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RECONSIDER THESE CHOICES WHEN YOU ARE DESIGNING YOUR KITCHEN

The kitchen is one of the areas of a home that sees the most wear and tear. All the water, heat, and food spills add up quickly, so it’s important to focus on quality and lasting appeal if youâ€

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FIVE BATHROOM TRENDS FROM 2017

Staying on top of the latest trends in home decor isn’t for everyone, but even for traditionalists it can be fun to incorporate some new ideas. Here are five trends that are appearing in bathrooms

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NEW HOME BETTER LIVING

When you’re house hunting, focus on the things that will improve your quality of life.There are so many factors that go into a home buying decision that it can make your head spin—especially if

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ITS TAX TIME A GUIDE TO DIY

April 16 will be here before you know it, and if you haven’t made a decision on how you’ll prepare your taxes this year, here are a few tips that may push you toward a DIY approach.Shop around

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FIVE TIPS FOR SELLING YOUR HOME IN A HURRY

There are a lot of factors that will determine how quickly your house is sold, and it’s important to tackle the factors you can control. If you’re still living in your home while trying to sell

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EASY HOME ORGANIZATION

It’s easy to let clutter pile up in your home, and sometimes it seems like there’s not quite enough space to store everything. However, with some clever repurposing or reorganization, you can

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SMARTPHONE SECURITY BE CAREFUL WITH YOUR BLUETOOTH SETTINGS

Bluetooth offers great wireless convenience for your smartphone, allowing you to connect to your headphones, car stereo, wireless speaker, and other devices without dealing with a tangle of cords

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FIVE MONEYSAVING GREEN UPGRADES

Going green is great for the environment, but that’s not the only benefit. When you make green upgrades in your home, it can also lead to some major savings.1. Solar panels: The upfront cost is,

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PRIORITY TASKS FOR YOUR MOVE IN

Moving into a new home is an exciting time, and you’re probably daydreaming about decor and paint schemes and new furniture. But before you get into the fun stuff, there are some basics you should

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AVOID THESE TWO BIG MORTGAGE MISTAKES

We all know that searching for and viewing potential homes is the fun part of the home-buying process. The not-so-fun part? The mortgage.But if you don’t pay attention to the details, your

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WHAT AFFECTS PROPERTY VALUES

Some the features that increase property values are obvious—like a remodeled bathroom, a modern kitchen, or a sought-after neighborhood. But here are a few features and circumstances you have not

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FROM DECORATING TO STAGING

There is a difference between the two—here’s how to get your home ready to sell Once you’ve decided to put your home on the market, you’re looking to sell quickly for the best possible.

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HOW TO DECIDE IF ITS TIME TO REPLACE YOUR WINDOWS AND WHERE TO GET STARTED

Before you dive into replacing your windows, the first step is to carefully evaluate the pros and cons. Replacing your windows is no small investment. The average cost to replace the windows in a

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HOW TO LOWER YOUR CABLE BILL

More and more people are cutting the cord and going without television service, but for many—especially those who watch a lot of live programming— cable is still a necessity. Cable and satellite

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FIVE TIPS FOR MAINTAINING HOUSEPLANTS

Adding plants to your home will give it a fresher and brighter feel and will also improve your home’s air quality. Although it does take a little bit of work and consistency to maintain your,

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MORTGAGE RATE MATH

Shopping around for the best possible mortgage terms is an important part of the home buying process. A few percentage points can make a difference of thousands of dollars over the life of the

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HOUSEKEEPING TIPS KEEP DARK CLOTHES FROM FADING

It’s disappointing when your darker garments look faded after a few washes. Here are some suggestions for keeping your favorite clothes looking brand new.Wash only when necessary: We tend to wash

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FINDING THE RIGHT MATTRESS

You’ve got more options than ever when mattress shopping these days with no shortage of brick-and-mortar and online-only retailers to choose from. Here are the factors you should consider whenâ€

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HAPPIER HARDWOOD FLOORS

Tips for cleaning your beautiful hardwood floors and keeping them looking great.Hardwood floors make for a beautiful, stunning addition to your home. However, they can bring new cleaning and

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ORGANIC FOOD ON A BUDGET

Organic food usually tastes better, and is better for you, but it can also be very expensive compared to non-organic products. Organic food can cost nearly 50 percent more, thanks to the extra labor

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CREATE A MORE ENERGY EFFICIENT HOME WITHOUT BREAKING THE BANK

Many homeowners would love to invest in making their property more energy-efficient. Going green can save you a lot of money over time and is great for the environment, but the up-front costs can be

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OPEN HOUSE ALTERNATIVE THE BROKERS OPEN HOUSE

It doesn’t take much time to go from a perfectly organized room to a cluttered, chaotic mess. Papers pile up on surfaces, coats and bags end up on furniture, shoe boxes and shopping bags get

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FIVE STEPS FOR ORGANIZING YOUR GARAGE

For many people, the garage is the place you mindlessly store stuff just to get it out of the way, and before you know it, you’ve got a cluttered mess on your hands. Here are five steps toward

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THE BEST THINGS ABOUT HOME OWNERSHIP

If you own a home, there was certainly a lot that went into your decision to buy rather than continue to rent. Now you’re enjoying all the advantages of homeownership—here are the top five. 

