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Posted on 06/29/2022
3 Common Misconceptions About Home Buying
Information and advice for first-time homebuyers is everywhere. Unfortunately, many of the most commonly accepted truths about buying a home are either outdated or false. Here are some of the biggest myths about home buying to help you understand the facts. Myth: You Can't Buy a Home With a Bad Credit Score It is possible to qualify for...
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Posted on 06/22/2022
Things Residential Property Owners Need to Know About Applying for a Variance
Government bodies develop zoning regulations to enhance the peaceful enjoyment of every member of a community’s property. These regulations are part of a larger land-use plan that separates commercial, retail and residential areas. Few would disagree that zoning rules prove beneficial in the overall scheme of things. But by that same token, they also represent an encumbrance on...
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Posted on 06/15/2022
How to Reduce & Prevent Clutter at Home
Clutter can accumulate in even the cleanest homes. While clutter does not bother everyone, it can lead to stress for those who want to live in a cleaner space. If you’re looking to conquer the clutter in your home, we’ve put together some tips to help you get started. Organize Your Mail For many, mail is the number...
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Posted on 06/08/2022
Getting preapproved for a mortgage: How buyers benefit
Getting preapproved for a mortgage is an important part of the home buying process. While technically not required before you begin your home search, there are some key advantages to getting preapproval from a lender before you get too deep into the process. Here are some of the main reasons why to consider getting preapproved for a mortgage:...
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Posted on 06/01/2022
Room by room: DIY projects for home decor
No matter what room you’re working with, there are countless DIY projects for home improvement and decor. DIY home projects can help you save money while creating customized solutions for your exact needs and personal style. If you’re interested in finding ways to beautify and enhance every room of the house, here are some suggestions to get you...
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Posted on 05/25/2022
3 Home Security Automation Basics You Should Follow
The right security system can go a long way to both deter criminals from breaking in or stop them in their tracks if they do. We'll look at trends in home security automation that you should know. 1. Home Security Is Becoming More Uniform There are plenty of workaround solutions for hiccups these days, but the trend is...
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Posted on 05/18/2022
A beginner's guide to traditional home decor
In interior design, traditional home decor is considered a timeless staple. By emulating traditions of the past without pinpointing any specific era, traditional decor creates warm and welcoming atmospheres in any room. If you're interested in trying traditional style in your home, here is a guide to the basics. Characteristics of traditional interior design To make the best...
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Posted on 05/11/2022
Can Contingencies Benefit Sellers?
Contingency clauses in a real estate contract typically come from the buyer. However, there are some contingencies sellers can use in a sale negotiation as well. While they’re less common, knowing the basics can help in selling your home. Here are the main contingencies every seller should know: Kick-Out Clause A kick-out clause is a useful balance to...
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Posted on 05/04/2022
The Most Common Types of Kitchen Island
Kitchen islands have been popular in modern homes for decades. The appeal of the open-concept kitchen creates a need for more counter space while still keeping an open and inviting feel. There are many types of kitchen islands and different ways to implement them in your own space. If you’re thinking of adding a kitchen island as part...
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Posted on 04/27/2022
3 Important Tips for Packing & Moving Books
For many homeowners, a book collection is a point of pride and an important element in their interior decor. Books can hold emotional as well as functional significance and their presence in any room adds an important personal touch. However, when it comes time to move, an extensive book collection can be difficult to work with. Books are...
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Posted on 04/20/2022
3 Ways to Make Bedside Tables From Wooden Crates
In the DIY world, certain materials and objects prove their usefulness time and time again. For DIY furnishings, one of those objects is a wooden crate. These crates used to transport produce and other cargo every day and are an excellent source of reclaimed wood and DIY inspiration. If you’re looking for a wooden crate DIY project to...
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Posted on 04/06/2022
Expert Tips for Decorating Terracotta Pots
If you’re a gardener or plant owner, it’s likely you have at least one terracotta pot in your collection. They’re inexpensive, easy to find and incredibly versatile. However, some find the look of them drab and boring and opt for more exciting colors and finishes. Luckily, terracotta pots are easy to paint and the upgrade will cost a...
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