelBefore you put your home up for sale, understand how the right comparable sales help you and your agent find the perfect price.How much

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Want An Eye Catching Front Door

11 Ways to Create a Welcoming Front Entrance for Under $100By: Cara GreenbergWouldn’t it be nice to approach your home’s entrance with a grin instead of a grimace? Take our tips for beating a

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School Has Been Out For Less A Few Weeks

And my daughter has already said "I'm Bored" 1,000,000 times..... Here are some Boredom BustersVisit your local Children’s Museum. Lynn Meadows is $10 a person for a day pass. We like to

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Real Estate Jargon 22 Home Buying Terms

Here is a list of 22 terms you need to know before you buy a house Real Estate AgentA real estate agent is a licensed professional who helps the buyer or seller in the house-purchasing process. Most

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I Have A Dirty Secret

The Grout In My Kitchen Was DisgustingMy wife and I bought our home 14 years ago, when we purchased the brand new construction home it was as trendy as could be with its beige walls,

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The History Of Memorial Day

Memorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years

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Does Replacing A Bath With A Shower Decrease Your Home Value

via : SF GateAnytime you undertake a major home improvement project, ask yourself what impact it will have on your eventual resale value. When it comes to bathroom remodeling, you’ll likely get a

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Should I Buy Or Should I Rent

Buying a Home vs. Renting in 2017Via: Think GlinkBuying a home is now more affordable than renting in most places, but there could be changes on the way.According to the ATTOM Data Solutions 2017

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Thinking About Buying Rental Property

Things You Must Know Before You Buy Rental Property ,Evaluate risks and returns before you invest.          Rental property can be a money pit if you don

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Summer Vacation Is Rapidly Approaching

The 14 Best Family Summer Vacations to Take in 2017Via Conde Nast TravelerGettyBryce Canyon National Park is one of five National Park options in Utah.Whether you're looking for a city getaway or an

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Why A Good Home Appraisal Is Important

via: Goodfinacialcents.comHow much is your home worth?A good home appraisal is one of the most important components of getting approved for a mortgage.This appraisal ultimately decides just how much

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YES You Should Get A Home Inspection

Why Are Home Inspections Important? Via: AHIT.com A home inspection is an all-encompassing examination of the condition of a home.   The home inspection process is

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Did You Know There Are Different Types Of Mortgages

Types of Mortgages: Which One Is the Right One? via MortgageCalculator.org When the homeowner approaches the lender and they begin the process of filling out the mortgage loan application, it is a

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Moving So

Anyone Moving? 20+ Tips and Tricks to Make Moving Easier!Via: Howdoesshe.com1. First things first, make yourself a “We’re Moving” Binder. This will be a lifesaver!2. You’ll also want to take

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With Spring Comes Spring Cleaning

These are the things in your home you should be spring cleaningVia USA Today Network                  

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How To Sell A Home While Going Through A Divorce

How To Sell A Home While Going Through A Divorce – via The Rochesterrealestateblog.comHaving to go through a divorce is not something that anyone gets excited about.  Getting a divorce often

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That New House Feel

The Pros And Cons Of Buying A Newly Built HomeVia: ForbesAccording to Trulia, twice as many people prefer new homes to existing homes.“New” means exactly that: brand new properties that have

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I Dont Have Time For Showings

I Need to Sell My Home But It Is Too Inconvenient To Show Itvia: Massachusetts Realtor                 ;&

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So You Want An Older Home

Are you thinking of buying an older home? Maybe you love the idea of living in a home that’s stood through years of local history, or you love the unique architectural features and building

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Lets Talk Insurance

4 Crazy Good Tips When Buying Insurance For Your First HomeOkay, you’ve worked hard to find your dream home, to get all those documentations to get your mortgage approved and you’re going to

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The Look Of Luxury

6 Sneaky Ways to Make Your Home Look ExpensiveWant your place to look like those home design website images you drool over? Of course you do! Problem is, your budget may not match your design

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Its Going To Be A Great Year In Real Estate

All Signs Point To A Strong 2017 Real Estate MarketVia: Forbes President Trump would like to stimulate the economy through deficit spending and deregulation. The market has responded by selling off

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Did Somebody Say Cookies

The Best Soft Chocolate Chip CookiesA few months back, my wife stumbled upon a chocolate chip cookie recipe that has changed our lives on Pinterest...and by changed our lives I mean, my wife has

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You Cant Control Everything

Sellers, What Can and Can’t You Control? Home Seller AdviceVia  Massachusetts RealtorAre you a home seller getting ready to put your home on the market?  It is important to know what you

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Tools To Have

 Setting up house as a new homeowner can sometimes be a daunting task.The luxury of calling a maintenance man in case something breaks or leaks is gone, and certain tasks are extremely fixable

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Wanting To Add Equity

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The Facts About Selling Your Home

What Are The 20 Cold, Hard, Facts In Real Estate Home Selling?  Know your local Real Estate Market –  What’s moving the market? If you don’t know, make sure your Realtor knows. If

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