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Places and Spaces

September 28, 2017

Fencing: Keeping Privacy in Without Shutting Buyers Out

Look out your window. Are you struggling with the sight of a worn-down fence that may not make it past the next storm? If the answer […]
December 1, 2017
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Housing in 2018: Where Are Home Values Headed?

Analysts are expecting even higher home prices in 2018 than originally projected, according to new research. Zillow’s 2017 Q4 Home Price Expectations Survey reveals experts are anticipating […]
December 19, 2017
Home Insurance

Surprising Things Covered by Your Home Insurance

Homeowners insurance is supposed to cover catastrophes such as fires, hurricanes and a tree falling through the roof. But there are some much lesser problems that […]
December 21, 2017
House Cleaning

Don’t Let Buyers Meet Your Dust Bunnies

Cleaning is a pretty obvious step to take before putting a house on the market for sale. But have you asked yourself, “how clean is my home?” […]
December 23, 2017
New Construction

Expert Insights: Who Should Be Called to the Project First—the Contractor or the Architect?

Opinions vary about which professional to call first. Some say the architect comes first because “you have to design it before you can build it.” The […]
January 5, 2018
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Expert Insights: What’s the Best Way to Choose a Home Loan?

A lot will depend on the length of time you plan to live in the home, other financial obligations, and potential savings gained from comparing the […]
January 8, 2018
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Choose Your Battles When Buying a Home

A fenced-in yard. Double sinks. A wrap-around porch.  An open floor plan. Solar panels. There are just so many things we want our new home to have. However, […]
January 10, 2018
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Rent-to-Own: Is It an Option?

Rent-to-own is an alternative to the traditional agreement between homebuyers and sellers. Typically, a buyer presents an offer. Once accepted, the payment, settlement and new ownership […]
January 12, 2018
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Quick Fixes for Your Common Household Problems

It may seem like there’s always something going on as a homeowner, from silencing a squeaky hinge to unclogging a temperamental toilet. But many household problems […]
January 15, 2018
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Expert Insights: If Faced With Foreclosure, What Are My Options?

Talk with your lender immediately. The lender may be able to arrange a repayment plan or the temporary reduction or suspension of your payment, particularly if […]
January 18, 2018
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3 Questions about Interest Rates

If you’re shopping for a home loan, you’re likely focusing on interest rates. Below are a handful of questions you may have about the art of […]
January 20, 2018
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Make the Most of Your Fireplace

One feature that many people look for when buying a home is a fireplace, but not everyone understands what exactly goes into getting a nice fire […]
January 24, 2018
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5 Tips for Making Household Items Last Longer

Buying a home is expensive enough. Filling it up with things you need adds to the cost, and spending more money to replace those things leads […]
January 28, 2018
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Understanding Investment Properties: What You Should Know

Unlike a second home, where a homeowner lives for a portion of the year, an investment property is property that the homeowner uses to generate income, and […]
February 2, 2018
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What Couples Should Discuss Before Retiring

Compromise is an important part of marriage. From deciding how much to spend on a new living room set to what to watch on TV tonight, […]
February 4, 2018
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Staging: The Secret to Sealing the Deal

Given that an overwhelming 90% of home searches begin online, how can we move buyers from behind the screen to inside your home? Staging. As your […]
February 6, 2018
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6 Kitchen Upgrades Worth Their Weight in Resale Value

If a kitchen renovation is on your radar, and you plan to stay in your home long-term, you can figure on spending $20,000 or more—especially if […]
February 8, 2018
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Finding Functionality for Every Room

You probably have a room in your house that doesn’t get used much or is just acting as storage for your “extra” stuff. Empty nesters are […]
February 10, 2018
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Expert Insights: How Do You Determine How Much a Home Is Worth?

The short answer: a home is ultimately worth what is paid for it. Everything else is really an estimate of value. Take, for example, a hot […]
February 14, 2018
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The Ultimate Deal-Breaker Checklist for Homebuyers

How many times have you heard the story about people who move into their dream home only to find out that there’s a huge plumbing issue […]
February 16, 2018
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Expert Insights: Why Buy a Condo?

They are an appealing way to enter the housing market if the cost of a single-family home is out of your reach. Condos are especially popular […]
February 18, 2018
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Expert Insights: Once I Choose a Contractor, What Items Should Be Covered in the Contract?

According to the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, a well-written contract should contain the following information: The contractor’s name, address, telephone and license number, if […]
February 20, 2018
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Researching a Neighborhood From Far Away

Good public transportation, low crime, schools, nearby hospitals and other factors can help home shoppers decide if a neighborhood is right for them. If you’re planning […]
February 22, 2018
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Expert Insights: Should I Hire a Home Inspector for a New Home?

You would think not since it is new and the developer has to adhere to local construction guidelines. However, err on the side of caution—always hire […]
February 24, 2018
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6 Ways to Efficiently Declutter Your Home

Does your home look like a storage locker or a pack rat’s dream? If so, it’s time to purge, declutter, and refresh. As your local real […]