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Downtown or Suburbs – What’s the Right Scene For You?

Downtown or suburbs? It’s the age-old dilemma that many people face. Depending on your age and what stage you’re currently at in life, this decision can usually be an easy one. Or it can be a challenging one, especially if kids start entering the picture. The answer all comes down to your lifestyle, and all […]

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Existing Housing Outlook: Sales Surging

  Americans are loving their previously-owned homes – sales spiked in September to the highest they’ve been in more than eight years. Perhaps it’s a sign that the residential housing market is recovering enough to support continued growth of the economy. September sales of existing homes spiked to 4.7 percent – the second-highest pace in […]

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Keeping Your Home Secure During the Holidays

Going home for the holidays? You’ll be in good company: one-quarter of Americans take to the open road – or sky – to reunite with family to celebrate the holidays every year. Besides meaning a time to enjoy the company of loved ones, it also means that thieves are on the prowl, waiting for families […]

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Understand the Difference Between Base Rate and APR to Know What You’ll Really Be Paying

The interest rate that you’re being charged on your mortgage obviously has a huge effect on how much you’ll be paying every month. But you’ll probably notice that the base rate of your loan is different from the APR, or annual parentage rate. Why is that? Well, not only does the APR rate calculation include […]

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6 Decorating Trends That Never End

When it’s time to make major changes to your house, you’ll likely follow many other homeowners in checking the latest trends. You may also feel torn between following those trends and going for a more classic look. The pressure for your spaces to have a modern look can make it tough to resist, but if […]

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Handmade Home: How Millennials Are Using Etsy to Decorate Their Homes

Social media has gradually invaded every area of life for baby boomers and Generation X. For the upcoming Millennial generation, however, technology has been in their lives for as long as they can remember. Younger Millennials were interacting with their parents’ smartphones when they were still in elementary school and texting by the time they […]

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5 Ways Real Estate Agents Save You Money When Selling Your Home

It’s understandable – after finally selling your home, it can be tough to fork over the commission fee to a real estate agent. But before you fall into the FSBO trap, consider one very important thing: real estate agents can actually save you money. That’s right. While a commission is due at the end of […]

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Home Staging Tips Using the Five Senses

To sell a home quick, real estate agents will often recommend higher-income clients hire a home stager. The stager comes into a home, removes extra furniture, and makes aesthetic changes that make the home easier to sell. The end result is the type of home you’ll normally see on HGTV or in a home-decorating magazine. […]

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Marsala Magic: Incorporating the Color of the Year into Your Decor

When many people hear the word “Marsala,” they think of the Italian wine. Only after Pantone named it the color of the year did homeowners and interior decorators realize the beautiful red-brown color of Marsala wine actually looks great on walls and furnishings. Described as a “subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to […]

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