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Is Buying A Fixer Upper Home Actually More CostEffective Than Purchasing A MoveIn Ready Property

 Many people buy fixer-upper homes because they think it will save them money in the long run—but is that actually true?According to recent data, not necessarily.According to a recent

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Prices Of New Houses Fall As Builders Add More EntryLevel Homes

 One of the biggest challenges for would-be homeowners in recent years has been the lack of diversity of homes. Cities and towns across the country have seen a lack of starter or entry-level

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Heres The Most Popular Home Style In America According To Google

 Ranch Style HousesWhile in years past consumers were seeking sprawling McMansions, the most popular style searched between April 2018 and April 2019, according to Google, was ranch style

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Three Homebuying Lessons From Two Decades Of House Hunters

HGTV’s House Hunters was one of TV’s first real estate-focused reality shows—and, 20 years later, it’s still going strong.Over the past two decades, House Hunters (which showcases

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Homeowners Have Higher Levels Of Life Satisfaction

Want to experience higher levels of happiness and satisfaction in your life? The answer could lie in real estate.According to the 2019 Fall Homebuyer Insights Report from Bank of America, the vast

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Many Homeowners Miscalculate The Cost Of Home Renovation Projects

Whether you’re planning to sell or you want to stay in your home for the long run, chances are, at some point, you’re going to want to do a home renovation. Part of a successful home renovation

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Moving With Your Pets Avoid These Mistakes

For most pet owners, pets are a part of the family. And so, of course, wherever the family moves? The pet moves, too. And while moving might be a stressful process for you, it’s arguably even more

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Thanks To Remote Work The Demand For Home Offices Is On The Rise

More people than ever are working from home. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 24 percent of employed people in the US work from home at least part of the time—and that number

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Why You Shouldnt Let A Website Tell You Your Homes Value

Picture this…There’s an inexperienced real estate agent in your town.He hasn’t sold any homes yet.He wants to drum up some business.So, he climbs up onto your roof and paints what he estimates

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Are Mortgage Myths Holding You Back From Buying A Home

According to a recent survey from Fannie Mae, a huge percentage of Americans are overestimating what it takes to secure a mortgage—and those misconceptions about mortgage qualifications could

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Shopping Around Can Save Thousands On Mortgage Fees

When potential buyers shop around for a mortgage, they’re typically shopping for a lower interest rate, which can save them thousands over the course of their loan. But according to one study,

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Majority Of Homeowners Say Owning Is Easier Than Renting

One of the reasons many people continue renting is because they believe it’s the easier option. But according to a recent survey, the vast majority of homeowners would disagree.According to a 

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Want To Build Wealth Buy A HomeAnd Buy It Early

It’s safe to assume that pretty much everyone wants to build wealth—and continue to build wealth throughout their life. But how, exactly, do you do that? According to the data, you build wealth

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Nearly Of Homeowners Purchase Property With Less Than 5 Down

A lot of potential home buyers think that in order to successfully buy property they need to save up a sizeable down payment of 20% of the purchase price—and that until they have that down payment

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Dont Fall In Love With A House Before You Are Ready To Fully Commit

Finding the house of your dreams might seem pretty easy.You know what you want and like. You feel like you will know the perfect house when you see it. The minute you find “the one”, it will be

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HUD To Announce Long Awaited FHA Condo Rules

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is expected to release updated guidance tomorrow on FHA-insured condominium financing. The new rules should benefit your real estate clients and

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Something You Should Know Before Looking At A New Construction Model Home

Picture yourself out for a drive one weekend. You see a sign that says:New Construction Homes!Models Starting At $XXX,XXXNext Right!Maybe you’re actively looking for a house, or maybe it’s just

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When Is The Best Time Of Year To Buy A Home

One question that pops up constantly from both first-time and seasoned homeowners alike is “When is the best time of year to buy a home?” Potential homeowners want to know the best time of year

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How Much House Can You Buy For One Dollar

According to Zillow, the current US median home price is $218,000. That means if you have (on average) 218,000 dollars, you can buy a home.But how much home can you buy for a single dollar?Zillow

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Why Do Real Estate Agents Ask If Youre Preapproved

Have you ever walked into an open house, or called a real estate agent about a listing, and within minutes, they’re asking you if you are “pre-approved” for a mortgage? If you

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Seller Optimism Jumps An Impressive 12 In Q2

Before you list your home, you want to feel confident in the market and the opportunity to sell your property at a competitive price. And in Q2 2019, it looks like that confidence is on the.

