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Posted on 06/20/2021
3 Simple Ways to Refresh Your Home Exterior
Photo by Stephanie Ho from Pexels Boosting your home’s curb appeal doesn’t need to be a difficult or expensive task. Even the smallest upgrades or adjustments can boost your home’s value and aesthetic appeal, regardless of the architectural style or amount of space you have to work with. Some upgrades are well worth doing, even if you are...
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Posted on 06/13/2021
How an Attorney Helps Guide You Through a Real Estate Closing
Photo by Rafa Bordes via Pixabay Real estate closings could be quite simple at one end of the spectrum or very difficult at the other end. In most cases, you will need to understand the legal ramifications of signing several documents, including the note, mortgage, transfer of title, mineral rights, title insurance and tax documents. If your closing...
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Posted on 06/06/2021
Protecting Your Garden from Pests
Image by wagrati_photo from Pixabay If you have pumpkins or winter and summer squash in your garden, there is a chance that squash bugs will find their ways into your planter beds. Squash bugs are pests that can wreak havoc on your vegetables, especially winter squash and pumpkin. Their attacks are not limited to gourds, they also target...
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Posted on 05/30/2021
3 Facts about Selling or Renting an Inherited House
Photo by Dave Frisch from Pexels If you've inherited a house you'd rather not live in, here are some things to consider—before you accept it. Before we get to the selling or renting part, calculate the cost of: Repairs and renovations. Any debt that would pass to you with the home. Annual property taxes. Yes, you may decline...
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Posted on 05/23/2021
Are You Eligible for a Rural Loan?
Photo by Pete Linforth via Pixabay Vacant land is a hot commodity – especially for builders. If you’re searching for a home, you may find one in an area that’s growing in population but still offers great lots. Interestingly enough, these areas that look like thriving cities could be zoned in an area deemed “rural.” If so, you...
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Posted on 05/16/2021
3 Disadvantages of Booming Housing Markets After Big Business Success
Photo by Gerd Altmann via Pixabay Booming housing markets are obviously bad news for buyers, especially if they're afraid they're about to buy smack dab in the middle of a bubble. However, there are also reasons why residents and even home sellers should fear housing booms as well. When a city or town undergoes rapid growth due to...
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Posted on 05/09/2021
How To Use Dark Colors Without The Gloom
Photo by Media Design and Media Publishing via Pixabay Dark colors can be striking in any home, but too many darks can make your home seem gloomy and depressing. Fortunately, simple changes and choices can help you create a space with a dark palette that is attention-getting, not depressing. Lighting Matters Lighting at various levels matters for any...
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Posted on 05/02/2021
Travel Apps - Enjoy the Journey
Photo by: Sebastien Gabriel via Unsplash You have a great trip planned, but you want to bring all your friends and family along with you. Well, let technology help. You don’t have to be a celebrity or a tech genius to enjoy documenting your travels. You can preserve your travel memories as they happen and keep everyone up-to-date...
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Posted on 04/25/2021
How to Design a Kitchen with Increased Accessibility
Photo by Marcus Aurelius from Pexels Contractors and land developers may want to consider the growing demographics of people with some form of physical limitation when they design kitchens. According to recent reports, upwards of 15% of households have at least one family member with a physical limitation. Yet only 6% of available homes are considered accessible. Over...
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Posted on 04/18/2021
Green Design: Materials for Sustainable Construction
Photo by Kelly Lacy from Pexels Eco-friendly homes are becoming much more common due to the benefits they provide, including significant energy savings and less of an impact on the environment. New construction homes can be green right from the start with the materials used to build them. These green building materials are often natural materials or renewable...
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Posted on 04/11/2021
What is the Estate Tax?
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay If you anticipate that you will inherit an estate at some point or if you plan to leave your estate to an heir, it is important to plan for the potential tax implications of that transfer. The federal estate tax is one aspect to consider. Depending on the value of the estate,...
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Posted on 04/04/2021
Looking to Sell Your Home? Finish These Home Improvement Projects First
Photo by Tima Miroshnichenko from Pexels Initially, it may seem like backwards logic to complete a few home improvement projects before selling your home. Most people want to renovate their home in order to enjoy it for themselves. However, there are several low-cost projects that you may want to consider before your listing your home, as these improvements...
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