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WINTERIZING YOUR HOME

The cold weather has arrived, and it’s time to get your home ready for the months of harsh conditions that are on the way. Here are five key tasks for winterizing your home.1. Get your HVAC system

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WHAT AFFECTS YOUR HOME INSURANCE

Research suggests that about 1 in 20 homeowners will make an insurance claim each year. So while it may seem that your monthly home insurance expenses aren’t worthwhile, the chances of needing

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JUST MOVED IN HERE ARE THE MUSTHAVES FOR YOUR NEW HOME

Moving into a new home is an exciting time in your life. You’re making plans for renovations and choosing furniture, but before you get too far ahead of yourself, there are some more important

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FIVE INEXPENSIVE HOME IMPROVEMENTS

The cost of some home renovations can seem daunting, but not every home improvement has to break the bank. Here are five simple improvements you can make that will have a major impact but are still

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AVOID THESE PHRASES WHEN YOURE BUYING A HOME

Sometimes you need to keep a poker face when you’re buying a home.It’s not in your best interest to be totally candid with the seller and listing agent when you’re considering a home. Here a

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WHAT DOES A TITLE COMPANY DO

With all the money you pay for a home, you want to make sure you spend your hard-earned dollars on a legitimate piece of property—and that’s where a title company comes in.When you purchase a

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BIG IDEAS FOR SMALL SPACES

Smaller rooms can be difficult to decorate because if you don’t know a few important tricks, the space can end up feeling a little claustrophobic. Here’s how you can keep a room feeling airy and

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INVESTMENT PROPERTIES HOW YOU CAN MAKE MONEY IN THE SHORT AND LONG TERM

You’re probably well aware that there’s more to real estate than just owning your home. There are countless success stories of people who made a fortune—or even just a comfortable extraâ€

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BIG TRENDS IN HOME DECOR

Thanks to websites like Houzz and Pinterest and TV networks like HGTV and DIY, it’s easier than ever to keep up with home decorating trends and find inspiration for improving your own home. Here

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BEFORE YOU FALL IN LOVE WITH A HOME ANALYZE THE LITTLE THINGS

It’s easy to be wowed by a house. You’re anxious to discover your dream home and accomplish a big goal. You can’t wait to cook in the brand new kitchen or relax in the spa-style tub. All that

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EASY UPGRADES TACKLE THESE PROJECTS IN A SINGLE DAY

It’s easy to get stressed out just hearing the word “renovation.” You’re instantly thinking of having your home life disrupted by construction debris, cluttered rooms, and loud noises.But

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DONT FORGET ABOUT HOMEOWNER TAX BREAKS

A New Year means tax season is right around the corner. One of the many perks of homeownership is big tax breaks. So whether you’re doing your taxes yourself or getting help from a professional,â

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THINKING OF SELLING NOW MAY BE THE TIME

Low inventory is a problem in many markets throughout the country. In a healthy market, a particular neighborhood would have six months of inventory. Many neighborhoods are seeing inventory as low

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FIVE WEBSITES FOR PLANNING YOUR NEXT VACATION

1. airbnb.com: Still staying exclusively in hotels? It’s time to try airbnb.com. Residents in your destination city rent out their homes, from single rooms to entire houses, and it’s often

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THE BEST TIPS AND TOOLS FOR CLEANING SOME COMMON HOUSEHOLD ITEMS

Sometimes you just can’t find the right tool for the job, even with all the usual cleaning tools at your disposal. Here are some tips for those items and places that are always a pain to keep

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HOME DESIGN ALWAYS CHANGING

Home design is always changing. What may have seemed brilliant a few years ago can quickly fall out of style and leave you wondering, “What were we thinking?” But our homes reflect our habits

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FOUR CONSUMER PRODUCTS WITH RISING PRICES

Here are five common products, services, and costs that are expected to see a rise in price this year.1. Nuts: With a poor recent crop and rising demand, this popular snack food is getting more

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A NEW OPTION FOR HELPING BUYERS COMBAT MULTIPLE OFFERS

There’s intense competition for homes in areas where home inventory is low, and cash buyers often get the nod in situations where there are multiple offers.But there’s a new option for non-cash

