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Posted on 01/28/2019
Should You Consult with Family Members Before You Sell Your House?
If you intend to sell your house, you may want to let your family know about your decision. In fact, there are many reasons why you should consult with family members before you add your house to the real estate market. These reasons include: 1. You can address any concerns or questions. Family members may have concerns or questions...
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Posted on 01/21/2019
3 Signs That Now Is a Good Time to Submit an Offer to Purchase
After conducting an in-depth home search, you probably have discovered that many outstanding houses are available. Yet you're still on the fence about whether to submit an offer to purchase a residence. Ultimately, there are many signs that now may be the ideal time to submit an offer to purchase a residence, and these include: 1. You find a...
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Posted on 01/14/2019
How Passive Solar Homes Can Save You Thousands on Utility Bills
Most of the time, we build homes to our taste rather than to their environment. And while it’s important to have a home that you love to look at, it’s also necessary to take your local climate and surroundings into account. One of the best up-and-coming home architecture styles features something called “passive solar” design. In today’s post, I’m...
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Posted on 01/07/2019
How Worth it is a Skylight?
In the gray days of winter, everyone can benefit from some additional sunlight. Take advantage of the well-documented medical and psychological benefits of sunshine and the vitamin D it generates. Sure, you can open your windows, but then you lose that privacy. You can split the difference with a skylight or a light tube that allows light to...
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Posted on 12/31/2018
Should You Get Homeowner's Insurance?
You may know that when you buy a home, you should purchase homeowner’s insurance. You may have never wondered if the coverage is required. Usually, insurance will be taken out of escrow and a part of our monthly mortgage payment. You may pay a yearly premium separate from your mortgage payment. Home insurance is a nuisance so if you...
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Posted on 12/24/2018
How To Avoid Buyer's Remorse On A Home
As incredible the act of purchasing a home is, many buyers end up regretting their purchase. There’s a variety of reasons for this. It all comes down to being ill-informed about buying a home and the type of home needed for the most liable situation. Read on to find out some of the biggest regrets home buyers face and...
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Posted on 12/17/2018
3 Items to Buy Before Moving Day Arrives
If you recently bought or sold your home, moving day may be rapidly approaching. Fortunately, you still have time to pick up must-have supplies so you can get ready for moving day. Now, let's take a look at three items that you should purchase prior to your upcoming move. 1. Moving Boxes In all likelihood, you have a wide...
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Posted on 12/10/2018
Looking at a House But Not Sure if it's Worth the Price? Here's What Determines Home Value
Shopping for a house is a high-stakes game. If you’re a first-time buyer, it can be difficult to gauge the value of various components and features of a home. Appraisals are designed for just this reason. However, an appraisal is a subjective tool to determine a rough estimate. Furthermore, there are a number of things you can’t learn from...
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Posted on 12/03/2018
Why You May Not Want To Max Out Your Budget On A California Home
Once you have checked your credit and had all of your paperwork in order to get a mortgage on a home, you’ll be excited to get the process started finally. Buying a home is an emotional process. You shouldn’t let your emotions get in the way of the practical things in your life like your budget. It can be...
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Posted on 11/26/2018
Thinking About Converting That Spare Room into a Home Office? Here's Where to Start
The number of American employees who work from home, at least part of the time, is increasing year after year. Some 38% of Americans say they’re currently able to work from home at least one day a week, and that number is set to continue increasing. Working from home can pose a few problems, however. Notably, trying to find...
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Posted on 11/19/2018
Keep Your Home More Secure With These Tactics
While there's a lot to be said for the value of high-tech home security systems, there are many basic, inexpensive things you can do to safeguard your home from intruders. Keeping your home secure begins with awareness, good communication, and positive habits. Where does good communication come into play? One example is the need to have a trusted neighbor...
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Posted on 11/12/2018
Everything You Need to Know About Mortgage Types
If buying a home is something you’re considering, you might be curious about the different types of mortgages that are available to you. After all, the interest rate on your loan could have a huge impact on your finances over time, saving you thousands of dollars. In today’s post, I’m going to demystify the home loan by explaining the...
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