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19
Aug
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The Pros and Cons of Renting and Buying a Home
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To Rent vs. To Buy? The choice between renting a home and buying one of the biggest financial decisions anyone will ever make. However, the costs of buying are more complicated than renting, making it tough to tell which one is the better option.  When choosing whether to rent or to buy a home, ask yourself the following questions.   How long are you staying in the area?   Are you taking a position that will only last for a…

08
Jul
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Should You Target a Foreclosure Property for a New Purchase?
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A foreclosure is a process by which a homeowner’s right to their property is relinquished because they failed to pay their mortgage. If the homeowners cannot pay off the debt, the home will become an asset of the bank. Foreclosed properties are more common than people think and can lead to one person’s loss becoming another’s gain. Foreclosures can come with risks as well as benefits. The multitude of these risks and benefits can often intimidate new homebuyers from sealing…

13
Jun
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What Will Rehabbing That House Really Cost You?
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Are you interested in rehabbing a newly purchased property? Or perhaps you are looking to rehab your personal residence? Either way, the cost of rehabbing a house is determined by many factors including the cost of labor, insurance, tax, permits, materials and many other hidden costs. To estimate the exact cost of repairing a house, you need to determine what needs to be fixed, which may be difficult. We wanted to make this process easier for you so we broke…

17
May
Mortgage Documents Explained
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3 Most Important Mortgage Documents You'll Sign Explained You’re just about ready to make that big investment on a new piece of property. However, it might be a smart choice to break up the payment plan and take out a loan. Better yet, understanding the specific timing rules that lenders and buyers must follow when closing a purchase is very important because it can affect the length of completion of the mortgage process. While realistic, the house that you are…

13
Apr
5 Tips For Organizing Your Whole House 
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There’s always something new that your house needs. Whether it’s a new backsplash for your outdated kitchen or an appliance upgrade to smart home devices, our fantasy homes often seem unreachable after calculating costs and total time. However, the chances are that there’s an even easier, cost-effective way to make your house look more presentable and more livable, which can be a quicker fix than you think. By organizing your whole house, removing the clutter and saving space in tight…

22
Feb
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How to Spot Potential in an Older Home
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If you’ve been eyeing a beautiful home on the market that needs some interior work, the chances are that it is much more affordable than it seems. An increasingly competitive industry, house flipping can yield up to a $100,000 profit per home if budgeted properly. Whether looking for opportunities to resell outdated homes or renovating an existing house for the perfect location, there are several words from the wise that may help. Know Your Buyer The market in which your…

22
Jan
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Best Interior Design Apps
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Best Free Interior Design Apps On The Market Time to remodel your home? Check out these must-have interior design apps for iPad, Mac, android, and beyond to help with all your design dreams! Whether you’re remodeling for a whole new space or revamping a current one remodeling and redecorating can be very exciting. However, with so much information available to home decorators on the internet it’s easy to get overwhelmed. The following remodeling apps will help you keep all your…

11
Dec
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Home Security Tips
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Home Security Tips For most Americans, the home and its belongings are the family's most valuable assets. Therefore home security should be a top priority in your daily lives. On average, in the USA a burglary happens every 15 seconds. According to this statistic, that means that every hour, 240 homes are entered by burglars. Among these burglaries, 30% of intruders enter the house non forcefully through unlocked doors and windows. We all need to treat our homes with the…

23
Nov
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5 Reasons Why Your Energy Bill is So High
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Top 5 Reasons Why Your Energy Bill is So High Being a homeowner or leaser comes with many expenses that eventually add up. While some bills maintain a flat rate, your energy bill usually tends to fluctuate with the seasons. It can be hard to pinpoint what makes our energy bills so high during some months and not others, but these tips and tricks below will help reduce your energy use and your monthly spending. Beware of Vampire Energy Vampire…

13
Oct
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How to Turn Your Home Into a Smart Home
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Smart Home Devices: Which Ones Are Worth Trying Turning traditional houses with old-school appliances into efficient “smart homes” will become an emerging market within the next year. Leaders in technology have announced their plans for smart home “Internet of things” (IoT) operating systems including Google’s Brillo and Apple’s HomeKit, making it possible for automatic operation of household appliances in real time with connected device control and monitoring. IoT devices are designed to link your smartphone to your household appliances for…