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Why You Shouldn’t Hate Your Homeowners Association Dues

Posted by on Oct 23, 2015 in Home Buying, Insurance, Real Estate, Tips | 0 comments

If you buy a house in a planned development, a subdivision or a gated community, you’ll likely have to join a homeowners association (HOA). Which means you’ll be faced with the prospect of paying annual dues. Condo owners often face these fees, too. No one expects you to be happy about these payments, especially when they often come due right after the holidays. And it’s true that the dues can be spent for seemingly trivial events such as neighborhood parties, and that management fees for the associations can be steep. The HOA can make and enforce rules such as what colors houses can be...

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How to Stage your Home for Fall Showings

Posted by on Oct 16, 2015 in First Time buyers, Home Buying, Home Decor, Real Estate, Tips | 0 comments

Staging a home is like vacuuming before company arrives: You might not notice it when it’s done well, but you definitely notice when it isn’t. Fall’s biggest buyers are millennials with a sharp eye for detail and empty nesters looking to have some space to themselves, so it makes even more sense to set your home up to show well to these demographics. Since autumn is an especially homey time of year, it’s easy to add a bit of cozy comfort while keeping your place ship-shape for showings. Set the scene Do as much purging and packing as you can before beginning home showings. Store packed...

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5 Steps to a More Organized Home for Back to School

Posted by on Aug 12, 2015 in Organization, Real Estate, Tips | 0 comments

  As if summer isn’t crazy enough, the transition to school can make home life even busier and messier. Schedules are a mix of school activities and the last-hurrah-of-summer, and the house is strewn with important school papers and wet beach towels. Here are a few tips to help you organize the chaos this year before school starts. Clean the fridge out (and off) and restock Clearing the front of the fridge of summer camp art projects and already-happened wedding invitations will signal a new season and leave room for important phone numbers and all those A+ papers your young scholars...

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How to Protect Your Home While on Vacation

Posted by on Aug 7, 2015 in Tips | 0 comments

  How to Protect Your Home While on Vacation   According to the Department of Justice, there are 10 percent more burglaries in the summer than in the winter. Additionally, the rate of household property victimization and household larceny also peak during the hottest months of the year. This time of year also happens to be when most of us pack our bags and head out for vacation.   While you’re out enjoying the summer weather, you don’t want to worry about what’s happening at home. Here are 10 tips to protect your home while on vacation. 1. Lock all windows and doors. Over 30...

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Time-Saving Packing Hacks for Your Next Move

Posted by on May 20, 2015 in Tips | 0 comments

Time-Saving Packing Hacks for Your Next Move It’s hard to get excited about your new home when you’re slogging through packing up your old place. These tips will speed you through it. As moving day approaches, the idea of packing all your household belongings can be daunting. Its one thing when you a have a few hours to pack a suitcase for a trip, but moving from one home to another takes packing to a whole new level. When you’re ready to get started, some careful thought and a creative approach can help save you both time and money.   Begin with basics Planning the packing of your home...

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8 Mini Room Ideas to Fill Your Extra Closet

Posted by on Apr 29, 2015 in Organization, Tips | 0 comments

Have you ever dreamed of having just a drop more space in your home? Maybe a reading nook or additional storage in your laundry room? Well, it’s time to rethink your rooms and create space in your home, without any major renovations! Here are eight amazing ideas to turn an extra closet into the room of your dreams, with just a bit of creativity and rearranging.   Storage Bench If your extra closet is near the door, keep the storage functionality, but add a cozy place to rest, by installing a bench lined with cushions and topped with pillows. Put some art on the walls to add more dimension to...

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