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Posted on 11/29/2020
Problems You Can Prevent When Buying a Home
The last thing you want to experience after purchasing a new home is "buyer's remorse!" With that in mind, it pays to look at all angles when house shopping. Although emotions and first impressions are going to play a big role in your home-buying decisions, a thoughtful analysis of the pros and cons of every home that appeals to...
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Posted on 11/22/2020
Make Your Own, Environmentally-Friendly Trellis without Breaking Your Budget
Image by Mark Dixon from Pixabay Maybe it's time to get your garden ready, or maybe you already have a few scraggly plants that need some support; but pre-made trellises can be both pricey and flimsey. Instead of spending a lot to get a product that will fall apart after one, wet spring, why not make this sturdy...
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Posted on 11/15/2020
How to Remove & Replace Old Caulk
Image by bidvine from Pixabay If you have a bath or shower that required caulking, chances are that caulk has seen better days. It's soft, so abrasive cleaners wear away at it. This may cause gaps or ragged holes that trap residue. And even if it's all in one piece, mildew and grime will likely stain it over...
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Posted on 11/08/2020
What Do You Do with a Low Appraisal
Photo by Light And Dark Studio via Shutterstock In a seller’s market, comparable sales and competition can drive up a home’s price. This is especially true in a seller’s market where offers from multiple buyers try to outbid each other. And, while this sounds like a fantastic deal for the seller, a low appraisal can kill the deal....
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Posted on 11/01/2020
Tips on Hanging Lights
Photo by Dzenina Lukac via Pexels You just bought the perfect house and it’s almost time for the holidays. One of the things you looked most forward to when you purchased your home was being able to show off your decorating skills. There’s just one problem: Your living room doesn’t have a huge window to show off your...
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Posted on 10/25/2020
Year Round Gardening in the Coastal South
Photo by Christo Anestev via Pixabay If you're planning to relocate to a coastal area in the American South soon, you're undoubtedly looking forward to having close proximity to the beach as well as enjoying warm weather on a regular basis. However, you probably also have questions about living in a warm-climate coastal environment when it comes to...
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Posted on 10/18/2020
New Building Materials for Today's Homes
Photo by Peter Boccia on Unsplash Tired of the same old hardwood floors and vinyl siding? So are the designers of America's building materials. New, improved materials are becoming readily available every day. They're more sustainable and they last longer than materials of old. Not surprisingly, they look nice, too. Three of the best we've found so far...
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Posted on 10/11/2020
Tips for Quickly Clearing Clogged Pipes
Photo by Kaboompics .com from Pexels When the toilet's stopped up, you grab the plunger. If it's the sink, you might run some unclogging solution down with hot water. But some clogged piped won't clear. They get stopped up with gunk and debris that, over time, may work its way deep in the pipes. How do you power...
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Posted on 10/04/2020
Mortgage Options for Luxury Properties
Photo by Vincent Rivaud from Pexels When you buy a luxury home, you have several options when it comes to paying for the home. While some luxury buyers invest fully in the home and purchase outright, most find that opting for a mortgage of some type keeps options open and reserves capital for other things. Mortgages can be...
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Posted on 09/27/2020
Preapproval vs Prequalified Letter: Which Is Better?
Photo by Lukas from Pexels If you're ready to get serious about your home buying journey, one of the first steps is seeing various lenders. As you become more familiar with the process, you'll likely hear the terms preapproval and prequalified mentioned again and again. We'll look at how each letter works and what you should know before...
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Posted on 09/20/2020
Steps to Take Before Breaking in Your Kitchen
Photo by CongerDesign via Pixabay You recently purchased a home, and as a new homeowner, you’re itching to get moved into your new kitchen so you can get settled and start entertaining. Wait! Before you get caught up organizing your pots and pans, do a little preventative care. If you want a kitchen you can entertain in hassle-free,...
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Posted on 09/13/2020
Prepping Your Credit To Gain a Preapproval
Photo by Pixabay via Pexels Thinking of buying a home in the near future? You're going to need a preapproval. This tells real estate agents that you're serious about the home-buying process, and it alerts sellers that you're a solid, low-risk candidate. Preapprovals aren't always easy to score, however. And if you're someone who's had a few credit...
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