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Buying a Fixer-Upper? Planning for the Reno
Posted on 09/15/2019
Buying a Fixer-Upper? Planning for the Reno
You’ve been binging on HGTV and DIY network every weekend while you save up your money and you’re ready to take the plunge. Your agent tours you through several potentials and there it is … the perfect corner lot, the mediocre house with the awkward layout, chopped up floor plan, aging kitchen, and dated bathrooms. It’s just waiting...
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Reasons You Shouldn’t Skip A Home Inspection
Posted on 09/08/2019
Reasons You Shouldn’t Skip A Home Inspection
It is always a beautiful and joyous feeling when you make an offer for a home, and the seller accepts it. However, you shouldn’t be in haste to pay the seller yet. Don’t be tempted to cut corners either by neglecting professional home inspection services all in a bid to reduce cost. Skipping home inspection should never be...
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Want to Buy a Condo In Florida? Here are Some Things to Know
Posted on 09/01/2019
Want to Buy a Condo In Florida? Here are Some Things to Know
For many, buying a condo is the ultimate dream, and with benefits like no yard to mow, security and affordability, it is easy to see why condo ownership is in high-demand. However, when searching for a condo, it is essential you know that condos are a bit different from town homes or single-family homes. Below are some guidelines...
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The Short Guide to Selling Your First Home
Posted on 08/25/2019
The Short Guide to Selling Your First Home
Anyone who has been into real estate long enough knows that the home buying process is entirely different from the home selling process. Most home sellers are first-time sellers who intend to move from their current home due to job search, increasing family, or maybe just to experience a new neighborhood. They tend to run into several roadblocks...
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4 Home Repairs You Shouldn’t Attempt Yourself
Posted on 08/18/2019
4 Home Repairs You Shouldn’t Attempt Yourself
Home renovations are becoming expensive, which is why many homeowners try to give it a shot themselves. While some repairs can be quite easy to do like swapping wood knobs with stainless ones, some require the service of a professional. Trying to do them yourself can put your home and life in danger. Even if you are a...
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Money Management and Master of Your Money
Posted on 08/11/2019
Money Management and Master of Your Money
Knowing how to manage your money is an important skill. Managing your money is not the whole picture. To have a complete description and confidence in your financial future, you need both to manage and master your finances. Mastering your money takes planning ahead of your income and setting goals, so you are plotting a course before the...
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New to Freelancing?
Posted on 08/04/2019
New to Freelancing?
Today's work culture allows for many jobs and positions to work from home full or part-time. Creating a freelance business for yourself is possible more now than ever. It can give you the opportunity you need to take charge of your career or support your efforts to start a new company. But, if you haven't worked from home...
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Essential Real Estate Terms You Should Know
Posted on 07/28/2019
Essential Real Estate Terms You Should Know
Real estate is not only about buying and selling a property. It means many things and people ought to study it before getting involved with the market as an investor. If you are looking at real estate investing as a new career path, or perhaps you want to learn one or two things about the real estate market,...
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What You Need to Consider When Downsizing
Posted on 07/21/2019
What You Need to Consider When Downsizing
That time is coming if it is not already here. The kids are gone, and it is just the two of you—or, maybe there’s only one of you—and you feel like you’re rattling around the house like a couple of beans in a can. You’re tired of cleaning rooms that you never use. You’ve stopped visiting the basement,...
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5 Attic Cleaning Tips
Posted on 07/14/2019
5 Attic Cleaning Tips
How long has it been since you've deep-cleaned your home attic? The attic is one of the most overlooked spaces in the home. It is important to shake out the dust ever so often before your attic becomes a source of germs and allergens in your home. Here are some tips to help you keep your attic clean...
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Strengthening Your Core at the Local Park
Posted on 07/07/2019
Strengthening Your Core at the Local Park
Do you need a body workout and the gym is far away, or you can't afford to pay for a gym? Why not try using your local park. You don't need to register for or pay out anything or follow anyone's routine. You need to get a pair of sneakers, a bottle of water and your headset. Then...
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Funding Your Retirement
Posted on 06/30/2019
Funding Your Retirement
For many homeowners, your most significant financial asset is the home in which you live. Most assume, like previous generations, that their home will play a large part in their retirement plan. What part? That depends. You could sell your home, move into something smaller and use the excess to fund your retirement plans. If your home is...
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