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What Home Buyers Want in 2020
Posted on 03/29/2020
What Home Buyers Want in 2020
Photo by Gerd Altmann via Pixabay Energy Efficiency As home buyers become younger and younger, energy-efficient structures become more popular. According to the National Association of Home Builders, the most sought-after green features in a home include: Energy-Star rated windows and appliances. Toilets that conserve water. Tankless water heaters. Solar panels. Extra insulation. Triple-paned glass in windows and...
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How to Budget for Your First Home
Posted on 03/22/2020
How to Budget for Your First Home
Photo by Olya Adamovich via Pixabay You’ve decided to start the process of buying a home. Congratulations! Now it’s time to figure out how much money you have, and what you can afford. The goal is to avoid purchasing more home than you can afford, but those variables change. In September 2019, the average price of a new...
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Things You Need to Know Before You Buy a House
Posted on 03/15/2020
Things You Need to Know Before You Buy a House
Buying your dream home may prove to be a long, arduous process. Thankfully, those who prepare for the homebuying journey can limit the risk of encountering hurdles along the way. And as a result, these homebuyers may be better equipped than others to enjoy a fast, seamless property buying experience. Now, let's take a look at three things you...
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3 Things You Need to Consider Before You Attend a Home Showing
Posted on 03/08/2020
3 Things You Need to Consider Before You Attend a Home Showing
You know you want to pursue a home, and as such, likely plan to attend lots of house showings in the near future. Before you check out a residence in-person, however, it generally is a good idea to prepare as much as possible. That way, you can use a home showing to learn about a residence, evaluate a house's...
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Old-School Culinary Gardening - How to Start
Posted on 03/01/2020
Old-School Culinary Gardening - How to Start
Photo by stux via Pixabay If you're like many busy homeowners, you may not have a lot of time to cultivate a vegetable garden for the purpose of putting food on the family table. However, old-school culinary herb gardens are deceptively easy to grow, and they pull double duty by providing an exceedingly pleasing aesthetic. Not only do they...
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What's It Like to Sell a House?
Posted on 02/23/2020
What's It Like to Sell a House?
The home selling journey varies from person to person. If an individual prepares for this journey, he or she may be better equipped than others to avoid problems along the way. On the other hand, an individual who is unprepared for the property selling journey may struggle to achieve the best-possible results. There are many things that an individual...
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Tips on Building the Perfect Sandbox
Posted on 02/16/2020
Tips on Building the Perfect Sandbox
Photo by congerdesign via Pixabay A sandbox might be the perfect building project for a beginner - -you just need to make an elevated, simple box and fill it with sand to delight the kids in the family. Incorporating other details can help you make a project that is uniquely yours. Sand is heavy, so take some time...
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Tips for Paying Your Mortgage Off Early
Posted on 02/09/2020
Tips for Paying Your Mortgage Off Early
Image by Nattanan Kanchanaprat from Pixabay Owning a home can be an amazing experience. But interest from your mortgage accumulates over time, leaving you to seemingly pay an arm and a leg to finance your home. But while you may think that paying off your mortgage early is a great idea, that isn’t always the case. You May...
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Selling Tips for Luxury Homes
Posted on 02/02/2020
Selling Tips for Luxury Homes
Image by Chris Goodwin from Pexels Your luxury home is a major investment, so it’s important to make sure that you’re approaching the selling process the right way. Selling a luxury home comes with certain challenges that you’re less likely to encounter with a non-luxury home. Luxury homes aren’t as numerous overall, so you’ll have to work harder...
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Tips for Choosing a Porch Light
Posted on 01/26/2020
Tips for Choosing a Porch Light
Image by David Papazian from Shutterstock Porch lighting is an essential part of a home's curb appeal. It offers much more than help navigating in the dark or a pretty accent for your front door. A brightly lit porch can enhance security and also save you money on your energy bill. Where will you place it? The location...
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Reasons to Consider an Inflatable Hot Tub
Posted on 01/19/2020
Reasons to Consider an Inflatable Hot Tub
If you have been looking for a way to revamp your home, an inflatable hot tub might be the spark you need. With an inflatable hot tub in your back yard, your loved ones will get the opportunity to spend quality time together and enjoy the health benefits of the bubbly water without putting a damper on your...
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Florida: Best Energy-Conscious Cities
Posted on 01/12/2020
Florida: Best Energy-Conscious Cities
Photo by Michael Schwarzenberger via Pixabay Living in Florida has its perks, but if you’re into green spaces and green energy, there are specific places that will cater to your tastes. There are a few cities that make green initiatives a priority, lessening the carbon footprint while developing sustainable communities. Here are some of the most “green” cities...
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