Top Real Estate Trends for 2016

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Sure, 2016 has already started, but much of the year still lies ahead for people to enter the real estate market! Whether you’re involved in renting out multifamily units, flipping homes, or buying your first piece of real estate, you’ll want to understand the space in such a way that will allow for success. Real […]

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8 Dirty Secrets in Your Home

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These are the 8 dirtiest places in your home…… Undersides of rugs Kitchen garbage disposal Kitchen vent hood Kitchen crevices Ceilings and ceiling fans Around the toilet Debris-filled crawlspace Dryer vents When getting ready to put your home on the market, make sure these little places are sparkling clean. Buyers do look! If these places […]

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HUD Launches First Fair Housing App

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The U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently launched the first housing discrimination mobile application (app) for iPhone and iPad. Developed by HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) and Hewlett Packard (HP), the app uses the latest technology to provide consumers with a quick and easy way to learn about […]

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2013 Kitchen and Bath Design Trends

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Many of the design features looking to dominate this year’s kitchen and baths trends remain classic elements, but perhaps with innovative materials and function. Here’s a look at the top trends you’ll see and the homes representing them: Soft Contemporary This is still very much a modern, contemporary look, but with softer lines, warmer color […]

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Buying A House With Resale In Mind

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Interesting information from Dian Hymer of Inman News: At the end of the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s, homeowners in many areas cashed in big profits when they sold. This enabled them to trade up to a bigger home, sometimes in a better neighborhood. Homeowners used their homes as piggy banks through the use of home […]

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Consumers Cutting Back on Holiday Splurges

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The November poll hosted on the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) website queried consumers regarding holiday spending. The results revealed that 50 percent of consumers intend to spend less on holiday purchases this year than last, indicating they are in a worse financial position, while thirty-seven percent plan to spend nothing at all, as […]

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How-To: Prioritize Your Debt

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Is all debt created equal? Maybe not. In order to pay down debt faster while paying the least amount of interest, you’ll need to prioritize some debt over others so that you can pay the least amount in the long run–being strategic about which ones you pay off first can save a significant amount of […]

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Tips for Choosing a Health Insurance Plan

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Family Features—Over half of all Americans will need to make choices about their health insurance by 2014, and already, millions are making decisions about their Medicare drug or Medicare Advantage plans. But many people struggle with choosing the right plans for personal health care insurance, family plans, or deciding on behalf of a loved one. […]

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Tips for Rebuilding after a Storm

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In the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy, thousands of homeowners along the East Coast are assessing the damage their homes sustained in the storm and will soon begin the rebuilding process. A natural disaster of this magnitude can be daunting, leaving many unsure of where to begin. If your home was affected, read the following […]

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Investing In Long-Term Energy Savings – Great Information from John Voket

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In this segment, we’re going to talk about long-term energy savings and consider a few effective but higher cost efficiency initiatives. While these investments are somewhat larger than that of simply caulking a window, the potential savings are larger as well. These investments include: -Making sure you have good insulation in exterior walls, ceilings with […]

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Raising Financially Intelligent Children

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All parents want to support their children’s learning process. From algebra to a musical instrument, parents can help their children improve their education through support and encouragement. But what about financial intelligence? According to a recent BMO Harris Bank national survey conducted by Ipsos America, Inc., a leading market research company, nine out of ten […]

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Back-up Generators: How to Use Them Safely

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In the wake of last week’s superstorm Sandy and other damaging weather conditions throughout the year, many homeowners have invested in back-up generators to keep their homes humming when the power goes out. According to the Building Performance Institute (BPI), however, generators can pose serious danger to a home’s inhabitants when not used properly, especially […]

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Winter Proof Your Home

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Even if the temperatures are still mild in your neck of the woods, there is no denying that winter is on its way, and it’s time to winterize your home. According to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.), many winter-related disasters can be prevented if people take a few simple steps to protect their home from […]

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Winter Proof Your Home

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Even if the temperatures are still mild in your neck of the woods, there is no denying that winter is on its way, and it’s time to winterize your home. According to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.), many winter-related disasters can be prevented if people take a few simple steps to protect their home from […]

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Prevent Pests When Selling Your Home

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Nothing turns off prospective homebuyers more than bugs and critters – dead or alive. And when there are visible signs of rodent pellets on the floor, some prospective buyers may even run out of the house screaming. Home sellers need to ensure that bugs and critters don’t turn a potential sale into a lost opportunity, […]

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Keep Your Home Fire-Free

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A fire is one of the greatest homeowner fears. Not only could you lose your home and valuables but, more importantly, your family could be at risk! To put your mind at ease, and protect your home from potential fires, follow these simple tips. -Change the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors every […]

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What to Expect From a Home Inspection

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If you’re at the point of having a home inspection done, Congratulations! You’re that much closer to getting your dream home! But, as with any of the steps to purchasing your home, there are key points to address and understand. The following are items you’ll want addressed before settlement: •Know that the home inspector is […]

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