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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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Posted on 03/30/2021
Another Property Sold - 1265 Lexington Avenue, Davenport, FL 33837
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 community of Providence provides an extra...
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Posted on 03/28/2021
Florida Homestead Exemption Laws
Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash Florida has fairly lax homestead exemption laws. In addition to the homestead exemption, property owners might be eligible for additional tax breaks, including the Save Our Homes assessment limitation. Veterans, seniors, disabled first responders and active duty service members all have additional tax breaks. Additionally, properties with special uses might also qualify...
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Posted on 03/21/2021
New Construction Financing: 5 Tips to Help
Photo by Anthony Shkraba from Pexels Building your new home should be a rewarding experience, but it's important to know how the financing for a new construction is different from the financing for a previously owned home. You will need a specific type of loan called new construction loans, and they can be harder to get than a...
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Posted on 03/14/2021
Under Cabinet Lighting Options
Image by StockSnap from Pixabay Your kitchen is the ultimate workspace, but only if it has the lighting needed to properly illuminate your work area. Without the right lighting, you could end up fumbling through your tasks, failing to complete them to the best of your ability. Thankfully, resolving that problem is as easy as installing LEDs under...
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Posted on 03/07/2021
Modified Open Floor Plans Increase Accessibility and Quality of Life
Photo by Pixabay from Pexels It may come as something of a surprise to prospective home buyers and contractors, but the open floor plan was popularized as far back as the 1950s. The open floor plan boom took off during the 1990s, and that’s when it evolved into a new construction norm. By its very nature, the open...
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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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