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2018 Design Forecast: Statement Floors and Floral Prints

Monday Feb 05th, 2018

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Out with succulents and in with floral prints—2018 is shaping up to be a big year for color! With 2017 coming to a close, many companies are releasing year-end predictions for what home decor will look like come the new year. Trulia recently unveiled its 2018 Home Design Trend Predictions, which named pattern on pattern, wallpaper and high gloss lacquer on walls as some of the trends that will be “in” next year . . . Read More [read more]

Cost vs. Value: The Home Improvement Projects With the Highest ROI in 2018

Monday Feb 05th, 2018

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A strong housing market isn't necessarily all good news for sellers. As evidenced by Remodeling magazine's newly-released Cost vs. Value Report for 2018, average return on investment (ROI) for home improvement projects dipped across the board, with "upscale" projects taking the biggest hit. The report, which measures the average cost of 21 popular remodeling projects and their average resale value one year later, found that  . . . Read More [read more]

Defining Principal Residence: Its Your Home!

Monday Feb 05th, 2018

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In order to take advantage of the up-to-$500,000 exclusion of gain (or up-to-$250,000 if you file a tax return as a single taxpayer) the house you sell has to be your "principal residence". Under most circumstances, we do not need a legal definition of this concept. "This is my house, and I have lived here for many years; what's the problem." But as we all know, life is often not that simple. And, unfortunately, there is no definition provided in the Tax... [read more]

How to Get Approved for a Home Improvement Loan

Monday Feb 05th, 2018

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Whether you’re building an addition, completely remodeling or just finishing your basement, a home improvement loan can help add value and comfort to your home. There are a variety of loan options available that we detail later in this article, but before you explore those, there are four steps you should take to ensure that you'll get the money you need . . . Read More [read more]

The Pet Owner’s Guide to Home Automation

Monday Feb 05th, 2018

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Many people know home automation provides benefits to humans. With connected devices such as smart thermostats, cameras, locks and light bulbs, people can now live in more comfort, safety, security and cost savings. But for the humans with furry or feathered friends, questions inevitably arise about home automation and pet safety . . . Read More [read more]

Investing in Real Estate: How to Diversify Your Portfolio

Monday Feb 05th, 2018

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Andrew Carnegie—founder of U.S. Steel and one of history’s richest men—once observed, “More millionaires have been made through owning real estate than through all other industrial investments combined.” Owning real estate investments remains one of the most effective means of growing one’s wealth. But to fully take advantage of the opportunities the real estate market affords, those planning on purchasing investment properties should familiarize... [read more]

5 Tips to Reduce Your Home’s Holiday Energy Consumption

Wednesday Dec 06th, 2017

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The smell of pine and cinnamon, cookies baking in the oven, lights twinkling inside and outside your home, and… An enormous electric bill. Ouch. The holidays in America are known for being a little over the top, and excessive energy consumption from lights, decorations and appliances are no exception. While it may be exciting to make your house light up like a beacon that can be seen from outer space, it’s not actually that... [read more]

Home Renovations That Can Hurt (and Help) Property Value

Saturday Nov 18th, 2017

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If you’re into renovation projects, then updating and revamping your home can be a lot of fun. But before you get too excited about knocking down walls and setting up a custom movie room, you might want to consider resale value. Flashy renovations don’t always yield the best returns, so you’ll need to take care when picking projects. To make things easier for you, here are four remodels to avoid and four to invest in . . . Read More [read more]

The Real Estate Contract's Kick-Out Clause

Thursday Nov 16th, 2017

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Question: We are selling our house and have found a nice couple who have expressed interest. Unfortunately, they cannot afford to buy our house unless they sell their house first. We would like to work something out with this couple, but are concerned about taking our house off the market for an indefinite period while the buyers try to sell their house. How do you resolve this dilemma? Read More   [read more]

What Are Mortgage Points? Should You Pay Them?

Tuesday Nov 14th, 2017

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When people want to find out how much their mortgages cost, lenders often give them quotes that include loan rates and points. What Is a Mortgage Point? A mortgage point is a fee equal to 1 percent of the loan amount. . . . Read More [read more]

Mortgage Interest Deduction Safe in New Senate Tax Bill

Saturday Nov 11th, 2017

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The proposed tax overhaul isn’t a done deal just yet. While the House Republicans’ bill was approved on Thursday by the House Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Finance Committee unveiled its own version that is sure to cause delays in a tax reform resolution . . . Read More [read more]

5 Smells That Sell Houses

Saturday Nov 11th, 2017

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What’s that smell? The sense of smell is the strongest of all the senses to connect buyers to a home. While a bad smell can really deter buyers, a good smell can tempt buyers to a sale. From “green” scents to seasonal scents, discover the right smells for triggering positive emotions and home sales . . . Read More [read more]

How To Create An Enjoyable Outdoor Space On a Budget

Tuesday Nov 07th, 2017

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The lawn and landscape outside your home can be your own personalized creation, and it does not have to be expensive. It is through the effort of creating what you want within your limitations – both financial and physical – that you come to love the space you craft. By learning frugal methods to care for your lawn and landscape, you can have the lawn you want within the budget you can afford . . . Read More [read more]

All About Clean: Master Bathroom Trends

Monday Nov 06th, 2017

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Thumb through any home decor magazine, and you’ll see a master bathroom with a soaker or shower as the showpiece. Ta-da! Homeowners, it turns out, are splurging to scrub up, according to the recently released U.S. Houzz Bathroom Trends Study. Ninety-one percent of homeowners in the study added a spacious shower to their master bathroom (after tearing out the tub), and many added on deluxe features, like a body sprayer or rainfall showerhead, for an improved, spa-like space . . .... [read more]

What Keeps Buyers From Finding Their Next Home

Monday Nov 06th, 2017

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Buying a home is like searching for a mate. You'll go on many first dates and in the end, the one that has most, but maybe not all of the characteristics that you want, will win your heart. However, first-time buyers and sometimes even serial homebuyers are disappointed by how long the process takes. Yet they may not understand how their expectations, beliefs, and lack of action may be causing the delay in finding the right home. Here are five pitfalls that buyers can fall into that... [read more]

The Best Early Black Friday Deals You Can Buy Now

Monday Nov 06th, 2017

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We're still weeks from the "official" Black Friday shopping period, but that doesn't mean you can't save on a great array of items right now. "It's true that the biggest sales in terms of hype and deal volume won't take place until Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday, but you don't need to wait until then to find deep discounts," said Yahoo. "In fact, some of the deals you'll find beginning November 1st are just as good as any Black... [read more]

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