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BUDGET PROJECTS WITH BIG VALUE

Not all home improvement projects are created equal. Some renovations may cost a lot but not add significant value to your home. This list goes in the opposite direction: Here are some inexpensive

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THREE WAYS TO EASE YOUR FEARS ABOUT MOVING

With low inventory in many markets throughout the country, many homeowners are afraid to sell their homes because they’re concerned that they may not be able to find a new one.This can be a real

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DOES HOME STAGING MAKE A DIFFERENCE

It seems to be universally accepted that home staging will help your home sell faster or for the best price—it’s been the common practice in the real estate business for a long time, and on the

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FIVE TIPS FOR FUNDING A VACATION

There’s nothing quite like some well-earned time off in a cool new place, but vacations certainly don’t pay for themselves. Here are a few ideas for funding your next getaway. 1. The change

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A GREAT LAWN STARTS NOW

Fall may have just began, but winter will be here before you know it. The best way to have a great lawn come spring is to get started now, and here are four tips that will kickstart your lawn before

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FIVE FALL MAINTENANCE TIPS

These simple maintenance tasks can save you from expensive repairs and big headaches over the next few months. 1. Take care of hoses and faucets: Disconnect your hoses before the freezing

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INSTANT HOME MAKEOVERS

Not every home makeover has to be a major project that lasts days, weeks or even months. There are a ton of quick touch-ups and fixes that can make a huge difference in the look and feel of your,

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FIVE HOME REPAIRS TO BUDGET FOR

You’re going to have to do some regular repairs and maintenance on your home—it’s just a fact of home ownership. So that you’re not caught unprepared, it’s a good idea to keep a budget and

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CALLING IN A PROFESSIONAL

Renovating your home can be a stressful and expensive endeavor. How much should you spend? Who should you trust? Who’s the best contractor/architect/designer/etc. in town? If you find yourself

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How Do Home Owners Associations Work

When you purchase a home, there’s a good chance you’ll have to pay a homeowners association fee, especially in gated communities, townhouses, condominiums, and other similar planned.

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LESS IS MORE HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR VOCABULARY

It may seem counterintuitive, but one of the best ways to improve your vocabulary is by eliminating words, rather than adding new ones. There are many words we use every day that are either

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IF YOU ARE SELLING IMPROVING YOUR CURB APPEAL CAN MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE

Curb appeal is a big factor for home buyers. The exterior of your home is the first thing buyers will see when they come to a showing or open house, and you want to make a great first impression.

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FIVE WAYS TO INCREASE THE VALUE OF YOUR BASEMENT

The basement is usually an afterthought in homes, especially if it’s not already finished when you move in. The lack of natural light compared to the ground floor and above doesn’t always make

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HOW TO CHECK YOUR HOME FOR AIR LEAKS

We’re well into the fall season and winter is right around the corner. This is the time of year when it’s especially important to make sure your home is properly sealed. Air leaks can make it

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DOG FRIENDLY DWELLINGS

Even the most happy-go-lucky dogs and cats have some preferences about the spaces they occupy. If you want to keep you pet as happy and comfortable as possible, here are some things to take into

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WHO IS CHECKING YOUR CREDIT

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REAL ESTATE 101 WHAT IS THE MLS

The acronym "M.L.S." is an everyday term in the real estate industry. So what exactly is the MLS? On a basic level, the MLS is a database of all of the properties available for sale and represented

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REMEMBER TO INSPECT YOUR CEILINGS

Ceilings undergo a lot of stress—after all, they help hold up your house. Ignoring or neglecting a small problem can lead to a big problem and expensive repairs down the road, so here are a few

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FIVE ITEMS THAT YOU SHOULDNT TRASH

Most of us fall into the habit of disposing of all of our household items when they’ve broken, expired, or simply are no longer useful. But for environmental and safety reasons, here are five

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PRODUCE STORAGE MISTAKES

Everyone wants to make the most of their food and not let anything go to waste. However, there are some important things to keep in mind when you’re storing certain foods. Follow these basic

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FIVE PLACES TO INSPECT IN YOUR HOME

Our homes require regular maintenance, both to protect our personal safety and to avoid costly repairs. Here are five of the most important items you should check in your home. 1. The fire

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MAKE IT EASIER TO ORGANIZE YOUR HOME

It’s easy to let clutter pile up in your home, and sometimes it seems like there’s not quite enough space to store everything. However, with some clever repurposing or reorganization, you can

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FIVE APPS FOR EASY HOME DECORATING

Technology has made it easier than ever to bring your home decor ideas to reality. There are countless smartphone apps that help you plan a space or do some valuable comparative shopping. Here are

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MAKE YOUR BATHROOM EASIER TO CLEAN

