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7 Things You Should Do As Soon As You Move Into Your New Home To Slash Your Electricity Bill

7 Things You Should Do as Soon as You Move Into Your New Home to Slash Your Electricity BillMoving into your home is an exciting time, and you shouldn’t allow higher than expected electricity bills to dampen your spirits. Every day, households around the world waste large amounts of energy.

If your home uses more energy than it needs to, you are the one that is paying the price. Luckily, there are many ways to make sure your home is running as efficiently as possible. Save yourself from ‘utility shock’ by taking these seven steps. Continue reading “7 Things You Should Do As Soon As You Move Into Your New Home To Slash Your Electricity Bill” »

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Staging Your Home For Sale? Follow This Easy Guide And Find Success!

Staging Your Home For Sale Follow This Easy Guide And Find SuccessIf you are going to be staging your home for sale in the near future, you will most likely want to do it as professionally and successfully as possible to get the best sale price.

Many owners have to put a lot of money into their home before they can sell it, and some even invest in a staging expert to come to their home and do an assessment before they put it on the market.

You don’t have to spend too much on getting your home ready, though, and you can do a lot of it yourself. Consider these basic staging tips when you are going to stage your home.

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The Ideal Investment Property: What Features Should You Be Looking for the First Time Around?

The Ideal Investment Property: What Features Should You Be Looking for the First Time Around?When purchasing a piece of real estate, it is important to ensure that the features of the home meet your criteria and best serve your goals.

An ideal investment property has many important features that will differ from the vital features of an owner-occupied piece of property, and therefore it’s important when choosing an investment property to know what you should be looking for.

Here’s what you need to know if you’re investing in a rental property for the very first time. Continue reading “The Ideal Investment Property: What Features Should You Be Looking for the First Time Around?” »

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The Ultimate Spring Cleaning Checklist

The Ultimate Spring Cleaning ChecklistWhile most homeowners are vigilant about regularly wiping down surfaces, disinfecting bathrooms, dusting furniture and mopping floors, there are many nooks and crannies that don’t receive as much attention.

That’s why March is the perfect month to do an annual overhaul on your home. Below is a spring cleaning checklist to help you knock it out. Continue reading “The Ultimate Spring Cleaning Checklist” »

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What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – March 31, 2014

What's Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week March 31,2014

Last week’s economic news includes several reports about housing markets.

The S&P Case-Shiller 10 and 20 city housing market indices, the FHFA House Price Index, New Home Sales and Pending Home sales reports suggest that the national housing market continues to grow, but at lower rates. Continue reading “What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – March 31, 2014” »

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Get Your Lawn Ready For Spring

Get Your Lawn Ready For SpringIf you live in a climate where your yard has been hibernating for months, then you’re probably ready for warmer weather and a hint of green outside your kitchen window.

So, in preparation for children running on lush grass through spritzing sprinklers, use the five tips below to get your lawn ready for spring. It will reward you with picnic perfect grass all summer long.

1. Clean Up Winter’s Clutter

Take a rake and remove all of the dead leaves and debris left over from the winter months. Leaving a layer of last-year’s foliage on the ground can smother your grass and hinder your lawn’s growth.

Once your yard is clear, spread a thin layer of compost to enrich your soil and provide nutrients for when you grass is ready to sprout.

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Home Prices Down For Third Consecutive Month

S & P Case-Shiller Shows Home Prices Down For Third Consecutive MonthHarsh winter weather conditions contributed to home prices falling in January. The S&P Case-Shiller 20-City composite index reported that home prices dropped by 0.10 percent in January, but after seasonal adjustments, home prices increased by 0.80 percent in January as compared to December. 12 of 20 cities posted declines in home prices in January.

There’s no cause for alarm, as year-over-year home prices increased by 13.20 percent as compared to year-over –year readings of 13.40 percent in December and 13.70 percent in November. David Blitzer, chair of the S&P Dow Jones index committee, said “The housing market is showing signs of moving forward with more normal price increases.” Home prices remain about 20 percent below a peak reached in 2006.

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Think Like A Real Estate Agent

Think Like A Real Estate AgentBefore you put your home on the market, you want to make certain that it’s in tip-top condition to ensure a quick sale. The key to listing your home at a competitive price and guaranteeing you have what buyers are looking for is to think like a real estate agent. Continue reading “Think Like A Real Estate Agent” »

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Staging Your Home For Sale? Follow This Easy Guide And Find Success!

Staging Your Home For Sale? Follow This Easy Guide And Find Success!If you are going to be staging your home for sale in the near future, you will most likely want to do it as professionally and successfully as possible to get the best sale price.

Many owners have to put a lot of money into their home before they can sell it, and some even invest in a staging expert to come to their home and do an assessment before they put it on the market.

You don’t have to spend too much on getting your home ready, though, and you can do a lot of it yourself. Consider these basic staging tips when you are going to stage your home. Continue reading “Staging Your Home For Sale? Follow This Easy Guide And Find Success!” »

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Common Details Buyers Overlook When Viewing A Home

Common Details Buyers Overlook When Viewing A HomeWhen you are looking at a potential home to buy, it’s important to pay attention to the details so that you can ensure that you are making the right choice. However, many home buyers will get so caught up in the excitement that they will miss certain important things that they need to know about the property. Continue reading “Common Details Buyers Overlook When Viewing A Home” »

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