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Posted on 09/27/2020
Do You Need a Homebuying Budget?
A homebuying budget can make a world of difference, particularly for those who want to streamline a house search. If you have a budget at your disposal, you will know approximately how much you can spend on a residence. Then, you can narrow your house search accordingly. Establishing a homebuying budget can be simple. Now, let's take a look...
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Posted on 09/20/2020
Great Tips for Outdoor Entertaining
Whether you're hosting outdoor gatherings in your own backyard or at another outdoor venue, there are a few elements you will need to consider carefully. The size of your space and the number of expected guests is only the beginning. You'll want to plan out the flow of traffic and access to certain areas. Seating is also an...
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Posted on 09/13/2020
What to Expect After You List a Florida Luxury Home
Once you list your Florida luxury home, there is no guarantee your residence will generate interest from buyers. However, if you craft a Sunshine State luxury house selling strategy, you may be better equipped than ever before to streamline the home selling journey. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you get your luxury house ready...
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Posted on 09/06/2020
Who Occupies Live-Work Properties?
Photo by Archi_Viz via Shutterstock Many urban areas promote the concept of working where you live, or living where you work, to simplify your life. But what does that mean when you’re buying real estate? The main difference is in zoning requirements and building codes. Those that are primarily zoned as residential offer fewer options for commercial enterprises....
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Posted on 08/30/2020
Linguine With Sweet Onions & Cauliflower
Image by Selling of my photos with StockAgencies is not permitted from Pixabay Cauliflower just keeps winning popularity contests, landing roles in everything from gnocchi to pizza crusts to rice replacements. Why have we fallen in love with cauliflower? Because it's a satisfying, delicious and healthy option! Cauliflower, like Brussels sprouts, kale and bok choy, is a member...
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Posted on 08/23/2020
Checklist for Buying a Luxury Penthouse
Photo by Steven Buissinne via Pixabay Buying a luxury penthouse isn’t just about finding one perfect thing about it. Several other factors come into play when deciding where you might live for many years. If everything isn’t just right, you may end up with buyer’s remorse. Buying a penthouse is different from buying a house in that you...
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Posted on 08/16/2020
Grooming Tips for Dogs
Image by Autri Taheri from Unsplash Keeping dogs well-groomed is an important part of helping them stay healthy and happy. The amount of grooming your dogs need depends on certain factors, such as the kind of coat they have or whether or not they tend to roll around in dirt or mud. The following grooming tips can help...
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Posted on 08/11/2020
Another Property Sold - 316 Alba Street E, Venice, FL 34285
PRICE IMPROVEMENT. Embrace the island lifestyle in this delightful three-bedroom beach bungalow on Venice Island. Head home after a day spent lounging on the beach or shopping along the nearby streets of historic downtown Venice. Tastefully updated, with volume ceilings and ample natural light, this remodeled home lives larger than it first appears. Step inside and be greeted by an open floor plan where the living room and kitchen flow seamlessly – perfect for entertaining. The separate dining room can have many uses including an art studio, office, music room, or den. A split bedroom plan with the master suite in rear of home offers privacy...
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Posted on 08/09/2020
Does Your Home Listing Stand Out to Buyers?
A home listing presents a valuable opportunity. If you allocate time and resources to craft an engaging and informative listing, you could differentiate your house from the competition. Perhaps most important, your listing could help you speed up the home selling process. There are many things you can do to help your house listing stand out to buyers, such...
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Posted on 08/02/2020
FHA, VA and USDA Loans and How They Differ from Conventional Mortgages
Photo by Alexander Stein via PixabayWhen it comes to a mortgage, most of us think of the same standard product; the 15 or 30 year conventional mortgage offered by banks and lenders. This is not the only mortgage option you have, though. Depending on your personal history and circumstances you may qualify for an attractive mortgage with lower...
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Posted on 07/26/2020
It’s a Balancing Act: Credit and Debt
Image by David Pereiras from Shutterstock Your FICO score is a key factor used to determine if you qualify for a mortgage. The Fair Isaac Corporation (FICO) is the creator of the most common credit score used by home loan providers. The algorithm used to create your score is a closely-guarded industry secret. But in general, it factors...
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Posted on 07/19/2020
How to Make the Most Delectable Chocolate Cake
Image by MikesPhotos from Pixabay Are you looking to make an unforgettable fall-off-the-fork, moist chocolate cake? Follow the simple recipe listed below. Gather Your Ingredients The key to making baking less stressful is gathering all of your tools and ingredients before starting, so you don't find yourself interrupting the process to find something. Let's start with the ingredients...
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