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Home Buying

What A REALTOR Can Do For You As A BuyerPosted on June 05, 2017

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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Buying Verses Renting A HomePosted on May 08, 2017

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


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Benefits Of Home OwnershipPosted on April 17, 2017

The decision to purchase a home is exciting and a major investment for your future.


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When To Consider Raising Your Home Buying BudgetPosted on April 10, 2017

When To Consider Raising Your Home Buying Budget

Setting a budget for your home purchase is an important decision.


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Examining A Home Objectively - What Matters And What Doesn’tPosted on March 27, 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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Buying A Home That Can Grow With Your FamilyPosted on December 05, 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 A Foreclosed Property - What You Should KnowPosted on October 31, 2016

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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Is An Income Property Right For YouPosted on October 03, 2016

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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A Nice Home Or A Nice Neighborhood - Which Matters MorePosted on September 19, 2016

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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Understanding Buyer Closing CostsPosted on August 15, 2016

Most people who are in the market for a new home are aware of the costs associated with purchasing a home and moving, but closing costs can be expenses that may be overlooked, especially for first-time home buyers.


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Things Needed After Purchasing A HomePosted on July 18, 2016

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


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Home Buying ChecklistPosted on July 11, 2016

Once you’ve made the decision to buy a home, it’s time to start thinking about what comes next.


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How Much Yard Do You NeedPosted on July 04, 2016

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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Choosing A REALTOR You Can TrustPosted on June 13, 2016

Choosing A REALTOR® You Can Trust

When it comes to shopping for a home, especially if you are buying for the first time, having an agent on your side is extremely helpful.


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Buying Your First HomePosted on April 18, 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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What To Consider Before Buying An Older PropertyPosted on March 07, 2016

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 Home With Bad CreditPosted on February 29, 2016

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


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Getting To Know The Neighborhood Before Buying A HomePosted on February 08, 2016

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


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Home Buying Negotiating TipsPosted on October 12, 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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Should You Consider A Condominium Or TownhomePosted on September 14, 2015

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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Negotiating Contract Contingencies From The SellerPosted on June 15, 2015

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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Selecting Homeowners InsurancePosted on June 01, 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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Homeowner’s Associations - What You Need To KnowPosted on February 09, 2015

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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What Is A Property SurveyPosted on January 26, 2015

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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Home WarrantyPosted on November 17, 2014

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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A Single Woman’s Guide To HomeownershipPosted on November 10, 2014

The traditional view of home ownership usually includes a married couple, but times have changed, and more and more single women are entering the housing market.


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Finding A Neighborhood With Great SchoolsPosted on September 15, 2014

Finding A Neighborhood With Great Schools

If you have children, or even if you don’t yet but plan to in the future, schools are something you will need to take into consideration when you search for a new home.


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Finding Your Perfect HomePosted on August 18, 2014

As the old saying goes, real estate is all about location, location, location.


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Home Selling

Staging An Open House That Won’t Cost You A FortunePosted on June 12, 2017

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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Negotiating With A BuyerPosted on February 13, 2017

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 February 06, 2017

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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Choosing The Right Listing AgreementPosted on January 02, 2017

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


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Selling Your Home In A Buyer’s Market - How To Maximize Your ProfitPosted on November 21, 2016

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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Creating Curb AppealPosted on September 12, 2016

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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Repairs To Make Before Selling Your HomePosted on February 22, 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 February 15, 2016

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


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Five Things You Should Put In Storage While Selling Your HomePosted on January 04, 2016

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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The Downside To A Sale By OwnerPosted on November 30, 2015

The Downside To A Sale By Owner

In tough economic times, saving the money that you would have to pay a real estate agent to help you sell your home can be a tempting idea.


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Home Seller Disclosure ObligationsPosted on November 09, 2015

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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Protecting Your Privacy While Your Home Is On The MarketPosted on August 31, 2015

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


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Marketing TipsPosted on August 10, 2015

If you want potential home buyers to fall in love with your house, they first have to know it’s for sale.


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The Home Remodels That Will Most Increase Your Selling PricePosted on July 06, 2015

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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Should You Show An Empty HomePosted on April 13, 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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What Season Is Best To SellPosted on March 30, 2015

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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Avoid The Most Common Mistakes When Selling Your HomePosted on March 16, 2015

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


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Pricing Your Home To SellPosted on February 16, 2015

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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Top Ten Home Showing TipsPosted on February 02, 2015

Showing your home is essential in the real estate business.


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Selling A Home When You Have KidsPosted on September 29, 2014

Selling A Home When You Have Kids

Selling a home is stressful for everyone, and having young children in the house can add to the stress for the parents.


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Selling Your Home During The HolidaysPosted on September 22, 2014

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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Home And Garden

Solar Lighting For Your YardPosted on June 19, 2017

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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Building A Home TheaterPosted on May 15, 2017

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


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De-clutter Your KitchenPosted on May 01, 2017

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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How And When To Prune RosesPosted on April 03, 2017

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


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Hanging Pictures 101Posted on March 20, 2017

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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Make Gardening A Family AffairPosted on March 13, 2017

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


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Give Your Front Porch A Style MakeoverPosted on February 27, 2017

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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Defining Distinct Spaces In A Large RoomPosted on January 30, 2017

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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Childproofing Your HomePosted on January 23, 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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Hot Decorating TipsPosted on January 16, 2017

Let’s face it.