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Mortgage Rates Tumble In 2019Making Now A Great Time To Buy

One of the biggest factors for buyers in determining the right time to buy a home? Mortgage rates. Securing a low interest rate on your mortgage can save you tens of thousands of dollars over the

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Median Listing Price In The US Hits AllTime High

When you put your home on the market, you want the list price to be competitive—but you also want it to be high. Typically, there’s a correlation between your listing price and the offers you

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Homebuyers Finding Homes Faster In 2019

The path to homeownership can be a long one—particularly in 2018 when low inventory and high competition made it increasingly difficult for potential home buyers to successfully find and purchase

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Vast Majority Of NonHomeowners Want To Own A Home In The Future

Not everyone owns a home—but according to recent data, the vast majority of people who don’t own a home today hope to own one in the future.According to the 2019 National Association of

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Hot Spring Season For Buyers

The past few years in the US, real estate markets have been marked by historically low inventory, increasing prices, and fierce competition for property—which has made it extremely challenging for

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More Single Women Buying Real Estate

Traditionally, many people thought buying a home came after other major life milestones—particularly marriage. And while this was a commonly held belief for most people, it was especially true for

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Can A Real Estate Agent Pay You A Referral Fee

You’ve done a real estate agent a solid. You hooked him/her up with a client.That agent is going to make a nice chunk of change. You also saved him/her the time, effort, and money of finding a

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Forget About Walking Down The AisleMillennials Want To Walk Into Their Own Homes

For years, most people followed a similar path. Go to school. Get married. Buy a house. But for many millennials, that path no longer makes sense—and purchasing a home has moved up the priority

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6 Reasons Your Agent Wants You PreApproved Before Showing You Homes

Ever had an agent deny to show you a home because you weren’t pre-approved for a mortgage? It’s not because they’re mean, or they don’t value your business… it’s actually because’

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In 20 Of The Largest Metropolitan Areas In The US Owning Is More Affordable Than Renting

Most people rent because they think it’s more affordable than owning a home—but in a huge number of metros in the United States, that’s just not true. According to a recent study

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Home Sales Make A Serious Rebound Just In Time For Spring

The start of 2019 was slow for the real estate market, but it looks like that’s starting to change—and just in time for spring, which is historically the busiest time of year for buyers and

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Expert Economist Predicts Hot Spring Season For Buyers

The past few years in the US, real estate markets have been marked by historically low inventory, increasing prices, and fierce competition for property—which has made it extremely challenging

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FSBOs Make Up Only 7 Of Home Sales In 2018And For Good Reason

Thinking about listing and selling your home on your own? You might want to think again.According to the 2018 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers from the National Association of Realtors,

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Homes Selling For Above Listing Price Finally On The Decline

Thanks to the historic inventory shortage, competition for homes in markets across the country has been fierce. That competition has driven up home prices. For years, it’s been the norm for homes

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Homeowners See Significant Equity Gains In 2018

A home is an investment—and, like any investment, you want it to increase in value over time.Well, in 2018 homeowners definitely got their wish.According to the most recent Homeowner Equity

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Millennials Will Continue To Drive Homeownership Growth In 2019

The millennial generation (which is defined as people between the ages of 19 and 35) is the largest in US history, and currently they’re also the largest in driving homeownership growth.According

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Home Prices Up 51 In NovemberAnother 48 Expected By November 2019

Home prices across the US have been steadily on the rise for years, and that trend continued well into the end of 2018.According to CoreLogic’s most recent Home Price Insights Report, home

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Young Americans Confident About Real Estate And Housing Market

Thanks to the Great Recession, many of the younger generation of Americans have delayed major financial milestones like buying a home. But, according to a recent survey, those challenges haven’t

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Median Home Sale Price Shows Gains For A Remarkable 81 Months Straight

When you purchase a home, you want it to appreciate in value. That way, if and when you decide to sell your home, you can fetch more than what you paid for it (and make a handsome profit in the

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73 Of Millennials Cite Affordability As Reason They Dont Own A Home

A large percentage of millennials want to buy homes. But they’re allowing rising home prices—and misconceptions about the market—to keep them stuck in the renting cycle.According to’

