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How Much Should You Pay for a Smart Home Device?
Posted on 05/19/2019
How Much Should You Pay for a Smart Home Device?
There is no set amount that a homeowner should spend on a smart house device. In fact, depending on the smart gadgets you purchase, you may wind up spending only a few dollars, or hundreds, on these devices. But if you understand how to shop for smart home gadgets, you may be better equipped than other property owners to...
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Key Issues to Address Before You Buy a Home
Posted on 05/12/2019
Key Issues to Address Before You Buy a Home
If you intend to purchase a house soon, it helps to prepare for the home buying journey. In fact, if you identify potential issues before you start your quest to find your dream home, you could avoid them during your property search. Now, let's take a look at three common issues that plague homebuyers, along with tips to address...
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What is the Cost of Living Index?
Posted on 05/05/2019
What is the Cost of Living Index?
You hear about this magic "cost-of-living index" number, but where does it come from and how can you use it to improve your real estate experience? The cost of living index is a numerical measurement of the relative cost to live in a specific geographic region. There are a lot of economic formulas out there, but it basically...
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5 Silly Cooking Myths You Should Never Believe
Posted on 04/21/2019
5 Silly Cooking Myths You Should Never Believe
Even the most experienced chef can fall for most of these pervasive and ridiculous myths. Many of these cooking myths have been promoted as well-meaning culinary advice over the years; and have become a bedrock to many cook their meals. By now, you already know that lobsters don’t scream during cooking, that screeching sound is caused by the...
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Things to Understand When Dealing with a Debt Collector
Posted on 04/14/2019
Things to Understand When Dealing with a Debt Collector
Debt collection calls can be frustrating and a headache. It is quite disappointing to know that you have outstanding debts and the debt collector is offering very stringent conditions in terms of payment options. If you're familiar with the behaviors of debt collectors, then you know they issue threats, use offensive language, and come up with various tactics...
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Does Your Large Landing Waste Space?
Posted on 04/07/2019
Does Your Large Landing Waste Space?
Home architects like to do lots of creative things with stairs and landings—and for good reason. They create lots of “oohs” and “aahs” when a prospective buyer walks into a home. Many times, it is that spectacular view that sells the home. Buyers may even overlook other missing items in the house because of the initial entryway's striking...
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Mortgage Type - What Does That Mean?
Posted on 03/31/2019
Mortgage Type - What Does That Mean?
Multiple options are available when it comes to real estate loans. Figuring out which one you need can be disconcerting, to say the least. So, if you’re new to the game, here’s a quick guide to help you along. Standard Mortgages: Conventional – Loans that fall within the FNMA/FHLMC (Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac) guidelines where the Federal government is...
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Things You Need to Consider Before You Attend a House Showing
Posted on 03/24/2019
Things You Need to Consider Before You Attend a House Showing
You know you want to pursue a home, and as such, likely plan to attend lots of house showings in the near future. Before you check out a residence in-person, however, it generally is a good idea to prepare as much as possible. That way, you can use a home showing to learn about a residence, evaluate a house's...
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Why Should a Buyer Purchase Your House?
Posted on 03/18/2019
Why Should a Buyer Purchase Your House?
As a home seller, it is important to make your house a must-have for buyers. Otherwise, your home may linger on the real estate market for an extended period of time. Worst of all, you may struggle to optimize your house sale earnings. Ultimately, there are lots of things you can do to make your house an attractive option...
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A Beginner's Vocabulary Guide To Mortgages
Posted on 03/11/2019
A Beginner's Vocabulary Guide To Mortgages
Real estate terminology can be confusing for both new and experienced homeowners alike. Especially when it comes to the various types of loans. If the different types of loans have your head spinning, don’t worry. I hear you! Here’s what you need to know: Mortgage prequalification is an estimate a lender will give as to what you will qualify...
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Install a Water Softener Without the Salt
Posted on 03/04/2019
Install a Water Softener Without the Salt
Do you live in a house that has hard water? You know, where you get those white rings on the counters and the faucets have this grungy, crusty build up. While you’re at the DIY store, you see this free water testing kit and decide its time to learn what is going on. You get the results, and...
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Why Is a Home Listing Important?
Posted on 02/25/2019
Why Is a Home Listing Important?
If you intend to sell a home, it helps to allocate time and resources to produce an effective property listing. Ultimately, a house listing can help a property seller make a positive first impression on potential buyers. And if a listing is informative and engaging, it may lead a buyer to set up a house showing. Now, let's take...
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