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Amber Freda, a landscape designer in New York, recently shared with The New York Times a checklist for decorating an outdoor living space. Some of her tips include: Choose the right furniture. Don’t leave a blank slate. “Furniture is probably the most important thing, so you can start using the outdoor space even before you […]

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Borrowing costs stayed low for yet another week for home buyers and refinancers. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage continues to hover near its lowest average in three years. “Mortgage rates have been slow to adjust to the 10-year Treasury yield, which has increased 12 basis points since last week,” says Sean Becketti, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. […]

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Bathroom remodels and additions may offer some of the fewest paybacks at resale, at least when compared to 20 other popular projects. The National Association of REALTORS® and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry released a report showing some of the home renovation projects that offer the biggest and smallest returns when selling a […]

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Purchasing a home for the first time is one of the most exciting and important decisions someone can make. Making a mistake in the process can be devastating. However, most first-time home buyer mistakes are easily avoidable with a little bit of research and guidance from a real estate professional. Here are a few dos […]

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Maintaining a strong credit score is one of the most important things potential buyers can do if they want to qualify for a mortgage, since credit scores are used by lenders to measure financial health. A recent study showed that 34 percent of potential buyers believe their current score will hurt their future ability to […]

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Kitchen remodels can cost upwards to $20,000 or more. But there are a few simple and inexpensive tweaks that can give a dated kitchen a more modern edge. RISMedia recently highlighted some of the following ideas: Hardware: Replacing current hardware can really modernize the kitchen, but make sure it compliments the kitchen’s existing décor. Hardware […]

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Purchasing a home is a big investment and you should feel at ease asking questions, and discussing the process with your loved ones and your lender. The following conversation starters were taken from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Home Loan Toolkit. They are meant to help prompt important conversations you may need to have during […]

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has rolled out a new app that reveals hidden hazards lurking in homes. The Healthy Homes app sets out to educate the public on how they can protect themselves from health and safety problems in the home. “There are many potential hazards that can be found in […]

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It’s common today for backyard space to be used as an extension of a home’s livable space. Creating an idyllic and cozy outdoor environment can also benefit when it comes time to sell. While there are many functional and financial benefits of maintaining a home’s outdoor space, there are also many health benefits. The Outdoor […]

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Americans ranked real estate as the best long-term investment, even over stocks and gold, according to a recent Gallup Poll of about 1,000 U.S. adults. Real estate has been the top investment choice for the past two years, and it’s lead is increasing over four other popular investment choices. Thirty-five percent of Americans selected real […]