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Going Head To Head Robot Vacuums Versus Traditional Vacuums

One of the best parts about living in the future is that we’ve got some of the coolest technology available to help with almost any household task. Forget if you needed milk at the market? Your

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The Everything Guide To Buying Your First Home

So you’re thinking about buying your first home. Your very own house (and mortgage). A place to call — and make — your own.It’s a big move, literally and figuratively. Buying a house

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All Generations Believe Renting Is More Affordable Than OwningEven Though Its Not True

According to new research from lender Freddie Mac, every generation—from millennials to Gen Xers to Baby Boomers—are continuing to rent because they think it’s saving them money.

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Have You Made Any Of These 5 Credit Mistakes As A Homebuyer

You’ve been renting for a while now and it feels like the timing is right to make the leap to homeownership. After all, your friends are all buying houses and your job feels pretty stable, how

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How To Launch Yourself Into Real Estate Investing

In general there are three things that every real estate investor needs no matter what: education and knowledge, a good network, and money. But not necessarily your own money.Education and

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Pursuing A Historic Designation For Your Home

You knew the moment you walked through the perfectly preserved arch-topped doors that this was one very special house. As your real estate agent guided you from room to room, all you could think was

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Is It Time For New Windows

Whether you just bought your home or you’ve owned it a while, it can be easy to overlook the windows that open it up to the world, as if they didn’t even exist. Even if you don’t, you probably

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7 Things To Know About Whole Home Generators

There’s little more frightening than losing your electricity in the middle of a big winter storm or even a spring tornado. Whatever natural disaster is common in your area, you have probably

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8 Reasons You Need A Realtor To Ease Your Home Purchase

If you’re shopping for a house, or even just considering buying one, there’s one person that you absolutely need on your side: a Realtor. Potential buyers often think they can go it alone, but

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Thinking About Purchasing A Home Make A Move Soon

The market hasn’t been overly friendly towards buyers in recent months; low inventory and high competition has been driving up prices making it challenging to find and purchase property.But it

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Millennials Looking Towards Homeownership

If you follow pop culture news, you’d think that all millennials are concerned about is SnapChat and avocado toast. But according to a recent report, there’s something much more

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4 Tips For Buying Your First Home

If “Buy my first home” is at the top of your list of life goals, here are 4 tips to getting those papers signed and having the keys in your hand.1. Clean Up Your CreditYour credit score is one

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Rents Rising In 78 Of Counties Nationwide Making Homeownership The More Affordable Option

Most renters put off buying a home because they think renting is more affordable than buying their own home. But with rents rising across the nation at historic rates, homeownership is becoming the

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Carpet Cleaning 101 For Pet Owners

It’s amazing how much a pet can give you just by simply existing. According to the Centers for Disease Control, owning a pet can help increase your fitness level, lower stress, help improve

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Protecting The Resale Value Of Your Home

We tend to buy the most house we can afford and often push our financial comfort zone a bit. Then we move in and kind of forget it. We get used to the cabinet door that doesn’t quite fit right. We

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5 Things To Consider Before Listing Your Home As A Short Term Rental

As the march into winter gets underway, a lot of people are already starting to plan their spring and summer vacations. Oh, they’ll go somewhere sunny, or to a fantastic resort or maybe, if you

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Real Estate Agents Say Government Shutdown Is Impacting The Housing Market

A new study from the nation’s leading real-estate agent advocacy group shows how the partial federal government shutdown is curbing economic activity.The National Association of Realtors surveyed

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What Is Mortgage Insurance

If you currently have a mortgage or are looking at taking one out, you’ve probably come across a concept so notorious, so vile, that it can cause blood-curdling screams and fainting in the boldest

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5 Easy Ways To Keep Water Out Of Your Basement

All homes have quirks that require special care and consideration, but when it comes to homes with basements, it’s a whole different ball game. Instead of fighting with the lightswitch on the

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Whats Ahead For Real Estate In 2019

As we begin another year, everyone wants to know: “Where is the housing market headed in 2019?”It’s not only buyers, sellers, and homeowners who are impacted. The real estate market plays an

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Change Your World With Smart Plugs And Switches

If you’ve been paying any attention at all to the world of smart homes and home automation, then the fact that smart switches and smart lights exist could not have escaped your notice. But if’

