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3 Spring Tips to Boost Curb Appeal

By Rhonda Duffy Curb appeal can be the most important aspect when trying to attract buyers. As temperatures rise and spring begins to waltz in, take advantage of the warmth and set yourself and your family to work in the yard to improve your...

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5 Home Upgrades Under $100

Looking to give your home an upgrade but lacking a big budget? There are tons of small home tweaks all packing serious redesign punch. Here are five home upgrades for under $100. Paint. Painting has long been the budget designer’s best fri...

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Attract Millennial Buyers with These Staging Tips

By Andrew Strauch A few months ago when I wrote about ways to advertise properties in order to target millennial buyers, I mentioned that what they want most is to live in “College 2.0”—meaning they want all the social aspects of livin...

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Make Your New House Feel Like Home

(BPT) – We all know that moving into a new home can be one of life’s biggest stressors – the packing, the paperwork, the unpacking and of course, finding the nearest coffee shop. Making your new house feel like home can help alleviate som...

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Performing a Paint Color Consultation

Performing a Paint Color Consultation The color of your walls not only impacts how you feel, but sets the overall tone of a room, according to experts at HouseBeautiful Magazine. Selecting the right paint color will help convey the mood you ...

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Expert Ways to Increase Home Value

With housing prices at recent highs, it’s a great time to sell; and still-low interest rates also make it a good time to buy a home. Findings from a new, exclusive survey of more than 300 licensed residential real estate agents by the Consume...

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Q: Why do short sales take so long?

A. Short sales happen because the loan on the property is larger than the sale price minus all the sale expenses. With a short sale, the seller is asking the bank to take less than the amount owed. Even if you’ve made an offer and the seller ...

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New Regulations Affect Homeowners in 2015

By Keith Loria Increasing energy efficiency has long been the mission of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and in 2015, two new regulations involving air conditioning equipment and water heaters will take effect to support this goal. REAL...

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Q: Can I Contest My Property Taxes?

A: Many people do, mainly because determining value can often be tricky. This is especially true in a changing market when local prices either take off dramatically or plunge precipitously, like during the Texas oil bust of the 1980s. While...

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Why Your Garage Door Color Matters

By John Voket I have provided loads of information about your home’s front door in our previous two reports, and today, we’ll touch on one final and related subject – your garage doors. We recently became familiar with color designer, ...

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What 3% Down Payments Mean for Millennials

Following a move by mortgage lenders to loosen standards for homeowners, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae will begin backing home loans with down payments as low as three percent. This could bode well for the millennial generation, many of whom have ...

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Housing Market Continues to Show Positive Momentum

Freddie Mac recently released its newly updated Multi-Indicator Market Index® (MiMi®) showing the U.S. housing market continuing to stabilize as nearly half of the markets tracked are now showing positive momentum. “Following a similar t...

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Mortgage Applications On the Rise

Mortgage applications increased 4.9 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending November 14, 2014. This week’s results included an ad...

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Spruce Up Your Home for Holiday Entertaining

From tackling holiday stains to cleaning the crevices most commonly inspected by mothers-in-law, keeping a clean home around the holidays can seem like an impossible task. Between entertaining unexpected guests and hosting get-togethers with fr...

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7 Helpful Tips for First-time Homebuyers

By Bill Gassett Looking for a new home can be a pretty exciting task. With that much money on the line, it’s worthwhile to read up on the process before you set out. Unnecessary mistakes can—and should—be avoided while trying to get th...

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