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The Latest In Window TreatmentsPosted on January 09, 2017

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


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How To Choose The Perfect GrillPosted on December 12, 2016

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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Attracting Birds To Your BackyardPosted on November 28, 2016

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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Can A Bathroom Remodel Increase Your Home’s ValuePosted on November 14, 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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Landscaping Design TipsPosted on October 24, 2016

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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How To Care For Your LawnPosted on October 17, 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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Strategies To Reduce Dust In Your HomePosted on September 26, 2016

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


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Is A Pool Right For Your PropertyPosted on August 22, 2016

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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Green Laundry Tips - Save Money And The EnvironmentPosted on August 01, 2016

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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Home Security TipsPosted on July 25, 2016

Making sure that your home is secure should be a priority in your life not only because you want to protect what’s rightfully yours, but more specifically because it could be the most important thing that you do for your family and for yourself.


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Top Five Ways To Ruin AntiquesPosted on June 06, 2016

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


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Using Bright And Bold Paint ColorsPosted on May 23, 2016

Homeowners who are thinking of selling are often warned against choosing bright and bold paint colors for their walls.


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Simple Ways To Add A Splash Of Color To Any RoomPosted on May 09, 2016

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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Patio Decor IdeasPosted on May 02, 2016

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


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Tips To Make Your Move EasierPosted on April 04, 2016

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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Hot Tub Purchasing TipsPosted on March 14, 2016

Let’s face it, most of us have at some point thought about the luxury of spending relaxing and romantic evenings soaking in our very own hot tub.


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Decorating Ideas For Girls' RoomsPosted on February 01, 2016

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


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Using Your Fireplace SafelyPosted on January 25, 2016

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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How To Start A New GardenPosted on December 21, 2015

Congratulations on your decision to start a new garden.


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Swimming Pool Safety TipsPosted on December 14, 2015

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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Decorating Ideas For Boys' RoomsPosted on November 16, 2015

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


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A Homeowner's ToolkitPosted on November 02, 2015

Whether you have just bought your first home or have been a homeowner for some time, chances are that at some point you will be faced with home repairs.


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Backyard Summer Entertainment IdeasPosted on September 28, 2015

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


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Storage Solutions For Your Child’s ToysPosted on September 21, 2015

Storage Solutions For Your Child’s Toys

If you have children, you know how quickly they can accumulate toys and other items.


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Decorating For Small SpacesPosted on August 24, 2015

Decorating For Small Spaces

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


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The Best Ways To Reduce Your Water BillPosted on August 03, 2015

The Best Ways To Reduce Your Water Bill

Although a lot of the energy efficiency efforts tend to be focused on saving on electricity bills, you can also save a lot of money on your water bill and save water, too, with only a few simple steps.


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Decorating For Men - Creating A Man-Friendly SpacePosted on July 20, 2015

When you begin thinking about decorating, usually a man-friendly space is not what springs to mind.


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Ideas For Organizing Your GaragePosted on June 29, 2015

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


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Start A Kitchen Herb GardenPosted on June 08, 2015

There is nothing like fresh fruits and vegetables from your own garden to give your health and taste buds a treat.


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Ten Things Every Gardener Should KnowPosted on May 25, 2015

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


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Your Home First Aid Kit - Ten Must HavesPosted on May 18, 2015

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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Maintaining Air Quality In Your HomePosted on April 06, 2015

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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Ways To Make Your House Smell GoodPosted on December 29, 2014

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


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Mood Lighting With Tiki TorchesPosted on December 22, 2014

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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Choosing The Best Lighting For Your SpacePosted on December 15, 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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Unclutter Your Home In Ten Easy StepsPosted on December 01, 2014

Clutter, which is defined as things that lie about untidily, is often linked to creativity.


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Decorating With PlantsPosted on November 03, 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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Maintenance Tips For Your HomePosted on October 27, 2014

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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Cut Your Cooling Costs With These Money-Saving TipsPosted on October 20, 2014

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 Most Forgotten Items During A MovePosted on October 06, 2014

When moving day arrives, there’s nothing quite like the nagging feeling that you’re forgetting something.


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Home Theater Tips And TricksPosted on August 18, 2014

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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Use Flowers To Add Color To Your HomePosted on August 18, 2014

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


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Financing Articles

Applying For A Joint Mortgage Loan With Your SpousePosted on May 22, 2017

Applying For a Joint Mortgage Loan With Your Spouse

When you are ready to buy a home, applying for a mortgage is one of the first and most important steps.


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Insurance And Property Taxes - Should You Add Them To Your Mortgage PaymentPosted on March 06, 2017

Insurance And Property Taxes: Should You Add Them To Your Mortgage Payment?

When you buy a home, the mortgage payment isn’t the only regular expense you will have to consider.


