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Make the Most of Your Home Equity

Posted by on August 24, 2022 at 8:22 pm
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Home equity is a powerful thing. As you pay off your mortgage, your equity or the stake in the home you actually own increases. And the more equity you build, the more you stand to gain when you sell. But even if you aren’t planning to sell your property, equity can be used in a […]

Common Renovation Mistakes to Avoid

Posted by on August 12, 2022 at 2:07 pm
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When the market is competitive, many homeowners opt to renovate their properties rather than sell or buy. This can be a smart move for many reasons, but as you know, home projects can often end up being expensive and time-consuming. Don’t want to make a costly mistake or even regret a renovation altogether? Take a […]

Reduce Your Homeowner-ship Costs

Posted by on August 4, 2022 at 12:15 am
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From taxes and insurance to maintenance and repairs, homeowner-ship comes with a variety of costs.  But don’t worry: These expenses don’t have to break the bank. With a strategy (and maybe a few key home updates), you can reduce your costs in the long run. You may even make your home safer and less prone […]

Your Home Is a Retirement Asset

Posted by on July 26, 2022 at 8:22 am
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As a homeowner, your house is likely your biggest asset. It can help you build wealth and improve your finances — and in retirement, it might serve as a much-needed source of financial support. That last part is important. Whether you’re 25 or 55, having a plan is critical to an enjoyable and worry-free retirement. […]

Working With an Agent Is So Important

Posted by on July 14, 2022 at 12:13 am
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HGTV and home renovation shows may be entertaining, but they’re not always accurate. In particular, most of them skip over the important ways real estate agents can help homeowners. In the real world, agents play a huge role in home purchases, sales and even flips. Are you planning to make a real estate move this […]

Easy Ways to Improve Your Bathroom

Posted by on July 7, 2022 at 9:34 am
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Remodeling your bathroom can be a great investment. It immediately makes your home more usable and enjoyable, and in the long term, an upgrade could increase your home’s value by thousands of dollars. And a remodel doesn’t have to be a time-consuming or costly event. There are quite a few small, low-cost projects that can […]

Summer Home Trends

Posted by on July 2, 2022 at 8:29 am
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Summer is a great time to improve your home’s exterior.  And whether you’re interested in enjoying your space a little more or you want to boost your home’s value, it makes sense to find inspiration by taking a look at what other homeowners are doing. Are you thinking about updating your yard or patio this […]

Staging Your Home

Posted by on June 28, 2022 at 8:44 am
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Staging is a vital tool when selling a property. The majority of buyer’s agents say staging can increase offers by anywhere from 1% to 20%, according to a report from the National Association of Realtors.  On a home listed at $400,000, that could mean up to $80,000 more. Do you want to market your property […]

How to Pay for Your Home Improvements

Posted by on June 17, 2022 at 5:39 pm
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You’ll probably want to improve your home at some point. It might be out of necessity if you need a new roof or fence — or you might want more space or additional amenities, like an updated kitchen or a swimming pool. Whatever the reason for your projects, you’ll likely need some help paying for […]

Look Out for These Common Home Hazards

Posted by on June 1, 2022 at 1:35 am
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Homes can have safety issues that aren’t always obvious — problems that could endanger you and your family. Fortunately, doing an annual safety audit of your property can help identify some of these hazards and allow you to remedy them before they cause larger problems. It may also help you to avoid using your home […]

Big Housing Decisions You May Face

Posted by on May 20, 2022 at 9:19 am
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Housing decisions are never small. Where you choose to live impacts your budget, your job prospects and your social life.  And in the future, your home plays a major role in what your retirement might look like (financially and logistically).  For these reasons, housing decisions require plenty of careful consideration. Want to be prepared to […]

Ideas to Improve Your Outdoor Space

Posted by on May 10, 2022 at 10:46 am
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We’re finally approaching summer: The days are getting longer, the sun is shining and the weather’s getting warmer — it’s the perfect opportunity to spend more time outdoors. Is your backyard or patio ready for heavier use? If not, there’s still time, and you don’t need to spend a lot to make it happen. Here […]