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    Free First-Time Home Buyer Advice!

    There is nothing as exciting as buying your first home. My husband and I built our first home over a decade ago when we were planning our wedding, and boy did we learn a lot about the process. Even a year and-a-half ago when we bought our dream home, we learned even more; probably because […] More

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    Good and Bad Ideas for Your Home Equity Line of Credit

    One of the things that people sometimes do when they have a bit of equity in their home is take out a home equity line of credit. It’s certainly not unusual, but it’s not always the best decision, either. You see, not everyone uses this line of credit in the best possible manner, which means […] More

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    Home Renovations To Avoid if You Want to Add Value

    Maybe you’re trying to sell your home. Maybe you just want to add a few bells and whistles to make it that much more exciting. Maybe you just need to do some serious updating. Whatever it is, many of us take on the task of eventually upgrading our homes, renovating or replacing things that no […] More

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    Real Estate Negotiation Tips For A Hot Real Estate Market

    When my husband and I were in the process of having plans drawn up for our new home, we stumbled upon our dream home in the midst of the latest real estate news. We know that sellers take property marketing very seriously, and even work with companies that assist them with this aspect. And if […] More

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    20 US Cities You Do Not Want To Live In

    Location, location, location; it’s not just something that someone made up. It’s all about the location when it comes to just about everything in life. From where you reside to where you work, from where you dine to where you enjoy a night out, it’s all about the location. And it’s not just the specific […] More

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    The Simplest Ways to Stage Your Home at No Cost

    It’s not a big real estate secret that realtors want you to stage your home before you list it. There are certain truths that come with selling a home that we all know to be true; a staged home is a far more appealing home. Would you rather go into a home that’s filled with […] More

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    Tips for Making Your House Show Ready in A Few Moments

    Placing your home on the market for sale is a stressful situation at best, but it gets even worse when your realtor calls to tell you that she is showing your house in 20 minutes. You’re home, on the couch, in your yoga pants binge-watching something amazing on Netflix, and your house is not show […] More

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    Unsuspecting Items That Are Red Flags in A House for Sale

    Watching Flip or Flop on HGTV is one of my favorite things to do when I’m sick or when the kids are asleep and we have a half hour to just relax. While I know that the show doesn’t show every aspect of flipping homes, it does provide us with some very valuable information. Every […] More

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    How To Tell if A House is in A Good Location When Buying

    Location, location, location; it’s the most important aspect of any real estate deal. It’s been said that buying the worst house on the best street is the best way to buy, but no one wants the worst house, right? Additionally, not everyone can afford to buy the worst house and fix it up, nor does […] More

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    The Downside of Deciding to Live in A Tiny House

    While watching “Fixer Upper” (do you not just adore Chip and Joanna Gaines and everything they stand for?) recently with my husband at the end of a particularly stressful day, we noticed a promo for a show about tiny houses. Tiny houses; the kind of houses that are about 300-square feet on the large side […] More

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