Learn about down payment strategies

  “How much should I put down?” Many home buyers – especially those applying for a mortgage for the first time – have questions about how much money they should put down on their new home. While traditional advice tells us 20% is the minimum amount for a down payment, modern lending practices and a […]

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How to get rid of toxic mold in the home

A major mold infestation can lower your home’s value, damage furnishings and building materials, lead to costly repairs, and negatively impact the health of your family. While serious mold problems often require professional removal, there are ways homeowners can get rid of toxic mold in their homes – and prevent it from coming back. Identify […]

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Packing hacks to help you in your next move

While the prospect of moving into a new home is exciting, moving – and packing in particular – can be a headache-inducing hassle at even the best of times. The following packing tips can help make your next move easier and as stress-free as possible. Hold a garage sale ASAP As soon as you know […]

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Mistakes to avoid when buying a home in the summer

As families prepare to move or relocate before the new school year, summer is a popular time to buy or sell a home. However, there can be some disadvantages to buying at this time of year. The following are three mistakes to avoid when buying a home during the summer. Mistake #1: Not researching the […]

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Know when to renovate the home or sell

When you bought your home, it perfectly suited your family’s needs. Now, there may be size issues, layout problems, or a lacking location have made your home less than ideal. When a home no longer meets many needs, homeowners are left asking if they should renovate or sell. The decision to renovate their current home […]

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Essential items new homeowners should have

Buying a home is a major purchase; however, there are a number of other things you should budget for when buying a new house. The following are six essential items every new homeowner should purchase. New locks. As homeowners, we give copies of our keys to neighbors, family members, house sitters, contractors, and more. As […]

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What to look for when choosing a new neighborhood

Real estate is all about location, location, location. While some buyers focus on square footage, kitchen appliances, or numbers of bedrooms, the neighborhood can affect everything from shopping and commute times to resale value and school districts. Whether you’re looking for a new house in your existing city or moving to an entirely new area, […]

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Materials to avoid using in a home remodel

As builders and homeowners alike become more environmentally conscious, avoiding toxic building materials becomes a priority. In addition to lowering a home’s environmental impact, choosing green materials can also help reduce indoor air pollution. “Chemicals get airborne and worsen respiratory symptoms,” says Dr. Alex Martinez of Lake Austin Asthma and Allergy Associates in Austin, Texas. […]

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Drought-inspired ideas for your yard

California might be going through an “exceptional drought” according to NOAA’s Drought Monitor, but more than 30 U.S. states currently have some level of drought. For many homeowners in states that are affected by the drought, switching from all grass to a yard that helps conserve water becomes a priority. Having a drought-friendly yard doesn’t […]

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How to write listing descriptions that help sell your home

  For about half of all home buyers, their house hunting journey begins online. Engaging, accurate descriptions can draw buyers in, but boring or wordy ones can leave them unimpressed – and clicking on to the next listing. The following number of  tips can help you write listing descriptions that will help sell your home. […]

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