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Will You Qualify - What You Need To Get A MortgagePosted on November 07, 2016

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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Step-By-Step Guide In Obtaining A Home LoanPosted on September 05, 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 August 29, 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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Tips For Getting Your Down Payment FasterPosted on June 20, 2016

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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Finding Your Credit RatingPosted on May 30, 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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Fixed Mortgage Vs. Variable Rates - Which Is Right For YouPosted on May 16, 2016

With all the financial decisions that need to be made when purchasing a home, choosing the options that make the best sense for you can seem overwhelming.


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Understanding The Closing ProcessPosted on April 25, 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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The Advantages Of Pre-ApprovalPosted on December 07, 2015

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


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How To Buy A Home With A Low Down PaymentPosted on October 19, 2015

Purchasing a home with a low down payment is important for a number of reasons, including the buyer’s ability to have extra cash left over for closing costs, decorating expenses, upgrades and/or other essentials needed to turn their new house into a home.


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Understanding Interest RatesPosted on October 05, 2015

If you are in the market for a new home, or it is time to refinance your mortgage, there is no doubt you have been looking at the current interest rates.


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Tips For Qualifying For A Better Interest RatePosted on September 07, 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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Can You Buy A Home With No Down PaymentPosted on July 27, 2015

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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Paying Off Your Mortgage FasterPosted on July 13, 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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A Reverse Mortgage - Is It Right For YouPosted on April 20, 2015

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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How Much House You Can AffordPosted on March 23, 2015

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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How Much Cash Will You Need To ClosePosted on February 23, 2015

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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Shopping For The Best Home LoanPosted on January 19, 2015

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


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Why You Should Avoid Subprime LendersPosted on January 05, 2015

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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Things You Need When Applying For A Home LoanPosted on December 08, 2014

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


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Balloon Payments - What They Mean To YouPosted on November 24, 2014

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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Taking Advantage Of Low Interest Rates - Should You Refinance Your MortgagePosted on October 13, 2014

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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First Time Buyer Loan TipsPosted on August 18, 2014

First Time Buyer Loan Tips

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


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Recognizing Predatory Mortgage LendersPosted on August 18, 2014

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 A Mortgage BrokerPosted on August 18, 2014

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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Holiday Articles

How To Host A Fun And Safe New Year’s PartyPosted on May 29, 2017

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


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New Year's Eve Decorating IdeasPosted on April 24, 2017

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


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Father's Day Gift Giving Ideas He'll LovePosted on February 20, 2017

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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Decorating For Thanksgiving Using The Bounty Of The SeasonPosted on December 26, 2016

Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season, a time spent with family and friends.


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Hanukkah Decorating IdeasPosted on December 19, 2016

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


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A Mother’s Day Menu Your Kids Can PreparePosted on October 10, 2016

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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A St. Patrick’s Menu That Your Guests Will EnjoyPosted on August 08, 2016

If you are throwing a St.


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Safety Tips For Fourth Of July FireworksPosted on June 27, 2016

Safety Tips For Fourth Of July Fireworks

The Fourth of July is an exciting holiday filled with family and friends, backyard barbeques, and of course the main event—the fireworks.


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St. Patrick's Day Ideas For Family FunPosted on April 11, 2016

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Fabulous Homemade Halloween CostumesPosted on March 28, 2016

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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The Right Christmas Wreath For Your Front DoorPosted on March 21, 2016

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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Is A Real Christmas Tree Right for YouPosted on January 18, 2016

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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Easy Easter Decorating IdeasPosted on January 11, 2016

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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Create A Romantic Dining Room For Valentine’s DayPosted on December 28, 2015

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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Decorating For Christmas The Green Living WayPosted on November 23, 2015

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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Holiday Meal Ideas You Can Prepare Ahead Of TimePosted on October 26, 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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Planning A Fun Fourth Of July Block PartyPosted on August 17, 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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Halloween Safety TipsPosted on June 22, 2015

On October 31 of every year, children around the nation enjoy carving jack-o-lanterns, dressing up in their favorite costumes and going out trick-or-treating for candy and treats.


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Create A Spooky Yard For HalloweenPosted on May 11, 2015

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


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Celebrating New Year’s With Young ChildrenPosted on May 04, 2015

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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Valentine’s Day Crafts For KidsPosted on April 27, 2015

Valentine’s Day Crafts For Kids

Valentine’s Day is all about love—and not just between couples!  Kids love to get in on the action, and creating fun Valentine’s crafts to share is a great way to let them have a good time and make something they can give to friends and family to show their love on this special day.


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Have Some Fun With Easter EggsPosted on March 09, 2015

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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Tips For The Perfect TurkeyPosted on March 02, 2015

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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Christmas Decorating IdeasPosted on January 12, 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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Decorating For The Fourth Of July - Show Your Patriot PridePosted on September 08, 2014

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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How To Make The Fourth Of July Fun For KidsPosted on September 01, 2014

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


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Preparing Your Home For Holiday GuestsPosted on August 25, 2014

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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Ways To Thrill Mom On Mother's DayPosted on August 18, 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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