Three ways to ease your fears about making a move

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With low inventory in many markets throughout the country, many homeowners are afraid to sell their homes because they’re concerned that they may not be able to find a new one. This can be a real problem, but if you are seeking to sell—whether to upgrade or find a new neighborhood—there are a few ways to combat the low inventory. …

Instant home makeovers

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Not every home makeover has to be a major project that lasts days, weeks, or even months. There are a ton of quick touch-ups and fixes that can make a huge difference in the look and feel of your home, even though you can finish the project in less than an hour. A new mailbox: Chances are you’re still using …

Calling In A Professional

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Renovating your home can be a stressful and expensive endeavor. How much should you spend? Who should you trust? Who’s the best contractor/architect/designer/etc. in town? If you find yourself asking these questions as you consider a renovation, you may want to consider a renovation coach. Expert opinions Renovation coaches are a recent trend in home remodeling. Think of it as …

Don’t forget about homeowner tax breaks

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One of the many perks of home ownership is big tax breaks. So whether you’re doing your taxes yourself or getting help from a professional, it’s important to take advantage of those breaks! Mortgage Interest Deduction: Before buying a home, a standard deduction may have made the most sense when you prepared your taxes. But homeowners can deduct the interest …

Happier Hardwood Floors

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Hardwood floors make for a beautiful, stunning addition to your home. However, they can bring new cleaning and maintenance challenges that aren’t present with carpet. Here are some tips for simple, efficient, and thorough hardwood floor cleaning. Make the job easier Place mats on either side of your exterior doors and always remove your shoes before entering your home—and make …

Refinancing: The Right Move?

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The federal reserve recently raised interest rates, and if you have an Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM), it may be a good time to consider refinancing your home. There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to whether your should refinance, so here are a few of the main considerations. How long does your introductory rate last? Most ARMs have a fixed rate for the …

5 Maintenance Resolutions For Your Home

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We may be a little removed from New Year’s Day, but it’s not too late to make some new resolutions for your home. Start a home repair slush fund: Things in your home are going to break and need to fixed. It’s just a fact that comes with home ownership. Rather than letting expensive repairs take you by surprise, start …

Out with the Old and Make Way for 2016

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Feng Shui says you need to make way for the new year. The days leading up to New Year’s Eve are my favorite days for getting rid of what I don’t need (take it to Good Will), replace the broken (insert your busted or broken items here) and take the old to the dump, let go of what you no …