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7 Things To Consider When Choosing New Windows

The first few years of owning your home mean discovering lots of things about it. Every house is different and some almost seem like they have a personality of their own — which isn’t too

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Sewer Line Repair For Homeowners

Your basic household drain pipe is a fairly simple device. It has one job: to take liquids away to the sewer, where water treatment experts somehow magically turn those contaminated fluids into

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7 Pricing Myths You Need To Get Past If You Want To Sell Your Home

When homeowners are preparing to put their properties on the market, one aspect is usually foremost in their minds: money. Setting the asking price accurately can mean the difference between

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Real Estate Tricks And Scandals To Look Out For And To Entertain Your Family This Holiday Season

Three dozen sticks of dynamite is one way to solve the most vexing of real estate problems. Just make sure you set them off in the dead of night like this guy did so no one is around to see

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Your Need To Know Guide To Buying An Older Home

For a lot of homebuyers, buying their dream home means choosing an older structure that has passed the test of time. These grand places have an undeniable charm about them, with classic styling that

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Your Step By Step Guide To Mortgage PreApproval

If you find yourself sitting in a strange hallway, waiting for a stranger in a suit to size you up and decide if you’re worthy as your palms sweat and your breath gets just a little bit harder to

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Vast Majority Of Millennials Looking Towards Homeownership

If you follow pop culture news, you’d think that all millennials are concerned about is SnapChat and avocado toast. But according to a recent report, there’s something much more

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Tis The Season 5 Reasons Why Winter Is A Great Time To Buy Or Sell A Home

It’s a common misconception that you shouldn’t try to buy or sell a home during the fall and winter months.This is generally considered the “offseason” in real estate. Many sellers

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7 Items To Check Before The Big Freeze

Along with the provocative spending and lavish feasts that are hallmarks of the holiday season also comes the cold, the ice and the snow. Like those extra three helpings of stuffing at Aunt Linda

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Home Price Growth Finally Slowing Spelling Good News For Buyers

Thanks to record low inventory and heated competition, home values have been rapidly rising in markets across the country. But according to recent data, it looks like home price growth is finally

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Inventory Declines For 3 Straight Years Driving Up Competition

Competition for existing homes in markets across the country has never been more heated. And the reason? Low inventory.According to the National Association of Realtors, total housing inventory

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Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Pizza

Use up that leftover Thanksgiving turkey and cranberry sauce in this amazing BBQ pizza!YIELDS 8 SLICESINGREDIENTS1 pound pizza dough3/4 cup cranberry sauce2 T. BBQ sauce1 cup turkey, diced or

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Your Stress Free Thanksgiving Dinner Checklist

TWO DAYS to GOVeggie TimeMake your green bean casserole and cauliflower and broccoli cheese in table-ready serving ware, cover them securely and store in the fridge.ONE DAY

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How I Saved 40K In 5 Years For A Down Payment

When I graduated college, I landed my dream job as a crime reporter at a daily newspaper. No hyperbole: As a kid, I had pretended to be a reporter, pecking away at a typewriter while wearing a

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Embarrassed By Your Living Room 6 Fast Fixes To Save Face

Nothing can put a damper on your holiday hosting schedule quite like a living room you're embarrassed to share with your guests. After all, it's hard to send out party invites when you cringe at the

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Sweet Potato Biscuits

Ingredients1 cup chilled sweet potato puree (see Note)3/4 cup chilled buttermilk2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour2 tablespoons light brown sugar2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder1/2 teaspoon baking soda1

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3 Simple Secrets To Keep Your Home Warm For The Winter

It’s been a busy year. It almost feels like we completely skipped over spring, summer and fall and found ourselves barreling head first into winter like a kid on an out of control snow sled. With

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Who Knows How Wed Live If It Werent For Our Veterans

Who knows how we’d live if it weren’t for our veterans? They serve and fight so we can live freely.But, did you know that veterans are the reason why so many of us live where and how we?

