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Home Safety is More than Locked Doors and Alarms

When it comes to home security, most homeowners think about door locks and alarms. These are, of course, very important. However, there is also a lot you can do around your property to prevent the possibility of a break-in. One important part of home security is outdoor lighting. Your home doesn’t need to be lit […]

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Painting to Sell

A fresh coat of paint is the fastest and most inexpensive way to make your property more attractive to buyers. It can make just about any room look stylish and new. The challenge is determining what paint colors and options you should choose out of the hundreds available. Should you be daring and select “designer” […]

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How To Tell if a Neighborhood is Improving

When you’re looking for a new home, you want to find one in a great neighborhood – or, at least, in a neighborhood that is on the upswing. How can you tell if a particular area is improving? Here are some common indicators: Pride of ownership. Take a walk around the neighborhood. Do you get […]

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Creating a Realistic New Home Budget

You’re probably aware that there’s more to the cost of a new home than its purchase price. So to help you make an informed decision, ask yourself the following questions: How much do you expect to pay for moving expenses? Don’t forget to include packing materials in your calculations. “Closing costs” are the extra charges […]

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Give Your Outdoor Space a Wash & Haircut

When preparing a home for sale, most people focus on making the inside look as appealing as possible. But the outside of your property deserves your attention too. After all, it’s the first thing a potential buyer sees. You can dramatically improve the appearance of your property by giving it a “wash and haircut”! Clean […]

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Home Inspectors Help More Than You May Think

If you’re thinking of buying a particular home, you’re probably aware that you should get a qualified home inspector to examine it. In fact, most offers will include a condition that the property be inspected before the sale becomes final. A good home inspector will go over the property from top to bottom, inside and […]

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Homes with ‘Subway Tiles’ or ‘Barn Doors’ Sell Faster and For More Money

Zillow research shows certain keywords referring to homes’ features, amenities and design styles impact their sale price and time on the market. MARKET TRENDS / STORY / BY ALEXA FIANDER ON 12 APR 2016 Ever wonder why some homes sell for a premium and others don’t? While timing definitely plays a part, turns out mentioning […]

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Does Your Home Still Match Your Lifestyle?

When you purchased your current home, chances are it was a good match for your lifestyle. It had the space you needed, the features you wanted, and a location that worked for you. But for most people, lifestyle and needs evolve through the years. Kids get older. Jobs or careers change. People take on new […]

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Home Selling Advice from Hoteliers

When a hotel wants to make a room look inviting, they start with the bathroom. They clean it until it sparkles. They place fresh towels everywhere. They make sure the soap bars and shampoos are new. Some hotels even fold the end of the toilet paper into a nice neat triangle! Why all the fuss? […]

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Making Sure You Get What You Need

When you’re shopping for a new home, it’s a good idea to create a checklist of what you want and what you need. It keeps you on track to ultimately find the property that best fits your requirements — and those of your family. However, there’s a big difference between want and need that is […]

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