Bathrooms can be the most difficult places in our homes to keep clean. However, with a few clever changes and upgrades, it can be much easier to clean and maintain your bathroom.No-Touch Faucets:

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THE BEST SMART HOME FEATURES

Home technology has greatly improved over the last few years, improving functionality and energy efficiency. But some smart home features carry more value than others. Here are the features that

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FIVE THINGS THAT MAKE US HAPPY WITH OUR HOMES

According to a recent survey conducted by houzz.com, here are five things that consistently make people happy with their homes.1. Big windows and comfortable furniture: Nearly 75 percent of

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FIVE NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS FOR YOUR HOME

We may be a little removed from New Year’s Day, but it’s not too soon to start making some 2018 resolutions for your home.1. Start a home repair slush fund: Things in your home are going to

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FIVE LIGHTING TIPS FOR BASEMENTS

Making your basement an enjoyable place to spend time can be tricky. Without the right lighting, it may feel too much like a dungeon (unless you’re into that!). Here are a few quick tips.1.

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BEFORE YOU TAKE THE PLUNGE WITH A FIXER UPPER THINK ABOUT RESALE VALUE

We’ve all watched the HGTV programs that show a run-down old house transforming into a dream home. Tackling a big renovation project on an outdated property can indeed pay off big—both with the

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HOW A REALTOR CAN HELP ALLEVIATE STRESS

Purchasing a home can be a stressful experience, whether you’re a first-time buyer or you’ve been through the process before. But that’s one of the reasons that working with a real estate

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FIVE THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT HOME INSPECTIONS

The home inspection is an important part of the home sale process, both for buyers and sellers. When it’s time for you to hire an inspector, here are five things you should be thinking about:1.â€

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A DRY FOUNDATION IS A HAPPY FOUNDATION

Keeping water away from your home’s foundation is an important part of maintaining your home's structural integrity. Water can cause soils to expand and contract as well as do damage to the

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TIPS FOR SECURING YOUR SMARTPHONE

Phones have come a long way in the last few years, and there’s a ton of sensitive information—email access, bank accounts, photos, contact lists—that are easily accessed if your phone falls

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WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN YOU ARE BUYING A ROBOT VACUUM CLEANER

Technology is most helpful when it makes daily tasks easier and more efficient, and that’s most certainly the case with robot vacuum cleaners. It’s especially true if you’re in a climate that

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CHOOSE THE RIGHT PAINT FINISH

It can be intimidating to stand in front of the paint swatches at the paint or hardware store and try to make a decision. Picking a color can be difficult enough—and then you have to choose the

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FIVE TIPS FOR REDUCING CLUTTER

It doesn’t take much time to go from a perfectly organized room to a cluttered, chaotic mess. Papers pile up on surfaces, coats and bags end up on furniture, shoe boxes and shopping bags get

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IS HANDS FREE ACTUALLY SAFER

A recent poll by the National Safety Council showed that 80 percent of Americans incorrectly believe that using a hands-free device while driving is safer than using a handheld device.The truthâ€

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HOW YOUR DAILY DRIVE TIME CAN FACTOR INTO YOUR MORTGAGE

It’s easy to overlook some of the things that can affect your budget and purchasing power when you’re considering a home, and one of the biggest factors that buyers overlook is the cost of their

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DONT BE A VICTIM TRIM THOSE SHRUBS

Crime prevention studies show that burglarized homes have less visual access than their neighbors who were not burglarized. Burglars seek to victimize homes with easy access in and out, and most

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WHICH FEATURES ARE YOUNG BUYERS LOOKING FOR IN A HOME

Millennials are the second-largest segment of home buyers, ranking behind only baby boomers, according to the National Association of Realtors. Here are five features that tend to entice millennials

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How To Price Your Home

Are you thinking about selling your home? Your first thought should be to contact a Realtor®, maybe three. After interviewing them, one suggests a much higher list price. might be how to price your

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REFINANCING THE RIGHT MOVE

If you have an Adjustable-Rate Mortgage, consider these factors about refinancing.The federal reserve recently raised interest rates, and if you have an Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM), it may be a

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FIVE TIPS FOR IMPROVING YOUR CREDIT

Monitoring your credit report and credit rating is important, especially if you’re considering purchasing a home. Here are five tips for improving your credit. It’s not about quick fixes, but

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STAGING YES OR NO

Will staging increase your home’s value?It’s obvious that you want your home looking as good as possible when you’re trying to sell it. You want to give buyers a great first impression,

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START THE YEAR OFF RIGHT BY REVIEWING YOUR BILLS

The start of the year is a great time to review your finances.As 2018 starts—hopefully with a bang—it is an ideal time to take a look at all of your bills. As the past year cruised by you may

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