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Posted on 05/28/2020
Detecting and Correcting Water Leaks
Photo by Andrey_Popov via Shutterstock Is your house leaky? According to the EPA (US Environmental Protection Agency), household water leaks account for up to a trillion gallons of water wasted each year. According to their calculations, the average home leaks about ten thousand gallons annually or more than 90 gallons every single day. So how do you tell...
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Posted on 05/21/2020
How to Care for Succulents Indoors
Image by Milada Vigerova from Pixabay Caring for indoor succulents is not as intimidating as it may seem. Even though growing them can be a challenge, there are lots of care tips that could make things easier. Succulents are not the ideal plants to grow indoors but that should not stop you from growing them. With the right...
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Posted on 05/14/2020
Why Select a Conforming Loan?
Image by InspiredImages from Pixabay When you plan on getting a mortgage, you have some choices. There are conventional, FHA, VA and other options. One term you'll likely hear is a conforming or a non-conforming loan. If you aren't sure what that means, you could end up confused about the kind of loan you're actually getting for your...
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Posted on 05/07/2020
Simple Pecan, Coconut & Date Bars
Photo by Polina Tankilevitch from Pexels Looking for a healthful treat? One that will keep you energized when you need a boost? Or a treat for the kids to replace sweets or cookies? These scrumptious Pecan, Coconut & Date Bars might be just what you're looking for. Great for travel, camping or giving to friends and co-workers, they...
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Posted on 04/30/2020
Beginning Investors: What is an REIT?
Image by OpenClipart-Vectors from Pixabay A Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) is a specialty corporate entity that owns and operates real estate to generate a profit. Several types exist. An Equity REIT typically generates income by leasing and managing income-producing property. The type of property makes no difference -- commercial, multi-family residential, retail, office, industrial, or a mix...
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Posted on 04/23/2020
Tips for Home Security Lighting to Keep Your House Safe
Photo by Malcolm Garret via Pexels No matter how safe your neighborhood is, it doesn’t hurt to take precautions against break-ins or thefts. Installing home security lighting is a highly effective way to deter intruders. This type of lighting also provides plenty of light for walkways and paths, making it safer for you and your family to walk...
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Posted on 04/16/2020
Consequences of Missed Mortgage Payments
Photo by: NeONBRAND via Unsplash Missing a mortgage payment is not the end of the world. Many lenders are more than ready to work out a payment plan if you’re going through a rough patch or budgetary crisis. However, you may end up doing more harm than good to your credit and home ownership if you don’t contact...
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Posted on 04/09/2020
Are You Ready to Hire a House Appraiser?
A home appraisal is paramount for a house seller. If a seller enters the real estate market with an appraisal report in hand, he or she can use the report's property valuation to determine the optimal price for a residence. Then, this individual can set an aggressive price for his or her house from day one of the home...
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Posted on 04/02/2020
Reduce the Time It Takes to Find Your Dream House
For those who want to conduct a successful home search, it is important to plan ahead as much as you can. Fortunately, there are lots of things you can do to get ready to pursue your dream home and speed up your house search. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you reduce the time it...
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Posted on 03/26/2020
Requesting a Zoning Variance
Image by Michi S from Pixabay Every property has an assigned zone that controls how you can use it. In residential zones, for example, you often have to abide by restrictions regarding business activity and animal husbandry. Commercial and industrial zoning also comes with many restrictions for its use, limiting the types of businesses that can be operated...
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Posted on 03/19/2020
How to Improve Your Home for Maximum ROI
Photo by Fotocraft via Shutterstock Many homeowners spend thousands of dollars on improvements and upgrades only to find out that the return on their investment (ROI) is less than $1 to $1. That means that for every dollar spent, the selling price of their home does not go up a corresponding dollar. In fact, very few home improvements...
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Posted on 03/12/2020
The Closing Process - What to Expect
Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay The last step of any home sale is the closing. This is the time when the buyer and seller sign all the documents surrounding the sale, including the documents for the buyer’s mortgage. This is when money changes hands and, in most cases, the buyer gets the keys to the home. If...
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