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Posted on 02/28/2021
What Curb Appeal Items Give You the Most ROI?
Photo by Breadmaker via Shutterstock You may be thinking that your best investments are inside the home: a snazzy new kitchen, a spa-like bathroom or new wood floors, but you can actually get a high return on investment (ROI) if you focus on your home's curb appeal. The first impression potential buyers have of your home is the...
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Posted on 02/21/2021
Financing Your Home Loan through a Credit Union
Image by Burst from Pexels Buying a home is an exciting time. As you start to comb through listings and decide you’re ready to take the plunge to purchase, you’ll want to pursue getting pre-approved for a mortgage. This way, you'll know how much you're approved for and can shop for homes within your price range. Additionally, having...
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Posted on 02/14/2021
What Home Buyers Want in 2020
Photo by Gerd Altmann via Pixabay Energy Efficiency As home buyers become younger and younger, energy-efficient structures become more popular. According to the National Association of Home Builders, the most sought-after green features in a home include: Energy-Star rated windows and appliances. Toilets that conserve water. Tankless water heaters. Solar panels. Extra insulation. Triple-paned glass in windows and...
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Posted on 02/07/2021
Pros and Cons of Living in Beautiful South Florida
Photo by Dimitris Vetsikas via Pixabay There’s nothing like the South Florida sun, right? The beauty of the water, sandy beaches and plenty of things to do. Those are just a few reasons why Miami continues to be a popular destination – not only to visit, but to live as well. People see all the storms and inclement...
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Posted on 01/31/2021
Tips on Determining the Right Time of Year for Your Family to Move
Photo by Aimee Cozza via Pixabay Moving to a new home can disrupt your routine at any time, but some times of the year are better than others for relocating to a new home. You'll get the most from the experience and enjoy a more seamless move if you plan things for the right time of year and...
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Posted on 01/24/2021
Pros & Cons of "Subject-to" Real Estate Investment
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay When you're considering buying real estate as an investment, it's a good idea to weigh the pros and cons. That's especially important with "subject-to" real estate, because there can be risks and rewards with this type of property that are different from traditional purchases. Here's what you should be considering, before you...
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Posted on 01/17/2021
Small Kitchen Remodeling Projects
Image by Cristina Mantovani from Pixabay Whether you’re moving into a new home or getting yours ready for the market, remodeling your kitchen can help boost your home’s value. You don’t have to invest in major remodeling projects to spruce up your kitchen. The following minor remodeling options are cost-effective ones that can give your kitchen a brand...
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Posted on 01/10/2021
Real Estate Investment: 5 Property Types to Consider
Image by Steve Buissinne from Pixabay Real estate investing is a powerful way to build wealth, as investors can take advantage of rent payments, appreciation, tax deductions and leverage. Additionally, there are lots of properties to invest in. If you’re starting to explore real estate as an investment opportunity, here are five types of properties and why you...
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Posted on 01/06/2021
1265 Lexington Avenue, Davenport, FL 33837 is now new to the market!
BEAUTIFUL GOLF FRONT LIKE NEW HOME: Whether you are looking for beauty, value, security, location, features, or simply the joy of owning a home in the most beautiful and exciting golf community near Disney...you have found it all in this beautiful golf-front, 5 bedroom, 3 bath home with it's own private designer pool overlooking the 4th Fairway. Purchased in 2007 as a Vacation Home by a couple from New Jersey, this seldom used home and furnishings are in pristine condition. It is truly Move In Ready! The home is a great value in itself and the furnishings are available to be purchased under a separate agreement. The Guard Gated...
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Posted on 01/03/2021
Financing with a Credit Union
Image by Pete Linforth from Pixabay Property buyers today may think of a credit union as an alternative form of lending and ultimately meant for people who don't fit the stereotypical borrower. But this assumption may a little unfair once you learn the facts. Credit unions present several unique opportunities that you simply won't find anywhere else. We'll...
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Posted on 12/27/2020
Tips on How to Handle Your Pets During a Showing
Photo by StockSnap via Pixabay The lawn is trimmed, the house is spotless and you're ready for a real estate agent to show off your home to a prospective buyer -- but what about your pets? Pets and showings don't always mix; the potential buyers may be afraid of or allergic to your animals -- or your pets...
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Posted on 12/20/2020
Everything You Should Know About Mailbox Rules
Photo by Lee via Pixabay Putting a new mailbox up? Be sure to follow the official guidance from the U.S. Postal Service.® Here are a few rules, tips, and suggestions to make your mail carrier's day a little smoother. Putting Up a New Mailbox USPS-approved mailboxes have Postmaster General (PMG) approval labels. Have your post office approve your...
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