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Give Me Land Lots Of Land 5 Things To Keep In Mind

Land can be a good investment, whether you intend to build a house or business on a particular lot or simply want a place where you can stretch your legs and breathe a bit more deeply. After all,

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How To Invest In Real Estate Without The Headaches

Among all of the asset classes available to the average investor, physical real estate stands alone with its beautiful simplicity. After all, the tangibility of such property — and its

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Millennials Gen Zers Have Changed The Real Estate Landscape

When the housing market crashed 10 years ago, conventional wisdom held that millennials would become a nomadic generation — a generation that would eschew settling down due to the trials

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22 Inexpensive Projects That Will Add A Touch Of Class To Your Home

 Want to give your home a classier, more expensive look that won’t break the bank? Here are 22 refreshing ideas for your inspiration.1. Give your kitchen cabinets a painted facelift

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Happy Halloween Drive Safe

We all love Halloween, but along with the fun comes safety concerns, especially when it involves road and pedestrian safety. And here’s a scary fact: Children are more than twice as likely to

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Kavanaugh Controversy

" I do not believe that anyone should be deprived of their rights without due process. I’d also like to note that this is not a criminal proceeding. The government is not poised to take anything

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Rising Gas Prices

If you have been watching the gas prices lately they are continuing to rise, The Department of Energy announced today that fuel prices would go up as much as  R1 per litreJust to relate here

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TAX INCREASES

With many August home sales data points tracking horizontally or up, leaders at the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors® conclude that the anticipated expected tax deductions have not

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HOUSING MARKET UPDATE

August 2018 Housing Market Update: In both Washington D.C. and Baltimore Metro, prices set August records, but as more listings enter the market and sales show signs of slowing, inventory levels

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DIY Projects Before The Fall

The kiddos are heading back to school and Fall is upon us.  Here are some great tips on thing you can do to improve your home before the fall!PAINT YOUR ENTRY DOORPainting your front door can

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National Flood Insurance Program

So the first question you might as is: " What is the National Flood Insurance Program?"The National Flood Insurance Program Or I will refer to it as the NFIP, aims to reduce the impact of

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT What Does That Mean

I'm 40 and I have just realized I still have so many unanswered questions! I never found out who let the dogs out... the way to get to Sesame Street... why Dora doesn't just use Google Maps...

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What Do You Do If YOUR Having A Heart Attack And Are Alone

Please pause for 2 minutes and read this:1. Let’s say it’s 7.25pm and you’re going home (alone of course) after an unusually hard day on the job.2. You’re really tired, upset and frustrated

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WHAT IS THE STIGMA AROUND FRIDAY THE 13TH

Hi Everyone, Happy Friday the 13th of July!  I have always wondered what the "Stigma" is around Friday the 13th...So did a little research and found this to be kind of interesting so wanted to

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Jul 11 2018 61411 1

I offer FREE Video tours for ANY home you might be interested in if you are unavailable to view right away!  Take a look at a video I did today for an out of town buyer!13806 Breezy Ridge Way,

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Jul 7 2018 61411 1

INTERESTING REAL ESTATE FACTS.1. New York City’s Central Park has a land area of 843 acres with estimated value of $512,626,276,800.2. There’s an island in Alexandria Bay, NY called “Just

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Jul 3 2018 61411 1

Please keep your pets INSIDE TOMORROW night!  Happy 4th of:)

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Jul 2 2018 59073 1

Ever get in a rut to clean? Here are some tricks to clean the kitchen in a jiffy...Kitchen-12 minutes Load all dirty dishes in the dishwasher and fill sink with hot soapy water. ...

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Want to start your own vegetable garden?? Here are some tips to help you along the way...Vegetable Gardening for Beginners Plant in a sunny location. Most vegetables need at least 6

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Jun 29 2018 59073 1

It's hurricane season and there are things that can help you and your family protect your home....6 Steps to Protect Your Home from Hurricanes Brace your garage door

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Jun 26 2018 59073 1

Tips for upgrading your home to increase the value....23 Cheap Upgrades That Will Actually Increase The Value of Your... Paint kitchen cabinets. Share On facebook

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Jun 18 2018 59073 1

Ever wonder how to start saving for your home?? Here is some tips on how to start saving for a down payment. How to Start Saving for a Home Down Payment Kristin Wong3/11/14 1:00pm Filed

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May 15 2018 59073 1

Some important tips for AFTER purchasing a new home!Security & SafetyThese are the very first things you should do after buying a house (for obvious reasons):1. Change locks. Spares could

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May 4 2018 59073 1

Summer is here and it certainly came in fast. Are you looking for a cool spot to getaway or even stay year round? Let me help you to find your favorite spot to be.;

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