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Posted on 08/01/2021
How to Fully Utilize Your Digital Assistants at Home
Digital assistants have become very intuitive, so much that they’re being integrated into a variety of people’s daily lives. From directions in the car to timers in the kitchen to dictation in the living room, technology, such as voice assistants, has become more reliable by the day, which leads to interesting trends in home entertainment. Let’s look at...
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Posted on 07/25/2021
The Best ROI for Resale
Photo by Fotocraft via Shutterstock Many homeowners spend thousands of dollars on improvements and upgrades only to find out that the return on their investment (ROI) is less than $1 to $1. That means that for every dollar spent, the selling price of their home does not go up a corresponding dollar. In fact, very few home improvements...
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Posted on 07/18/2021
5 Reasons Why You Should Consider a Starter Home
Many first-time homebuyers face the choice between a starter home and a forever home. Every situation is unique but there are some key advantages to starter homes that exist across the board. Here we’ll go over the major reasons you might want to consider getting a starter home. Lower Price Starter homes are smaller and often in less...
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Posted on 07/11/2021
3 DIY Solutions for a Patio Garden
Having a small outdoor space doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the benefits of nature. Even for small porches and patios there are some clever garden solutions that will let you grow and care for the plants you love. The best part is that many of these same solutions can be DIY with the right tools and know-how. Here...
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Posted on 07/04/2021
Thing You Need to Know About Applying for a Jumbo Mortage
Photo by Peggy und Marco Lachmann-Anke via Pixabay A jumbo mortgage refers to a high-priced loan, usually meant for a luxury property. And while this loan may have once been reserved for the millionaire investors of the world, it may not be as exclusive as you think. If you're interested in what it takes to apply, it helps...
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Posted on 06/27/2021
A Seller's Guide to Closing Costs
In a home purchase, both the buyer and seller need to pay closing costs. These costs are made up of several individual expenses from different sources and the list can look staggering at first glance. While the buyer typically has the longest list of fees to pay, sellers are still responsible for part of the bill. Here we’ll...
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Posted on 06/20/2021
Pros & Cons of Buying a Zombie Property
Photo by Daniel Tuttle on Unsplash Buying a home, especially for the first time, might feel a little scary—notably if you've learned the home you’re considering for purchase is a zombie property. Even a pro at buying property may flinch when they initially hear this term. No worries, a zombie property is not as frightening as it sounds....
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Posted on 06/13/2021
3 Ideas for Decorating Your Walls With Artificial Vines
For a long time, artificial plants have been the best option for those who love the look of plants but not the work. Some more modern fake plants are stunningly realistic and even feel like real leaves when you touch them. However, as always, they are still best for aesthetics, especially if you’re lacking optimal growing environments or...
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Posted on 06/06/2021
Improve Your Indoor Air Quality With These 5 Houseplants
Houseplants can add color and natural beauty to our living spaces, but can also improve our health. By converting carbon dioxide into oxygen, plants provide us with fresh air to breathe purely by living alongside us. Some plants can even filter harmful chemical compounds and pollutants from the air. Here we will go over some of the best...
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Posted on 05/30/2021
Building Your Dream Home: Tips for Age-in-Place New Construction
Photo by Tima Miroshnichenko from Pexels New construction is typically a long-term investment, so it’s important to think ahead. You’ll want to make sure your new home will still offer a suitable place to live as you get older. Aging-in-place features can help ensure that your home remains a safe and comfortable environment well into the future. You...
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Posted on 05/23/2021
Tips on Calculating Your Debt to Equity Ratio
Photo by Alexander Stein via Pixabay Nearly all real estate investment includes some amount of debt. Debt on its own isn’t necessarily a problem but too much debt can create challenges. So, how much debt is too much? We’ll give you some solid answers below. Quick note: If you’re already a seasoned pro, you probably don’t need our...
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Posted on 05/16/2021
5 Steps for Effective Meal Planning
Photo by Vegan Liftz from Pexels Some people seem like born organizers, especially when it comes to meal planning. In reality, it's a skill you can cultivate. Let us show you how to do just that, in five doable steps. 1. Commit to the Effort Any goal — exercising more, learning a new language or planning meals —...
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