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Kitchen before subway tile addition

When we purchased our first home last summer, I couldn’t wait to get my hands dirty with a few projects. And by that I mean renovating the entire house. I managed to complete all of it DIY-style and on a budget! Allow me to back up a bit: We bought a fixer-upper with the intention that we’d live in it for a couple of years, fix it up, and use it as a source of rental income in the future. We updated with durable materials that we would love to live with but that would also hold up against rental wear and tear. . . .

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How to tell if an air conditioning unit is working well

You’ve finally found the home of your dreams, but your adventure in homeownership has only just begun. First, you have to make sure everything, including the air conditioning, is in proper working order. Although you should always have your home professionally inspected, there are a few things you can check on your own to ensure the air conditioning unit is working well . . .

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Why You Need a Real Estate Agent SHORT

It is now common knowledge that the U.S. housing market has recovered from the crash of the mid-2000s. Home prices jumped a whopping 11.3 percent in 2013, increasing in 83 out of the 100 largest U.S. metros. Despite low inventories, home sales have improved greatly from their post-crash levels, thanks in part to comparatively low mortgage rates. . . .

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Why you should replace your home air filter - lower utility bills, improve health, doing so is inexpensive and easy

Can’t recall the last time you changed your home’s air filter? If you’re like most people, it’s on the to-do list for maintaining your home … it’s just near the bottom. And it tends to stay there as other items are added. Whether it’s for your air conditioner, furnace, whole-house air cleaner, or other purifier system, changing an air filter is not usually the most exciting task of homeownership. But there are good reasons for doing so. . . .

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How to organize and clear clutter from a messy garage

Keeping your house clean can take some work – which means the garage can get ignored. Because garages are often used as storage rooms, it’s easy to embrace the “out of sight, out of mind” mentality. A messy garage can seem overwhelming – tools, sports equipment, seasonal items, and even flammables like paint or fuel can be scattered without any plan at all. . . .

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Benefits and disadvantages of modular homes

Most people don’t initially turn to real estate agents for modular homes, but some of my clients have found a great new home with a prefab model. Modular homes have their pros and cons, but they’re a smart choice for any homebuyer to consider. . . .

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Open the Nest thermostat box to begin installing it

When my family moved into our first house last year, there were countless projects we had to plan: installing new appliances, replacing the front door threshold, and redoing the floors were just a few. The thought of doing these things without the help of a 24-hour maintenance man scared me to death, but that’s something you sacrifice when you become a homeowner. . . .

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Questions that should be asked when buying waterfront property

Buying a waterfront property is a lifelong dream for many people. But when it comes time to buy, many homebuyers don’t know what to ask about the property they want to purchase. If you’re in the market for a home on the water, make sure you ask these five questions. . . .

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Beautiful young businesswoman holding house model - real estate

Before you put your home up for sale, before you set a listing price, before you even choose an agent, do your research and ask the vital questions every seller needs to consider before the home-selling process begins. This process can quickly become complicated, but if you enter into selling a home with solid information and know which questions to ask and when, the entire experience will move along much better. . . .

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How to improve energy efficiency in old homes

The average age of homes for sale in today’s housing market is creeping up. From 100-year-old homes in historic districts to split-level houses from the 1960s, many homebuyers – particularly first-time homebuyers – find themselves sifting through older housing stock. . . .

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